Kawai K1-II


The KAWAI K1-II digital multidimensional synthesizer has a wave based glistening warm digital sound compared to most of the competition in its class, (like the Roland D-50 or Yamaha DX-7). Using additive synthesis and samples combined in 4-oscillators with modulation can yield amazing sounds but, when you stack them multidimensionally with various pan, transpositioning, zoning, and velocity switching parameters, (think Wavestation joystick vectors),  the results are breathtaking; lush pads, strong leads, gripping sound effects, and bouncing stereo images to name a few.

Kawai K1-II Package Contents

  • Sounds:
    • K1-II, 32 Lower Single, 32 Upper Single, and 32 Multi Sound Bank ‘A’ system exclusive file. (All Multi Sound Banks are Upper and Lower dependant).
    • K1-II, 32 Lower Single, 32 Upper Single, and 32 Multi Sound Bank ‘B’ system exclusive file. (All Multi Sound Banks are Upper and Lower dependant).
    • The original Kawai K1-II Factory sound banks system exclusive file.
    • The original Kawai K1-II 12 RAM card Factory Sound Library Volume I, in system exclusive file format. (That’s 1152 Factory Sounds!) *
    • The Kawai Web site Kawai K1-II 23 RAM card Factory Sound Library Volume II, in system exclusive and MID file formats. (That’s 2208 Factory Sounds!)*
    • The MIDIEX version 1.A1 System Exclusive Transfer Utility, (PC Only)
  • Documentation:
    • Sound documentation (this document)
    • Scanned Sound List
    • Scanned Data Sheet
    • The original Kawai K1 and K1-II Owners Manuals
    • The Kawai K1-II Synthesizer Internal Waveform list
    • The Kawai K1-II Factory Reference Card
    • The Kawai K1 RAM card Factory Sound Library List
    • Tutorial: Sequencing with the Kawai K-1 Series Synthesizers

Kawai K1-II System Exclusive set up instructions

Make sure that your Kawai K1-II is properly hooked up to your PC’s MIDI ports and can send and receive system exclusive messages. On your K1-II control panel make the following parameter changes:

  • Press the blue SYSTEM button and then press the blue -NO +YES buttons until the K1 LCD display reads:



  • Now press the blue SYSTEM button once more. The display should read:


RCV CH = 1

  • Make sure that the K1 is set to receive in channel 1 to receive the Sound banks.

If you are unsure about changing the above settings, please consult the Kawai K1-II owner’s manual which is included

* Please note that the included Kawai Factory RAM card library included has been divided into Volumes I and II meaning: Volume I is the actual Kawai RAM cards owned by Michael Lyon, and has been tested and verified working. Volume II was downloaded from Kawai’s International Website, and not tested or verified. Volume I and II could contain duplicate sounds, but I decided to include it within this package for your benefit just in case there were a difference.

Sound File Summary of Terms

The files below are provided free and as is, (previously offered by me through Metascape Media for $15.00), no warranty or support implied or otherwise. You must agree to the END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT  before downloading the provided .zip archive. The archive is also password protected. To gain the password, please leave a personal “thank you” message within the “comments” section below with a valid email address so that I may provide the archives password for you.

This ensures a proper count of the users who download, and use these sounds. Your email address will NOT be used for any other purpose than to gain the archived password. Thank you for understanding, and I sincerely hope you enjoy making music with my sounds, and the various included sounds within the package. I would also love to hear your work using these sounds, but that’s completely up to you. You’ll have my email address, link me to your creative genius anytime   keyboard

Sound File Download

Kawai K1-II Video Demo


MIDIEX version 1.A1 is Copyright  1991 Tom Cohoe

The Kawai K1-II Owners Manuals, Waveform List, Reference Cards, Factory Sound Library List, and Factory sound banks are Copyright  2007 Kawai Musical Instrument Manufacturing Company.

All new Kawai sound banks Copyright 2014 Michael Lyon


192 thoughts on “Kawai K1-II”

  1. Thanks a lot for the patches.
    I have a K1 II but the sounds got lost during a battery change.

    Please send me the required password to open the files.

    Thanks in advance,

    best regards from Ralf from Germany.

  2. Muchas Gracias!!! tengo un K1 r y un K1 m de aquellas épocas!!!

    Thanks a lot.
    I have one K1r and other K1m of those times!!

  3. Thank you for sharing this sounds! I recently acquired a K1r and this exponentially expands my possibilities while I learn my way through the menus and how to edit and make my own patches on this synth. Thanks again and I wish you success in all your future endeavors!

  4. Just took my K1-II out of the box after about 10 years, and it had lost everything. Found your site while searching for a solution… thanks for making this available!

    1. Thanks, Michael. I recently unboxed my ancient Kawai K1-ii and started playing with it a bit. Not sure if I garbled the patches or if I just haven’t gotten the hang of using it, but every key seems to repeat with a 1-second delay. The repeat only occurs once, but it makes it impossible to play a scale or anything like that. I wanted to try reloading the patches before digging into the hardware.


  5. Good stuff and thank you in advance for sharing these files and sounds, look forward to playing them on my kit..

    …regards and best wishes


  6. Hi .
    Thanks again for sharing your work with the K1 and the UltraProteus – i’m really excited to try your sound !

  7. Hi! I’ve had my K1-II since I was a teenager; that’s almost 30 years now! Looking forward to seeing what sounds you have created with this fantastic synth. Thank you for sharing!

  8. WOW, A Big Thankyou Mister! I am renewing (refurbishing) my k2 ii. Then, with new Sounds. Parddyy mode ON! :) Thank You Verry verry much!

  9. Many thanks for this. I owned a K-1 synth many years ago, (late 1980’s) and then traded it in on better gear in the 1990’s. I am trying to recreate some songs that I did back then so I found one real cheap on e-bay. So with these, I can now resurrect them.

    Thanks a Million!

  10. Thank you great demo. I just bought one a Kawai K1 mrk 2 because i got it cheap and am amazed how good the keyboard sounds, Anyway to expand this would be amazing thanks!
    Best Wishes Jon

  11. Thank you for the K1ii patches. Much needed since the previous owner messed them up all to hell!! Looking forward to actually using this synth.

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      1. Thanks a lot, this looks really interesting! Getting my K1-II tomorrow, and already itching to milk it for all the sounds it can give :)

  12. Thank you Michael for your custom patches. I can’t wait to sysex them to my newly acquired second-hand K1ii. Also, your Memories music video was awesome. Truly inspirational. Given me a lot of ideas.

    Cheers :)

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  13. Thank you.
    I’ve really love your Memories track/video. Inspired me. I can’t wait to load your patches into my K1ii which I’ve recently bought second-hand.

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  14. Hi Michael. My name is Ladislav. I am from Slovakia and I do not speak English well. I have an old Kawai K-1 and Thy site I found a new sound, and I would like to get some listen and install K-1. Please send me a password for your zip file. Thank you very much

  15. Just got a K1 and I am enjoying it a lot! I like its sound, OK… no filter but who cares?
    Can’t wait to load your sounds!
    Thank you for your generosity!

  16. gRACIAS POR LA POSIBILIDAD DE RESUCITAR MI VIEJO kAWAI k1 II Espero pronto descargar los parches con la contraseña.

  17. Just bought a used K1 from a guy who hated it….It was loaded with sound effects and crappy patches! Spend the weekend nerding out. I love it! Got some decent patches from Kawai, but I’m eager to check out yours. Thanks man! Solid!

  18. Thanks in advance for the Kawai K1 patches…! I just have purchased a K1m (second hand) a few weeks ago . Regards!

  19. Thank you for this nice work to keep the K1 alive after 30 years. Can you provide me the password to the patch, please ?

    1. Friend, thank you for providing this technological tool to revive my kawai k1 ii, could you please sumunustrarme the code to unzip the file?

  20. I just bought a used K1 which is missing all factory presets: all patches have the same sound. I replaced the internal battery and I’m now waiting on my MIDI-USB interface, so I can try restoring them.

    I ran across your website, and thought it would be great to try out some of your sounds as well.

    Thanks a lot!

  21. I too love designing sounds for the K1. Very gracious of you to share your hard work. Can’t wait to hear what you’ve done.

    All the best…

  22. Thanks for uploading these. I’ve just got hold of a K1 and looking for the original internal factory patches as many of mine have been replaced & some are duplicates. I’ve downloaded the free patches from the Kawai site but they are not the original sound banks like these: https://archive.org/details/KawaiK1PresetBanks1internalBans which is how I want to get my K1 setup & I gather your upload includes those? Would also like to check out your sounds too of course, cheers, Paul.

    1. Hi Paul, the Archive I provide has the original Factory Banks, as well as ALL of the Kawai Factory Sound Cards, and of course 2 banks of my own creations 😉

  23. Hello, happy holidays and thank you for the patches. The K1 is such a capable machine and well designed for a bargain. I hope your stuff will help me to bring the best out of it.

      1. Hi Sy Az, I just attempted to email the archive password to you a couple of times, but got a return message back both times:

        Your message wasn’t delivered because the address couldn’t be found, or is unable to receive mail.

        Please let me know if there is another way to get in touch. Thanks,

  24. Hello ,
    je serais intéresser par vos patchs K1 Kawai .
    Je vous remerçie de me donné le mot de passe .

  25. Hello and thank you for making this and managing this page!
    Very much looking forward to being able to use these.


  26. Thank you for offering new life into these still very unique machines! Very much looking forward using these in my latest work.


    1. Just WOW! These sounds breathe a lot of fresh air into my already dusty K1! VERY useful patches. Many thanks again for providing those!

      1. Your very welcome Florian, and everyone for your kind words. I used an Atari 1040 ST and the Kawai K1-VDS sound editor to make those. I am sincerely happy you like them :)

    1. Hi Ivan, Yes the patches I have available will work on a Kawai K1, except for the effects section of the patch data, which is only available in the K1 II. :)

  27. Hello michael, I would very much like to use your patches for my kawai k1 II which I acquired recently, and which I fell in love with as soon as I touch it. Thank you so much. A big greeting.

    Federco H.

  28. Thank you so much for making you your K1 patches available. Looking forward to playing them soon with my K1r II.
    (I also have the K4)

  29. Wow! After one year from the discovery of your UltraProteus pack, here is another one for another one of my synths! 😉

    Thanks a lot for your brilliant work!

  30. Hello, can someone please walk me thru, how to send these new patches from my PC (I currently have Anvil Studio) to my Kawai K1 II? I’ve been trying to send these patches to my synth since New Years!

    1. I researched the Manual for Anvil Studio, and you can record, but not send System Exclusive Data; the format used to transfer sound data, (unless I missed something). Here: http://www.anvilstudio.com/usersGuide.pdf . I would suggest MIDI-OX: http://www.midiox.com/?http://www.midiox.com/moxdown.htm . Download and install MIDI-OX and follow this: https://kawaik1.wordpress.com/2016/04/03/how-to-send-sysex-data-to-the-kawai-k1/ . That should do the trick 😉

  31. Thanks for the information package and backups to the old patches. Interested in getting the new patches installed as well.
    The K1-II has kept its place even with the new Arturia MiniBrute in hands.
    I appreciate you keeping the legacy alive.

  32. Thank you for the patches; I have a K1m, and have been considering purchasing a K1 II. These patches and documentation should provide many insights into the K1 series synthesizers.

    Thanks Again,

    Mike Akers

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