Saving Roland XP80 sequences to Mac


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Looking for advice on getting my sequences from the old 3.5 discs to my Mac. Can I just play them via midi interface and record on Logic or is there a better way. I looked at some 3.5 floppy to USB units but I don't know if they will recognize Roland format. I really do not want to lose all the work I put in as a few of the discs are no longer recognized by the XP80. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks guys.
 
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You need an old PC with a floppy drive unit or a friend/relative/neighbour with one

Copy the contents from a 3.5 inch disk into Dropbox or your Cloud system and try loading then from there onto your Mac.
 
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Thanks but no access to any computer with a floppy drive. Would an external floppy drive to usb read the roland discs? If I record in real time into Logic it would take forever. I have never tried to import from XP80 to Logic.
 

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First of all: If they are .MID files then there should be no trouble importing them to any DAW you'd like on a Mac.

Secondly, EVERY computer in use today, including Apple can access a USB mass storage device which is technically what a USB Floppy Disk Drive is.

Thirdly, Just about any computer can recognize, read and write the FAT16 format which is most probably what was used by Roland and every other keyboard manufacturer who shoved a floppy into a keyboard in the 80's and 90's.

Just buy a USB floppy drive and plug it into your Mac. It should be plug n play.

(Ignore the Robot Check comment. It's an Amazon Link and their scripts don't like offsite links)

Read/Write 1.44 MB floppy disk, compatible with Mac Windows 10/7/8/XP/Vista PC Laptop Desktop, for Dell Acer Sony HP Lenovo, etc
Gary ;)
 
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The files on the diskettes that came with the XP-80 are Roland proprietary SR-JV tone files and MRC sequencer files meant to be read directly from the diskettes by the XP-80's operating system. Any sequences you would have created would also be in the Roland MRC format. The sequencer in the XP-80 is identical to the one in their MC-50 MK-II stand-alone sequencer. They did not have the capability to write to a .MID format. Giebler Enterprises wrote a conversion program for MRC and S-MRC to SMF:

https://rolandus.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/201940399-SMF-to-S-MRC-File-Conversion-Software

Giebler appears to still be in business at:

http://giebler.com/

The one you would be interested in is at the very bottom of their list of converter programs - the MC converter program.

If you can do this, then you should be able to just "play" the SMF conversions from your MAC to the XP-80 via a USB-MIDI Adapter Cable, using the XP-80 as a sound module, but typical of most converter programs, you would probably lose any DSP effects in the process. The MIDI Spec is pretty sparse on what effects messages are allowed in an SMF file.
 
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