BUYING AND LOADING MY SOUNDS / PATCHES:
The price is Euro 20. Send a payment entitled "jdxa patches"
to my paypal address: [wcologarb at tlen.pl]. I'll send the soundset
back to your email within max 24 hours (let me wake up;)
The whole set of my sounds fills up the JD-XA (256 sounds), although some of the sounds come in variations,
so let's say there is around 200 original patches.
I have exported my patches using two options: as a
backup file, and as individual files in SMF (*.mid)
format. If you want to use the backup file, just copy the whole "ROLAND" folder
onto your pendrive and insert the pendrive into your JDXA (read the owner's
manual about this procedure, otherwise you risk damaging your instrument).
you want to use the SMF option, here's how to do it: you load the SMF files into the Roland Librarian software on your computer
by using the menu File->Import SMF. Each sound will show up on the Librarian
list as "WC OLO GARB". Then you select that sound on that list and send it to
the JDXA (you push the "Write->Selected" button). Remember that if my sound was
saved in slot P10 in my JD-XA, then you will have to scroll the Librarian list
all the way down to "P" to see this "WC OLO GARB" sound. It's quite cumbersome,
but it seems that companies have abandoned the more straightforward sysex format
for whatever reason. To make it easier to locate my sounds from the demo, they
come with the names according to this format: "wcog_jdxa_12_diamondlove_g10"
 means it is the 12th sound in the youtube demo,
[diamondlove] hints at the visuals used in the demo for that sound,
[g10] is the location in the synth's memory (the location on the Librarian
Remember to "set up midi devices" (USB) in your JD-XA
before importing the sounds (again, read the owner's manual).
Some of my JD-XA patches may sound strangely
different yet the same when played on your JD-XA. That's because of the random LFO phase.
When I press a key on the demo, the LFO was, for example, at 0 degrees. But when
you press a key on that patch, it may happen that your LFO is at 180 degrees at
this specific moment, so the modulation / groove will "flip" upside down.
Thanks, and why so long:
So here it is, a new demo after 6 years of slumber. It's too early to say
whether my comeback will change into something stable for years to come and
whether creating music will again be my main activity, nevertheless it looks
promising and I would like to thank all of you who helped me get to this point
by reaching out to me, by words of encouragement, by answering my questions, and
most importantly by patiently supporting me via Patreon or Paypal donations. It
is a factor that binds the whole thing up and makes it work, simple as that.
Because when you give me a bit of your money, you transfer a bit of
your energy to me, which I then transfer, or convert, into a synth demo.
Otherwise I would have to put that energy into my day job and would have little
left for the creative stuff. And it takes a considerable amount of energy for me to make a demo,
because I treat it more like a short film (or an EP album). I cannot explore and understand an instrument and then
present a visually & musically coherent and entertaining piece in one week or even month. I'm thinking about scaling down the visual / editing element
and concentrating more on pure sound design (it would mean demos appearing more
frequently), but I'm not sure this is what we all want and enjoy. This format
means blood, sweat and tears, but I guess striving for the unattainable perfection is
paradoxically one of the joys of life.