KiwiTechnics News
August 2018 KIWI-1000 The   first   release   of   the   firmware   is   now   finished   and   our   beta   tester   will   get   his   hands   on   it   next   week.   The   labels   and   K1000   boards   are   in   production   and everything is looking good for it being available on the 1st of Sept 2018. We   have   spent   the   last   week   loading   in   tones.   Tone   number   500-999   are   mostly   Roland   and   Kiwi   Tones   and   000-499   are   mostly   Oberheim   Tones.   We   are now locking off the first version of the firmware and any future bugs found will be fixed in the next release. The   CEM3396   chips   used   in   the   M1000   is   an   amazing   chip   with   different   waves   and   PWM   as   well   as   VCF   FM   modulation   build   right   into   the   chip.   It   also   has the   classic   Oberheim   sound.   The   original   M1000   has   a   single   master   clock   running   the   dividers   which   limits   the   range   of   the   synth.   We   have   provided separate clocks from the upgrade board for the two voice dividers which has allowed a much larger range (64’-2’) and is pushing the CEM chips to their limits. All the tone parameters will be able to be edited from the front panel and there are Chord, Arp, Seq and an internal clock in the upgrade. 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. There will be an update towards the end of August that will include the K1000 and the Roland System 8.