D20 user needs help :(

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    raoul7370

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    Hi all

    So, I have a D20. As of yesterday I also now own a UM One midi interface. Reason - my D20 had languished unloved and fairly unused for several years and I decided enough was enough. Got it renovated, and it now works close to 100%. But ... a lot of performance sounds seem to have disappeared, including most of the good ones (Warm Pad Fade, please come home!!).

    After a bit of Googling, the UM One thing seemed the right path, but now I have questions:

    - The UM One has two midi connections, marked Midi In and Midi Out. Should the Midi In go into the D20 Midi In, or the D20 Midi Out (and same goes for the Midi Out connector)?

    - Do I need some software in order to actually use the interface? If so, I think I heard of something called "Reaper". Are there several potential answers, or is Reaper the way to go?

    - I have found D20 files on Roland so it seems I can get the original sounds as a download ... any help on how I get those from my laptop onto the D20?

    I apologise in advance if the above are basic questions, but I am a pianist first and foremost and my tech skills are very limited indeed.

    Cheers!

    Paul
     
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    happyrat1 Destroyer of Eardrums!!!

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    MIDI In always Connects to MIDI Out and vice versa.

    Best Freeware DAW Software out there right now is Cakewalk by Bandlab.

    https://bandlab.com

    As for loading in the voices? I'll let someone else handle that one.

    Welcome aboard,

    Gary ;)
     
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    Biggles

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    Welcome.

    Additionally to Garys suggestion.

    With any paid for DAW software can I suggest that before you buy one you download and use trial versions first, but only do so after watching a batch of Youtube videos on the software then after installing the trial you will have the full duration of the trial to practice.

    It is getting the sound out of your Computer that will probably be the issue.

    Cannot help on the keyboard itself.
     
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    happyrat1 Destroyer of Eardrums!!!

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    I just took a quick peek at the D20 and realized it has a floppy drive.

    That's a real antique you have there.

    For assistance getting the sounds loaded in I'd suggest visiting the Rolandclan forums.

    http://forums.rolandclan.com/

    There's probably an internal battery that needs replacing and the floppy drive may also be toast with that sort of age.

    You can download the manuals from Roland's archives.

    https://www.roland.com/us/support/manual_archive/


    Gary ;)
     
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    Hey Paul,

    If you have the factory presets for the D20 in a file, you'll need a computer librarian / editor software package. The only one I know that seems to still be in existence for legacy keyboards like the D20 is the Sound Quest Editor/Lib :

    https://www.squest.com/Products/MidiQuest11/Instruments/RolandD-20/index.html

    Using that software you can upload the D20 presets file via MIDI. Also worth checking is if the internal battery in your D20 has life in it. If it's dead then your D20 will not be able to store the presets after switching off the D20 but if your D20 has some presets stored, it must be ok.

    I had a Korg M1 that eventually lost all the presets when the internal battery went. Real pain to replace the battery, but it was cheap. Only costs a couple of quid for a new battery.
     
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    Raoul, I know your pain... I have a Roland D5 that I bought circa 1990 that has the most beautiful "Warm String Fade" (I even remember that it's performance A 41!), and and my new Juno DS has no string sound that even comes close to its beauty!
     
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