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Roland JP-80×0 Chapter 3 – Make The Connection

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Everything you need to know about our product install, setup steps, configuration and usage of various features

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v2.6.0 - 2020-March-17

Model and Device ID

Before we kick off with MIDI setup, choose your model [1] from the plug-in display and set the plug-in Device ID to reflect your hardware Device ID value.

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JP-80×0 Editor User Manual – Model Select [1]

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.

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JP-80×0 Editor User Manual – MIDI In and Out Options

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!”.

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JP-80×0 Editor User Manual – Plug-in is ready to go

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

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JP-80×0 Editor User Manual – No Response

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.

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JP-80×0 Editor User Manual – Initial Data Sync to 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.

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JP-80×0 Editor User Manual – Data Import Completed

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 and received as expected and you are not going to receive any SysEx error messages!

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;
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JP-80×0 Editor User Manual – Layer MIDI Channels

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!

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JP-80×0 Editor User Manual – Layer Link Toggle

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

DAW Config Scenario

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!

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JP-80×0 Editor User Manual – Logic Pro with JP-80×0 Editor

Taking things even further

Most synths with Multitimbral functions come with individual outputs. Well, JP-8000 / JP-8080 can do MONO output for each layer from the JP-80×0 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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JP-80×0 Editor User Manual – Output Options


You can control which messages gets processed and which do not. Open Advanced MIDI Settings window by clicking ADVANCED MIDI SETTINGS [1] button (bottom left corner) in the plug-in user interface.

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JP-80×0 Editor User Manual – Advanced MIDI Settings Switch

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

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JP-80×0 Editor User Manual – Advanced MIDI Settings

Advanced Incoming MIDI settings

Allow certain MIDI messages to pass into plug-in processor within Incoming MIDI setting section. Green check mark means it will be processed and when there is no check mark, it will be bypassed. Process DAW messages [1] and Process Hardware messages [2] has their own set of data “filters” [3-9] available as follows:

  • [3] Control Changes
  • [4] Program Changes
  • [5] Note Messages
  • [6] Pitch Bend
  • [7] Poly Aftertouch
  • [8] Channel Aftertouch
  • [9] System Exclusive
  • [10] Part LEDs tracks incoming MIDI and SysEx messages
    When green check mark is on, incoming data from DAW and Hardware ports is monitored and LED indicator will flash when data is coming in. When check mark is off, outgoing data is being monitored.
    Check LEDs Off function to disable.
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JP-80×0 Editor User Manual – Advanced MIDI Settings Tour

Note #1: If you disable Control Changes and System Exclusive messages from Hardware port, your plug-in might stop responding to hardware knob movements completely.

Advanced Outgoing MIDI settings

In Outgoing MIDI settings section, you can adjust few options to fine tune the plug-in behavior.

Send all MIDI data from Plug-in:

  • Directly to Hardware [1] = Send all MIDI related command directly to hardware from the MIDI output port.
  • With attempt to match DAW buffer setting [2] = experimental attempt to sync with DAW time.
    • Manual Buffer [3] = Displays the DAW buffer size – Use the -/+ knob [4] to fine tune.

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JP-80×0 Editor User Manual – Advanced MIDI Out Options

MIDI Clock (experimental)

We are experimenting to add general MIDI clock to the plug-in / applications by standard feature. This might crash on some systems on a specific setups, so be cautious when using it.

Check Send Sequencer Start / Stop Commands [1] if you want to send MTC start and stop commands.
Check Send Continuous MIDI Clock information [2] if you want to sync MIDI clocked Effects and Arpeggiator to plug-in / application tempo information.

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JP-80×0 Editor User Manual – Advanced MIDI Clock Settings

Note #1: The clock with the plug-in might be inaccurate, so if you have another solution to sync clock information from your DAW to the hardware, use that instead.

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