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.

Download: History and Change-log:

  • Version 1.5 (07/08/2019) Uses native lua modulo function.
  • 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)


Roland JD-990 Super Editor

  • Version 2.7.1
  • 5/03/2020


Download JD990 Super Editor

JD-990 Super Editor

  • Menu 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).
  • Palette mode. Quick adjustment of each Tone ABCD using mouse wheel or click & drag.
  • 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 ~ synchronising panel with JD-990..
  • Please use Ctrlr version 5.3.201 on Windows.
  • Please use Ctrlr version 5.3.201 on Linux (tested Ubuntu 18.04).
  • Please use Ctrlr version 5.3.198 on Mac (not tested).
  • Works only in ※ PATCH mode. ※ PerformanceRhythm 
  • ※ New Features in Version 2.7.1:
    • CC mapping to panel from (keyboard) controller
    • Mouse dragable graphs
    • All expansion card series waveform names can be loaded.*
      * [ Only  SR-JV80-04 patch data can be loaded. ]
    • Visit SourceForge for archived version 2.6.6
Known Issues:
    •  MacOS ※ If images are not visible/loading — delete folder Library/Preferences/JD-990 Super Editor/ and restart program.
    • WINDOWS ※ If old images are loading, but not new: — delete folder C:Users%USERNAME%AppDataRoamingJD-990 Super Editor and restart program.
      @RD /S /Q “C:Users%USERNAME%AppDataRoamingJD-990 Super Editor”
    • When saving custom ccmapping to file under Linux and MacOS be sure to add extension .jd990 to end of filename.
Version History and Change-log:
    • Version 2.7.1 (05/03/2020)
      Fixed MIDI Buffer Full error on patch change/reload + bug fixes
    • Version 2.7.0 (04/30/2020)
    • CC mapping to panel from (keyboard) controller
      Mouse dragable graphs
      Support for expansion card waveform names
    • Version 2.6.6 (05/03/2020)
      Fixed MIDI Buffer Full error on patch change/reload + bug fixes
      Version 2.6.5 (04/29/2020)
    • FIX:: Delay Tap Modulators not updating when resyncing
    • Version 2.6.4 (04/29/2020)
      FIX:: save sysex error for Delay Tap in FX
      Causes checksum error on upload of sysex back into JD-990 / possible buffer overflow
      Improved save as (rename) window.
      Changed font patch name window to reflect case.
    • Version 2.6.3 (11/07/2019)
      “Patch Pan” Button stopped at R49 – should be R50 
    • Version 2.6.2 (10/03/2019)
       Re-ordered Graph controls to follow JD-800 layout
      Make “y” axis visible at zero on all graphs 
      Thanks to u-man for suggestions
    •  Version 2.6.1 (07/31/2019)
      Resolves MacOS booting errors with VST/AU
      Thanks to taoyoyo for suggestions
    • Version 2.6.0 (07/26/2019)
      LFO Graphs show correct fade Amplitude values.
      minor code optimization – removed custom modulo function
      With many thanks to AndrewWerdna for comprehensive testing and advice
    • Version 2.5.2 (06/13/2019)
      Palette menu was not working for modulators in the LFO tab.
      Version 2.5.1 (04/17/2019)
    • Fixed frozen phaser controls (thanks to AW for spotting this).
    • Version 2.5.0 (04/12/2019)
      Palette Mode working.
      New Wave selection interface.
      Many code changes.
    • Version 2.4.3 (03/23/2019)
      Tone Select sysex was not updating for modulators when syncing with JD-990.
      MultiTone (on change Tone) selection was changing all modulator values.
      With thanks to user AW for spotting these problems.
    • Version 2.4.2 (03/22/2019)
      Fx Ctrl Combos (drop downs) were not working/Incorrect titles.
    • 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.
    • 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 2.5
    • 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
Connect to JD-990 – PANEL AS VST To create a VST or AU file:
  • Load the Ctrlr.dll (Ctrlr VST/AU) into your DAW
  • Load this panel into Ctrlr VST/AU instance.
  • Then go to File -> Export -> Export Restricted Instance. 
    This will build a VST dll or AU (.component) 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)
  6. Engage Monitor on Both tracks. 
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).



Comments or suggestions  welcome.