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Model Released MSRP Synopsis Ebay Description
100F 1977 ? Single oscillator monophonic synthesizers also sold under the Teisco brand. The Kawai/Teisco 100F is a 37 key monophonic synthesizer, featuring a single oscillator (saw/square/noise waveforms), a resonant low pass analog filter, a high pass filter, dual (AR) envelopes, an LFO (saw/triangle/square waveforms), portamento, filter input, and CV I/O.
100P 1979 650 Preset only version with pressure and effects, but no filter input or CV. The Kawai/Teisco 100P is a 37 key pressure sensitive monophonic synthesizer, featuring 32 presets, vibrato, portamento/glissando, pitch bend, brilliance, flanger and reverb. Pressure can modulate filter, pitch, and LFO
60F 1980 ? Single oscillator, single envelope The Kawai/Teisco 60F is a 32 key monophonic synthesizer, featuring a single oscillator (saw/pulse/noise waveforms), a resonant low pass analog filter, a high pass filter, ADSR envelope, an LFO (pulse/saw/triangle/square/random waveforms), portamento, filter input, and CV/gate inputs.
60P 1980 ? Preset only version with pressure. The Kawai/Teisco 60P is a 37 key pressure sensitive monophonic synthesizer, featuring 16 presets, vibrato, portamento/glissando, brilliance. Pressure can modulate filter, pitch, and LFO
110F 1981 ? Dual oscillator, dual envelopes The Kawai/Teisco 110F is a 37 key monophonic synthesizer, featuring dual oscillators (saw/pulse/triangle/noise waveforms), ring modulation, a resonant low pass analog filter, a high pass filter, dual ADSR envelopes, an LFO (pulse/saw/triangle/square/random waveforms), portamento, EQ, filter input, and CV/gate I/O.
SX-400 1981 1690 Quad oscillator, but all oscillators use the same waveform. The Kawai/Teisco SX-400 is a 49 key pressure sensitive monophonic synthesizer, featuring 4 oscillators (saw/pulse/triangle/noise waveforms), a resonant low pass analog filter, a high pass filter, dual ADSR envelopes, dual LFOs (saw/triangle/square waveforms), portamento/glissando, filter input, and CV/gate inputs.
SX-210 1983 $1595US As Kawai's second generation, the SX family adds polyphony, a sub oscillator, memory, portamento, larger keyboard, tape interface, and various modulation improvements. Multiple waveforms can be selected. The Kawai SX-210 is a 61 key 8 voice synthesizer, featuring a single oscillator (with sub and saw/pulse/square/noise waveforms), a resonant low pass analog filter, a high pass filter, dual ADSR envelopes, an LFO (saw/triangle/square waveforms), portamento/glissando, 32 presets, tape interface, and chorus.
SX-240 1984 $1695US The SX-240 divides the SX-210 waveforms between two oscillators (adding detune) and adds ring mod, split capabilities, MIDI, and sequencer. The Kawai SX-240 is a 61 key 8 voice bi-timbral synthesizer, featuring dual oscillators (with sub and saw/pulse/square/noise waveforms), ring modulation, a resonant low pass analog filter, a high pass filter, dual ADSR envelopes, an LFO (saw/triangle/square waveforms), portamento/glissando, 48 presets, MIDI, and chorus.
K3 1986 $1095US Kawai's third generation of analog synths begins their additive synthesis legacy. The K3 is refined into a typical hybrid synthesizer architecture of the day, although it adds an additive twist and wavetables, similar to Ensoniq's ESQ line. The Kawai K3 is a 61 key (velocity and pressure sensitive) 6 voice synthesizer, featuring dual oscillators (additive or 32 waveforms), a resonant low pass analog filter, a high pass filter, dedicated VCF/VCA ADSR envelopes, an LFO (saw/triangle/square/random waveforms), portamento/glissando, 50 presets, MIDI, and chorus.
K3m 1986 ? Rack K3. The Kawai K3m is a 2U rack (velocity and pressure sensitive) 6 voice synthesizer, featuring dual oscillators (additive or 32 waveforms), a resonant low pass analog filter, a high pass filter, dedicated VCF/VCA ADSR envelopes, an LFO (saw/triangle/square/random waveforms), portamento/glissando, 50 presets, MIDI, and chorus.
Note: MSRP is the Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price when in production (not a current price). For street prices, see Prepal.