S-50 / S-550 ZONE



UPDATES: March 2017

DIY
     EPROM's & OTP EPROM's Detailed info about S‑550 & W‑30 firmware
     Tact Switch Replacements Part Numbers, Pics, Repair Tips and Vendor Info
     VGA Video Converter Board ‑ For wiring clarity, reworked images and added Letters vs. Numbers
     Expanded Topics List ‑ Quick navigation links added for "hidden" webpages

INFO
     W-30 Hidden Patches ‑ "Easter Eggs" are concealed on the boot disks
     "W‑30 Keyboard Report" - In‑Depth Article from 1989 Keyboard Magazine

SAMPLES
     New S-7xx and S-50 Disks Added - 65 Disks! Roland UK Synths & 16th Century Instuments Collections


UPDATES: February 2017

INFO
     W-30 Tips And Tricks ‑ W‑30 Menu Navigation And Useful Links To W‑30 Tech Websites

DIY
     Power Switch Replacements ‑ Part Numbers, Pics, Repair Tips and Vendor Info


UPDATES: January 2017

INFO
     "The Roland S-760 Demystified" - In‑Depth Article from 1996 Keyboard Magazine

SCSI2SD
     SCSI2SD: Example Setups ‑ New page w/different SCSI2SD configurations for S‑550 / W‑30


UPDATES: December 2016

INFO
     "Keyboard Clinic: Roland S‑50 / S‑550 / S‑330" In‑Depth Article from 1991 Keyboard Magazine


UPDATES: October 2016

DIY
     Spare Parts Cross Reference Chart ‑ The SEARCH is on!
     W‑30 SCSI ‑ Additional info about SCSI and the Fujitsu MB89352AP IC chip

INFO
     DT‑100 Digitizer Tablet Owner's Manual ‑ The most boring manual Roland ever printed
     


UPDATES: August 2016

DIY
     S‑50 Service Information Sheets For Roland Engineers ‑ Fresh from the factory


UPDATES: July 2016

SAMPLES
     SysEx File Verification Utility v1.(1b) - Great utility for synth/sampler SysEx file matching



UPDATES: June 2016

SAMPLES
     S-550 And W-30 ZIP Disk & Hard Drive Image File - Added the first 64 floppies of the S‑50 RSB Library
     Sample Disk Image Reader Utility Ver.1.1(d) ‑ A minor revision to recognize Legacy O/S disks

DIY
     W-30 Hard Drive Boot Configuration - Booting a W‑30 O/S from the hard drive with or without a Gotek
     S-550 & W-30 UltraSCSI - Connecting inexpensive 80‑pin hard drives to save big bucks


UPDATES: May 2016

ZIP-A-Dee-Doo-Dah!
     Tutorial For Cloning/Restoring/Archiving 80MB Sample ZIP Disks & Hard Drives - Lot's‑O‑Stuff here

SAMPLES
     Sample Disk Image Reader Utility Ver.1.1(c) - Added support for W‑30 Sound & Song disk image files
     S-550 And W-30 ZIP Disk & Hard Drive Image Files - Added *.img files to create your own ZIP or HD
     W-30 Sample CD's - Added two W‑30 *.iso files. Burn your own sample CD's with 64 floppies on each

DIY
     S-550 Hard Drive Boot Configuration - Setting up the S‑550 hard drive boot sequence
     S-550 & W-30 External CD-ROM Compatibility Matrix - Choices are few. Help complete the list
     USB Floppy Drive Toggle Switch - This DIY makes the USB Floppy Emulator much easier to operate


UPDATES: April 2016

SAMPLES
     The Hard To Find L-Series Set These 45 disks, L‑501 through L‑509, are finally available
     Burn Your Own L‑CD1 CD-ROM The Easy Way Detailed instructions for people who don't own Nero
     Giant Listing Of The RSB, L‑Series And L‑CD1 CD‑ROM Disks It's all here

DIY
     W‑30 SCSI Upgrade IC Chip Info for adding "dirt cheap" SCSI connectivity
     W‑30 External CD-ROM Connecting an external CD‑ROM. Wow! Endless Menus! NICE!!!
     W‑30 And S‑550 SCSI Hard Drive Info for connecting an external SCSI hard drive
     USB Floppy Drive Emulator Mods Make USB I/O tasks easier + black color scheme


UPDATES: February 2016

DIY
     W‑30 LCD Backlight Replacement New "Cool Blue" Electroluminescent Panels less than $10


UPDATES: January 2016

INFO
     W‑30 Support I just bought two W‑30's! More support files and samples to be added over time
     W‑30 Support Templates Control and Audio Jack locators in PDF format

LINKS
     W‑30 Links New Webpages Added For W‑30 Tech Support


UPDATES: December 2015

SAMPLES
     Sample Disk Image Reader Utility Ver.1.1(b) ‑ Added S‑50 And S‑330 Disk Image File Support


UPDATES: November 2015

INFO
     S‑50 Sales Brochure Gatefold From 1986 8 Pages of the S‑50 in all it's glory @600 dpi


UPDATES: October 2015

DIY
     SCSI ZIP Drive Installing and using an external SCSI ZIP drive with the S‑550 and W‑30

SAMPLES
     Sample Disk Image Reader Utility Ver.1.1(a) ‑ Patch, Tone, Disk Label and System Version Info Utility
     Complete 80‑Disk S‑50 RSB Library ‑ The S‑50 RSB library in S‑50 *.OUT disk image format
     Complete 80‑Disk S‑50 RSB Library In USB Format ‑ For use with an SFRM72‑FU‑DL Emulator and S‑50
     S‑50 Miscellaneous Collection #2 ‑ Collection of converted W‑30 disks in S‑50 *.OUT disk image format
     S‑50 Miscellaneous Collection #2 In USB Format ‑ For use with an SFRM72‑FU‑DL Emulator and S‑50


UPDATES: September 2015

INFO
     Current System And Utility Versions For Various Samplers - Disk headers, dates, info and more

DIY

     USB Floppy Disk Drive Emulator A low cost solution to replace the 3.5" disk drive on an S‑50 / S‑550 / W‑30

SAMPLES
     Complete 80‑Disk S‑50 RSB Library Converted To S-550 USB Format For use with an SFRM72‑FU‑DL Emulator
     Complete 60‑Disk S‑550 RSB Library In USB Format ‑ For use with an SFRM72‑FU‑DL Emulator and S‑550
     Complete LSeries 15Disk Library ‑ The L‑501 through L‑503 sets released in 1987 for S‑50 / S‑550
     Complete 80‑Disk S‑50 RSB Library ‑ The S‑50 RSB library in S‑550 *.OUT disk image format

LINKS
     Added A New LINKS Page

UPDATES: August 2015

SAMPLES
     S‑550 RSB Sample Library The complete 60‑disk collection in S‑550 *.OUT disk image format

INFO
     S‑50 And S‑550 Front Panel Display Issues - Using replacement FIP coils from other synthesizers

UPDATES: July 2015

DIY
     S‑50 / S‑550 Monitor Sharing Project - Inexpensive DIY if you use 2 or more S‑Series samplers
     Freudelheim - A link to a webpage with some good S‑550 reference material

UPDATES: May 2015

INFO
     S‑550 Startup Sequence - Process for booting the S‑550

DIY
     Omniflop Installation Notes - Support page for installing compatible 3.5" floppy disk drives in a computer

SAMPLES
     Unusual Samples - 20 unusual sample disks in S‑50 and S‑550 *.OUT disk image formats

UPDATES: April 2015

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