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JD-Xi Programming Tedium

Post by esqoner » Fri Dec 04, 2015 3:40 am

Long time, no posts.

So, I sold all of my synths/samplers/drum machines etc a couple of years back. Graduate school etc.

Been looking in to building up some things again.

I've been eyeing the Roland Jd-xi, which seems like a cool instrument.

I played with one at a store today, and was annoyed at the menu-heavy programming (for the deeper stuff). Main thing I couldn't figure out was how to change between the 3 osc sections per digital voice that seemed available through looking at the manual. Not sure I am a fan of holding a button down to change values either.

Anyway, any owners or users have any feedback regarding the machine? I dig the drum/sequencer portion and the effects routing that look to be available, but am put off by the menu diving. I've downloaded and looked at the editor, which looks nice, but I plan on mainly sitting with the keyboard alone. Also, intrigued by the interface abilities. Any experiences are appreciated.

Ps, tried searching jd-xi, but it always says no results, even though I've seen it mentioned in posts.

Thanks in advance.
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Re: JD-Xi Programming Tedium

Post by Stab Frenzy » Fri Dec 04, 2015 3:54 am

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Re: JD-Xi Programming Tedium

Post by esqoner » Fri Dec 04, 2015 7:36 am

I figured out how to change the osc parts in the manual.

Still tedious.

I'm not sure how much more than couch sitting jam toy this purchase may be...but I also don't want to drop money and end up wanting more functionality later...

Going past the gimmicky side of it...which is thick, it seems like a solid musical tool.

Still curious if I'd be happier with a nova/evolver/etc type thing or this board. Little keys aren't my favorite...but it has keys...

I'm not sure what isn't sitting right...
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Re: JD-Xi Programming Tedium

Post by Alex E » Fri Dec 04, 2015 7:50 am

Maybe I'm too impatient, but I hated it for the same reason. It just seems way too dumbed down for me synth-interface wise.
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Re: JD-Xi Programming Tedium

Post by esqoner » Fri Dec 04, 2015 3:44 pm

Alex E wrote:Maybe I'm too impatient, but I hated it for the same reason. It just seems way too dumbed down for me synth-interface wise.

There is so much room on the panel for knobs etc...
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Re: JD-Xi Programming Tedium

Post by Bitexion » Fri Dec 04, 2015 4:16 pm

You can't really expect a JD-XA at 1/4 the prize

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Re: JD-Xi Programming Tedium

Post by esqoner » Fri Dec 04, 2015 4:59 pm

Bitexion wrote:You can't really expect a JD-XA at 1/4 the prize

My low budget can try to.
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Re: JD-Xi Programming Tedium

Post by meatballfulton » Fri Dec 04, 2015 5:43 pm

My take on low budget synths of today is the knobby ones don't have enough features and the ones with enough features are lacking in knobs. Having grown up with knobless digital synths, I'll always take features over knobs but when the two intersect like in the Evolver I really like it.

I was initially very interested in the JD-xi but as more info became available I quickly lost interest. Close only counts in horseshoes :lol:
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Re: JD-Xi Programming Tedium

Post by JMP » Fri Dec 04, 2015 6:09 pm

Lasted two days with me for same reasons..... Decent drum kits but that's about it. Who wants to buy mine?

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Re: JD-Xi Programming Tedium

Post by esqoner » Fri Dec 04, 2015 6:16 pm

JMP wrote:Lasted two days with me for same reasons..... Decent drum kits but that's about it. Who wants to buy mine?

Yeah, I'm glad I tried it out first.
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Re: JD-Xi Programming Tedium

Post by esqoner » Fri Dec 04, 2015 6:18 pm

meatballfulton wrote:My take on low budget synths of today is the knobby ones don't have enough features and the ones with enough features are lacking in knobs. Having grown up with knobless digital synths, I'll always take features over knobs but when the two intersect like in the Evolver I really like it.

I was initially very interested in the JD-xi but as more info became available I quickly lost interest. Close only counts in horseshoes :lol:

Seems pretty accurate.


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Re: JD-Xi Programming Tedium

Post by madtheory » Fri Dec 04, 2015 7:20 pm

MOPHO SE?

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