[PlanetCCRMA] MC-808 in Jack - Not recognized

Nexxus Six nexxusix at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 23 02:44:16 PDT 2009

Greetings Fernando and all,
I just recently acquired a Roland MC-808, and was trying to get it to work under Linux. The MC-808 needs a software editor for full functionality. The MC-808 editor works under WINE. However, the the midi drivers Roland has won't install or work under Linux / WINE.

I have installed the entire setup in Windows XP, in order to understand what is going on with the drivers, and it appears the the Roland midi drivers set up the MC-808 as a virtual hardware device that the editor can use as an "input / output port".

I have tried to use JACK and "see" the MC-808, but nothing shows up. I can confirm that the MC-808 is connected to port 4 on my laptop as a USB device, but that about all.

The editor will "see" JACK midi ports when using the Seq midi driver, but I think the problem is, that there is no association between the USB device (MC-808) and JACK midi ports.

Is there a way to get JACK to "understand" that the USB device on port X (port 4 in my case) is a MIDI device? If I could do that, then I think I could get the editor communicating with the MC-808.

Suggestions? I did find an interesting link, but I don't know if this would work:


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