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My dad has a Roland VS 1880 that he wants to connect to the pc so he can edit his tracks with a few more effect options. The problem is he does not really know what he is doing, he has bought reaper and a midi to usb lead.
What leads and software will he need to connect to the pc and transfer his projects over to reaper and is it possible to just copy the project onto a disk and transfer it that way.
I must add neither of us really know what we are doing and his roland user manual is very battered after being used every day for the last 5 years so i would apreciate any information to be offered in laymans terms.

Thanks in advance for your help

P,S i also have a copy of Cubase and cakewalk Sonar we could use if it will make it any easier.


djmukilteo Sat, 02/27/2010 - 12:21

I don't think the Roland "all in one" recorders like your VS1800 can save the audio files you create as .wav files.
Which is what you would want to import into Reaper.
Roland uses their own "song" file format and it will only playback or export on those machines. And there isn't any audio USB transfer feature....
I think one way would be to take your master stereo tracks from a CD you make on the VS and use an audio conversion program to convert the .cda files to .wav files and then import the .wav files into Reaper, Cubase or Cakewalk...or....
You could playback your tracks in realtime and run the VS outputs into a separate audio interface (USB or Firewire) and get it into your PC/Reaper that way.
If you go with buying an interface then you could still use the VS as a 18 channel mixer and record the 8 outputs straight into the PC/Reaper through the interface.
BTW the manual is available in PDF format for the VS1800 in the Roland legacy section of support manuals!

apstrong Sat, 02/27/2010 - 16:16

I had a vs2440 for a while, and this is why I stopped using it. iirc, Roland uses a proprietary format for the data, so even if you use the built in backup function to connect directly to computer via USB (mine had a USB output and a backup function built in, not sure about the 1800), you can't just import the files. There might be a utility to convert them to standard wav files, or you might have to edit the file headers manually which is a pain. Failing that, real time export (i.e. playing back one file at a time and re-recording in your DAW) is the only way I know. Slow and annoying, plus it adds additional layers of A/D conversion into the process, which may or may not be a big deal to you.

TheWalrus Fri, 03/25/2011 - 06:56

Just getting started here

Just bought a Roland VS 1880 and learning from this thread. I'm impressed with it so far as I had a POD UX2 only to find there wasn't a driver for Windows 7. It seems to have a very large hard drive and be sure and designate 44.1K sampling rate (if you want to put it on the SCSI CDRW) when you are initializing a new song. If it isn't at that sampling rate forget about burning one. We are happy with our VS-1880.

We've got one song at the 48K sampling rate and I believe the only way we'll get it off is to purchase a jukebox program (for my computer) and capture the sound in two channels (which is the same quality as burning a cd but slightly more hassle) through either the Master outputs or Monitor outputs. But it will work great that way and it's one way to fix the problem of recording a song at the 48K or any different sampling rate other than 44.1K.

I love the routing possibilities and the 168 Virtual tracks and the 24 bit sound, just that it will take time to learn effects and modeling functions.