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iPG-800 is a MIDI Controller iPad app emulating the functionality of the PG-800 and PG-300 Synthesizer Programmers that were built by Roland. It only works with a Roland JX-8P, MKS-70, JX-10 (with Colin Fraser OS), Alpha Juno 1+2, or MKS-50.
iPG-800 is a CoreMIDI app and connects to CoreMIDI compatible MIDI-Interfaces that support sysex like the iRig MIDI (e.g. Alesis IO Dock does not work) and to wireless MIDI Network sessions.
What's New in Version 1.2
A virtual PG-300 adds support for the Roland Alpha Juno synth models
Works perfectly with my iRig MIDI and Alpha Juno 1
This app works great! When you change patches, the sliders update in the app. When changing parameters in the app, the synth responds without any noticeable stepping.
If you have an issue where the app isn't updating, close the app (including in the app switcher), plug the MIDI interface back in, and re-open the app.
Really brings the JX-8P alive!
This app is a lifesaver. If you can't afford a real pg800 this app will be your best friend. In fact it is better than the real thing because whenever you load a preset via the J8-P it will instantly change the ipg800,slider settings to show you where all the sliders would be for that patch.
It is very easy to set up. I use a iRig as a midi interface, but I am sure other midi interfaces will do the job too.
So first be sure to hook up your JX-8P up to iRig via the midi ports in the back of the JX-8P and then plug iRig into your iPad. Do not launch to the pg-800 at this point!!!
Next turn on your JX-8P. On the JX-8P press the midi button and then push preset button 1 and then 2 this will get you to the PROGRAM CHANGE setting, be sure to turn this on using the edit slider on the JX-8P to select yes or no. Next push 2 and then 6 on the preset buttons. This will bring up the SYSTEM EXCLUSIVE setting, turn this on on as well using the edit slider.
Next launch ipg-800 on your iPad and you should be good to go!
I bought a first gen iPad just so I can use this app, so my iPad is dedicated to this program. A first gen iPad goes for around $120 and iRig goes for $45 and the app itself is only $4.99. The way I see it I paid $169.99 for a pg-800 and not $600 or even more for what see the real pg-800 going for on eBay. So $4.99 is the deal of the century for this app!
Great job everybody who worked on this app, and lets show the world what the Roland JX-8P can really do!