November 2018KIWI-1000We 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.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-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. We have added the K1000 and the Roland System 8 in the latest release.Kiwi-30This project is going very well and is now in the early testing stage. We are waiting for boards to arrive so we can assemble a final version and check everything works as it should. It has 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). It is starting to sound pretty good and we should have something ready before Christmas.Here is a shot of the development rig.Kiwi-3PWe 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. There are upgrades still in stock and after these sell we will only make more if the demand is there.