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GrooveBox Editor Beta– Standalone and VST Editor for Roland MC-505, Roland MC-307, Roland JX-305 and Roland D2 series synthesizers

Multitimbral Midi Editor for Roland MC-505, MC-307, JX-305 and D2 Groove synthesizers. Complete control of all your synthesizer (8 Patch parts, Rhythm part, Effects, Part Common and System settings) from a single instance.

Beta release, any feedback will be welcome.



· Librarian
Load and save individual patches and rhythm patches in .syx format.

Load and save patch and rhythm soundbanks in .syx format.

Load patches from Preset, User and Card banks.

Write patches in User, Card and external banks.

Create new Patch and Rhythm soundbanks.

Drag&Drop patches between banks.

· Data storage

GrooveBox Editor let’s you create the following data and save them as a single file (extension .syx)

· Current Patch data (consisting of latest status of 7 Patches and 1 Rhythm Set).

· Current Part settings data (consisting of setup parameters of 8 Parts).

· Current Part Common settings data (consisting of effect parameters).

· Current System settings data (consisting of System Common settings and Scale Tune settings of 8 Parts).

Finally, GrooveBox Editor can backup and transfer Pattern and Patch data when a Bulk Dump is performed on the synthesizer, and save the data to file in .syx format.

· DAW Automation

Every parameter of the sound engine of every part is ready to be automated.

· Total Recall

GrooveBox Editor lets you edit all the Patch, Rhythm, Part and System parameters (up to 7675 parameters!) and save the latest edit status within the application. This means that you can easily recall the latest status of the previous edit simply by opening GrooveBox Editor.

· Parameter Locking

Lock any section of the synthesizer sound engine. For instance, lock Tone 1 Wave section and Amplitude Envelope. When loading or receiving a new patch, the locked sections will not change. Do you like the effect settings of a Part, or the filter section? Lock them and test any patch with those settings.

· Patch Randomizer

GrooveBox Editor provides a Patch Randomizer with several functions to control the process. It can be used in conjunction with Parameter Locking section to select which groups of parameters will be randomized.

· Joystick Modulator

Choose up to four parameters from any part and modulate them in a vectorial style.

· Instructions

The zip file contains both stand-alone and VST plugin version for 32 and 64 bit Windows systems, as well as a short manual.


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28 Responses to “GrooveBox Editor for Roland MC-505, MC-307, JX-305 and D2”

  1. intens

    Avast tells me this file is infected. In fact the software automatically sent it to the Avast-lab for diagnosis… What’s wrong?

  2. dasfaker

    Both .exes and .dll files are generated directly by Ctrlr when exported as instances. Exes are later modified to change the icon file, this is the only modification applied to them. I don’t know if this could confuse Avast. They have been scanned with AVG without problems.

    Anyway, if you don’t feel confident, don’t use it.

    • intens

      The file was sent to the lab and after a day I could use it without warning. So I guess they decided it was ok. Great editor! Posted it in the Groovebox group on Facebook.

  3. mronthal1

    Just trying to establish connection with D2 and im crashing m head… editor says it is now online and im trying to send Bulk data…to the editor but something is obviously wrong… nothing happens.Reading 2 manuals at the time.. maybe it is not ment to work for me. I need to free up memory but i don’t want to delete my patterns. i guess i’ll see a donkey if i look myself in the mirror now Please help

  4. dasfaker

    Did you read the Editor’s manual? You have to follow these steps:
    · Press “GET” button once. The button’s label will change to “WAITING”
    · Perform the Bulk Dump Send operation on the synthesizer.
    · Once the dump has finished, press “WAITING” button to save the file.

    I should add that this feature has been tested only on the MC505. Right now I don’t know if the Roland D2 will behave like the MC505.

  5. huggy46

    Avast tried to analyse for viruses. No problems. This has happened with other bits of software that i have downloaded direct from the software makers. This is a lovely looking editor. Can’t wait to try it on the 505. Many thanks!

  6. intens

    I’ve been using this software for a few days now and I must say it’s incredible! It put a whole breath of new life in this old machine. It’s so extensive and complete! Thank you so much. I shared it with a groovebox facebook group and opinions there are also very positive. Thanks again forthe huge amount of work!

  7. dasfaker

    Glad you find it useful, and thanks for spreading it.
    I saw the Facebook post, and somebody talked about adding sequencer options. This is not possible as there aren’t sysex commands for it, just the dump operations. All that can be controlled thru midi messages is already included.

    Let’s hope people realize that Roland Grooveboxes are in fact fully featured synths with almost the same engine as Roland JV’s.

    • intens

      I was the one suggesting this. I edited my own post. Yes, it’s a decent synth but the synth section wasn’t exactly exactly easy to handle. You changed al that with your software. So thanks again!

  8. Stinkbub

    Holy Shit, this is exciting. I will provide detailed feedback. I hope total recall of everything works and that editing more than one tone at a time is possible.

  9. dasfaker

    Thanks for your willingness!
    If everything works as expected, yes, total recall and multiple tone edit should work, but given the huge amount of parameters available it’s been poorly tested.

  10. Stinkbub

    The editor looks amazing, even the manual is great. However, I found some problems. Do you have an email or a way I can send you screenshots and text ?

  11. knob twiddler

    knob twiddler

    Just got it working in Cockos Reaper with my Roland D2 as a VST x64. This is the most beautiful free editor I have ever seen…setup was pretty easy but only because of the manual (printed it for extra usability). One question, we were never able to make new rythmsets with the D2, there was nothing in the manual but there is a userdrumbank in there. So can you make your own banks? Can you modify every single drumsound with all the parameters in the rythm section? Or is it global for all?

    The last thing I would like to mention is the setup in the D2. You cannot edit Rx. PG or Rx. Bank Sel, but I think they are always on.

  12. dasfaker

    Thanks for your words. The editor is based and tested only on the MC505 but in theory, the D2 share the same synth engine, so it should be possible to edit individual drum sounds, as well as creating new drum banks (at least you can store them as .syx files on your HD). Also, the state of the editor is stored with your project, so you could do some basic test by loading it in a new project, twist some drum sounds and save the project to see if the drum sounds are correctly stored.

  13. knob twiddler

    knob twiddler

    Hi dasfaker, I gave it a try today and indeed I can for example pitch the individual drumsounds which is exactly what I wanted but if I send them to the D2, the groovebox editor screen show the message “requesting rhytm part 8” and it is not send. Anyway sending and receiving works great for all the other parts. Receiving the rythm part is also no problem. Do you have any idea what goes wrong here? Al imitation of the D2? I will try to save the altered sound in the D2 as a drumpatch, let’s see if that works.

  14. knob twiddler

    knob twiddler

    I got it working dasfaker!!!! I had to load a userdrumbank in D2 before it could write to it. The other parts were all on a userpreset already 🙂 Thanx again for the great tool.

  15. knob twiddler

    knob twiddler

    Is this correct?
    *When tone switch 1 & 2 are on, the patch only exists out of those 2 and 3 & 4 are muted?
    *When tone select is on tone1 it shows the parameters for tone1, when you select tone2, the tone edit switches simultaneously but if you select tone1&2 under tone edit, and tone lelect is on tone2, tone1 is edited too?

  16. knob twiddler

    knob twiddler

    one last thing dasfaker, every single time I press the “init all” button, the x64 plugin crashes, is that a bug? I wsill give the standalone a try

  17. mpo

    OMG this panel actually made me interested in complete Ctrlr platform. I just opened it and i am amazed on the work. Graphical interface is actually better then most of the commercial Roland stuff. A lot of work made in to this one. You are really great!!!

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