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30-Day: 370; 7-Day: 278; Yesterday: 168
Nils' K1v is a classic rompler that emulates the Kawai K1, a famous japanese classic from 1988.
Can import & export SysEx presets & banks from/to the original device.
Transmits & receives parameter changes via SysEx to act as an editor for the hardware or to be edited via external editors.
Furthermore, the plugin features a fully fledged MIDI implementation:
8-bit synthesis engine.
Four sources per voice:
256 waveforms, 204 additive waveforms with 128 harmonics + 52 PCM wave forms.
8 velocity curves.
Coarse & Fine tune, adjustable key tracking, lots of modulation options.
[Fix] Wrong number of presets (832 instead of 968) were reported to plugin hosts.
[Fix] MIDI notes could get stuck in some cases.
[Fix] Rounding issue in fixed key note number drop down menu that caused note B0 to be displayed although note C1 was selected.
[Imp] K1v now supports Multi presets. All factory Multi presets have been added for all factory banks, making up a total of 384 Multis, or 1352 presets in total.
[Imp] K1v now has a settings page to allow to specify the MIDI receive channel, disable/enable receive & send of SysEx and more.
[Imp] MIDI receive channel can now also be modified by sending an Omni-Mode-Off control change from a specific MIDI channel.
[Imp] Added ability to navigate through presets with cursor keys.
[Imp] Code optimizations to reduce overall CPU usage.
Emulation is good but it is emulating a bad synth. K1 / K4 is nothing interesting. There is about 5% of sounds I would really use. M1/T1 are superior to K1.
Yes, it's free but we have lot of similar free .SF2 sounds from same era already.Read Review
(Note: current version is 1.24, July, 2021.).
A minute and a half of envelope decay when set at 100%! This is teaching me stuff I never learned about my hardware K1r. Thank you nils! You have made me a happy composer. Donation is going to happen today. Cheers.
Runs perfectly in Digital Performer 10 under High Sierra in my aging 2011 MacBook Pro. It's the most processor-intensive plugin I run, and I need to bounce to disk to use it, but it's totally worth the effort, and it's a joy to listen to it.Read Review
In most cases I'm not a rompler fan. Best example: SQ8ROM...1GB sampled from an 0,6MB VSTi.
But this is different. It is the emulation of real hardware and it brings a big, big bunch of great, well recreated sounds in a top quality. A must have for Kawai fans.
Needed a replacement as my real K1 slowly stops functioning after almost 30 years, this is perfect! It loads all the sounds from my library (> 10.000) without any problem and sounds almost exactly like the original.Read Review
For being a free plugin alone, this deserves 5 stars. Instant late 80ies/early 90ies feeling. If you like LFO (the band), you will love this plugin.
I have a K1r mk1 in my rack next to me and the plugin fails to model one crucial ingredient of the original: the noise floor;).
Really well done, Nils! And may I add that the fact this exists not only for Windows but also as a Mac VST and AU and on top of that also works on Linux systems is seriously mind-blowing. Especially if you consider the short time span during which all these versions for different platforms came out.
I have earmarked some € to donate (and may I suggest you consider doing so as well?), especially for the AU version. If this was a commercial plugin, I would not hesitate to part with 50 or 60€ if I was making as much music today as I used to. Don't like Ro-land Cloud but like the D-50? Get this. Seriously, download this plugin if you like breathy, aliasing ROMplers as much as I do.
So far, I haven't tried to use the plugin as an editor for the hardware but I am really excited to so. Just the fact that an emulation is capable of doing so is so awesome (Dexed comes to mind).
Disclaimer: I'm not affiliated with the author of this software in any way. I'm simply blown away that somebody so talented and focused on getting stuff right (read Nils' blog about the development of this plugin, he's a man of dedication) would share the results of all his efforts with the world for free. And I do have a soft spot for quirky Kawai synths, now I can take one of them with me when I travel. I love this plugin.Read Review