MATRIXSYNTH: KIWI-106 Upgrade for the Roland Juno-106 Now Available

Thursday, December 05, 2013

KIWI-106 Upgrade for the Roland Juno-106 Now Available


via Kiwitechnics

"It's been a long two years to keep things quiet, but it's time for Kiwitechnics and Psicraft Designs to let everyone in on the big big secret: Kiwi-106 is now shipping! Guided by such gear luminaries as Dave Lovelace (the creator/author of Keyboard magazine's Packrat comic) and the YouTube channel Juno-106 expert Syntegrator, Kiwitechnics and Psicraft have brought this beloved synth classic out of the 80s and put it where it belongs: The heart of your 21st century studio. An expanded synthesis architecture with dual envelopes and multi-waveform LFOs is only the tip of the creative possibilities that any Juno-106 can now possess. Comprehensive routing of controls, high resolution parameters, and eight groups of 64 patches expand the Juno-106's synthesis capability many times over, but this we're not done yet. Add in a six voice polyphonic 124 step sequencer and a pattern generator to the mix and Juno-106 becomes a new class of instrument. Now design and implement a totally modern MIDI implementation suited for modern stage and studios and provide a free Vyzex professional instrument Mac/Windows editor/librarian along with the price of admission and what do you have? Modern Brains and Vintage Brawn, baby. The Kiwi-106!"


"The Kiwi106 Upgrade features:-
•512 Patches can be stored and edited. 128 Factory Patches are preloaded
•Patches are stored in Flash memory so no battery is required.
•Bend Controls (DCO, VCF Bend, LFO Mod Level & Portamento) are stored with the Patch
•MidiCC & Sysex support for all parameters and Midi Sysex support for Patch Dump & Load
•NRPN & Sysex variable parameter control supports 12 bit for 4096 parameter steps
•Patch Editor Control of Parameters (PE firmware v5.2 or higher). Free PC/MAC editor is available from Kiwi-106.com
•Key Assign Modes are Poly I&II, Unison Legato & Staccato, Mono Legato & Staccato
•Pedal & Front Panel Button Note Hold modes
•Portamento in Unison, Arp & Chord modes
•DCO Key Assign Detune available in all key modes except mono
•Internal Clock that can be used to clock the Arp, Sequence and/or Pattern and can optionally generate a midi clock
•Two independent envelope generators. Each ENV Mod can select from ENV 1 or 2 and be Inverted or Normal
•Two independent Low Frequency Oscillators with 6 waveforms each. LFO2 random2 wave can be clocked from the Internal clock. Each LFO Mod can select from LFO 1 or 2. LFOs can be plus and minus base note or plus base note only. Each LFO Mod can be inverted.
•Aftertouch, Modulation Level and Dynamics via midi. Dynamics can optionally control the VCA and/or VCF. The Dynamics have been modeled on the Juno-2 with both the VCF & VCA mod turned on by default for a more natural and expressive play. This brings new life to every patch in the Kiwi-106.
•Arp/Seq/Pattern Clocks can optionally display on the KeyT LED and LFO 1 and LFO 2 clocks can optionally display on the Group lights
•Key transpose allows transposition to any key with a range of plus 2 or minus 1 octaves. Sequencer key can be shifted while playing
•Compatible midiCC control set for all Kiwitechnics products
•Comes with metal LabelCHORD MODE
•Any chord with up to 6 notes can be set and played from any keyARPEGGIATOR
•The Arpeggiator can be independently clocked from the Internal or External Clocks, LFO2, Pattern Output or midi clock divided by 3,4,6,9,12,18,24,36,48,72,96,128,144,168 or 192.
•Arp modes are Up, Down, Up and Down, Random, 0 to 3 octaves
•Arp can be Started, Stopped & Continued using Midi Commands
•Arp state is saved with a Patch. This allows the Arp to play automatically when a Patch is loaded
•Appeggiator will Output Midi DataSEQUENCER
•8 separate 124 Max step Polyphonic sequences can be created and stored
•Sequences can be edited
•Sequencer can be Started, Stopped & Continued using Midi Commands
•The Sequencer can be independently clocked from the Internal or External clocks, LFO2, Pattern output or midi clock divided by 3,4,6,9,12,18,24,36,48,72,96,128,144,168 or 192.
•Sequence state is saved with a Patch. This allows the Sequencer to load and play automatically when a Patch is loaded
•Sequencer will Output Midi Data and can have an independent midi channelPATTERN GENERATOR
•8 Pattern Generator patterns can be saved and edited. The pattern can be any length between 2 and 16 steps
•The Pattern Generator can be independently clocked from the Internal or External clocks, LFO2 or midi clock divided by 3,4,6,9,12,18,24,36,48,72,96,128,144,168 or 192.
•Pattern Generator can be Started, Stopped & Continued using Midi Commands
•Pattern Effect can be faded from no effect to full effect.
•Pattern state is saved with a Patch. This allows the Pattern Generator to load and play automatically when a Patch is loadedEDITOR
•A comprehensive editor (PC & Mac) is supplied with the upgrade and can be downloaded here. This has been developed by Psicraft under the Vyzex brand

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