I have a MIDI setup at home, and I play in a contemporary music group at the church we attend.
My MIDI setup includes:
For other's convenience, I've taken all the patches from the VFX Home Page and UU-decoded and gunzipped them, then zipped them up into a file called patches.zip.
Also for other's convenience: With the latest operating systems from Microsoft, the Giebler utilities (used for making VFX floppy disks from internet obtained images) don't work, as they need low level access to the floppy drive hardware. So here is fdvfx.zip, a version of Freedos that starts up with a ramdisk. Extract the .zip archive, make a floppy disk with the install.bat command, copy EDE.EXE and whatever VFX disk image you want to make onto the floppy, and then reboot from this floppy.
EEPROM cartridges, almost a necessity with the "vanilla" VFX, can be hard to find or expensive. I've discovered that it's not that hard to convert a VFX ROM cartridge to an EEPROM cartridge.
Here's a patch I came up with, trying to copy the JV-1080's West Coast patch (or the uuencoded, gzipped version). Unfortunately, I don't know how to mark those as a binary, so you may have to shift-click to download them...
Here is another new patch, trying to immitate the JV-1080's Flying Waltz patch.
Steamtrain is a patch I made to use as a steam locomotive sound effect. The mod wheel controls the speed.
Quite some time ago I managed to actually write a song myself. I thought I'd put it up to share. At the time, all I had was the VFX, and a Yammaha DD-5 drum machine (a toy, but a very cheap way to get MIDI messages from drumstick hits). The drums were mostly step-recorded; only the fills were done with the drum pads. What you hear is straight from the VFX outputs to my souncard's inputs. Finally.mp3 is Copyright 1993 by Steve Wahl, all rights reserved. Shift-click to download.
Three or four weeks a month, I pack up my VFX and play in the contemporary worship music group Joyful Noise at Family of Christ Luthran Church. Our group even got to go into a recording studio and make a tape recently. If you follow this link and download the No Longer Strangers sample, "That's me on the organ, eh?" (See Bob and Doug McKenzie's Great White North album for the original on that quote). I'm in the other samples too, but of those three samples, that's probably the only place you can hear me in particular.
I've been looking for a way to put the JV-1080, D4, and mixer in a rack enclosure that I can carry in one hand while the gig bag with my VFX is over my shoulder. It looks like I'm going to have to build something custom. I'm very surprised that I can't find something off the shelf for this. It has to be a somewhat common requirement.
The design would look something like this:
Here's some updated pictures, from my plans.
This is a side view. At this point I had not yet decided the JV-1080 would go on the bottom, not in the middle. The rectangles behind each piece of gear represent my approximation of how much space I needed for connector clearance. Note the outside of the case goes beyond the front and top surfaces of the gear by quite a ways, to protect the knobs, etc, when being transported.
Newsflash: this rack has been built. Now I've taken a picture of it so everyone can see it. Unfortunately, this beast turned out to be very heavy; I need to put a padded handle on it at the very least!
Here is the final (for now) product.