The Kawai K1 is a sample-based synthesizer that uses 8-bit PCM waveforms. It functions similarly to the Roland D-series synthesizers and although it's not quite the same, it can be thought of as "budget LA synthesis". The patch memory can be doubled with a DC-8 memory card. A DC-16 and DC-32 can also be used. It uses a standard CR-2032 3V lithium battery for its memory.
It has a single card slot and can be expanded with a variety of expansion cards.
Year Released: 1988
Keyboard: 61 keys with velocity and aftertouch
Polyphony: 16 notes
Multitimbral: 8 parts
User Patches: 64
User Performances: 32
ROM: 256 8-bit PCM waveforms (204 additive waveforms, 52 acoustic samples)
Screen: 16x2 character backlit LCD
Power Consumption: 4 watts
Dimensions: 936 mm x 260 mm x 80 mm
Weight: 6.8 kg
Kawai K1 Black ($120)
Kawai K11 Original Manual ($9.99)
Kawai K1r ($199.20)