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kawai k5000 W
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Kawai K5000 W (1996)

The W version Is the workstation version of the famous additive series synthesizer k5000 based on a mix of additive synthesis and PCM samples. The W boasts much more waveforms and a sequencer, but it lacks original real-time controllers from k5000S.

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info KEYBOARD (weight: 14 Kg) 61 velocity keys with aftertouch function.
Main panel features a 240 X 64 pixels display, 70 push buttons and a rotary data wheels. On the left side there are 2 wheels for modulation and pitchbender stick.

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 digital voices based on DAS DSP ADVANCED SYNTHESIS.
A basic k5000 patch is composed by 6 digital oscillators or so called "elements".
Each DAS elements 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 that holds 689 PCM waveforms split into 4 categories:
1- PCM acoustic instruments
2- PCM transient attack PCM (like Roland D-50
3- PCM 225 one-shot drums and
4- PCM 341 Midi GM waves



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:
- 512 RAM patches
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. The Optional Kawai box Macro Control can be used to improve edit interface.

arpeggiator SEQUENCER offers 40 tracks, 40000 notes recording to a resolution of 96 PPQ with real time feature (quantizes mode) or step by step.
The Songs can be saved to SMF Midi standard format and arranged with intelligent style composer Automatic Phrase Generator.


dcf filter




K5000S synth with many real time control and a nice keyboard

arpeggiator K5000R basically as a S rackmount edition minus controllers.
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



Kawai K5000S Wicked Soundscapes Mystique Sounds of Kawai k5000 Kawai k5000 S 100% additive synthesis sounds.
Wicked Soundscapes Mystique Sounds additive clip













- unique sound
- Arpeggiator
-unlimited sound approach
- expandend memory RAM and ROM


- GM waveforms
-not so easy to tame, manual won't help you
-No more real-time controls


REVIEW "Great digital sound, but edit is limited and extra waves not so useful
W is in my opinion the less interesting model of the serie unless you have macro box.

Kawai K500S


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kawai k5000W 4.5 out of 5 based on 61 ratings. price €400