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Suzuki WARAKU III Koto Synthesizer

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WARAKU is extremely rare and one of the most strange Japanese electronic musical instruments. it was originally made for playing Japanese traditional music and made by SUZUKI (home of omnichord, NOBARA, tronichord) but this is one of most strange & bizarre instrument SUZUKI ever made.

WARAKU III was last and top of the line product of WARAKU family and already discontinued products this one is very cool gold edition. WARAKU III is basically a Koto Synth that combined the original WARAKU and NOBARA into one and with expand functions.

WARAKU III was very expensive and made very limited quantities those days .it was made for the very small circle of the people who seriously studying Japanese traditional music and never sold at ordinary musical instruments market
so i'ts very hard to find even in Japan these days, a bizarre exotic gem!

First of all it's very beautifully designed, built in cool futuristic gold plastic case in taisho koto shape with strange shape 37 key keyboard with 5 string bridge and 4 assignable drum pads.

It has 30 sounds: 15 Japanese traditional instruments like koto, shamisen, shakuhachi and 15 western instruments like piano,violin etc...In percussion mode you can play many exotic percussion sounds by keyboard or assignable drum pad
there are pitch bend lever and vibrato/sustain switch, as well as MIDI INPUT so you can play WARAKU III from external MIDI controller (in this case you can select from 64 sounds) size is approx W72cm D22cm H9cm

You can play the WARAKU III by keyboard or the 5 string bridge (basically only use 4th string to play) and 4 assignable drum pads. This unique 5 string bridge can play by usual guitar pick, hold one key of the keyboards and play 4th string by pick like guitar to simulate Japanese traditional instruments like taisho koto etc. String is touch sensible with velocity and totally electronic device, it's not just simply electrical amplified like usual electric guitar, complete electronic. The WARAKU III has MIDI OUT so you can play another MIDI synth by this unique 5 string brdge.

The 4 drum pads are also touch sensitive and can easily playing by your fingers assign drum sounds to pad is very easy,just hold one key and hit the one pad in percussion mode drum sounds consists of many exotic Japanese traditional percussion of course in drum mode you can play all of them on keyboard.

Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: ROM
Oscillators: 2
Waveforms: ROM
ROM Resolution: 16 bit, 44.1 kHz
Osc Modulation: Keyboard, Knob, Velocity
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 5
Timbrality: 2
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Polyphonic
Patches ROM: 30
+ 4 Drum Pads
Case: Keyboard
Keyboard: 37 keys, Buttons, Plastic
Controls: Buttons, Pads, Knobs, Pedal - Control
Display Type: LED, Numeric
Display Count H: 3
Display Count V: 1
Dimensions (WxDxH): 72 x 22 x 9 cm
Weight: 2.5 Kg
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out, Mono Headphone
Audio Output Count: 2
Power: 10V DC 1 amp Negative Pin
Year Released: 1992
MSRP List Price: $250 - convert
Used Price: $900 - convert
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