To control Omnisphere using the the Roland JP-8080, you’ll need to do the following:

  • Connect the JP-8080 to your MIDI interface.

  • Set up the JP-8080’s front panel controls to transmit MIDI.

  • Activate the Roland JP-8080 Hardware Profile in Omnisphere 2.6 or higher.

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


  • Select the EDIT button on the JP-8080’s panel.
  • Then select the 5/MIDI button.

  • Press the 5/MIDI button until it reads “Rx/Tx Edit SW” and use the DEC/INC buttons set the RX/TX (Receive/Transmit) to “ON.”
  • Press the 5/MIDI button again to the next page, “Tx/Rx Edit Mode”, and set it to “MODE1.”

  • In the “KEY” controls, set the KEY MODE to “SINGLE.”


Open your host (DAW, Standalone, etc.) and make sure the MIDI interface the JP-8080 is connected to (in the case of the images below, the E-MU Xmidi 1×1 Tab) 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 JP-8080” to activate that Hardware Profile.

Some of the controls in the JP-8080 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 JP-8080 controls have no effect on Omnisphere:

  • Volume
  • Morphing controls
  • External Input controls


Not working? Here are some things to try: 

  • Are you using a Windows machine? If so, please refer to this article about using SysEx on Windows.
  • Is the front panel set up to transmit MIDI?
  • Is the KEY MODE set to SINGLE?
  • Is your DAW receiving MIDI from the JP-8080?
  • If you are using the Omnisphere Standalone, make sure the MIDI output channel of the JP-8080 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 JP-8080 to the MIDI channel assigned to the desired Part in Omnisphere.
  • Are you using a USB hub? Try connecting your JP-8080 or MIDI Interface directly to your computer.


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