MATRIXSYNTH: Roland Juno 106 with Kiwi Upgrade

Monday, June 03, 2024

Roland Juno 106 with Kiwi Upgrade

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video upload by ohm_studi_ohm

"The Kiwitechnics Kiwi 106 is a major upgrade to the iconic Roland Juno 106 which adds too many features to be listed here, so just check their website.
Among those the ones I think would alone justify the upgrade are: arppegiator, LFO extra waveshapes with sync possibilities and extra key modes (among which a real monophonic mode and a unison mode with adjustable detune). Here is a quick demo of those features.
Once again i'm only scratching the surface of what's possible with the mod but if you're familiar with the 106 sound and playability you'll have an idea of all the new territories it can cover.
Actually making it quite close to the Jupiter 4 (despite the Jupiter 8 style overlay :-)"

via this listing

"This unit was serviced and upgraded:
- Kiwitechnics Kiwi 106 upgrade was fitted and updated to the firmware v2
- The 6 VCA VCF voice cards were unsoldered and cleaned of their resin coating with acetone and fitted on sockets, so that in the future you could replace a faulty voice without any need for soldering.
- power supply capacitors were replaced
- 16 faders from the control panel (all the fader except for the HPF) were replaced by new ones
- original leds were replaced with blue ones
- blue display was fitted
- clear bender was fitted
- unit was calibrated
- SynthGraphics Jupiter 8 theme panel overlay was fitted. Please note this is based on the Kiwi 106 v1 so there are a few discrepancies in the layout since the upgrade is now in version 2. Only minor differences that would not justify an overlay replacement IMO

Cosmetic are very good with only minor signs of wear."

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