To control Omnisphere using the Roland JD-Xi you’ll need to do the following:

  • Connect the JD-Xi to your computer via USB.

  • Verify that your JD-Xi system program is up to date with v1.51 (or higher).

  • Download and install the Roland JD-Xi USB driver.

  • Set up the JD-Xi’s panel controls to transmit MIDI.

  • Enable “JD-Xi” as a MIDI input device in the host software you’re using (DAW, Standalone, etc.).

  • Activate the Roland JD-Xi Hardware Profile in Omnisphere 2.6 or higher.

NOTE: If you are trying to use this Hardware Profile on Windows, please read this first.


If you’re using the JD-Xi with a Mac, make sure the JD-Xi System Program 1.51 is downloaded and installed from the Roland support website.

Check to see if the necessary USB driver has already been installed by opening up the Omnisphere Standalone (or your preferred DAW) and verify the JD-Xi is on your list of MIDI inputs.

If the JD-Xi is not on your list of MIDI inputs, access the Roland website to download and install the latest JD-Xi MIDI Driver.


  • Select the Manual/Write button on the JD-Xi.
  • Using the cursor arrow buttons select the “SYSTEM” page and press the “ENTER” button.
  • Using the cursor arrow buttons select the page MIDI: TX Edit Data and make sure that’s set to “ON.”


Open your host (DAW, Standalone, etc.) and make sure the Roland JD-Xi is enabled as a MIDI input device.

Omnisphere Standalone Pro Tools


Open Omnisphere and from the header, select the HW menu button:

From the drop-down menu, select “Roland>Roland JD-Xi” to activate that Hardware Profile.

Some of the controls in the JD-Xi send System Exclusive (SysEx) messages. For Omnisphere to support this type of messages, the hardware synth must be connected to the computer before you select the corresponding Hardware Profile from the profile menu. If it’s not connected, you may see the following message:

If you connect the synth later, select “None” from the HW menu, then select the profile again.

Unassigned Controls

The following JD-Xi controls have no effect on Omnisphere:

  • Master Volume
  • Digital Synth Tone +/-
  • Vocoder / Auto Pitch Wheel


Not working? Here are some things to try: 

  • If you are trying to use the JD-Xi on Windows, please read this.
  • Is your DAW receiving MIDI from the JD-Xi?
  • Is the JD-Xi set up to send MIDI from the front panel?
  • If you are using the Omnisphere sSandalone , make sure the MIDI output channel of the JD-Xi matches the MIDI channel of the Omnisphere Part you want to control.
  • Make sure your DAW is configured to correctly route the MIDI output of the JD-Xi to the MIDI channel assigned to the desired Part in Omnisphere.
  • Are you using a USB hub? Try connecting your JD-Xi or MIDI Interface directly to your computer.


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