Roland SD-35 MIDI player alternatives?
Does anyone know if there are any modern devices that do the same thing as the Roland SD-35 MIDI player? It was a great piece of hardware for playing general MIDI files. If not, what is the best way to play GM files via a Windows laptop with a good quality sound module?
Hoping someone has an answer for you but in the meantime, I'm curious to learn what do you use the Roland SD-35 MIDI player for?
Thanks.. Using it to play MIDI files of course.. that's all it does.
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Thanks for the update. I’ve been programming midi since the 80’s and never knew what these players are or do. Do you simply download midi songs and mix the tracks to your sound libraries?
Thank you for that. You prepare your MIDI files on your computer, and save them to 3.5" floppy disks. The SD-35 plays the MIDI files using its built in sound module.
I programmed about 1000 80's pop songs and should have archived the data for this, when it would have actually made me some money. I started out using Roland MSQ 700
then eventually did it all on the Akai MPC 60.
I had boxes of floppy disc files that I recently tossed in the garbage because I didn't think I could have simply loaded the data into another sequencer to store it all as midi file data. duh. Well.. I also needed another MPC 60 because the data needed to start there to do a migration in real-time to another midi device.
Hope you get an answer to your post. Please let us know if you do.
I have no clue what that is but it looks insanely complicated.
Sorry, I’m thinking more along the pro audio world for you.
The 2 images above are tools to make beats. They are called sequencers and you use them to program and store midi data. You use these to play digital music with other MIDI devices like keyboards, synthesizers and sample libraries. Big topic (fun!).
Studio One software is for recording tracks and also assigning a midi library via midi channels. You can assign these channels to sample libraries, drums, samples etc to have complete freedom on manipulating the audio.
Studio One is DAW software you install on Windows or Mac.
Oh no, just looking for something simple that can be used on the gig, like the SD35 for playing back MIDI files.
Na no good, I am trying to get away from having to use floppies, and that device looks way overkill for what I need too. Thanks though....
Wow, wasn't aware of this unit; don't seem to be too many for sale, looks like it might not have even been available in the USA judging from where the ones that are available are located, mostly Japan. Interesting find though!
Maybe from the likes of Yamaha, Korg and Wersi, there are more like this one from Roland. I don't know, but can imagen there is a market for it.......
Cool software. Does this help?
I want something super simple, not a complicated DAW.. Something that can take the VST, and just make it easy to play MIDI files, with the easy ability to change the tempo, or key. Is there a simple MIDI player software for windows that can do that without it having to be a full blown DAW?
Thats awesome! Glad you are on the right track. Lets us know how it goes for you.
I’m interested in the same, meaning identifying a current technology alternative to the SD35. One reason is the SD35 uses a floppy drive. Obviously floppy drives have fallen by the wayside where computer systems are concerned, but portable USB ones are available (Amazon, etc.)
That said, I took a break from music and my SD35 has not been used since the early 2000s. It is in great shape and still works well. To answer one of the questions here, my bandmate and I put our sets (midi files) on floppy and then used the SD35 as our backing band. In other words, we used it for gigs and it was fantastic. In reality I could still use it current day for the same. If there is someone here who is experienced using the SD35, i world be interested in picking your brain. Thanks!
There is a USB emulator alternative to replace the floppy drive in the SD-35. This allows you to use a pen drive instead, with the added feature of a track name display, and a rotary knob to navigate through files and folders. Might be a good solution, as I guess the SD-35 is still the most portable solution for playing MIDI files.
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