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Kawai K5000 R



kawai k5000 R
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Kawai K5000 R (1997)

Rackmount expander version of the K5000S synthesizer: digital synthesizer mixing additive synthesis and PCM breed.

rack additive synthesis

k5000R edit

info RACKMOUNT (weight: 3 Kg) 2 units.
The main panel features a 240 x 64 pixels display, 41 buttons, 2 knobs and a rotary data encoder.

Back panel terminal connectors:
- main out
- aux out
- Midi interface

Front panel terminal connectors:


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

k5000 edit

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 doubled if special memory expansion model 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.
Optional Kawai box Macro Control can be used to improve edit interface.

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.


K5000S synth with many real time control and a nice keyboard. .

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
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demo additive moduation pad


effet Soundcloud K5000

demo1 demo2 demo2



Kawai K5000R Demo  *Advanced Additive Synthesizer* Kawai K5000R with Roland jd800
Demo *Advanced Additive Synthesizer* Kawai K5000R with
- Roland jd800












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- unique sound
- Arpeggiator
- space saving


- little memory
-not so easy to tame -manual
-No more realtime controls


REVIEW " inspiring module! the S version is best for real-time commands but R saves space! "




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kawai k5000R 4.5 out of 5 based on 61 ratings. price €500