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Roland JP-80×0 Getting Started

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

for Roland JP-80x0 Editor & Librarian plug-in by Mystery Islands Music

v2.6.0 - 2020-03-17

Roland JP-80x0 User Manual

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Prepare your Hardware for the Plug-in

The following content is critical in order to make the communication functional between the plug-in and the synthesizer:

  • Make sure you have direct connections between your JP and your DAW with MIDI  No MIDI thru connections supported (as they will not work, period).
    • JP MIDI out to MIDI device MIDI in.
    • MIDI device MIDI out to JP MIDI in.
    • Optionally, if you are using JP-8080, use Remote KBD In to trigger the arpeggiator with note on / off messages. This port does not support data transfers!
  • Make sure your JP is powered up and double check your MIDI connections.

JP-8000 Specific setup instructions

Click and hold SHIFT + MIDI SW  and scroll until you came across these settings:

  • Tx/Rx Edit SW           = ON
  • Rx Exclusive SW        = ON
  • Tx/Rx ProgChg SW   = BANK SEL + PC
  • Local Switch               = If JP-8000 would be my master keyboard, I would turn it off.
  • MIDI Sync                   = If on, hardware will sync to MIDI clock from MIDI.

Next click MIDI PRM  and scroll until you came across these settings:

  • Device ID                   = 17 (for multiple JP’s in setup, choose individual ID for each).
  • Tx/Rx Edit Mode      = MODE1

JP-8080 Specific setup instructions

Click EDIT and choose MIDI  and scroll until you came across these settings:

  • Tx/Rx Edit SW           = ON
  • Tx/Rx Edit Mode       = MODE1
  • Tx/Rx ProgChg SW   = BANK SEL + PC
  • Local Switch               = Up to your desire. OFF means extra MIDI traffic back to JP!
  • MIDI Sync                   = If on, hardware will sync to MIDI clock from MIDI.
  • Device ID                     = 17 (for multiple JP’s in setup, choose individual ID for each).
  • Rx Exclusive SW        = ON
  • MIDI Thru                    = OFF

Now you can click Exit and move to next step!


Prepare your DAW for the Plug-in

Check configuration guide for your system below. Setting MIDI Devices is important as well as the relevant DAW guide listed below it.

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Insert the plug-in into your project

First Run / Plug-in Scan

After reading the configuration guide for Setting MIDI Devices and configuration guide for your DAW, we can safely open the plug-in in our DAW and start the plug-in scanning process.

If the plug-in scan fails, please open the Editor LOG file and check if it ends to reading a patch file like this:

PATCH LIBRARIAN: loaded file C:\Users\yourUserName\Documents\Mystery Islands Music\Roland JP-80x0 Editor\Patches\Soundset X.j8k

If that is the case, move the Soundset X.mid or .j8k to another location and try to scan the plug-in again. If it fails again, redo the process until the scan is successful. There might be several soundsets which are not compatible with the plug-in for some reason – If you would like us to figure the issue out, head down to our forums and start a new thread. From there you can do private reply to your own message with the soundset attached and so we can investigate it.


Register plug-in with license.key

First of all, we couldn’t be happier that you have decided to support our long journey of coding this plug-in, constantly improving it and drawing the graphics ourselves! THANK YOU.

Registered owners can enjoy the full advantages of the plug-in, like:

  • Plug-in parameters can be automated directly from your DAW.
  • Librarian is fully functional and allows full editing possibilities.
  • Total Recall: Once you open your project after your last session, all the the data used in your previous session will be automatically sent to your synthesizer.
  • Lifetime free support and lifetime free updates!

If you purchased plug-in license from our store, you can download the license.key from page after you login.

Then navigate to the order which contains the plug-in order and you can download the license.key from there. Once the download is finished, make sure it is called “ license.key “, not “ license.key.txt “.

Download the FULL version installer from before you proceed and run the installer. Make sure to choose either 32- or 64-bit installer depending of your setup.


Manually placing the license.key

If you have plug-in inserted to your project, now it is time to delete the track / plug-in instance from your DAW.

Move the license.key manually to plug-in data folder (see location mentioned on page 9). Before you continue, check and make sure the license is called license.key ! If all is good, you can now re-insert your plug-in to your DAW. Image below from macOS.

jp-80x0 getting started license location


Register plug-in from User Interface

Once you’ve installed the FULL version and you have your plug-in user interface opened, enter Browser [1], click Bank Edit [2] and choose Register Plug-in [3] from the menu once you open the plug-in in your DAW for the first time.

jp-80x0 getting started license load


A file dialog will popup and you must navigate to the downloads folder and select the license.key from there.

After you have chosen the license.key, remove the plug-in instance from your DAW and insert it again. Plug-in display should now indicate “REGISTERED” under the JP-80×0 logo.

IF the plug-in shows “** DEMO VERSION **” you haven’t installed the FULL version yet or you might have the plug-in installed in several locations! Check solution from Troubleshooting section.


[macOS] Filter incoming MIDI data from physical port

I would like to point out that in order to prevent duplicate MIDI data flow passing to our plug-in, take a good look at your DAW user guide how to filter or block MIDI messages from external devices.

Here is an example: I’m using JP-8080 and JP-80×0 plug-in in my project. If I move a Filter Cutoff slider from the plug-in, it will send MIDI out data to physical MIDI device. Now, from there, your DAW will process this message and pass it into your record / monitor enabled track if it is not blocked / filtered. We don’t need this data to pass thru twice since we are going to open the physical ports in the plug-in user interface. I hope that made sense 🤨


[Windows] Disable physical MIDI ports from your DAW

One of the most important things, especially on Windows platform is that you disable your physical MIDI ports which are used to connect your synthesizer from your DAW settings and make sure that the ports are not used within your DAW at all! If the port is used inside your DAW and you try to assign MIDI input / MIDI output in the plug-in, it will crash hard and you might lose your work!

Links above for DAW Configuration Guides.


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