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
- 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)
- 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
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