SynthsKawai ⇝ Kawai K3

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The Kawai K3 is a hybrid synthesizer with two digital oscillators and analog filters. Its architecture and sound is similar to other hybrid synthesizers that it competed with, the Ensoniq ESQ-1 and the Korg DW-8000.

The K3 has a selection of 31 waveforms available plus one user-defined waveform that is built using additive synthesis with 32 harmonics that can be set at a level from 0 to 31. A second user-defined waveform can be stored on a memory cartridge. Kawai later created the K5, a synthesizer based entirely on additive synthesis.

It uses SSM2044 chips for its filters.

The K3 is available in rackmount form as the Kawai K3m.

Specifications

Year Released: 1986

MSRP: $1095

Keyboard: 61 keys with velocity and aftertouch

Polyphony: 6 notes

User Patches: 50

ROM: 32 KB (31 8-bit waveforms)

Effects: chorus

Screen: 6-digit LED display

Power Consumption: 38 watts

Dimensions: 964 mm x 373 mm x 118 mm

Weight: 15 kg

Oscillator Waveforms: 32 plus one user-defined additive waveform.

User Demo Videos

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Sound Samples

WAV samples are available on freewavesamples.com.

File Downloads

Kawai K3 Manual

Kawai K3 Service Manual

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