Yes….I fell in love about a year ago with the SP-808. I don’t know what happened but somehow I came across this amazing piece of hardware and I decided to go for it. With the result I do own now 2 of those beauties. Okay…cut the sentimental part. Let’s talk about serious business.
CONNECTING A ZIP
This week I connected a ZIP drive to my Macbook with a SP-808 ZIP Disk in it. And instead of the comment to initialise it, it gave me the contents of the disk. This was a huge surprise for me because now I would be able to save all my ZIP Disks to the harddrive of my Macbook.
I did some tests with several disks and yes…I was able to put saved images to new formatted ZIPS. AMAZINGGGGG.!! I even could create the original demodisk for the SP-808 because this
What do you need to save your ZIP Disk to HDD?
- Zip drive with USB connection. (although I use an IDE zip drive with a IDE to USB adapter.) - SP-808 ZIP disks - Computer (I tested only Mac (OSX and OS 8.6)
Yeah…sounds easy and it IS easy. But I didn’t know it so therefore I share this info with you.
If you want to create your own ‘original’ Demodisk you can download it here. Put a SP-808 formatted disk in your ZIP Drive and copy the files into the root of the ZIP Disk. If it doesn’t work, format the disk in your SP-808 in FULL MODE and not QUICK.
SP-808/SP808EX Wave converter
6 years ago I bought two iMacs G3. You know…those coloured ones. Why? In the first place I needed them for a trade show for a retro look. Also…they are not that easy to steal in comparison with an iPad 😉
When I discovered the ZIP Disk reading of SP-808 disks with OSX I tried it also on OSX Tiger with my old G3. It worked…but….the Wave converter from Roland doesn’t work with OSX. So I downgraded the G3 to OS 8.6 (I do have the original CD’s, thank God) and I connected the ZIP drive. AND YESSSS….again I saw the ZIP drive with the SP-808 disk in place. No initialise, nothing. Just the same info like on OSX. SP-808TS25E with the right files on the disk.
Immediately I installed the wave converter from the Roland Website (HERE) and tried to convert some wav-files. Wow…how easy to convert those files. And you can even listen to them with double clicking on the pads of the software. You can organise the samples and give the banks names. Again an amazing surprise and more important: The disk works on the SP-808 also. Duh!
USING TRAKTOR REMIX DECKS
As an owner of the Traktor S4 MK1 and a F1 I became instantly interested in creating samples for the SP-808 because Traktor makes Wav-files when you create loops for the Remix decks.
I loaded a track with beats and breaks and created Wav-files. The most interesting part is that Traktor makes loops of the samples. That’s the basic use of Remix desk. And you can guess it already…creating an archive full of wavs, transporting them to a USB-stick, inserting it in the G3 and converting it to a SP-808 disk.
The result is a disk full of beats and breaks. AMAZING AGAIN!!
The only thing is that the SP-808 doesn’t make loops of the samples, but that’s a breeze with the function in Sample Parameters. Every pad can be looped with a twist on the dial. Easy as 1, 2, 3.
So, perhaps this is old news but for me it was totally new.
Have a nice day!
Grtzz, Roger Mooze