PG-800 MINI Desktop Controller DIY Kit for Roland JX-8P, Super JX, GR-77 and MKS-70
The PG-800 Mini is a compact controller for the Roland JX-8P, Super JX, GR-77 and MKS-70 synthesizers. The desktop controller kit is available in 2 configurations:
Full kit - This includes everything needed to build the Pg-800 Mini Desktop. Kit contains parts to build cable. SMD soldering experience required. ($299)
Partial kit - This includes a PCB, programmed processor, the external enclosure + front panel, 44 Song Huei Tall Trimmer type pots, parts to build cable, mounting hardware, 4 rubber feet. SMD soldering experience required. ($265)
All units are equipped with non-slip feet to keep the unit firmly seated on any surface. The PG-800 mini will work with all JX8P, Super JX and MKS-70 synthesizers. The controller is also compatible with Super JX synths which have the Vecoven upgrades. The Mini can now also operate in "Vecoven 4.x mode", which adds a Page 2 button, giving hands on control over all of the 40 extra tone parameters in Vecoven 4.x firmware. Page 2 parameters are shown below:
The PG-800 Mini features some useful functions that the original PG-800 did not have. New functions include:
"Scratch patch" generator - Tapping a button will generate a basic scratch program, which serves as a useful starting point when creating a new tone.
Random patch generator - Holding a button down will generate a random tone. This is a fun way to discover new sounds from the JX.
Copy & paste - Copy the current state of the knobs on the PG-800 Mini to save your ideas or easily transfer a tone to another program.
Page 2 - Booting up in "Vecoven 4.x" mode will turn the WRITE button into a Page 2 function. All 40 extra tone parameters can be controlled using this function. Parameters include all PWM, LFO2, ENV1-4, LFO sync, upper/lower balance, aftertouch vibrato amount, aftertouch VCF amount, and aftertouch volume amount. A total of 88 parameters can be controlled with the PG-800 Mini and a Vecoven upgraded JX.
Firmware updates will be made available if and when new features are added to the software.