Why bother?

  • IMO this should always be the first question in any FAQ. Well, if you’re anything like me, you’ll always prefer to play keys and tweak faders directly on the 106, but then once you’ve settled on a sound you like, you’d quite like to save it.
  • Overwrite Roulette. My first worry is usually which patch to save to on the 106 because I have no idea which patch slots are free or which I’ve already used. The last thing I want to do is overwrite something that was a sure-fire keeper! However, on the M106 you can see straight away that a patch slot is free if it has not yet been given a name.
  • Recall. I prefer to give a patch a short descriptive name rather than a number; it’s easier to jog the memory by reading “E Piano w/Trem” than “Group B, Bank 6, Patch 1”.
  • More Memory. The M106 app gives the user 4 Groups to save into instead of 2, and if that’s not enough space then simply make a new M106 library file. Also, the original Factory Groups A & B are permanently stored (OK, admittedly they’re a mixed bag, but now you have the choice to take them or leave them!).
  • Fine Control. When a track’s laid down in MIDI and it comes to the final mix tweaks it can be nice to nudge a fader up one value using the Up key (or a bigger nudge by holding Ctrl), and see the exact values you’re working with.
  • More features to come…

How do I setup a MIDI connection?

  • Open the M106 Preferences window and select your soundcard and MIDI source and destination. These preferences will be saved ready for the next time the application is launched. Please also ensure that the MIDI switch on the rear of your Juno-106 is set to position III.

How do I check which Patch Library is currently loaded?

  • Simply click in the region where the Patch Name is displayed and it will briefly display the filename of the Patch Library currently loaded. The current Patch Library will also be remembered for the next time the application is launched.

What is the difference between Write and Over Write?

  • When Write is clicked you will be asked for to choose the Group, Bank, and Patch locations, and to enter a Patch name.
  • When Over Write is clicked it will write over the current Patch settings in the same location with the same name.

What if I accidentally overwrite a Patch I want to keep?

  • Your Patch Library is only written to file when saving, so you can always re-open the same Patch Library and select Open Without Saving to go back to the original state of the library.

Can I use the Tab key to move keyboard focus through the faders?

  • Yes, ensure that within System Preferences/Keyboard/Keyboard Shortcuts the Full Keyboard Access setting is set to “All controls“.

Can I move a Patch to another Bank?

  • This can be achieved by selecting Write and choosing a different location.

Can I move a Patch between libraries?

  • This can be achieved for a single Patch by selecting the Patch to move, then loading the Patch Library that you want to move it to. The previous fader positions remain when the new Patch Library is loaded, so the previous Patch can be saved to a location within the new Patch Library.

Which platforms are supported?

  • Currently only Mac OSX (10.7 and above). It has been tested on 10.7 and 10.8, but as it is an independent project please understand that due to lack of time and resources a port to other platforms is unlikely. However, feedback and feature requests are warmly welcomed to help improve the future versions.

Where can I provide feedback or report issues?