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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
    Synthesis: 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
    MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, THRU
    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

    YouTube Videos
    References & Sources
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