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Roland VS 840/880 help please.

OK, old units I know. I have just acquired two of them from a friend of mine that passed away and I was just wondering if anyone has aether of these, or would be able to help me with my query?.

Firstly, I want to be able to import/export audio - to/from the computer... I know, pre USB, this is a pain. The 840 doesn't seem to have a place for an internal drive, but has a zip tape drive build in.

Now, I can get a USB zip drive on ebay for a reasonable price, but I was wondering if I can write wav audio to the disks and import export in this way?, or is it more complicated?.

The 880 comes with an internal HD, and a jaz drive. Not seen a Jaz drive in years, but I looked if there was a USB Jaz drive, and there doesn't seem to be. BUT, there does appear to be leads that convert scsi to USB (although they are freekin' expensive!) which got me thinking!.

There is a scsi socket on the back of the unit... so is there any way of using this socket in a similar way to USB and importing/exporting audio to and from the unit?.

If not, if I can import and export simply through the zip drive on the 840, is it possible to replace the Jaz drive in the 880 with a zip drive?

I know many of you are probably thinking why bother right? old units, just get something up to date... fact is I want them for a specific purpose, they where free, and if there is a budget way of doing this it will save be cash and I won't be to broken up if they break at some point, that's what I call a win!.

Any help would be appreciated!. I am not a computer guy really, I get by but this is all quite new to me.

Thanks guys!



audiokid Sun, 08/14/2011 - 19:03

I have all sorts of zip and Jazz drives here that I used in replacement of floppies. You should be able to import/export your data with them. The Jazz drives are really buggy bu the zips are solid. You may need to update the VS to allow scsi transfer between the two , I'm not sure.

I don't use the VS but I'm assuming there is a function setting in the disc management section. You set the drives to their appropriate channel (zero for boot) and away you go. If it works you can load data on the fly with some systems. I used them for samplers , drum machines and archiving Pro Tools sessions.

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Please let us know how you make out.