So I started the new year (2018) off by retiring my old DR880 drum machine. I just wanted something more fun and that I might use to develop some new songs with. After looking around I settled on the Roland JD-Xi. It is small enough it easily fits into my home studio rig. The JD-Xi came out I believe in 2015 so there are plenty of Youtube help video. I like getting stuff that has been out a while. In this case the OS is version 1.51. The Roland Axial site has free program banks and there is third party programs and editor software. The JD-XI is a four part sequencer and you are able to program up to 4 measures. However if you set the scale to 32 and think half time you can get 8 measures out of it. Also it has a vocoder though when active Analog part is shut off.
My first song .. at this point I’ve only had it a few days. The lead I’m doing with my Yamaha S90XS. I’m using the vocoder on the JD-Xi and on the other mic a 60BPM delay echo on the Digitech. My beat tempo on the JD-XI is 120 so that sorta gets the echo going the the beat. This is a two measure song .. measure one a C chord and two a F chord.