A new version of the 880 firmware is now available. There are three main changes:
MIDI note data is now received in all sync modes when the sequencer is stopped. You no longer have to put the 880 into MIDI slave mode to trigger the drum sounds via MIDI.
MIDI note data with zero velocity now ignored. Some MIDI instruments send a NOTE ON event with velocity zero instead of NOTE OFF. This caused double triggering of notes with the previous firmware.
Slave stop/restart: while the 880 is playing as a MIDI clock slave or Sync24 slave pressing SHIFT + START/STOP will stop the sequencer independently. So long as the master clock continues to run, the 880 can be restarted in time with the master on the quarter note by pressing SHIFT + START/STOP again.
The latest firmware has been tested, but you are encouraged to update and test it in your setup before any mission critical circumstances such as live performance! Please report bugs if you find them.
The 860 is a compact 8 HP version of our flagship voltage controlled filter, JOVE. JOVE is 14 HP and we think it’s just the right size. We got into modular via 5U systems (Modcan, dotcom) and have no fondness for extremely compact modules. However, multiple requests for a slimmer version of JOVE prompted the design of a module that retains virtually all of the functionality and usability of the original 14 HP version. The name and panel graphics make the 860 part of the expanding 800-series modules (810, 820, 850, 880).
JOVE was born out of our obsession with vintage Roland filters based around the IR3109 Operational Transconductance Amplifier (OTA). We designed an OTA-based filter that doesn’t rely on this rare and expensive vintage part. JOVE is a modern recreation of the Jupiter-6’s unique sounding multimode filter but, in addition to the original 24 dB low pass, band pass, and high pass topologies, adds a 2-pole 12 dB mode reminiscent of the Jupiter-8. JOVE is in stock and ready to purchase now.