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Welcome to the Kawai Gallery

Introducing Kawai

Long time piano manufacturer entered the synthesizer market from 1980 to 1996. Some early models were marketed under their Teisco brand For street prices, see Prepal.

Released Conventional Additive Rompler Additive-Rompler
1977 100F
1979 100P
1980 60F 60P
1981 110F SX-400
1983 SX-210
1984 SX-240
1986 K3 K3m
1987 K5 K5m
1988 K1 K1m K1r
1989 K1II K1rII K4 K4r XD-5
1990 KC10
1993 K11 GMega KC20 GMega-LX
1996 K5000S K5000R K5000W

Architectural Classes:

  • Additive: Multiple sine wave harmonics are combined.
  • Conventional: Single cycle waveforms, subtractive architecture (filtered harmonics).
  • FM: Oscillators use Frequency or Phase Modulation.
  • Rompler: ROM based samples (often subtractive).
  • Sampler: User recorded samples (often subtractive).
  • Modelling: Digital model, usually involving a Driver and Modulators.