Kawai K3 / K-3 | Wavetable/Analog Hybrid Synth

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A great sounding (and underrated) synth. The pads this thing can generate really cut through a mix and provide a distinct sound that's unlike anything out there. Now for the few faults: Missing a slider cap, the touch membrane has a superficial scratch in the center that doesn't go all the way through the top layer of plastic.

From encyclotronic.com:

A New Approach to Sound Synthesis

The Kawai K-3 synthesizer combines wave sampling technology with true synthesis ability for a totally new approach to sound generation It starts by constructing the waveform for a digital sound source from its harmonic components. (There are 32 such waveforms built into the synthesizer, but you can program your own by assigning relative amplitudes for any 32 of the first 128 harmonics.) The audio signals from each oscillator are then combined and passed through filters, LFOs, envelope generators, and other components usually found only in today’s more advanced analog synthesizers.

Wave sampling yields very faithful reproduction of the original because it produces a highly accurate description of sound produced by a piano, trombone, bass guitar, or any other instru- ment. The technology used, however, calls up a fixed sample and plays it back in a fashion not unlike a tape recorder. Using such a fixed sound source sacrifices control over the articulation, the way in which the sound varies over time after the musician first strikes the key. Analog synthesizers, on the other hand, generally provide greater control over articulation and other parameters required to produce a more "live" sound — only to lose sampling accuracy and the ability to easily program the synthesizer to emulate an existing instrument. The Kawai K-3 synthesizer's digitally programmed sound sources give you the best of both worlds: lifelike samples and complete control of articulation.

Other Features

The Kawai K-3 synthesizer has several other advanced features as well:

+ Programmable velocity and aftertouch (pressure), that allow you to personalize keyboard response for each tone patch.

+ Programmable stereo chorus and delay for creating tone patches with realistic, studio quality effects.

+ Weighted keyboard for a professional “feel” and accurate touch response.

+ Slot for a removable memory cartridge, an external storage device which holds 50 additional tone patches.

+ Advanced MIDI implementation including support for “system exclusive” messages which expand the control possible with this world standard interface.

+ Analog and digital sound synthesis — the best of both worlds!

Do not let all these advanced features overwhelm you. The Kawai K-3 synthesizer also has many of the standard features which you already know how to use. We do suggest, however, that you study this manual and keep it handy as a reference so that you can get the most from the wide range of advanced features available to you.

Product Specs

Listed3 years ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.learn more

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