Roland E96 with GOTEK solution


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I got a GOTEK drive years ago and never got it to work.

During isolation I finally decided to give it a try. The solution was simple.

All the GOTEK drives are equal. Only the firmware seems to be different depending on the usage.

Today there is an universal firmware for all GOTEK drives called "flashfloppy". It is free.

https://github.com/keirf/FlashFloppy/wiki/Downloads

I got the version v13.3a for my Roland E96
There is good instructions of how to flash the firmware.

Then I need to copy the file external/FF.CFG to the USB disk formattes as FAT32 (all sticks are FAT32 by default) and change just two lines:

pin02 = dens
pin34 = rdy

After that create floppy disk files of exactly 1474560 bytes (a 1.44m floppy).

Name the files
DSKA0000.IMG
DSKA0001.IMG
DSKA0002.IMG
...

Put the USB stick in Roland E96 and choose 00 from the GOTEK.

Press the red WRITE button.
Then 5 DISK
SHIFT
4 FORMAT

Once the format is complete you can use your first image DSKA0000.IMG

Choose some style, press REC and START and start playing.

Here is a video of my experiment to connect a hard drive to the Roland E96.

 
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