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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Product Review - Kiwi Technics Kiwi 3P

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The clever chaps at Kiwi Technics have rebuilt a lesser-known Roland classic from the inside out.

Gordon Reid

Kiwi Technics Kiwi 3P

Occasionally, a synth slips through the net and recedes into obscurity while lesser instruments achieve cult status. One example of this is the Roland JX3P. Based upon similar oscillators as those in the Juno series, and using the same IR3109 filters and BA662 amplifiers as the Jupiter 4, Jupiter 8, Juno 6 and Juno 60, it was an instrument possessing much greater depth than common wisdom suggested. Unfortunately, it was far less flexible than it might have been. With a single CPU-generated contour generator, a single CPU-generated LFO, and just 32 parameters per sound, it could never produce the breadth of sounds obtained from better-endowed competitors.

Today, however, the JX3P is experiencing a renaissance, thanks to the efforts of Kiwi Technics, whose Patch Editor I reviewed in July 2011. At the time, I mentioned that the company had developed a JX3P upgrade and, although this is still benefiting from ongoing development, I decided that it was finally time to take the plunge, buy a JX3P, and attack it mercilessly with a pair of side-cutters and a soldering iron.
Supplied in a small box that pops easily through your

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