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Kawai K5000 S




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Kawai K5000 S (1996)
Advanced additive synthsizer

The K5000 series mix additive synthesis with PCM samples waveforms. Direct Kawai K5 descendant plus a lot of new features with enhanced technology: simply one of the most intriguing synthesizer ever made.

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info KEYBOARD (weight: 14 Kg) 61 velocity keys with aftertouch.
Main panel features 240 x 64 pixels, 1 data wheels, 58 push button and 12 knobs for real-time parameters On the left side there are 2 wheels for modulation and pitchbender.

Back panel terminal connectors:
- main out
- 1 pedalswitch input
- 1 expression pedal input
- 2 assignable pedalswitch inputs
- Midi interface

edit VOICE
core CPU Risc-32 manage 32 voices polyphony based on DAS DSP ADVANCED SYNTHESIS.

A basic k5000 patch is composed by 6 digital oscillators or so-called "elements" and each DAS element can be either a:
1- DSP additive wave
2- PCM sample wave

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edit ADDITIVE ELEMENT DSP generates 128 digital sinewaves harmonic that can be summed following the Fourier principle. The sinewaves are split into 2 harmonic groups (each group counts for 1 element):
1) harmonic group1 : from 1 to 64
2) harmonic group2 : from 64 to 128

The relative harmonics levels can be set in 3 different ways:
1- DHL: step by step values entries
2- DHE: EG envelope
3- 6 macro harmonic groups templates: bright, odd, even, octave, 5th and whole-harmonics selection.

One of the most interesting features is the Morphing function which is able to record up to 4 harmonics snapshots with progressive interpolation values for a smooth motion.


edit PCM ELEMENT subtractive synthesis is a 16 bits ROM contains 123 PCM waveforms split into 2 category groups:
1- PCM acoustic instruments
2- PCM transient attack PCM (like Roland D-50)



adsr ENVELOPE 5 EGs:
1- amplitude osc: 4 segments+ 2 levels
2- pitch osc: 4 segments+ 2 levels
3- standard filter: 4 segments+ 2 levels
4- formant filter: variable structure
5- harmonic: variable structure every harmonics has its own EG with possible loops scan between decay segments.

filter FILTER the DCF is multimode:
- highpass (both PCM+ ADD)
- lowpass (both PCM+ ADD)
- formant (only ADD) is a 128 bands resonant comb-model defined by 128 DFL steps, each step contains 2 values for both level and envelope. For quick edit it is possible to fill steps using the macro bands selections (5-10-15-20-ALL).


lfo LFO 4 digital modulators (triangle, saw, random and square ) and 4 destinations:
1- oscillator pitch
2- amplitude
3- filter "standard"
4- filter formant

fx EFFECTS fully editable sections includes: reverb, delay, chorus, flanger, leslie, distortion, excister and overdrive.

memory MEMORY:
- 256 RAM patches
RAM doubles if special memory expansion model Kawai ME-1 is fitted. Sounds and performances can be saved either to Midi Sysex dump or to internal 1.44 MB disk drive which file system is PC MS-Dos file system.

memory MIDI quite all parameters can be controlled by Midi Control Change and K5000S outputs the frontal knobs as standard CC# values.

arpeggiator ARPEGGIATOR really complete with adjustable octave range, hold, random notes, gate velocity. The arpeggios are midi-ouput to other devices and they can be synched to external Midi clock tempo.
IMPORT function loads short Midi files into special slots for creative arpeggios edit.


dcf filter



K5000W wavestation bigger wavetable, performance parts, an internal sequencer, but no real time knobs.


K5000R 2 units rack with no control knobs for edit, but parameters can be accessed with external control change or directly with the Kawai box Macro Control.

kawai k5 Kawai K5 the spirital father of the K5000 series. Rackmount is K5m



demo factory demo1
demo factory demo 2
demo track 100% additive no PCM
demo Marte pianeta rosso
demo Marte pianeta rosso P2
demo additive moduation pad

effet Soundcloud K5000

demo1 demo2 demo2



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kawai k5000 front k5000 behind k5000R


- unique sound
- arpeggiator
- macro knobs
/ Midi


- manual


REVIEW "A unique synth! really not so easy until you get into the logic--- hundreds of hours for some truly magic inspiring sounds! "

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Kawai k5000s 4.5 out of 5 based on 61 ratings. price €500