Roland JP-80×0 Setup (Chapter 1)

User Manual Chapter 1 – JP-80×0 Setup

for Roland JP-80×0 Editor & Librarian plug-in by Mystery Islands Music

v2.6.0 – 2020-03-17

Prepare your Synthesizer to work with the Plug-in

The following content is critical in order to make the communication functional between the plug-in and the synthesizer:

  • Make sure you have direct connections between your JP and your DAW with MIDI  No MIDI thru connections supported (as they will not work, period).
    • JP MIDI out to MIDI device MIDI in.
    • MIDI device MIDI out to JP MIDI in.
    • Optionally, if you are using JP-8080, use Remote KBD In to trigger the arpeggiator with note on / off messages. This port does not support data transfers!
  • Make sure your JP is powered up and double check your MIDI connections.

JP-8000 Specific Setup Instructions

Click and hold SHIFT + MIDI SW  and scroll until you came across these settings:

  • Tx/Rx Edit SW           = ON
  • Rx Exclusive SW        = ON
  • Tx/Rx ProgChg SW   = BANK SEL + PC
  • Local Switch               = If JP-8000 would be my master keyboard, I would turn it off.
  • MIDI Sync                   = If on, hardware will sync to MIDI clock from MIDI.

Next click MIDI PRM  and scroll until you came across these settings:

  • Device ID                   = 17 (for multiple JP’s in setup, choose individual ID for each).
  • Tx/Rx Edit Mode      = MODE1

JP-8080 Specific Setup Instructions

Click EDIT and choose MIDI  and scroll until you came across these settings:

  • Tx/Rx Edit SW           = ON
  • Tx/Rx Edit Mode       = MODE1
  • Tx/Rx ProgChg SW   = BANK SEL + PC 
  • Local Switch               = Up to your desire. OFF means extra MIDI traffic back to JP!
  • MIDI Sync                   = If on, hardware will sync to MIDI clock from MIDI.
  • Device ID                     = 17 (for multiple JP’s in setup, choose individual ID for each). 
  • Rx Exclusive SW        = ON
  • MIDI Thru                    = OFF

Now you can click Exit and move to next step!

Insert the Plug-in into your Project

First Run / Plug-in Scan

After reading the configuration guide for Setting MIDI Devices and configuration guide for your DAW, we can safely open the plug-in in our DAW and start the plug-in scanning process.

If the plug-in scan fails, please open the Editor LOG file and check if it ends to reading a patch file like this:

PATCH LIBRARIAN: loaded file C:\Users\yourUserName\Documents\Mystery Islands Music\Roland JP-80x0 Editor\Patches\Soundset X.j8k  

If that is the case, move the Soundset X.mid or .j8k to another location and try to scan the plug-in again. If it fails again, redo the process until the scan is successful. There might be several soundsets which are not compatible with the plug-in for some reason – If you would like us to figure the issue out, head down to our forums and start a new thread. From there you can do private reply to your own message with the soundset attached and so we can investigate it. 

Register plug-in with license.key

First of all, we couldn’t be happier that you have decided to support our long journey of coding this plug-in, constantly improving it and drawing the graphics ourselves! THANK YOU.

Registered owners can enjoy the full advantages of the plug-in, like:

  • Plug-in parameters can be automated directly from your DAW.
  • Librarian is fully functional and allows full editing possibilities.
  • Total Recall: Once you open your project after your last session, all the the data used in your previous session will be automatically sent to your synthesizer.
  • Lifetime free support and lifetime free updates!

If you purchased plug-in license from our store, you can download the lisence.key from page after you login.

Then navigate to the order which contains the plug-in order and you can download the license.key from there. Once the download is finished, make sure it is called “ license.key “, not “ license.key.txt “.

Download the FULL version installer from before you proceed and run the installer. Make sure to choose either 32- or 64-bit installer depending of your setup.

Manually placing the license.key

If you have plug-in inserted to your project, now it is time to delete the track / plug-in instance from your DAW.

Move the license.key manually to plug-in data folder (see location mentioned on page 9). Before you continue, check and make sure the license is called license.key ! If all is good, you can now re-insert your plug-in to your DAW. Image below from macOS.

Register Plug-in from User Interface

Once you’ve installed the FULL version and you have your plug-in user interface opened, enter Browser [1], click Bank Edit [2] and choose Register Plug-in [3] from the menu once you open the plug-in in your DAW for the first time.

A file dialog will popup and you must navigate to the downloads folder and select the license.key from there.

After you have chosen the license.key, remove the plug-in instance from your DAW and insert it again. Plug-in display should now indicate “REGISTERED” under the JP-80×0 logo.

IF the plug-in shows “** DEMO VERSION **” you haven’t installed the FULL version yet or you might have the plug-in installed in several locations! Check solution from Troubleshooting section.

[macOS] Filter incoming MIDI data from physical port

I would like to point out that in order to prevent duplicate MIDI data flow passing to our plug-in, take a good look at your DAW user guide how to filter or block MIDI messages from external devices. 

Here is an example: I’m using JP-8080 and JP-80×0 plug-in in my project. If I move a Filter Cutoff slider from the plug-in, it will send MIDI out data to physical MIDI device. Now, from there, your DAW will process this message and pass it into your record / monitor enabled track if it is not blocked / filtered. We don’t need this data to pass thru twice since we are going to open the physical ports in the plug-in user interface. I hope that made sense 🤨

[Windows] Disable physical MIDI ports from your DAW

One of the most important things, especially on Windows platform is that you disable your physical MIDI ports which are used to connect your synthesizer from your DAW settings and make sure that the ports are not used within your DAW at all! If the port is used inside your DAW and you try to assign MIDI input / MIDI output in the plug-in, it will crash hard and you might lose your work!

Check the How-To tutorials section to learn more about your DAW procedure.

Selecting MIDI In and MIDI Out

First choose MIDI IN [1], where your JP MIDI Out is connected in at. Then choose MIDI OUT [2] which will send data to your JP MIDI Input.

After setting MIDI OUT, plug-in will scan for the hardware and auto-detect the JP model you have. Based on the System Exclusive message the plug-in receives, it will automatically set your MODEL [1] accordingly and plug-in Control Display [2] will say “Plug-in is ready to go!”.

Advanced MIDI Settings

We included Advacend MIDI Settings function to JP-80×0 plug-in so that you can control which messages gets processed and which do not. You can open Advaced MIDI Settings window from by clicking ADV. MIDI SETTINGS [1] button in the plug-in user interface.

You can block messages being processed from DAW or from the Synthesizer itself. Settings seen in the image below are default values.

Synchronize DATA from your synthesizer to plug-in

Open BROWSER [1] window and click SYNC DATA FROM HW [2] button to request current Performance data to the plug-in user interface.

Plug-in will now request the currently active hardware data to the plug-in user interface. This is quite important in order to make program changes and / or send data to your synthesizer from the librarian.

Plug-in Control Display [1] will show “Data import completed!” message once data has been synchronized. Now you can tweak your sounds / performance as you wish.

If something in your settings is wrong, Plug-in Control Display [1] will inform you that the process has timed out or no response from JP!

TIP #1: Be patient and do not disturb the data flow with any knob movements or so. This will ensure the data packages are being sent as supposed and you are not going to receive any SysEx error messages! While making changes to your patch, might be good to stop playback too.

Playing each Layer individually (2 JP’s in 1 huh!?)

In case you did not know, JP-8000 and JP-8080 have two individual layers (also referred to as “Panels”), which can be triggered separately. This is quite easy thing to setup, and we’ve got this covered in the manual too.

Playing it multitimbral

  • Set each of the layers MIDI channel to different value;

Upper Layer = Channel 1.
Lower Layer = Channel 2.

  • Set Performance MIDI channel to 3.
  • See further instructions below for each OS…

[mac]: … Add two empty MIDI tracks to your DAW and point the MIDI output directly to your JP-8000 / JP-8080 MIDI port, each with corresponding channel mentioned above (channel 1 & 2)!
NOTE: If you play notes / sequence blocks directly through the plug-in, there is no delay compensation applied.

[pc]: … Add two empty MIDI tracks to your DAW and point them to virtual out port i.e. JP vMIDI Out, each with corresponding channel mentioned above (channel 1 & 2)!

Now if you choose MIDI track 1 (JP channel 1) from your DAW and play some notes, you will hear the patch from Upper Layer being played.
Now choose MIDI track 2 (JP channel 2) from your DAW and when you play it, you will hear the patch from Lower Layer being played!

If the current performance has Panel LINK [1] toggled ON, then you will hear both layers at the same time. Toggle OFF the Layer Link in order to play parts individually if that is your thing!

We will be covering Panel Link function more in the Functions of custom added controls.

Below you can see how JP-80×0 Plug-in is on Instrument Track [1] and how MIDI track 1 [2] & MIDI track 2 [3] are routed in Logic Pro to play each part separately directly to hardware MIDI out ports. MIDI track 1 points to JP-8080 channel 1 whereas MIDI track 2 points to JP-8080 channel 2.

Audio from JP-8080 is routed to my Apollo Quad inputs [4] and monitoring is active on Logic to hear the synth when played!

Taking things even further

Most synths with Multitimbral functions come with individual outputs. Well, can do MONO output for each layer from the Extended Settings window. Click EXPAND [1] and choose Parallel Out [2] from the OUTPUT MODE dropdown menu. Now you can hear each layer on different output, one on Left and the other on Right.

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