June 2018KIWI-1000We are putting every spare minute into getting this exciting upgrade done. This upgrade will turn the M1000 from a preset box into a fully blown synth engine. It is turning out to be a much bigger job than we first envisioned but also very rewarding. The M1000 hardware is pretty challenging to get right but we are hoping to have something by August if everything goes to plan. 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 parameter will be able to be edited from the front panel and there will be Chord, Arp, Seq and an internal clock in the upgrade.The K1000 will also accept Kiwi (106 & 8P), Roland (JX8P,JX10,MKS70) & Oberheim tone dumps so there will be no shortage of tones availableI have put up a K1000 page with more details.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.