Interesting projects for music synthesizers and anything else electronic or embedded software related…….Plus music from supporters of this site.
Repair, Upgrade & Technical Services
Plasma Music run by Alexander in the UK, is able to offer many music related services that range from a fully equipped Recording Studio all the way to Design and Engineering.
Plasma Music are also able to offer professional repair and restoration services for many other vintage instruments and equipment. The ideal one stop shop for ensuring your precious vintage gear is looked after and well maintained.
Love our upgrades but unable to do it yourself? Alex is here to help.
Roland MKS80 Display Replacement
Here is a DIY project to fit a new OLED display into the fabulous MKS80 and give it a fresh new look.
Production run of 16×1 OLED displays in Blue and White have been secured. Delivery expected mid June 2020 for white and mid July 2020 for blue.
Recording the Dark Angel Symphony
NEW MKS70 OLED Module
A specially designed OLED display replacement for the MKS70. Using a low width 40×2 character module, it is a simple fit with prepared wiring that only requires the Display Board to be removed and drilled. A very neat and high precision installation is achieved by use of the original VFD fixing pins.
OLED improves on LCD by having high contrast ensuring a clean display and gives enhanced functionality that the Vecoven software exploits for the VFD update using just a 40 character by 2 line display. Like all other displays, works with original Roland software in single line mode. Availability is shown here.
Fabricio Cantoni has put in a huge number of hours and dedication to create this fabulous looking JX10 all in white. The attention to detail on the new silk screen is stunning. It is running Roland firmware, contains a replacement display whilst being controlled by the iPG800 iPad App.
Here are more pictures showing how perfect the detailing is in the artwork in this unique looking instrument.
Replacement SuperJX Power Supply
A DIY solution for a burned out transformer or power supply board. Design information, bill of material and a bare PCB available.
Restore Aftertouch on JX10
A step by step guide using the best techniques and see how straightforward it is to restore the aftertouch feature on the JX10!
Power Supply Rebuild
Written for amateur and beginners in mind, explaining the reasons and techniques used to sort out the Roland SuperJX power supplies once and for all!
Covers “Recapping”, transistor replacement, resistor upgrade and dry joint repair. All you need to know for both JX10 and MKS70 with parts lists too!
80’s Magic With JX10
A song created by Thomas Östberg using the JX10 for all sounds with exception of the drums and a small number of effects. The link below takes you to the SuperSynthProjects google drive and plays in Chrome.
It is pure JX10 80’s magic. Somehow, Thomas has rolled so much of that era into the melodies and arrangement. After listening all the way through, one is left with a head full of classy riffs and different ideas, with the meticulous arrangement being kept together with an underpinning melody.
Roland Super JX Replacement Display
Check out the Super JX Replacement Display, specially designed to fit inside the magnificent Roland MKS70 and JX10 synthesizers. To learn more about its development take a look at the design engineering page.
SuperJX Display Anniversary Edition
Check out the new Anniversary Edition firmware containing a 14 segment starburst emulation to get closer to the 1980’s original: SuperJX Display Anniversary Edition
Roland SuperJX Flat Cable Replacement
Finally, a solution for the nightmare flat cables in the SuperJX. After 30 years these cables are showing signs of the glue drying out and thus when unplugged for maintenance, they often fall apart especially if they have been abused before.
Humans by Luke Neptune
A fabulous new album by Luke Neptune that uses an enormous number of silky smooth sounds from the JX10 demonstrating it’s prowess in modern music.
You just don’t have this kind of bold lead synth playing in music anymore. Luke has done great service in what is contemporary yet draws it’s influence from the best of the past. Arguably this kind of playing and style had been lost in modern music.
Here is what Luke said about the synthesizers used on this album:
“….The JX10 is the star of the show of your fav track ‘I Can Make You Better’ It’s doing all the pads and strings and also the repeating saw tooth chord stab that comes in on the first middle 8. In fact that track is just JX10 and OB6. There’s JX10 on After Midnight (all pads). Also JX10 on Do It Now (layered with Juno 60, Ex5 and OB6 for a monster pad)….”
Check out video on YouTube for one of the great tracks on this album.
Available for download:
MKS70 Switch Replacement
Ever felt daunted at the prospect of removing solder from 120 joints and replacing the switches for new on an MKS70? Here is the most efficient and least damaging way of doing it! MKS70 Replacement Switches
JX10 Encoder Replacement
Here is a guide to replacing the encoder in the JX10 with a modern Bourns version that costs very little and gives similar performance.
MKS70 Noise Reduction Modification
Check out this page for new routing of cables to achieve the lowest noise possible from your MKS70. This is ideally done when performing PWM or display modifications.
Vecoven PWM Modification
The Super Synthesizer Projects page now has details of a fitting method for the Roland MKS70.
Roland JX10 Replacement Key Contacts
Believe it or not, there is an original Roland rubber key contact part available for another instrument that fits in the JX10. Check out this page JX10 Replacement Key Contacts, for what part you need to buy and how to fit it. The final result is impressive, super fast response ….and reliable!
Easy MIDI Processing
Midimuso create programmed integrated circuits to process MIDI messages and output voltages to integrate into your own electronic synthesizer projects or products without writing a single bit of embedded software. The devices are configured using MIDI messages and remember their configuration once set up. The manuals show a variety of simple circuits to get the very best out of them.
There are two types of programmed IC:
- Flexible Composite Voltage Generation
- Digital Oscillator with programmable waveforms
A Printed circuit board blank, kit or fully built is available to explore all the features of the CV-12 and build into your own projects and MIDI conversions.
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