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The Kawai K1 is a 61 key synthesizer manufactured in 1988 by Kawai. It is an entry-level and low fidelity synthesizer and not as feature rich as the Kawai K4 and was released to compete with the Roland D50 and Korg M1 synthesizers.
The K1 features 256 8-bit PCM waveforms (204 additive waveforms, 52 acoustic samples, AM (Ring modulation) and a 16×2 lines LCD display.
The K1 includes drum kits and sounds (acoustic and electronic kits, cymbals as well as some tuned percussion), so can be used to create full rhythm backing when sequenced. The K1II model has 32 percussion sounds.
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It's an 80's synth.
The 1988 Kawai K1 is a solid 61 key digital lo-fidelity synth with velocity sensitivity and aftertouch based on 8-bit short cycle waveforms that captures the sound of an era. There are some pleasing voices in here, and a few you may never need, with enough editing available to create some unique sounds. In recent years this synth has really shone. I considered selling a while ago but it has earned a home for a few more years.