Jim Atwood in Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagano, and Nagoya! Over the holidays I purchased the CHD Elektroservis JU6-KBD Midi Kit for the Roland Juno-6. Unfortunately the product doesn’t really work as advertised and can’boss rc 3 manual pdf recommend the product.
Poly, but definitely the Roland Juno-6 kit does not work. First the installation was actually very easy and straight forward. It required soldering only two wires and everything else was plug and play. So far so good and with just that one taks, one might think the product is a success. Included is a software sysex generator that builds sysex strings for you to send to the JU6-KBD.
The software generates the strings, but when you send them, they don’t work at all. This is a HUGE problem because it means you can’t change any of the parameters with the kit such as Midi Receive Channel. It’s stuck on Channel 1 at all times! I found the fix, see bottom.
The Arp will not sync using the JU6-KBD via midi at all. In fact you can’t get it to switch from INTERNAL to MIDI because the software stated above doesn’t work. So you you still have to trigger the arp the old fashion, BUT RELIABLE, way of using the trigger input on the back of the Juno-6. While doing some research online I found a few others with the same kit experiencing the same problem. None of the internal parameters of the JU6-KBD could be changed at all via sysex. JU6-KBD kit does not accept the changes. Note that the JU6-KBD is also the same kit for the Juno-60.
Default values that come with the CHD JU6-KBD Midi Kit are not written anywhere in the manuals. You have no idea what the default parameters are so you can’t really test to make sure things are working. I know the default midi channel is 1 simply because that’s the only channel the JU6-KBD responds to. It would have been very helpful to have a list of default settings in the manual. Due to the fact that the JU6-KBD has MIDI input only, you cannot in any way determine if values sent are getting registered in the interface. There is no signal LED on the interface to show that midi messages have been received or processed.