Synth Site: Kawai: K3: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Thomas Weiss a hobbyist user from Chicago Area - USA writes:
I remember playing this synth in a store and at a NAMM show in about 1987. I was impressed. Based on that, I bought one on eBay for $200 and plugged it in. Wow! It's got great analog-type sounds that make great basses, leads, and pads. Organs aren't bad, either. Even though it has membrane buttons and the display looks like your alarm clock, it is still pretty easy to program. The Kawai K3 was underrated when it came out, and I think it still is today. I bought this as a compliment to my Roland XP-80 workstation. In this role, it shines.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-08-2000 at 14:54
Geronimo Longoria a professional user from Bryan, TX writes:
The K-3. I used this keyboard in the early 90's. Recorded my first album with it. Used it in 96% of the songs. I used it especially for an organ sound I made that emulated the Hammond B-200. But now I'm not emulating because I have somehow collected 4 B-200's. But whenever I come across another one I'm definately going to get it and use it as back-up for these unreliable Hammond B-200's.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-05-2000 at 23:26
rez a hobbyist user from USA writes:
This synth changed the course of my musical life and opened the doors to my understanding of synthesis in general. I parted with it to upgrade to a more 'modern' synth, for which I will no divulge the name (I'm too ashamed). More often than not I wish I hadn't parted with it, but rather simply added to my collection. It sounded heavenly in all the right ways.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-09-2000 at 16:08
Chad Gould a part-time user from USA writes:
Caveat: The rating below of 5/5 is considering the 2000 price which is usually $200 - $300...

First, the negatives for this analog hybrid. The oscillators are digital and do sound rather static on their own. While they do sound quite nice through the filters, they sound rather static, with no snap or bite. There's no PWM, of course (duh, its sample-based) which further limits the bite. The resonance has only one setting which self-oscillates.

Now, the positives. :)

The filters are of the old SSM variety and are very, very sweet sounding. That and a delicious analog chorus, plus a fair amount of modulation, make for terrific ambient and other, less rough patches - including great strings and great pads.

Editing is very simple. The membrane-pad-over-buttons design can sometimes break but the buttons will still work. Parameters are simple, with limited modulation but enough to get the job done. No knobs except for a data wheel (alpha Juno style) but still quite easy to get around.

For $200, this is terrific. I've found myself able to create the sweetest string sounds and pad fills; sweeping the filter brings a joy that is tough to bring out of a DX-7. :)

If priced originally, I'd rate it a 3 out of 5 but these things are a good bargain in the world of overpriced Rolands and Moogs..

One note: the additive section is a bit tricky for my taste, but it can create some interesting tines. Too bad only one oscillator "wave" can be edited. This is the only *common* additive "analog" polysynth I know of...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-23-2000 at 23:19
Michael Barocca a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I just purchased this synth for $200. The K3 is one of the best synths that i have ever used. The user has extensive control over the sound peramiters. Great for makeing any cool analog sounds. Midi interface is very versatile. Many options Sysex dump and load. 50 pesets. jog wheel pitchbend and aftertouch. well made. really nice synth.very versatile

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-04-2000 at 17:21
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