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Kawai XD-5 Percussion Synthesizer

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Description
The Kawai XD-5 is a percussion synthesizer based on the Kawai K4 sample playback + filter + AM amplifier modulation synthesis architecture. It is essentially a Kawai K4r with percussion waveforms, plus speeded up envelopes, gate mode and amplifier to better suit percussion sounds. Features include 32 digital oscillators each capable of using one of 256 available 16-bit waveforms, a digital filter with self resonance and 6 individual outputs.

The Kawai XD-5 16 hit digital percussion synthesizer. This revolutionary new synthesizer uses 16-bit 44.1 kHz sampled and synthesized waveforms for optimum sound quality. The friendly user-interface and parameter structure of the Kawai K series has been retained, and new functions and features added to increase the XD-5's music making power.

Features

The XD-5 is a rack-mount digital percussion synthesizer equipped with a DMS (Digital Multi Spectrum) tone generator capable of up to 16 notes of polyphony when set at two Sources per tone.

The XD-5 utilizes a newly developed DMS tone generator. Not only does it use 16 bit system, but because it has a Digital Filter function, your freedom in producing sounds is unlimited. It is also capable of AM (Ring Modulation) to easily and simply produce clangorous and distorted sounds.

256 high quality internal waveforms

The XD-5 has 41 DC (Digital Cyclic) waveforms composed of as many as 128 harmonics, and a total of 215 PCM waveforms, for a total of 256 waveforms. Because the XD-5's internal waveforms are reproduced using 16-bit 44.1 kHz quantization, noise and distortion are virtually inaudible.

INDIVIDUAL OUTPUT function

The XD-5 is equipped not only with two stereo output jacks, but with six separate output jacks as well to allow the connection of external effects units to create high quality sound.

GATE MODE

When you use the pad controller or drum machine which has no GATE parameter, you can play full cycle of envelope by using this mode.

Card

A card permits an increased number of tones to be placed in memory. One card can hold 64 SINGLE Patches, 16 KIT Patches and 16 OUTPUT Patches.

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Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: ROM, Vector synthesis
Oscillators: 4
Waveforms: Pulse, ROM, Saw Up, Sine, Square, Super Saw, Triangle, Wave Table, White Noise
ROM Resolution: 16 bit, 44.1 kHz
Oscillator Notes:
+ 16-bit 44.1 khz resolution
+ 256 PCM waves
+ 41 PCM digital cyclic (DC) waves
+ 215 PCM percussion samples

DC:
001 Sine
002 Sine 13
003 Brass
004 Square 1
005 Random
006 E. Pno 1
007 E.Bass 1
008 Ac. Bass 1
009 E. Pno 2
010 E. Pno 3
011 E. Pno 4
012 Dbl. Reed
013 Sawtooth
014 E. Pno 5
015 E. Pno 6
016 Harmonics 1
017 E. Bass 2
018 E. Bass 3
019 Bell 1
020 E. Pno 7
021 Chime 1
022 Harmonics 2
023 Chime 2
024 Organ Mellow
025 Organ Bright
026 Harmonics 3
027 High Harm 1
028 High Harm 2
029 Harmonics 4
030 Harmonics 5
031 High Harm 3
032 High Harm 4
033 Fretless Bass
034 Square 2
035 Octave Square
036 Pulse
037 Ac. Bass 2
038 E. Bass 4
039 Ac. Bass 3
040 Bell 2
041 Piano

Kick:
042 Sub Woofer
043 Dry Kick
044 Dry Lite Kick
045 Ultra Kick
046 Can Kick
047 Big Room
048 Surdu
049 808 Kick

Snare:
050 STWCOPEQ Snare
051 Jazz Snare
052 7 Maple Snare
053 Radio Snare
054 Deep Snare
055 CompReggae
056 Clank Snare
057 Pop Snare
058 Cameo Snare
059 808 Snare

Rim:
060 X Stick
061 808 Rim

Tom:
062 Power Tom 10
063 Power Tom 12
064 Power Tom 16
065 Kitchen Tom Hi
066 Kitchen Tom Lo
067 Plant Tom

HH:
068 HH Open
069 HH Closed
070 HH Foot
071 808 Hat

Cym:
072 Side Cymbal
073 Heavy Edge
074 Bell
075 Light Edge

Perc:
076 808 Claps
077 The Snap
078 Conga Open
079 Conga Slap
080 808 Tom
081 Bongo
082 Timbale HI
083 Timbale LO
084 Tabla
085 Talking Drum
086 Udu
087 Slit Drum
088 Woodblock
089 Xylophone
090 Clave
091 808 Clave
092 Castanet
093 Cowbell
094 Agogo
095 808 Cowbell
096 Tambourine
097 Triangle
098 Wuhan Gong
099 Mark Chime
100 Whistle
101 Cuica
102 Cabasa
103 Shaker Loop
104 Shaker 1 Shot
105 Analog Maraca

Pitched:
106 Brass Hit
107 Timpani
108 Bass
109 Bottle

Industrial:
110 Ice Bell
111 Pipe
112 New Door
113 Click
114 Metal Hit
115 Glass Max
116 White Noise

Reverse Kick:
117 R Dry Kick
118 R Dry Lite Kick
119 R Ultra Kick
120 R Can Kick
121 R Big Room
122 R Surdu
123 R 808 Kick

Reverse Snare:
124 R STWCOPEQ Snare
125 R Jazz Snare
126 R 7 Maple Snare
127 R Radio Snare
128 R Deep Snare
129 R CompReggae
130 R Clank Snare
131 R Pop Snare
132 R Cameo Snare
133 R 808 Snare

Reverse Rim:
134 R X Stick : Incorrectly part of Group Snare in Waveform List.
135 R 808 Rim

Reverse Tom:
136 R Power Tom 10
137 R Power Tom 12
138 R Power Tom 16
139 R Kitchen Tom Hi
140 R Kitchen Tom Lo
141 R Plant Tom

Reverse HH:
142 R HH Open
143 R HH Closed
144 R HH Foot
145 R 808 Hat

Reverse Cym:
146 R Side Cymbal
147 R Heavy Edge
148 R Bell
149 R Light Edge

Reverse Perc:
150 R 808 Claps
151 R The Snap
152 R Conga Open
153 R Conga Slap
154 R 808 Tom
155 R Bongo
156 R Timbale HI
157 R Timbale LO
158 R Talking Drum
159 R Udu
160 R Slit Drum
161 R Woodblock
162 R Xylophone
163 R Clave
164 R 808 Clave
165 R Castanet
166 R Cowbell
167 R Agogo
168 R 808 Cowbell
169 R Tambourine
170 R Wuhan Gong
171 R Mark Chime
172 R Whistle
173 R Cuica
174 R Cabasa
175 R Shaker 1 Shot
176 R Analog Maraca

Reversed Pitched:
177 R Brass Hit
178 R Timpani
179 R Bass

Reversed Industrial:
180 R Ice Bell
181 R Pipe
182 R New Door
183 R Click
184 R Metal Hit
185 R Glass Max

Repeat:
186 Slit Drum Repeat
187 Wood Block Repeat
188 Metal Hit Repeat

Body Kick:
189 B Dry Kick
190 B Dry Lite Kick
191 B Ultra Kick
192 B Can Kick
193 B Big Room

Body Snare:
194 B STWCOPEQ Snare
195 B Jazz Snare
196 B 7 Maple Snare
197 B Radio Snare
198 B Deep Snare
199 B CompReggae
200 B Clank Snare
201 B Pop Snare
202 B Cameo Snare
203 B 808 Snare

Body Rim:
204 B X Stick

Body Tom:
205 B Power Tom 10
206 B Power Tom 12
207 B Power Tom 16
208 B Kitchen Tom Hi
209 B Kitchen Tom Lo
210 B Plant Tom

Body Cym:
211 B Side Cymbal
212 B Heavy Edge
213 B Bell
214 B Light Edge

Body Perc:
215 B Conga Open
216 B Conga Slap
217 B Bongo
218 B Timbale LO
219 B Wuhan Gong
220 B Timpani

Body Industrial:
221 B Ice Bell
222 B Pipe
223 B New Door
224 B Metal Hit

Short-Head:
225 SH Dry Lite Kick
226 SH Radio Snare
227 SH Clank Snare
228 SH Power Tom 10
229 SH Plant Tom
230 SH Side Cymbal

Reverse-Head:
231 RH Dry Kick
232 RH 7 Maple Snare
233 RH HH Open

Omnibus:
234 Omni 1
235 Omni 2
236 Omni 3
237 Omni 4
238 Omni 5
239 Omni 6
240 Omni 7
241 Omni 8
242 Omni 9
243 Omni 10
244 Omni 11
245 Omni 12
246 Omni 13
247 Omni 14
248 Omni 15

Random:
249 Random Noise 1
250 Random Noise 2
251 Random Noise 3
252 Random Noise 4

Split:
253 SP1 Standard A Group **
254 SP2 Standard B Group **
255 SP3 Latin Group **
256 SP4 HH Group **

Split samples:

SP1 : Dry Kick (043)
Dry Lite Kick (044)
STWCOPEQ Snare (050)
Jazz Snare (051)
7 Maple Snare (052)
X Stick (060)
Power Tom 10 (062)
Power Tom 12 (063)
Side Cymbal (072)
Light Edge (075)
Heavy Edge (073)

SP2 : Ultra Kick (045)
Can Kick (046)
Big Room (047)
Radio Snare (053)
Deep Snare (054)
CompReggae(055)
Clank Snare (056)
Power Tom 16 (064)
Plant Tom (067)
808 Claps (076)
808 Snare (059)

SP3 : Conga Open (078)
Bongo (081)
Timbale Lo (083)
Timbale Hi (082)
Cowbell (093)
Agogo (094)
Tambourine (096)
Castanet (092)
Analog Maraca (105)
Timpani (107)
Click (113)

SP4 : R Big Room (121)
R 7 Maple Snare (126)
HH Open (068)
HH Closed (069)
HH Foot (070)
R HH Open (142)
Mark Chime (099)
Shaker 1 Shot (104)
Cabasa (102)
Cuica (101)
Triangle (097)
Envelopes
Envelopes: 4
Evelope Paramerters: Delay, Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release, User Drawn
Envelope Notes::
+ Vector Joystick mix
+ 18 preset velocty curves
Filters
Filters: 1
Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), Low Pass, Resonance
Filter Modulation: Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Mod Wheel, Velocity
LFO
LFO: 1
LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Triangle
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 8 - 16
Timbrality: 1 - 8
Modes: Mono, Polyphonic
Patches
Patches RAM: 64
Multipatches RAM: 16
Storage: Internal, RAM Cartridge
Editing: MIDI
Case
Case: Rack
Rack Size: 19", 2U, Full
Controls: Aftertouch, Mod - Wheel, Pitch -Wheel, Velocity - Release, Pedal - Sustain, Velocity, Pedal - Volume
Display Type: LCD, LED, Backlit
Display Count H: 16
Display Count V: 2
Dimensions (WxDxH): 88 x 483 x 219 mm
Weight: 6.2lbs / 2.8kg
Connections
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
Audio Output Count: 10
Audio Output Notes: 1/4" 1 - 6 Mono
MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, THRU
DAC Bits: 16
DAC Frequency Rate: 44.1
Power: PS121: DC 12V 500mA 6.8W Negative Tip
Production
Year Released: 1989
Used By
THD, Tim Conrardy, Klangwelt
Design Notes:

Scott Morgan, Danny Sofer

Notes from Scott Morgan on the XD-5:

From interval@netcom.comFri May 19 13:23:28 1995
Date: Fri, 19 May 1995 12:35:05 -0700
From: Scott Morgan <interval@netcom.com>
To: electronica@andrew.cmu.edu
Subject: XD-5 bottom line

Hey-ho:

I worked on the XD-5 sound development years ago & know the architecture inside & out. While the basic engine is based on the K4r (not the K4 keyboard which has effects), there are many differences, mainly having to do with making the XD-5 more suited for percussion than a synth.

The XD-5 is 16-bit 44.1 (with a few samples @ 22.05). The midi response time is faster (there are no software LFO's), and things like the autobend are exponential. Otherwise the engine is pretty much the same as the K4 (i.e. same digital filters, etc.)

Trivia:

We were faced with cramming too many sounds into too little ROM space. I was lobbying for a kind of electro-ethnic-hip-hop-in-a-box, and Danny Sofer (the other co-developer) wanted Terry-Lewis-Jimmy-Jam-in-a-box (this was during the height of Janet Jackson's career). We both wanted Kraftwerk-in-a-box & I made sure to include all the 808 stuff and a "sub-woofer" waveform (which is great for adding to a kick drum), decent noise generator, and other synthy things.

We called the 808 stuff BOB Kick, BOB Claps, etc. Japan called up one day asking "Who's Bob?". The BOB nomenclature made it into the owners manual! This was good for a laugh.

Most of the drum sounds were recorded at Capitol Records Studio B (Neve) to Sony PCM, with some additional percussion sounds coming from Steve Reid's library.

- Scott Morgan - Interval Music Systems - interval@netcom.com
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