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Alternative programmer for the Roland JX-8P

Posted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 12:03 pm
by Jeremun
Just today I had the fortune of coming across a well priced JX-8P in Melbourne.

I've never owned an analogue synthesizer with polyphony or MIDI, so MIDI is really quite new to me. The PG800 is not an option as it's too rare and expensive to find.
What I'd like to do is buy a controller where I can use one knob/slider per function, and not have to be tethered to my computer. I had a look at the Kiwi Technics Patch Editor, but it's too expensive to justify (more than the actual synth cost).

I can see that this is all simple enough, but I've been in the dark about MIDI controllers, so I don't know where to start. I felt it'd be a good idea to seek help from the knowledgeable members of VSE.

I appreciate all the help in answering a particularly novice question.

Re: Alternative programmer for the Roland JX-8P

Posted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 2:17 pm
by synthparts
BCR-2000

Re: Alternative programmer for the Roland JX-8P

Posted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 4:04 pm
by GuyaGuy
synthparts wrote:BCR-2000
Probably your best option.
I use the Encore Knobby, only because I got a good deal from a VSE forumite.

Re: Alternative programmer for the Roland JX-8P

Posted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 5:31 am
by fh991586
Still, at one point, you have to pay for those knobs/sliders... Can't have it for free!

Re: Alternative programmer for the Roland JX-8P

Posted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 4:20 pm
by SSquirrel
The PG 800 has 18 2 way switches, 23 sliders, 3 knobs and 2 buttons. Looking at the Encore Knobby page, they have a setup downloadable for the JX-8P and at $150 directly from them, that's certainly way more affordable than buying a PG800 on Ebay. I'm glad I have the PG tho, the Knobby is a similar design to the DSI Evolver or Blofeld and I'm not the biggest fan of that approach. Does seem like the best approach for saving money tho. Looks lik the BCR2000 mentioned before is $174 from Musician's Friend.

Re: Alternative programmer for the Roland JX-8P

Posted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:06 pm
by Ashe37
Or, Novation Remote Zero.

Re: Alternative programmer for the Roland JX-8P

Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:28 am
by jorr.it
You could use my BCR2000 preset file and layout:

https://github.com/jorr-it/jx8p-controller

The repository contains both preset files for BCR2000 as well as Novation SL Mk II. I tried both, but prefer the BCR2000 because no menu diving is needed.