Kawai K3 – everything under control

After presenting the new Stereoping hardware controllers we take a closer look at the K3 programmer and its operation. First, the Kawai K3 must be set to “SysEx Receiving” mode > master menu parameter 44 / value 5 (with the Korg DW-8000 this would be parameter 82 / value 2). Well, that’s it! Now the K3 reacts to every knob you tweak …

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Connect an external sequencer / computer to the programmer’s MIDI IN port for additional tweaking support. Data is merged and sent directly to the K3.

The programmer contains a 3-level operating system (red – green – yellow level). Volume, Cutoff, Reso(nance) and VCF ENV are independently accessible (top row).

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When recording the attached K3 sound examples, we noticed how much easier it is to create interesting, complex tracks with the programmer.

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Admittedly, this can be done with any software tool as well. However, we prefer real knobs. 16 knobs and 3 (illuminated) buttons is what you get here …

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The following audio-files give you an idea how a real-time controlled K3 can sound.

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