[JUNO DS-88] How do you transfer your saved "Patterns" from the keyboard to a computer?


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Hey guys, new to the forum and was hoping you could help because I can't find an answer anywhere. I imagine that this is a reasonable expectation...? I have been making beats on my keyboard for years now using the Pattern Sequencer and have never figured out how to upload them anywhere, which blows because they're pretty fire. USBs only transfer the patterns as SMFs so they show up on your computer as 1kb files with no instrument, tempo or editing data anywhere. All that surfaces is a bunch of pianos erratically playing over one another at 120bpm. Please tell me I'm missing something really obvious, because the relief would offset any embarrassment really quickly. I can't imagine why a company as revered and seasoned as Roland would manufacture a $1000 instrument, integrate an entire beat-making feature and then fail to program an "export loop" option.


A current solution I have is to buy an audio interface and plug that into my board, hit record and then just playback the beat but I feel like there's gotta be a simpler, more direct way that won't sacrifice any audio quality. Thank's y'all.
 
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Roland really did drop the ball when it came to exporting the step sequencer on the Juno DS.

They only released a patch librarian and editor software and no beat software for it either.

My guess is they wanted to give you a reason to spend more on the FA series.

All we can do is cross our fingers and hope for a firmware and software release that supports beat files exports.

Gary ;)
 
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Roland really did drop the ball when it came to exporting the step sequencer on the Juno DS.

They only released a patch librarian and editor software and no beat software for it either.

My guess is they wanted to give you a reason to spend more on the FA series.

All we can do is cross our fingers and hope for a firmware and software release that supports beat files exports.

Gary ;)
Wow, that's pretty lame. Thanks your help though, I guess I'm buying an audio interface.
 

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Actually you'd probably be better off designing your beats on a DAW and playing them back on the Roland.

That's my own personal workaround ayway.

Gary ;)
 
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I guess I could recreate everything using the same notes at the same tempo but I've got dozens of beats with unique effects and I'd have to learn how to use a DAW, download plugins, and then try and arrange everything with similar instruments and editing. It's definitely worth it but if I just want to upload what I already have onto somewhere then I'm guessing the interface is the best route. Cheers!
 
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Like I said. Exporting beats from a DS88 is like nailing Jello to a tree. Cannot be done. Roland did not build that feature into any version of the firmware so far.

Your options are to do your beats in a DAW or else write your own firmware for the DS88.

Learning to use a DAW is the simplest solution.

I recommend Cakewalk By Bandlab. FREE as in Beer and powerful enough to score a $50 million movie.




Easiest way to get started is to look up Cakewalk Tutorials on Youtube.

Go with the simplified install instead of the advanced install ad you'll be OK.

I can point you at an instrument definition file for the Juno DS if you go ahead with it.

Good luck :)

Gary ;)
 
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