New Zealand based synth modifiers Kiwitech have anounced a new mod for the venerable Roland Juno 106. A classic 6 voice poly with a chorus to die for.
Kiwitech say that their new kit which offers a complete replacement for the main CPU board, brings the processing power into the 21st Century. This means that they can now add a number of fairly major new features. They recommend that the board be installed by a technician, however there are thorough instructions in the manual and there will be videos put up on Youtube for those wishing to tackle the work themselves.
There are additional 2 envelopes, 2 more LFOs and a sequencer/arpeggiator. There is also an editor for Mac and PC available.
The board can be ordered directly from Kiwi-106.com priced at $395 US.
Blogger Greg Cole is getting hold of one for his Juno and will be posting a review here soon.
Here's what the new board can do in full
Any chord with up to 6 notes can be set and played from any key
In order to facilitate all of this extra functionality within the bounds of the original hardware it is necessary for the controls of the 106 to become multi-function. These functions are split logically into 5 "pages" with those pages accessed by button combinations. All of this is laid out in detail in the manual but here is an image of the front panel which gives an overview.
$395 U.S., kits will be available from December 5th
Note that the Kiwi-106 Upgrade kit also includes a free Vyzex editor/librarian: These will be posted at Kiwi-106.com for download and evaluation in the coming day or so.
05-Dec-13 07:42 AM
Extraordinary! I own two Juno106's and will not have to get a third to incorporate this fabulous modification. The Juno 106 is hugely versatile as it stands, but the addition of extra LFO's and LFO waves alone will bring it to a new level.
05-Dec-13 07:45 AM
Typo in my post: "not" should read "now" in first sentence!
05-Dec-13 07:46 AM
WOW! I can't wait to add this to my custom synth spa 106! As mentioned by Synth_Fan, the 106 is a wonderful synth 'as is', but this is a monumental upgrade! Well worth the asking price. I hope KiwiTech sells a ton of these.
05-Dec-13 09:16 AM
Wow - my 106 needs a little TLC (dead voice), but this looks amazing. Looking forward to seeing a review.
05-Dec-13 09:31 AM
Is there any possibility to do the same for the MKS-7? I only have this wonderful racked 106 (velocity sensitive) and would love to have these options too.!
06-Dec-13 05:31 AM
I would love to have another 106 but dead voice chips are still a big concern for me. I just don't have the time to be fixing my equipment. I would rather be playing them. I really wish Roland would come out with a reissue of the 106. I would buy one in a heartbeat.
06-Dec-13 08:47 AM
I just received my Kiwi kit, gets installed next week along with new voice chips from SynthSpa. They now make new production replacement voice chips that won't fail.
07-Jan-14 05:55 PM
New Kiwi-106 lexan overlays coming from synthgraphics.com, check them out. Juno and Jupiter style graphics.
08-Mar-14 03:25 AM
Handled automatic tuner gets you in key and keeps an eye on yr strings