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Kawai R-100 Audio Demos

Kawai R-100 Audio Demos

June 13th, 2010  |  Published in Audio, Kawai R-100  |  2 Comments

Here are five demos of the new & expanded Kawai R-100 bends. The recordings were made using an R-100 with all three voice ROMs. What you hear is straight from the individual outs and new synth out. I will post documentation later.

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I Would Eat Insects: Features ROM bends, DAC bends, pitch modulation, and synth output.

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Reception In Naples: Mainly features the synth output with pitch modulation.

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Penny For Your Rights: Features ROM bends, DAC bends, manual pitch, and synth output.

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64 Unsettled Masses: Features the synth output and manual pitch. Digital delay added.

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Dry Rub: Uses the synth output to create bass lines. Also features ROM bends, DAC bends, and manual pitch.

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Hydraulic Interruption: This track demos the Gumi Kawai R-100 bends using CP2, an optional voice ROM. Gotta love those slap bass and orchestra hits. The distortion comes from connecting various pins of the DAC (U40). The other glitches, stutters, and synth tones come from connecting the pins of the voice ROM (U24). These are the raw sounds straight from the individual outs.

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Sludge & Grubs: This track demos the Gumi Kawai R-100 bends using CP1, the stock R-100 voice ROM. The distortion comes from connecting various pins of the DAC (U40). The other glitches and synth tones come from connecting the pins of the voice ROM (U24). These are the raw sounds straight from the individual outs.

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  1. Boo says:

    July 9th, 2012at 12:45 pm(#)

    Love the sounds, makes me want to grab one (& mod it)

    One thing i don’t get, though: “synth output”?
    What is it? A specific bend you didn’t document (or i didn’t see)?
    You seem to use it a lot in the demos here, so i’m curious..

    Thanks!

  2. gumi says:

    July 9th, 2012at 6:21 pm(#)

    Thanks for the comment Boo. Sorry I haven’t yet documented the synth output here.

    It’s very easy though: many pins on the ROM (I forget which ones; I don’t have my notes in front of me) output squarewaves at evenly tuned intervals. For example, if one pin is outputting say 440Hz, another pin will output 220Hz and another will output 880Hz and so on, like a clock divider. It’s easy to find out which pins do what by connecting the pin to the tip of an audio cable, then run the sleeve to ground and plug the cable into an amp/mixer to hear what comes out.

    The really cool thing about this is that the tones change pitch according to the pitch settings of the drum voices. That means you can actually sequence melodies to accompany the drums, which is what you hear above. If you use the global pitch mod (also not yet documented) it’s even better, especially when combined with a home-made vactrol.

    I hope to get all of these mods up here soon when I have more time. Hit me back with any questions and thanks for dropping by…

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