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Kawai R-100 Digital Drum Machine

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Kawai's first digital drum machine featured 24 sounds, MIDI and pattern sequencing at an affordable price.

Professional Quality PCM Sound Recordings

The R-100's 24 separate drum and percussion sounds have all been recorded in a professional level 12 bit PCM format with a sampling rate of 32 kHz. The sound quality is suitable for any recording situation, even for Compact Disc recording.

Touch response

Touch response is fast becoming a standard feature for synthesizers. The R-100 now brings the same feature to drum machines, providing volume control over a wide dynamic range - from pp to ff. Each of the 24 sound sources has its own touch sensitivity control for full control over the touch response.

Programming ease

The sound sources each have their own LEVEL, SEN- SITIVITY, TUNE, and PAN controls. The parameter settings are displayed in groups of eight voices each as a bar graph on the LCD screen. Pressing the correspond- ing COMMAND SELECT key changes the value for that particular source and parameter.

Programmable TUNE and PAN

The R-100 also allows you to vary the TUNE and PAN settings for each note when recording a pattern.

Variety of line outputs

The R-100 provides eight individual channel outputs as well as stereo or mono outputs.

Detailed editing functions

Kawai's advanced editing features make the R-100 much more powerful than other drum machine. Such features include a choice of real-time or step recording, PUNCH IN/OUT at the bar level, and REPEAT and JUMP functions for song and chain editing.

Memory cartridge slot

The RC-16 cartridge (available separately) stores backup copies of all information currently in the R-100's internal memory.

Full MIDI implementation

The R-100's MIDI implementation not only allows you to do such things as record a pattern from an external keyboard, but also includes such advanced features as Song Position Pointer and system exclusive messages for control of additional R-100's as well as loading and storage of memory to MIDI peripherals.


Type: Digital
Sound Engine: ROM
Pattern Engine (+) Open Manual Page
Programming: Real Time, Step
Pattern Notes:
+100 patterns
+ Up to 24 instruments
+ 1 - 99 bars
+ 100 songs
+ Up to 999 patterns song
Sounds Per Pad (+) Open Manual Page
Sounds Per Pad: 1
Sources: ROM
Sounds Notes:
24 sounds:

3 bass drums
3 snares
2 hihats
2 rides
2 crashes
3 toms
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 8
Timbrality: 8
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Mono
Patterns User: 100
Songs User: 100
Storage: Internal, ROM Cartridge, Tape
External Storage: MIDI
Case: Desktop
Trigger Pads : 8 pads, Soft Pads
Controls: Buttons, Pads, Knobs, Sequencer, Tap Tempo
Display Type: LCD, LED, Backlit
Display Count H: 16
Display Count V: 2
MIDI / Sync / Trigger (+) Open Manual Page
Audio Outputs: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
Audio Output Count: 12
Audio Output Notes: 8 x 1/4" mono
CV Ports: Trigger Out, 5 V Octave
DAC Bits: 12
DAC Frequency Rate: 32
List: $795
Retail: $700
Used: $150 - $300
Released: 1987
Used By
Jan Hammer, Steve Smith, Rob Lippert
Manuals & Documents
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