MATRIXSYNTH: KAWAI POP SYNTH SOUND MODULE - PHm | Can You Make a 80s Hit Song With Only a Dirt Cheap Synth?

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

KAWAI POP SYNTH SOUND MODULE - PHm | Can You Make a 80s Hit Song With Only a Dirt Cheap Synth?

video upload by Espen Kraft

"Is it possible to make catchy retro synthpop music with only a cheap synth module from the late 80s? Does gear really matters if the song is strong enough to begin with? You decide!

The Kawai PHm 'the pop module' from 1989. A non-GM module of the PH50. 200 presets which sounds like down-sampled versions of the Kawai K1 sounds.

I find this module highly capable of making gritty, crunchy and beautiful sounds and with a bit of (lots actually) compression, EQ, reverb and arranging I think this sounds perfect for this song. I wouldn't want to change out one single sound."

I somehow missed this one; spotted it in the following listing:

via this auction

"Kawai PHm Pop Synth Module

• Wide variety of tones
The PHm offers a choice of 250 tones: 200 single sounds plus 50 combinations. Together, they cover a wide range from piano and bass to percussion and special effects – all recorded with the same high- quality PCM sound.
• Five-part sequencing
The PHm simultaneously supports up to five parts: a combination of up to 4 tones selected from the 200 available single sounds plus a separate PCM drum section which contains 16 instruments of drum and percussion. The PHm’s VARIABLE MULTI TIMBRE functions automatically allocate the use of the 16 voices available for the five parts for maximum effect.
• Pre-programmed rhythms
The PHm offers a choice of 30 built-in rhythm patterns – everything from 50’s rock through rap – that are instantly available to enhance your keyboard performance.
• Compact, half rack size
The PHm’s compact, lightweight (1.2 kg) design makes it easy to carry and small enough to place on top of a synthesizer or digital piano. An optional adaptor enables it for rack mounting.

Number of voices: 16 Maximum
Tone Patches: 250 (200 Tones/50 Combinations)
Rhythm: 30 Patterns Start/Stop, Intro/Fill In, Tempo, Rhythm Volume
Combination Edit: 30 Forms Assign, Volume
System: Tune, Transpose, Transmit Channel, Receive Channel, Omni On/Off, Program Change, Pressure On/Off, Pitch Bend On/Off, Modulation On/Off, Volume On/Off, Hold On/Off, Velocity On/Off
Others: Power, Master Volume, MIDI
Jacks: L (Mono)/R, MIDI (In,Out,Thru)
Display: 3 LEDs"

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