Roland | MKS-80 | VST-AU MKS-80 Editor Manual 1.1.1

VST-AU MKS-80™ 1.1.1 Manual
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Table of Contents
» Introduction
» Installation
» MIDI Setup
» User Interface
» Working with the VST-AU MKS-80 Editor™
» Working with Presets
» MIDI Implementation
» Legal Information
Thank you for choosing the reKon audio™ VST-AU MKS-80 Editor™. The VST-AU MKS-80
Editor™ is a real-time MIDI synth editor that allows you full control of every parameter of the
sound on the Roland MKS-80™ synthesizer. Now you can utilize your MKS-80 to its full
potential and build lasting and meaningful patches that will bring new life to your music. You can
manage, view and edit all your patches on the computer itself without the hassle of manual
dumps. All parameters are fully automatable and you can even use your favorite VST or AU
host, or use it stand-alone, giving you the ability to visually program the MKS-80 to your music
via the host sequencer. This ability to model your synth patches in realtime, inside your main
music production environment is part of what makes the VST-AU MKS-80 Editor™ unique when
compared to other hardware synth editors. You may also use the standalone application if you
do not need to work inside the host or if your host is not supported.
Advanced Patch Librarian
The VST-AU MKS-80 Editor™ includes an advanced Patch Manager view that allows you to
rename patches, and even drag and drop patches from one slot to another. Now you can
provide meaningful naming to your patches and organize them efficiently and save them as
standard .fxp/.fxb files.
Patch Randomizer
The VST-AU MKS-80 Editor™ also includes a Patch Randomizer that allows you to create
patches randomly.
MIDI Input and Output Monitoring
The Midi Monitor view allows you to view all MIDI data coming into and out of the VST-AU
MKS-80 Editor™. Easily switch between Input and Output views. You can even copy the data
from the event logs for pasting and saving into standard text editors or other applications.
MIDI Setup
The VST-AU MKS-80 Editor™ is based on an entirely new framework that allows you to select
the MIDI input and output ports directly from within the editor itself. This allows you to send and
receive MIDI system exclusive data, a feature not found in most VST-AU hosts or our previous
product offerings. You are no longer limited by host system exclusive incapabilities. MIDI ports
that are already in use by the host will show as 'Not Available', so it's easy to avoid MIDI port
selection mistakes and crashes. MIDI Setup also allows you to filter out specific MIDI data or
toggle MIDI In and Out operations.
The Roland MKS-80™ synthesizer...
The Roland MKS-80 is a classic analog synth. Long gone from the assembly line, this synth is
still highly revered and sought after by many professional musicians. It's no wonder with its thick
sound, excellent modulation capabilities and durable construction. The MKS-80 has a sound
very similar to the Jupiter 6 (even though it's modelled after the Jupiter 8), and is no doubt
considered a classsic analog synth. reKon audio is proud to offer our latest technology to
support this classic synth. We've made giant strides in our new software products to offer not
only an editor that supports sysex MIDI data, but also include a patch librarian, patch
randomizer, midi monitors, full automation support, and support for Audio Unit hosts and even
offer it up as a standalone application.
This product includes an installer which will help you with the installation of the product. Please
follow the detailed instructions below to install and register your license to begin using this
1. Be sure to read the provided PDF manual before you begin using this product. It contains
detailed information regarding the MIDI Setup procedures required to successfully connect to
your computer and synthesizer.
2. Run the VST-AU_MKS-80_Editor.msi installer file. This will install the VST and Standalone
application and related files to the following folders on your computer:
For 32-bit Windows operating systems:
VST: c:/Program Files/Common Files/VST2/reKon audio/VST-AU MKS-80 Editor/
Standalone: c:/Program Files/reKon audio/VST-AU MKS-80 Editor/
For 64-bit Windows operating systems:
VST: c:/Program Files (x86)/Common Files/VST2/reKon audio/VST-AU MKS-80 Editor/
Standalone: c:/Program Files (x86)/reKon audio/VST-AU MKS-80 Editor/
*Note that this product is a 32-bit product and is not designed to run natively in 64-bit DAW
3. Place your provided license key (.rkl file) into each of the folders from step 2 to begin using
the product.
1. Be sure to read the provided PDF manual before you begin using this product. It contains
detailed information regarding the MIDI Setup procedures required to successfully connect to
your computer and synthesizer.
2. Run the VST-AU_MKS-80_Editor.pkg installer file. This will install the VST, AU and
Standalone application and related files to the following folders on your computer:
AU: [installed location]/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components/reKon audio/VST-AU MKS-80 Editor/
VST: [installed location]/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST/reKon audio/VST-AU MKS-80 Editor/
Standalone: [installed location]/Applications/reKon audio/VST-AU MKS-80 Editor/
*Note that you may need to copy the VST and Component folder files to your [User/Library/
Audio/Plug-Ins/ folder for your host to be able to find them.
3. Place your provided license key (.rkl file) into each of the folders from step 2 to begin using
the product.
MIDI Setup
It is assumed that the user is familiar with the basic functionality of the hardware synthesizer, it's
operators manual and the basic concept of MIDI itself. Without this knowledge, utilizing the
editor may be a bit more challenging to set up and use properly. By familiarizing yourself with
the operators manual and the MIDI standards, and following the instructions in this manual, you
should be able to get up and running in a short amount of time.
STEP 1: Setting Up the MKS-80
Make sure you have your midi ports and channels set up and matching properly and that all
cables are working and connected properly.
STEP 2: Setting Up the Plug-in for Your Host (DAW)
The setup procedure will vary from host. Each host may support plug-ins differently. Please refer
to the 'Supported Hosts' list on the rekon audio web site at Also, please
refer to the setup instructions provided with your host application for setting up a plug-in.
Setup Example for Cubase SX 1-3
To setup the reKon™ VST-AU MKS-80 Editor™ for Cubase SX 2-3 or Cubase 4-5:
1. Be sure to check your VST Instrument plug-ins folder to make sure the editor was installed.
2. Open Cubase.
3. Create a new project.
4. Open your 'VST Instruments' panel and then select the 'reKon audio™ VST-AU MKS-80
Editor™' VST in a VST slot.
5. Click the MIDI Setup button inside the editor and select the MIDI Input and Output port your
MKS-80 is attached to.
NOTES- *Setup for other hosts is similar. Please see the Host Setup page on the reKon audio
web site for more information.
How to load a MKS-80 patch into the editor
Once you have completed the MIDI input steps above, you can now receive the current patch
from the MKS-80 to 'recreate' the patch in the editor simply by changing the patch from the
MKS-80 itself. The data input from the MKS-80 will be automatically stored to the patch.
The Graphical User Interface
Using The Graphical User Interface
The graphical user interface of the VST-AU MKS-80 Editor™ is designed for maximum ease of
use, giving you easy access to all of the Roland MKS-80™ controls right on one screen. You are
also able to rename, modify and browse the patches right inside the editor itself. All control
elements are handled via either a Slider, Knob, Combo Box, Button or Text Edit Box.
The User Interface
The following screen shot will help familiarize the controls of the VST-AU MKS-80 Editor™.
The Patch Manager
To access the Patch Manager view, click the 'Patch Manager' button. The Patch manager
contains 128 patch slots and allows you to rename and organize your patches by simply drag
and dropping them to another slot. To do this, click on the patch number box (with red numbers)
and while holding down the mouse button drag this patch to another location by dropping it on
the patch name box (with white letters). A valid drop target will be indicated by a red outline. You
can also double click on a patch number to go to that patch.
The patch manager also allows you to switch between 16 different banks. Each bank hold 128
patches. Only the selected bank is available in the editor itself. You can Load and Save bank
files to the currently selected bank number.
By default, banks 1-8 contain the default reKon audio patches. Banks 9-16 contain blank patch
data for creating news banks.
The Patch Randomizer
The Patch randomizer allows you to create patches randomly. Randomization applies to the
currently selected patch and will overwrite the existing patch data.
The MIDI Setup Dialog
The MIDI Setup dialog allows you to connect and control the MIDI data coming into and out of
the editor. You will need to open this view directly after instantiating the software in order to
setup up communication between the hardware and software. Select the MIDI Input Port and
Channel and MIDI Output Port and Channel that is connected to your hardware. You can toggle
receiving and sending of certain MIDI data as well as the MIDI LED's and MIDI Echo In. The
MIDI Echo allows MIDI In data to be passed through the editor and on to the MIDI Out port.
Typically you will not need to use this feature, however.
The MIDI Monitor
The MIDI Monitor allows you to view all MIDI data that is coming into or out of the editor. By
default the view will show MIDI Out data from the editor. To switch between MIDI In and MIDI
Out views, click the 'Show MIDI In' or 'Show MIDI Out' buttons. The' Clear' button will clear the
data in the log view. The log view will show up to 500 messages before clearing itself
automatically. You can copy the data in the log view to other applications if necessary.
Working With the VST-AU MKS-80 Editor™
About Sound
The VST-AU MKS-80 Editor™ is a plug-in that deals only with MIDI data. As a result it
makes no sound of its own. The sound comes from the actual hardware synth itself, which
is what you want (pure analog hardware generated sound, but with plug-in control).
Using the Controls
Most controls on the VST-AU MKS-80 Editor™ are self explanatory as to their use. The VST-AU
MKS-80 Editor™ is designed to 'mimic' the look and feel of the Roland MPG-80™ hardware.
Mousewheel Support
You can use the mousewheel to move sliders up and down.
Receiving MIDI Data
The VST-AU MKS-80 Editor™ can receive and interpret MIDI pitchwheel, modulation and sysex
data. All controls respond to their correlated MIDI messages from the hardware itself.
The MIDI LED Indicators
When the VST-AU MKS-80 Editor™ receives or transmits MIDI data, the corresponding MIDI
LED will blink to notify you. You can turn off the MIDI LED's in the MIDI Setup dialog view.
The About Screen
To view the About screen, click on the VST-AU MKS-80 Editor™ logo button. The about screen
shows your registered name and serial number as well as the product version.
Working With Presets
Using the Patch Manager
The Patch Manager is the easiest way to work with presets. For more information refer to the
'Patch Manager' section of this manual.
Changing the Current Preset
Use the +/- buttons to change the currently selected preset.
Renaming the Current Patch
To rename your preset, simply click on the name in the display readout and type the new
name of your patch, then hit the ‘Enter’ key. Patch names are limited to 20 characters.
Using the Copy/Paste Button
You can easily copy and paste presets to and from the currently selected preset to another
location. First select the preset you wish to copy by navigating to it with the preset select arrow
buttons. Now, click the 'Copy' button (you will notice the red LED light up). Next, navigate to the
preset you wish to paste to. Now click the ‘Paste’ button (the ‘Copy’ button LED will turn off).
This tool is invaluable for creating variations of your favorite presets and allows you to quickly
build your preset library up.
MIDI Implementation Chart
The following MIDI data is transmitted (Tx) and Received (Rx) from the editor...
Note On/Off
Poly Pressure
Continuous Controller
Program Change
System Common
System Realtime
System Exclusive
x = no
o = yes
Omni mode
note numbers 0-127
Legal Information
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