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Re: Build of JDXi

Postby richardbates1 » 20:28, 27 May 2015

PauloF wrote:
richardbates1 wrote:
CesarsoundOne wrote:It is so weak as I could imagine. Well, the keybed is a bonus, for the quality of sounds and the price.

Maybe it is best to think of the JDXi as sound module and don't use the keys?


That is exactly what I would do if I had one, and I take this opportunity to ask you about how the keybed is connected to the main board.
Is it by the flat cable that is seen in a couple of your photos?
or just at the edge of the keybed (not shown) as in all other Roland synths/controllers?

Thanks
Paulo

The keybed is one unit (contains 3 sections) that is attached by the one flat cable.
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Re: Build of JDXi

Postby JunoJohn » 21:18, 27 May 2015

apauw wrote:Looking again it looks like the white bar (with the screws) and the white keys are one plastic piece.

Is that true? Are all of the keys in a section combined into a single piece of plastic?

In other words, there are no separate keys? No A key, no B key, etc.?
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Re: Build of JDXi

Postby richardbates1 » 21:37, 27 May 2015

JunoJohn wrote:
apauw wrote:Looking again it looks like the white bar (with the screws) and the white keys are one plastic piece.

Is that true? Are all of the keys in a section combined into a single piece of plastic?

In other words, there are no separate keys? No A key, no B key, etc.?

That is correct, the white keys are grouped by octave and are one piece.
Each octave (and there are 3 octaves, so 3 section pieces) is one connected plastic piece.
The hinges for each key is a thin plastic connection, If that cracks or breaks well.....oooops!
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Re: Build of JDXi

Postby JunoJohn » 22:52, 27 May 2015

Crikey!

I feel like hugging my Fantom-G6.
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Re: Build of JDXi

Postby PauloF » 23:34, 27 May 2015

JunoJohn wrote:Crikey!

I feel like hugging my Fantom-G6.


Ufff... me too to my broken A-800 PRO and PCR-500.

The MIDI OUT port on both is faulty but the keybeds are perfect, so I was thinking maybe it is compatible with the JD-Xi and maybe I can transform it on a JD-XXXi (EXXpanded JD-Xi with a 49 or 61 Keys w/ Velocity and Aftertouch) LOL
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Re: Build of JDXi

Postby CesarsoundOne » 01:22, 28 May 2015

PauloF wrote:
JunoJohn wrote:Crikey!

I feel like hugging my Fantom-G6.


Ufff... me too to my broken A-800 PRO and PCR-500.

The MIDI OUT port on both is faulty but the keybeds are perfect, so I was thinking maybe it is compatible with the JD-Xi and maybe I can transform it on a JD-XXXi (EXXpanded JD-Xi with a 49 or 61 Keys w/ Velocity and Aftertouch) LOL


Very good idea Paulo!
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Re: Build of JDXi

Postby JunoJohn » 03:31, 28 May 2015

PauloF wrote:…I was thinking maybe it is compatible with the JD-Xi and maybe I can transform it on a JD-XXXi (EXXpanded JD-Xi with a 49 or 61 Keys w/ Velocity and Aftertouch) LOL

Intriguing idea!

How about calling it the JD-Xi PRO?

Or maybe, Franken-Xi??
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Re: Build of JDXi

Postby richardbates1 » 03:50, 28 May 2015

JunoJohn wrote:
PauloF wrote:…I was thinking maybe it is compatible with the JD-Xi and maybe I can transform it on a JD-XXXi (EXXpanded JD-Xi with a 49 or 61 Keys w/ Velocity and Aftertouch) LOL

Intriguing idea!

How about calling it the JD-Xi PRO?

Or maybe, Franken-Xi??

Yes Young Franken-Xi, it's alive. it's alive!
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Re: Build of JDXi

Postby Saxifraga » 08:07, 28 May 2015

Wow. That's really a cheap kind of construction.
Does anyone know if this keybed can be replaced by something better, like Korgs MicroKeys?
But we all knew that 400€ are cheap for a 128 voice Supernatural+ Analog + Drums + 4 part sequencer synth.
The keybed sadly is just something like a bonus.
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Re: Build of JDXi

Postby Jan_nl » 13:22, 28 May 2015

PauloF wrote:P.S: That is incredible how fragile the keys look. The Spring is actually the plastic mould itself, and the key is part of it... really fragile...

...which brings up the question: why not make it a desktop module instead of increasing the cost by means of the addition of a cheap, unusable mini keybed?
I think Roland opted for the wrong form factor.
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Re: Build of JDXi

Postby PauloF » 17:49, 28 May 2015

Jan_nl wrote:
PauloF wrote:P.S: That is incredible how fragile the keys look. The Spring is actually the plastic mould itself, and the key is part of it... really fragile...

...which brings up the question: why not make it a desktop module instead of increasing the cost by means of the addition of a cheap, unusable mini keybed?
I think Roland opted for the wrong form factor.


Now jokes apart, I think that it can still be used as a module, even with that mini "keybad"

in my view theJD-Xi really deserves be used with a proper keyboard
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Re: Build of JDXi

Postby richardbates1 » 04:00, 29 May 2015

PauloF wrote:
Jan_nl wrote:
PauloF wrote:P.S: That is incredible how fragile the keys look. The Spring is actually the plastic mould itself, and the key is part of it... really fragile...

...which brings up the question: why not make it a desktop module instead of increasing the cost by means of the addition of a cheap, unusable mini keybed?
I think Roland opted for the wrong form factor.


Now jokes apart, I think that it can still be used as a module, even with that mini "keybad"

in my view theJD-Xi really deserves be used with a proper keyboard

It is a great little synth with a great sound, fun and inspirational to play, need to bypass the bad keybed.
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Re: Build of JDXi

Postby apauw » 09:09, 2 June 2015

Hi Richard,

just curious, how did the repair go? Did they made a fuzz about warranty, did you had to do the replacement yourself (with a replacement part), or were you able to send it off for repair?

Also, did you made any pictures from the motherboard itself?

Hope it turned out fine for you,

Cheers,
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Re: Build of JDXi

Postby CesarsoundOne » 13:25, 2 June 2015

Hi Richard,

I would like to see pictures of JDXi motherboard too. Could you post it here please?

Cheers,
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Re: Build of JDXi

Postby funktree » 15:19, 2 June 2015

+1 (see the board)

look this guy done it with AIRA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3-GRmXyi2Q
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