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Switch from VS1880 to computer based DAW?
Old 2nd February 2009
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Switch from VS1880 to computer based DAW?

i have been using roland VS1880 for several years now, and know it well. it does reasonably good work for me, though it has its limits and at this point is getting a little long in the tooth - dont know how much longer it can last before losing the HDD or having some other hardware problem.

so, i am considering what to do next - i could get a newer VS, like the 2480 or 2400, and stick with the system i know, plus the VS machines offer a nice useable control surface with tactile faders, etc. i mix down in realtime to an external CD recorder.

or i can get a new computer dedicated to just audio. moving to a mouse based control on a screen will probably not be as easy as having a dedicated hardware control surface. a computer system would offer the ability to use plugins for convolution reverb, which might be nice. i would probably try Reaper, but any new software would involve a learning curve, whcih i dont have much time for.

i could use a little advice - thanks for any thoughts.
Old 2nd February 2009
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Originally Posted by jnorman View Post
but any new software would involve a learning curve, whcih i dont have much time for.
If you think you dont have time for the learning curve then you need to stay with whats working for you. You WILL have a a very large curve with the PC route, you have to accept that or not bother. I have a VS2480CD here btw and also do computer as well.
Problem with the 2480 is its discontinued.

Reaper would be a great place to start as its only $50 for the app. It will give you way more power than you ever dreamed of with your 1880. You can use any VS as a control surface with Reaper but you have to program it which again is a learning curve

If you dont have to sell the 1880 then keep it. Get a PC and an I/O box and Reaper and get started. that way you STILL have your 1880 to be productive while you transition to the PC

You need to go to Cockos Incorporated | News and post any questions you have about using your Roland with Reaper

Ultimately it comes down to how YOU like to work. the VS2480 is a fine box but has its limits just as anything else
Old 2nd February 2009
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hey ns - by long in the tooth, i only mean that, like any computer, sooner or later the HDD or some other piece of the hardware will fail. other than that, i love my 1880 - it is and has been a fabulous machine, just like you said - i have never had a single glitch with it, rock solid in every way. and i really worry about losing the control surface if i move to a laptop or something.
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