Rolands flagship audio workstation gets a shot. 14/06/03
Introduced in 2001, the VS-2480 was the first 24-track workstation with full mouse-based waveform editing, VGA output, and moving-fader automation. Now Roland has elevated the capability of VS-2480 to the next level with the announcement of Version 2.011 System Software.
This major software upgrade for both the VS-2480HD and VS-2480CD Digital Studio Workstations adds a comprehensive Control Surface mode which allows the operator to use the many buttons, knobs, and motorized faders of the VS-2480 to control parameters of many popular software-based recording and sequencing programs.
Version 2.011 System Software includes several pre-configured templates that map the VS-2480's buttons, knobs, and faders to key parameters of popular computer-based sequencing and recording programs.
Included are templates for Emagic® Logic 5, Steinberg® Cubase, and a HUI template for any software application that can be controlled by Mackie's® HUI controllers, such as Digidesign® ProTools? and Mark of the Unicorn® Digital Performer. This update essentially turns the VS-2480 into a fully capable hardware controller for most audio recording and MIDI sequencing applications.
Version 2.011 also allows VS-2480 owners to design their own user templates for controlling and editing other programs or any hardware that responds to MIDI control. This means a musician can perform most major operations for supported programs directly from the VS-2480 without having to use the computer's mouse or keyboard.
In addition to the Control Surface Mode, Version 2.011 enhances the
VS-2480's compatibility with the VS-2400CD Digital Studio Workstation. The 2480 can open and read sessions
created in a VS-2400CD, and sessions created in the VS-2480 can be saved as a VS-2400 project. This provides totally seamless compatibility and exchange of song data and tracks between these two popular workstations.
Version 2.011 System Software is now available as a free download from the
Roland US website.