Category Archives: Adventures in synthesizers

in-depth view and how-to’s on a specific aspect of synthesizers – and I’m just learning myself :)

Roland JD-Xi Firmware 1.5 Interactive Chord – External Gear!

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This video shows how to use the interactive chord feature on the JD-Xi with external gear. The feature is able to transpose sequences via the root note of a chord.

See video description for more info ­čÖé

UPDATED firmware!

Roland have released a small fix for the Interactive Chord feature:

https://www.roland.com/global/support/by_product/jd-xi/updates_drivers/c9b73cc2-9b73-4656-8ea8-dd9ba7655029/

Many users were complaining there was some weirdness happening with the chord if a root note other than “C” was used. This is the fix for this bug.

Behind-the-scenes – Roland MX-1 setup, Ableton Push, Connections + more!

Behind the scenes setup of a recent Live Jam video (link below) that goes over the gear connections, Ableton live (DAW) and the main mixer (Roland MX-1) setup.

** THIS VIDEO COVERS A LOT OF GROUND ** – so you’ll expect it to be longer than usual. Some of the areas are:

* AIRA Host – USB connections
* MIDI setup – MIDI-IN, MIDI-OUT, MIDI-THRU
* Audio connections to the MX-1 mixer
* Sends and FX returns (AUX) connections with Strymon Big Sky
* Ableton Push setup
* Ableton Live sequencing and linking to live mixer
* Roland MX-1 Performance mode (PC input)
* Syncing gear together with master clock

Stay subscribed for the next part of this series which will go over the individual synthesizers, drum machines and samplers.

Live jam video link: https://youtu.be/y_rTNKAkwsk

Link to diagram:

Behind the scenes diagram
Behind the scenes – diagram

Roland GAIA SH-01 Key Replacement

Hope you guys find this interesting. I purchased the GAIA at a Pawn Shop – and it had these horrible painted orange “C” keys. I knew if I was to get it, it would have to be a significant discount, and I would be doing the job of fixing these keys at some stage. I decided to order new keys after trying many chemical methods to remove the paint. It wasn’t too pricey – actually probably cheaper than all the chemicals I purchased.

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