KiwiTechnics News
November 2018 There   will   be   an   editor   coming   soon   that   will   work   with   most   of   the   Kiwi   range   of   upgrades.   I   will   make   an   announcment   once   this   has   been   released   and tested. KIWI-1000 We   are   now   shipping!   We   have   added   another   1000   tones   to   the   memory   and   made   more   factory   tones   from   the   M1000   web   dumps. There   is   a   lot   of   stuff   out there   for   this   synth.   The   tones   have   been   broken   into   two   ‘Sets’   and   each   Set   is   1000   tones.   We   are   going   to   add   Polyphonic Aftertouch   and   Guitar   mode   to this in the next release. The new Kiwi-30 will also have these features. We   have   also   managed   to   save   manufacturing   costs   on   the   second   batch   of   the   Kiwi-1000   and   also   the   Kiwi-106   so   we   delighted   so   say   we   have   dropped   the price on both the Kiwi-106 and Kiwi-1000. KIWI-8P We   have   released   firmware   version   (v1.03)   that   adds   the   ability   to   convert   tones   stored   on   cartridges   and   the   Kiwi8P   will   now   also   accept   Roland   format   tone dumps   and   parameter   edits.   This   should   mean   that   existing   JX-8P   editors   should   work   with   the   Kiwi8P.   Not   all   editors   have   been   tested   so   contact   me   if   you find   any   problems. As   existing   editors   will   only   edit   some   of   the   extended   parameter   set   in   the   Kiwi8P   it   is   recommended   to   use   the   Kiwi8P   command   set   as   is specified in the Kiwi8P user manual. KIWI-Six We   have   released   firmware   version   (3.0)   which   adds   a   sequencer   to   the   KiwiSix.   It   is   now   possible   to   store   8   sequences.   The   clocking   has   changed   to   be more   like   the   Kiwi-106.   There   is   a   master   clock   which   can   be   sourced   from   midi   or   the   internal   clock   source.   This   master   clock   is   then   independently   divided for   the ARP   and   SEQ   to   one   of   13   different   divisors   including   swing   options.   The   Polysix   internal   clock   is   quite   slow   as   it   was   meant   to   drive   the ARP   directly without dividing and if this is a problem then we will look at a hardware or firmware change to speed it up. Patch Editor These   are   now   back   in   stock.   We   have   added   the   Waldorf   MWII   and   the   Studio   Electronics   1X.   This   and   future   updates   will   only   apply   to   PE’s   with   s/n   1513 and above as the memory is full on the older models. We have added the K1000 and the Roland System 8 in the latest release. Kiwi-30 This   project   is   going   very   well   and   is   now   in   the   early   testing   stage.   We   are   waiting   for   boards   to   arrive   so   we   can   assemble   a   final   version   and   check everything   works   as   it   should.   It   has   2048   tone   storage   and   a   LCD   display   in   the   Cart   hole   as   the   Cart   is   now   redundant.   We   are   also   converting   the   Midi Through   into   a   midi   out   so   dumps   can   be   saved.   Like   the   3P   it   will   also   have   variable   chorus   speeds   including   manual   (control   by   midi   only   as   the   MKS-30 has no knobs). It is starting to sound pretty good and we should have something ready before Christmas. Here is a shot of the development rig. Kiwi-3P We   will   be   stopping   production   of   this   upgrade   at   the   end   of   the   year   as   sales   have   fallen   to   the   point   that   it   is   no   long   a   viable   product. This   is   to   be   expected as there are only so many Juno 3Ps out there. There are upgrades still in stock and after these sell we will only make more if the demand is there.