roland jd-xi external instrument

Hi I have just got the new JD-xi but not sure how best to connect it as an external instrument as it has four tracks.

Midi ch 1 dig synth 1, 

Midi ch 2 dig synth 2, 

Midi ch 3ana synth 1, 

 

midi 10: drums

 

to connect alongside it I have a bs2, sub37,ultranova, tr-8 and volcas and ms20 mini so might need new strategy now. advice would be appreciated as I am a hobbyist not a music pro.

 

regards in advance

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PB21 1 year ago | 0 comments

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  • Juan_Berlin
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    Hi,

    Is there a why to switch from using the Roland JD-Xi as a synthesizer to use it as a MIDI controller?

    I am perfectly able to map and control any VST and parameters in Ableton Live with the Roland, but I get the sounds from it (Roland JD-Xi) any time I hit a key. Same thing with the parameters.

    Thanks in advance!

    9 months ago | 0 comments
  • Near Earth Object
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    You'll probably need separate midi tracks for every channel: set up 4 empty midi tracks, select the correct midi channel outputs for every part.
    Set all 4 outputs to the midi port that controls your synth.
    Then route every track to a separate midi channel.
    F.i. Midi track 1 - output set to midi channel 1
    Midi track 2 - output set to midi channel 2, etc.
    Then add a separate audio track to receive the input.
    If your synth has only one stereo output, use that.
    If it has separate stereo outputs, you can route them all to separate audio tracks as well, if you have enough inputs to your soundcard.

    Then you can play the separate parts and record them.
    You could even group all midi and audio tracks of the same synth to have it more organised. Hope this helps.

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • PB21
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    Thank you for taking time to reply, yes i created 4 different external instruments in the end 

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • captainx
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    There is a video on youtube that explains how to set up the jd-xi with live:

    @Juan_Berlin: To use it as a midi controller simply mute the part corresponding to the midi channel the vst is using. That way you swap a jd-xi patch for a vst.

    9 months ago | 0 comments
  • Juan_Berlin
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    @captainx: Thank you for your answer! I have also asked the same question to the Roland Customer Support in Germany and their reply was quite similar to yours. I post it below.
     

    Hallo,

    leider gibt es keine Tasten Kombination, welche es Ihnen ermöglicht, zwischen Midi und Standalone Betrieb zu schalten.

    Alternativ regeln Sie das Volumen des JD-XI auf 0 herunter, während Sie die VSTs via Midi ansteuern.

     Mit freundlichen Grüßen / Best regards

    They basically suggest turning the Volume down while using the Roland as a MIDI Controller. This way, the sound from the Synth won´t play.

    Thanks

     

     

    9 months ago | 0 comments
  • jay_mz
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    Sorry that it's an old thread. But in the system menu on jdxi you can turn off local notes so you hear nothing and can still use the volume knob to control midi etc. hope that helps!

    5 months ago | 0 comments

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