Synth Site: Kawai: R-100: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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Adam Noveskey a part-time user from USA writes:
I love the sounds in this machine. I got it as a hand me down from a friend of my Step-father's. the only down side is MY MACHINE IS NOT WORKING! I DON'T KNOW WHATS WRONG WITH IT. the lights come on but I don't get any feedback from the screen just a blank. and no sound comes out when I hit the pads. if anyone knows how to go about fixing this machine, please contact me.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-08-2000 at 20:31
seAn ::werdvirus:: a hobbyist user from richmond,va USA writes:
when i first saw this machine in my friends floor earlier this summer i thought it wasnt much but a clunky 80's drum machine and at the time i had an infactuation with all things roland TR-X0X so i got over that just recentlly when i realized this was more the machine i need for those hardhitting digital drumbeats of industrial or any darker mmusik...the tuner is possiblly the greatest thing yet and it seems easier to program notes in the step record as opposed to a step based machine...ill admit this is my first drum machine but i am happy with finally having something more than a software synth..its different from what im used to readin about being the best..but that as well as the sounds and other neat rarities earn it the five... if anyone has the owners guide or one of the cartridges please email me

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Sep-25-1999 at 20:40
xlarge a professional user from outer space writes:
Well drummachines suck, generally. But i was supprised, the r-100 kinda sounds

acoustic. The hats anyway, and there's kick in the drum.. cannot complain

if your doing techno. But we bought it for the sync possibilitys. onot really

the sound. This little box has got: sync24/48(in+out) midiclk(in/out)

trigpulse(out)start/stop (out)... feels like i have forgotten one or two

syncs, well you get the hang of it anyway.

And 8 separate outputs aren't that bad. 3 sounds per output, though u cannot

choose witch sound goes where.. The sounds go in groups of three, 3 sounds

from each pad 3*8=24sounds, the multitimbralityone is limited

to one of the 3 sounds from one pad(group)). And one group is assignable

to individual out 1-8 and/or stereo out. IMPORTANT Group/pad1 goes to output 1

noone else (well as i said chooseable ind.out and/or stereo-pair).

Was that clear?

There's more. I really haven't had time to explore it to the fullest. I don't

really know how to make a song. But a pattern is the easiest way i've seen. If

you can program by realtime playing, one sound at a time.

The steptime programmer is a bit unease at the beginning. Until you figured it


Back to the sounds a minute. You can tune them 15 steps and set volume 15 steps

(i doubt it though...) and you can set the velocity sensitivity on the sounds

(yes the pads are velocity sensitive).

ehm.. anything more? oh yeah.. you've got a volume knob for the stereopair and

another one for the metronome (eh.. hehe quite cool)

and a separate out for the metronome. bye!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:41
Mark B a hobbyist user from Southampton, England writes:
The R100 is a terribly underrated drum machine, with some killer sounds. Forget "real" acoustic sounds, this machine has some cool digital electronic sounds well suited to Techno, Acid-House, Hip-Hop D&B or any kind of hard hitting dance based kind of music. Here in the UK they are quite rare Second hand, which might suggest owners of this instrument don`t want to part with it. Also House master Larry Heard (Mr Fingers) Used one on nearly all his early tracks up to and including the album "Introduction" . If you can find one get hold of the CP-2 sound chip, Ruff bass & snares plus that famous "orchestra" type hit that was first used by the" Art Of Noise" in the eighties . E-Mail me for more info. Mark

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:41
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