Kawai threw itself into the mid-80′s drum machine scene with a kick ass flagship that was right at home in the new wave. Behold the R-100.
8-polyphonic PCM drum machine with 24 12 bit samples
Velocity sensitive pads
8 individual outputs, MIDI, DIN & tape sync
In addition to all these great specs, some folks seem to have versions with more than one sample rom in them and toggles to select from, I guess, up to 72 sounds! Shouldn’t be hard to create new roms and fit them in.
But, this drum machine has been on the back burner for a long time. Almost too pretty looking/sounding to ever crack it open.. almost. I’ll get to it someday.
In the meantime, this post is up for you to begin a discussion about bends, mods and experimenting with new roms.
Who among you will be the first to comment with all the real dope.
Here’s some interesting links:
The elusive rom switcher!
Ian sent photos of his rare tech installed Rom switcher. You can see where the board fits in place of the one chip.. And infer how the 4 position switch should function to switch between up to 4 roms. This should give anyone an idea of how to get started making a replacement rom board. Click any for a closer view. More info will come later.