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Q. How do I make the JV1080's patch names come up in Logic?

Roland JV1080 rack module front panel.

I'm having trouble getting my Roland JV1080 to work well with Emagic Logic Audio. I'm using a MOTU Fastlane MIDI interface with a Roland A30 master keyboard, a Yamaha RM1X module and the JV1080. My main problem is that when I change MIDI channel in Logic the sound disappears, or I can't get the sounds that I want to stay put. I am currently recording the JV's audio output into Logic and building it up from there, instead of making use of MIDI. How can I get Logic and the JV to synchronise?

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Editor In Chief Paul White replies: I use a Roland JV2080 with Logic, and it's very similar in operation to the JV1080. The first thing to do is create a sequencing Performance in the JV with one Part per MIDI channel. Also ensure that the JV isn't set up so that sending a MIDI Program Change message calls up a new Performance — check your JV manual for details of this. It doesn't matter what sounds you allocate in this Performance, as you will be able to change these from within Logic. Always use this Performance when sequencing.

Next, in Logic, create an Environment Multi Instrument object for the JV, filling in all the port connection details and switching on all 16 MIDI channels. In the patch window, which is opened by clicking on a square on the Multi Instrument, select the correct MIDI Bank Change standard for the JV from the upper right hand menu. You should now be good to go, though you may wish to type or paste in your patch names. Logic's support files include Multi Instruments pre-programmed with patch lists for most of the JV-series banks and cards, and you can use the Copy/Paste All Names function in the patch list window to copy these to your new default Song. Now you can call up all patches by name in the Arrange window.


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