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Help with importing mixes to my computer!

Discussion in 'Recording' started by cgiles, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. cgiles

    cgiles Guest

    I have a Roland VS-1680 mixer/workstation that can record tracks and keep them stored on a hard drive inside of it. The problem is that I don't know how to get my mixes on to my computer for editing. I just started recording so I don't know a lot at all.
  2. hueseph

    hueseph Distinguished Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    I think you need a sczii connector for that. If I remember correctly. My brother has the same standalone recorder. It's cool but a pain to use. You should be able to export back up files of your tracks to a cd. I don't know if these can be read on your computer however.
  3. cgiles

    cgiles Guest

    Thanks a lot. It's my first mixer, so I guess im stuck with it for a while, but hopefully I can get it working. Thanks again.
  4. apstrong

    apstrong Active Member

    Feb 13, 2009
    I had a vs-24something for a while, came with a USB port for doing backups, but however you get the files to your computer, the end result was the same IIRC: Roland used a proprietary file format and there was no conversion utility available. So either you have to learn how to use a hex editor, because it was some variation on a wav file where you could possibly edit the headers if you knew what you were doing, or you export the files one at a time (or two, I suppose if you do it in stereo and route L and R to different tracks) in real time, through a different audio interface into your computer, which is silly because you're now running things through a second set of preamps. Those machines are designed to be standalone audio record/editing/mixing units, and if you want to work on a computer, they're not the right tool. If you learn how to use them and get used to the interface and tiny screen, they do an ok job all by themselves. Good enough to get your feet wet anyway.

    Oh wait, I just found this:

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    Apparently someone has created a hack so that Reaper can read VS files so you can just export the backup to computer and take it from there. Might work for you.

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