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Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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Lance a hobbyist user from Seattle Washington writes:
I have had my Kawai R-100 in the closet since 1994 and it's like new. Still sounds great and I still have the original manuel. Back in the 90's I was to broke to pay for new sound chips. Now I can't find them anywhere. I use with headphones and can make beats anywhere. It's a great way to pass time. However, I think my China sound is going out, is there anything I can do about it.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-19-2007 at 21:48
huddie klein a part-time user from Holland writes:
Great machine. I see some people are looking for the soundchips/converter/switch, while I have allways been wondering what the hell the last owner had done to mine...

The standard bank is ok, the second one is very industrial and the last bank is rather latin.

What makes this machine interesting I think is it's sequencer and the separate outputs. Running this thing live tru a mixingdesk with outboard effects patched to it I've done some really great housegrooves live on the spot!

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-28-2006 at 08:37
sneaky alien a professional user from portugal writes:
Just got one of these machines and I have to say I think it is great especially when you consider what you can pick these up for. machine has 24 drum sounds which are 80s sounding but in a very good way,Bass drum 2 is very art of noise as is the snare 2 and it also has the art of noise orchestra stab sound which when filterd and put through delays and stuff takes on a new way of life. I took kick drum 3 and eqd and compressed it and the did the same with snare 3 and it is a great house drum machine but you do have to boost the low frews on the kick drum to make it phatter but it definitely works and has a nice click to it aswell that really cuts through the mix. Hi hats are cool and some of the percussion is great,Im not to fond of the electric bass sample but just dont use it,the claps are great and make a great alternative to the 909 808 claps. If you make house music this will work a treat i would not have it as my only drum machine...no way but it is fun and easy to use and has some great sounds that will add to any house heads groove.sequncer is nice aswell and has a nice groove to it. I dont know why people slate this machine maybe they are using it as their only drum machine and that really does miss the point of it,this machine will add a nice unusual flavour to your drums,I would even say it is good for hip hop and breaks but not lofi hip hop or breaks because the sounds are bright and punchy. I have just used the kick drum on a house track and eqd it and compressed it to hell and it pumps like a goodn. If you see one of these then buy it because they are cheap as chips and sound great,maybe they are not everyones cup of tea but in the right hands can be used for any type of music. I even recreated terence trent derbys wishing well beat with it how sad is that then i did a pumping house beat then some weird abstract beats,its a corker,built like a tank and is solid. get one and use them it makes a change from 909 808 and i own them both. peace.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-07-2005 at 08:19
hex a hobbyist user from usa writes:
I found out about the sound chips for this machine. They are very hard to find. the first thing you need to find is the expansion board to insert the extra 2 chips that make up the 3 chip combo including the original. CP-2 and CP-3, in research I have done I have found these 2 chips named as 6P13E/6P14E. I found 1 place has them available and they are like 80 bux a piece. the music store I went to had them and they dont have a website. they guy I talked to said that one other guy also inquired about them and said he would be back around XMAS. So I think them gone, since I have no money for that. I also found out that the same company that made the expansion board also made the MOD switch on this so that you could switch drum kits with a flip of the switch. the company name I was given was drumworks. I have scoured the net and nothing.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-06-2004 at 17:10
m71 a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Here's a link to the manual; http://www.kawaius-tsd.com/OM/MODULE%7E1/R100.PDF Upon spending more time with this drum machine I'm really digging it. I have to be patient with the numerical buttons on the right along with the <, >, and enter buttons because they don't always work, but I can get over that. I took the machine apart and it is built like a tank, it could almost be waterproof! This drum machine has tons of features most I'll probably never get to use, check out the manual and you'll wonder why the R 100 isn't a more sought after drum machine.

regards, -m71

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Nov-13-2004 at 10:51
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