WeLcOmE tO LeGoWeLT.OrG ---> Thanks to all the freaks for the supercool party in London it was awesome! I will be back in London 2 march in Fabric with Peggy Gou and more ********* Issue 7 of the Shadow Wolf ASCII Cyberzine is out, check it out below. I got a Yamaha PSS480 during the holidays check out the little blurp, hot pix and sounds below! ******* Also if you didnt check it out yet there is a new SAMPLE PACK, this time with 385 16 bit WAV samples from the Kawai K4 free for you to use in your productions or whatever ******* This week I will travel to the SMEM Swiss synthesizer museum in Fribourg to make their kickstarter reward LP using a selection of their instrument collection and on Friday I will play a live gig at at the MoutinNoir ******** Due to popular demand I will do another performance of my live soundtrack for Werner Herzog's 1979 NOSFERATU this time at the EYE film museum in Amsterdam Friday 15th of February info how to get tickets etc. will be here on monday!!!!!!!! ******* Ok thats it for today laterzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz *********

Synthstuff Kawai K1 II

Behold: The Kawai K1 II is a digital synthesizer from the late 80s build by the
Kawai Musical  Instruments Manufacturing Company in Hamamatsu Japan. Its a
cheap and  easy to find machine cause its sneered upon by analog snoots who
probably  don’t have any braincell left to program it cause they inhaled too much
toxic soldering fumes. A Really cool thing about the K1 is that it sort of looks like
Darth Vader with its sleek triangular edges. Apart from that it also has a supercool
joystick to program the sounds and  smoothly mix through the different waveforms while playing

Inside this beast:
There are 4 oscillators with 256 digital waveforms in glorious 8 bit(!) resolution. All you
can do is change the pitch and shape the envelopes for each of these 4 oscs.
There is some other stuff like effects and an LFO but there are no filters of any kind
so you might want to put an external lowpass filter on the outputs or do some freaky
stuff with your mixer EQ. This thing is a forgotten techno cult classic used in a lot
legendary classics back in the days (LFO’s – LFO deep evolving stringpad is a preset from
this machine for example)

The K1 has a weird gritty evaporating 8 bit warmth…ideal for decomposing dusty dubtechno ambient and almost william basinksi-esque disintegration loop vibes

Here are some mp3 snipps out of the K1mkII:

Sweeping through pads

Kawai techno (Drums are not from the K1)

Dubby evapo techno (Drums are not from the K1)

Vector Synthesis techno (Drums are not from the K1)

Grainy pads, notice the characteristic 8-bit artefacts

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