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Roland R-880 card? Reverb/Delay Processors (HW)
Old 9th January 2010
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Roland R-880 can I Upgrade?

I just picked up a Roland R-880 reverb unit v.1
I would like to find a Lexicon, Lee Quintana, or Massenberg card... if anyone knows where I can pick up a card I would really appreciate it.

Thanks,

Last edited by hubercraft; 9th January 2010 at 04:26 AM.. Reason: update
Old 9th January 2010
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Any of the M512 or M256 cards would work.

something like this maybe: ROLAND-MEMORY-CARD-M-512E

or these: more M-512 cards

ahh - the wonders of google

Once you get some RAM cards, find an R-880 owner with those cards and ask them to duplicate them for you. Note that it's a royal PITA because it's slow and you can only load part of the card in the R-880 memory at a time (the cards hold more than the R-880 internal memory), so providing some compensation to the owner of said cards would certainly be in order.

Last edited by oldgearguy; 9th January 2010 at 05:50 AM.. Reason: because hubercraft edited his post
Old 9th January 2010
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Somehow we should really get a group up where all the patches are available to people somehow.
Would be a cool thing
Old 9th January 2010
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take a look at ebay germany:

eBay: Roland
Old 9th January 2010
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Adds up if you want them all and I don't see why I should pay someone for copies of patches.
Old 9th January 2010
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Adds up if you want them all and I don't see why I should pay someone for copies of patches.
However, if you want them on cards (as opposed to sysex format), that eBay Germany listing is a great deal. Given the cost of cards, you're almost getting the patches for free.

Note that sysex dumps of R-880 patches happen 1 patch at a time and the sw needs to provide 2-way communication (i.e. handshaking) and cannot be done using a simple string in MIDI-Ox or similar tools.

Someone would need to create a utility that talks R-880 sysex and runs on Mac and PCs first. If that was done, then you could collect and distribute all the 3rd party patches more easily.
Old 9th January 2010
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However, if you want them on cards (as opposed to sysex format), that eBay Germany listing is a great deal. Given the cost of cards, you're almost getting the patches for free.

Note that sysex dumps of R-880 patches happen 1 patch at a time and the sw needs to provide 2-way communication (i.e. handshaking) and cannot be done using a simple string in MIDI-Ox or similar tools.

Someone would need to create a utility that talks R-880 sysex and runs on Mac and PCs first. If that was done, then you could collect and distribute all the 3rd party patches more easily.
True the cards are expensive anyway..
but I have a few somewhere and would love to just load the patches on.
Old 15th January 2010
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I have a R-880 Ver.1 .
Does anyone know if these soundcards will work
or do I need Ver.2 ?
And I'm looking for a system Ver.2 card but it seems pretty hopeless .
How big is the difference between V1 and V2 ?
Questions questions ...
Thanks for any help .
Old 15th January 2010
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I have a R-880 Ver.1 .
Does anyone know if these soundcards will work
or do I need Ver.2 ?
And I'm looking for a system Ver.2 card but it seems pretty hopeless .
How big is the difference between V1 and V2 ?
Questions questions ...
Thanks for any help .
Roland in europe sent me a V2 card. Cost was about $50.
I cn't recall the differences, but it must be online somewhere..
Old 15th January 2010
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Roland in europe sent me a V2 card. Cost was about $50.
I cn't recall the differences, but it must be online somewhere..
You need the board that goes inside the unit as well to upgrade it to a 2.0.
Old 15th January 2010
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Thank you , chaps !

Well , I'll be calling Roland Europe and try my luck .
Roland here in LA has the parts for the necessary hardware update (eprom change ?)
, but not the system V2 card anymore .
Old 15th January 2010
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Thank you , chaps !

Well , I'll be calling Roland Europe and try my luck .
Roland here in LA has the parts for the necessary hardware update (eprom change ?)
, but not the system V2 card anymore .
Well then you have half the battle.

Changing the Eproms is not an easy task if you plan on doing it yourself. You'll need an Eprom puller and know how to best get the new Eproms on to the circuit board itself.
Old 15th January 2010
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Thank you , chaps !

Well , I'll be calling Roland Europe and try my luck .
Roland here in LA has the parts for the necessary hardware updates (eprom change ?)
, but not the system V2 card anymore .
[email protected]

is the guy who sent me mine
It was €43 plus postage.
Yes, mine was upgraded to V2 at Roland however, the V2 card does work with V1 hardware. It may not do everything, but it works. I had an R880 without software (V1) and Roland sent me V2 and it worked fine.
(The software was on a V1 card but was indeed V2)
Old 15th January 2010
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Wow , good to know , thanks for that !
Old 15th January 2010
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Roland R-880 for $500.

I got mine for $500. it's a V 1.0 without a card
Did I pay to much?
Old 15th January 2010
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I'm a little confused about v1 and v2. I have a R880 that shows v1 when booting.
I also have cards from Massenburg, Lexicon and Quintana. They all work.

As far as i was informed by reading posts here the cards should not work with v1.
How can that be?

Is there a big advantage to upgrade to v2 beside of reading the cards?


@hubercraft: I think you made a good deal considering the market prices! I think you made a VERY good deal considerung the sound of the R880.

Regards
Peter
Old 15th January 2010
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I still need a V 1.0 card Help!

Anyone know where i can get a V 1.0 or V 2.0 card?
If I can locate a V 2. Card will I need anything other than the V 2.0 card to make my R-880 work?

Thanks Everyone!
Old 15th January 2010
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As long as you have the GC-8, correct cable and R-880, you should be ok.
Old 24th January 2010
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Roland R-880 preset cards ... settings

R-880 users volunteering to exchange preset card settings as a parameter list document?

Would propose to provide same from available R-880 Massenburg preset card.

Possibly sharing inside small R-880 community ...

Old 18th September 2012
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Long shot but did anyone ever get a parameter list going? If someone can provide me with the cards I'd happily set up an excel doc or similar.
Old 30th December 2017
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Old thread, I know...

On DBWBP.com - Synthesizer ROM archive there are images of all the needed EPROMs and CARDs to get a R-880 up to V2.0 it seems. Burning EPROMs is no rocket sience, if the needed equipment is available, but how would one get the .bin image into the Roland RAM Card?
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