KiwiTechnics News
October 2018 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   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   will   be   the   next   project   as   we   have   had   a   lot   of   requests   for   this   one.   It   is   going   to   have   everything   the   Kiwi-1000   minus   the   things   the   MKS-30   cannot   do like   PW   &   FM.   It   is   going   to   have   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). At the current rate of progress we should have this later this year but this will depend on no big problems cropping up. 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.