The Kiwitechnics Patch Editor has been designed to add hardware controls for live use to vintage synths that were skimpy in the knob department.
Supported synths include:
Korg DW-6000(1), DW-8000/EX-8000, M1KiwiTechnics 3P Upgrade, Roland JX-3P(2)Juno 1, 2, 106, MKS-7, MKS-50, MKS-70Updated(3)Roland MKS-80Updated, JX-8P(4), JX-10(5)MKS-80 patch now supports all the controls of the MPG-80Sequential Circuits SixTrak, Max(6), Cheetah MS6(7)Oberheim Matrix 1000(8), Waldorf Pulse, Q/Q+Moog Slim & Little Phatty, MidiCC to Sysex translation
Patching a synth through a menu-based system kept the cost of these synths down, but is cumbersome and a barrier to live use.
The Kiwitechnics Patch Editor is priced at NZ $450 (around US $350, as of this post). See the Kiwitechnics site for details.
This is an interesting alternative to software-based custom MIDI controllers for touchscreen controllers and vintage dedicated patch controllers.
If you’ve used the Kiwitechnics Patch Editor, leave a comment with your impressions of it!