Transform Roland SP-808 to Roland A06

Roland A-6 VideoCanvas

Roland A-6 VideoCanvas

Before the SP-808 Groovesampler there was the Roland A-6 Video Canvas. An equal looking unit but with some differences. The most important difference is that the A-6 has an hard drive installed with a maximum capacity of 2.1GB = 8.59 hours of sampling time. Besides that the HDD the A-6 doesn’t have the Mono synth and no D-beamer. But you have access to all the effects of the Groovesamper and the recorder functions in a more stable way.

Next to each other!

Roland SP-808 Groovesampler
Roland SP-808 Groovesampler
Roland A-6 VideoCanvas
Roland A-6 VideoCanvas
Roland A-6 VideoCanvas + Roland SP-808 Groovesampler
Roland A-6 VideoCanvas + Roland SP-808 Groovesampler
Roland SP-808 Groovesampler + Roland A-6 VideoCanvas
Roland SP-808 Groovesampler + Roland A-6 VideoCanvas

Turning your SP-808 into an A-6

The procedure is very simple and I’ve created a video with all the steps to be taken. What do you need for this change?

  • SP-808, of course
  • Roland A6-MIDI File (38 downloads)
  • UpdSMF – program to send MIDI files to your SP-808 (Mac OsX or Windows)
  • Soundcard with MIDI (I used Native Instruments – Komplete Audio 6)
  • Standard MIDI cable
  • IDE hard drive (I used a 2.5″ HDD from an old laptop)
  • 2.5″ to 3.5″ adapter (I bought one from the brand StarTech.com)
  • Roland A-6 Manuals (in English and Spanish!)

Here is the video with all the to be taken steps:

 

Layout pictures

Roland A-6 / SP-808 Right Area
Roland A-6 / SP-808 Right Area
Roland A-6 / SP-808 Left Area
Roland A-6 / SP-808 Left Area
Roland A-6 / SP-808 Sample Pads
Roland A-6 / SP-808 Sample Pads
Roland A-6 / SP-808 Effect
Roland A-6 / SP-808 Effect

 

ZIP back into the SP-808

In the video you will learn to create a copy of your SP-808 Groovesampler OS. To put it back you need to put the Zip Drive back into your SP-808. Otherwise you will not be able to install the SP-808 back to its original OS.

 

I hope you like this transformation.

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Grtzz,

Roger