I recently started to work on an emulation of a Kawai K1 from 1988, the result will be a VSTi plugin that accurately emulates a Kawai K1, ready to use in music productions.
For this to work correctly, I carefully analyze all values of all parameters, created tools that help with it and recorded several gigabytes of data and even didn’t refrain from using a soldering iron to be able to extract the data of a K1 Wave ROM.
I very often use a real K1 for A/B comparison to ensure everything is 100% similar.
This page acts as a summary of what I did so far. An overview of all articles related to it can be found below.
- Emulation of a Kawai K1 as VSTi plugin
- Kawai K1: Analysing the LFO Speed
- Kawai K1: Analyzing Envelope Decay, Release, Level & Velocity using tools
- Kawai K1 VST: Audio Demo
- Kawai K1: Why I recorded all waveforms again
- Kawai K1: Aliasing and K1s native sampling rate
- Kawai K1: I dumped the K1m Wave ROM!
- Kawai K1: AmpMod, Velocity, Key Scaling, Vibrato & Autobend
- Kawai K1 VST: Audio Demo 2
- Kawai K1: VST features, differences & UI mockups
- Kawai K1: VSTi released!
- Nils‘ K1v updated to version 1.03 + BIG THANKS
- Nils‘ K1v updated to version 1.04
- Nils‘ K1v: Demo Video by MOSS
- Kawai K1 VSTi: I dumped all 200 PHm presets – free download
- My Kawai K1m: What is broken? Help needed to repair
- Nils‘ K1v now available as Mac/Linux VST & official approval by KAWAI!
- Nils‘ K1v now available as Mac AU / future work
- Kawai K1: 100% accurate velocity curves – provided by the firmware ROM
- Nils‘ K1v: Version 1.12 released
- Nils‘ K1v: Version 1.13 released
- Nils‘ K1v: Version 1.14 released – Multi support!
- Nils‘ K1v in a browser as web assembly using Emscripten
- Nils‘ K1v: Version 1.19 released
- Evan Sirchuk donated a Kawai K4r! ❤
- Nils‘ K1v: VST3 & Apple M1 support
- Nils‘ K1v – v1.2.4 released