MATRIXSYNTH: Kawai Synthesizer 100 P

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Kawai Synthesizer 100 P

via this auction

"The Kawai s100p is a rare analog monosynth built in 1979 in the wake of, and apparently based on, the famous Arp Pro-Soloist.

There is some evidence to suggest that the keyboard aftertouch found in the Kawai was licensed for use by the Arp corporation from the Pro-Soloist.

The Kawai is a very expressive synthesizer with some powerful preset sounds on board. These sounds can be modulated and affected by several touch sensitive effects such as vibrato, brilliance/wow (filter), Bend up/bend down and Growl (adds grit).

Other effects include a hold and sustain switch, portamento AND glissando, note repeat function, an analog flanger and best of all an on board spring reverb.

Yes, this is a preset synth; but with all the sound shaping functions on offer and the quality of the presets you can't fail to find mouth salivating analog goodness. The Tuba is earth shattering, the Shakuhachi beautiful and warm and when you apply the repeat, hold and flanger to the Wood Bass its instant Ultravox (think Dancing With Tears in my Eyes).

This unit is in very good cosmetic condition with just some wear along the edges of the wooden end pieces. All voices work and sound splendidly analog and raw. All keys are connecting nicely for aftertouch and apart from one missing switch cap everything is as one could wish it to be from a nearly forty year old instrument.

Grab yourself a rare vintage preset synth from 1979 in very nice condition and make me wish I hadn't sold it."

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