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Kawai K3


Released: 1986

MSRP: $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. Architecture Class: Conventional (subtractive).

Ebay Description:

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.


Form Factor Dimensions Weight Audio Input Audio Output Communication Port Control Input Control Output Switch Input Power
61 keys W:964mm D:373mm H:118mm 15kg no stereo MIDI IN OUT THRU MIDI MIDI program:inc sustain wired (38W)


Compatibility Multitimbral Memory Program Memory External Storage External Programming UI Input UI Output
K3 K3m N/A user:50 cartridge:50 MIDI SysEx Cartridge (RC-2 and Dolittle B-25 Turbo Ram, providing 2 banks, 2 levels) no dedicated buttons LEDs LED display


Multitimbral Polyphony Unison Architecture
no 6 no DCO1+DCO2->VCF->VCA->HPF


Effects Pan Modulator Volume Modulator Headphone
chorus:4 tremolo delay no pressure key LFO MIDI-CC7 VCA-EG velocity yes


Arpeggiator Arpeggiator External Sequencer Sequencer Memory Sequencer External Continuous Program Change
no N/A no N/A N/A BendWheel MIDIPitchBend MIDI-CC1 MIDI-CC5 MIDI-CC7 MIDI-CC64 MIDI-CC65 MIDI pedal


Key Pressure Chord Memory External Control External Sustain Key Scaling Velocity Curves
channel no MIDI MIDI pedal variable linear slope 1


Name Signal Class Waveform Octave Range Amplitude Modulator Harmonics Modulator Pitch Modulator Wave Assign Modulator
DCO1 digital 31 additive (32 of 128 harmonics) noise:white 4' 8' 16' balance:pressure PWM:LFO auto-bend BendWheel LFO MIDI:PitchBend glissando portamento no
DCO2 digital square 4' 8' 16' balance:pressure no auto-bend BendWheel LFO MIDI:PitchBend glissando portamento no


Name Signal Class IC Resonant Shape Frequency Modulator Resonance Modulator Shape Modulator
VCF analog SSM2044 yes low pass pressure key LFO VCF-EG velocity no no
HPF analog discrete? no high pass no no no


Name Level Rate Loop Polarity Trigger Level Modulator Rate Modulator
VCF-EG sustain attack decay release no no key no no
VCA-EG sustain attack decay release no no key no no


Name Waveform Delay Polarity Sync Delay Modulator Level Modulator Rate Modulator
LFO chromatic random saw:up square triangle yes yes no no MIDI-CC7 vibrato:pressure no
Conventional Models
100F 100P 60F 60P 110F SX-400 SX-210 SX-240
K3 K3m