Roland JD-990 Sysex Dump Utility

Roland JD-990 Sysex Dump Utility


    • Downloads Internal Patches I-11 – I-88 (64 x patches).
    • Can upload sysex files back to the JD-990.
    • Features progress bar and cancel button.
    • Transfer times can be changed (recommended 360~400ms download and ~150ms upload according to my tests but that may depend on your setup).
    • A full dump should be 33216 bytes.  If you get a “MIDI Buffer Full” notice on the JD-990, increase the Transfer Rate.
    • Tested in standalone mode only with  [Ctrlr 5.3.201 (Recommended)] ::  Windows 10.
    • This program is also included in the JD-990 Super Editor.

Version History and Change-log:

  • Version 1.4 (09/28/2018) Minor Code & Interface updates.
  • Version 1.3 (09/25/2018) Fixed popup dialogue potentially showing on panel load.
  • Version 1.2 (08/19/2018) Fixed panel size (24px Ctrlr Bug)
  • Version 1.1 (07/09/2018) Changed checksum function; minor interface updates
  • Version 1.0 (07/06/2018)
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Roland JD-990 Super Editor

JD-990 Super Editor
 (Version 2.4.1) 
    • Easy access to SR-JV80-04 external card patches and waveforms if installed.
    • Rename any remote patch name for Internal Patches I-11 – I-88 (64 x patches).
    • Save Temporary Patch data on Ctrlr panel to any Internal Patch location I-11 – I-88 (64 x patches).
    • Simultaneous editing of all four voices per patch as in Palette Mode on JD-990 (Use Ctrl key).
    • Loaded patch data can be saved as a sysex file to computer.
    • Bulk Sysex dumps of patches I-11 – I-88 (64 x patches)  or use  JD-990 Sysex Dump Utility.
    • Emulation of most graphic elements on the JD-990 display.
    •  Separate ”mixer’ area allowing simultaneous adjustment of each Tone Level & Pan.
    • Sync button to synchronise panel with JD-990.
    • Tested in standalone/VST mode only with  [Ctrlr 5.3.201 (Recommended::  Windows 10 and 5.3.198 on Mac.

NOTE: If you have used older versions of this program –
After making a backup, delete folder:
C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Roaming\JD-990 Super Editor
before running this program to ensure correct loading of images and resources.


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Download 32bit and 64bit VST or Standalone versions:

Download JD990 Super Editor
    • Version 2.4.1 (03/18/2019)
      Fixes DEL TAP buttons not sending sysex.
    • Version 2.4.0 (03/14/2019)
      VST indexes re-generated and re-ordered.
      New Copy Tones function.
      Many fixes.
      New design.
    • Version 2.3 (02/28/2019)
      VST indexes re-generated and re-ordered.
    • Version 2.2 (02/27/2019)
      Leftover debug code removed.
    • Version 2.1 (02/27/2019)
      Minor Standalone bug fix and graphics update.
    • Version 2.0 (02/26/2019)
      Complete re-write.
      Please upgrade  from previous versions
    • Version 1.7.0 (01/18/2019)
      minor design change – small bug fix – zoom function.
    • Version 1.5f (01/12/2019)
      sys dump Area button fix
    • Version 1.5e (01/04/2019)
      Voice Priority and SoloSync were not displaying
    • Version 1.5d (11/11/2018)
      Fixed incorrect sysex formulae for Spectrum.
    • Version 1.5c (10/30/2018)
      Waveform Load Function was crashing on startup.
      Please upgrade to this version!
    • Version 1.5b (10/09/2018)
      Waveform Source button now working
    • Version 1.5a (10/07/2018)
      Fixed missing images in VST.dll
    • Version 1.5 (10/06/2018)
      • Many code fixes
      • Load time should be greatly reduced.
      • Addressed Ctrlr Bug: sends all combo sysex/cc to machine on panel load.
      • Fixed Midi Buffer Full Errors and Checksum Errors.
    • Version 1.2 -1.4  (from 09/28/2018)
      • Please upgrade to version 1.5+
    • Version 1.1 (08/18/2018) Fixed panel size (24px Ctrlr Bug)
    • Version 1.0 (07/10/2018) Changed Checksum function
    • Version 0.99 (07/04/2018) Checksum error fix
    • Version 0.98.5 (12/15/2017) Minor code fixes
    • Version 0.98 (10/13/2017) First release

To create a VST or AU file:

  • Load the Ctrlr.dll (Ctrlr VST) into your DAW
  • Load this panel into Ctrlr VST instance.
  • Then go to File -> Export -> Export Restricted Instance
    This will build a VST dll or AU file.
  • You can now load this panel independently of Ctrlr.
  • Or download pre built files from Download JD990 Super Editor

Running as VST under Cubase

  1. In Cubase, Disable †Midi-in **Midi-out ports to the JD990.
  2. Open JD-990 VST in an instrument track IN=(All Midi Inputs)
  3. Create Midi track IN=(All Midi Inputs) OUT=(JD-990 Midi-in) (I record midi notes & data to this track)
  4. In the VST Ctrlr panel connect to the †Midi-in and **Midi-out ~ connected to JD-990 (you disabled them in Cubase ( See step #1))
  5. I found the only Midi-thru setting that needs to be checked was
    MIDI→Midi Thru→”Plugin-host->Output Device”
    (The 5th option down in the fold out menu).

Running as VST under Reaper

(Thanks to user AW for these instructions)
(This is the JD990’s audio output)

  1. Insert – Track
  2. Record Arm
  3. Monitor Input (right-click record button)
  4. Track Input:Stereo Input

(Ctrlr VST settings)

  1. Insert – Virtual Instrument on New Track – Panel
  2. Routing – MIDI Hardware Output – JD990
  3. Ctrlr MIDI – MIDI Thru – Deselect “Input Device -> Output Device”
  4. Ctrlr MIDI – MIDI Thru – Select “Plugin Host -> Output Device”
  5. Ctrlr MIDI – “Input from host to comparator”
  6. Ctrlr MIDI – “Output to Plugin Host”
  7. SYNC with JD990

And make sure in your Preferences, Audio – MIDI Devices, you have it set so that your MIDI Device which connects to the JD990 is enabled for input, output, and control messages (right-click).



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