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If you have any love for old digital synths and romplers, you absolutely need to check this out.

Nils' K1v is a faithful virtual recreation of the Kawai K1, an 8-bit digital synth from 1988. It comes complete with the factory presets as well as all available ROM cards, and let me tell you, this thing is a goldmine for oldschool digital synth sounds. While I can't comment on how close this is to the actual hardware since I've never used it, it's a lovely instrument and a breath of fresh air in a market that is saturated (no pun intended) by virtual analog synths.

Oh, and it's free!

Edit: I should mention that unlike many modern synths it doesn't come with any built-in effects, so it might sound a little anemic straight out of the box. But don't let that fool you. Pair it with a nice big reverb and maybe some delay and you'll be instantly transported back to the age of mullets and shoulder pads Smile
Very cool! I'll check it out. Smile

Though it does not say anywhere that the included ROM/factory presets are licensed from Kawai... I wonder about the legality of this; as I understand, such things as presets are considered copyrighted.
(07-04-2020, 03:28 PM)Samulis Wrote: [ -> ]Though it does not say anywhere that the included ROM/factory presets are licensed from Kawai... I wonder about the legality of this; as I understand, such things as presets are considered copyrighted.

I had the very same thought. I guess it remains to be seen if Kawai will do anything about it. Who knows, they might even be fine with it -- Yamaha certainly doesn't seem to mind people distributing old TX16w disks.
Downloaded, and already found a use for it in a piece I'm writing - one of the toms doubling celli/basses to provide a textural element that the orchestra lacks. Excellent, excellent finding, this thing - thank you very much Mattias! Big Grin
(07-05-2020, 05:02 PM)Terry93D Wrote: [ -> ]Downloaded, and already found a use for it in a piece I'm writing - one of the toms doubling celli/basses to provide a textural element that the orchestra lacks. Excellent, excellent finding, this thing - thank you very much Mattias! Big Grin

Glad you found it useful! Yes, it's a charming little instrument. I was playing around with it the other day, and now I'm thinking of setting up a project using this plus other free emulations of 80's hardware, like the recently released Fury-800 by Full Bucket Music, Sonic Charge Cyclone, SQ8L and a few others.