KiwiTechnics News
January 2019 IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT ALL KIWITECHNICS PRODUCTS We have identified an issue with all kiwi products that will potentially damage cpu memory if midi is playing into the synth as it is powered on. This has been fixed in the latest version for each product and these have been uploaded to the Yahoo files section. You should make sure that no midi is active during power on until the latest update has been applied. KIWI-30 We are now shipping! We have put 256 tones in the initial factory tone set. We will put in more in future updates. 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. 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.   Boards   have   now   arrived   so     assembly   can   begin   soon.   It   has   1536   tone   storage   in   3   512   tone   sets   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. It is starting to sound pretty good and will be ready early 2019. 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 JX3Ps out there. We have made a good number for stock and at the moment there is stock. This should last until early 2019.