MATRIXSYNTH: National KX-33 Panakit

Wednesday, March 08, 2023

National KX-33 Panakit

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via this auction

Another one spotted by M Me.

Note the only ins and outs are on the front panel. It appears to be some sort of drum machine sequencer. If you know and/or can translate the controls, let us know in the comments below.

National (Panasonic) also made the RF-1300 and SY-50 Rhythm Machines as seen in previous posts.

Update: See the comments at the bottom of this post for more.


  1. I think all the Japanese markings on the front panel are in "katakana", which is a phonetic way to spell foreign words - but the photos are a bit fuzzy. After "National", there is katakana for "Panakit". The katakana above the keys 1-7 approximate the "solfege" names for notes in a major scale - do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti. There are more katana on the keys above, with musical "sharp" signs after them for the "black notes" in a C-major scale. I guess that this is a 3-part sequencer with a simple internal tone generator. Not a drum machine.

  2. Continuing ... It appears that you could set rests, note values, octaves, and durations via the keypad - reading and writing events either sequentially or by hexadecimal memory addresses (0-9 plus A-F span 16 hex values). The display would show values and hexadecimal addresses. The "sensor" jacks might be for momentary switches for "note-on" and "note-off" events.

  3. I found more photos at the link below. A price of 39,800 yen is about $35US.

    1. Closer to $300 USD actually.

  4. I meant $350!!!

  5. Me again. Maybe it has only one voice, and the LOW/MIDDLE HIGH select the octave.


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