August 2018KIWI-1000The 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-8PWe 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-SixWe 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 EditorThese 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.