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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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mpma a hobbyist user from netherlands writes:
just an update for those may seek this info like i sometimes do myself:

i tried some c-f cards in a local store, they had a no name 512mb card , bought that and tried it at home: the display showed a somewhat garbled "wrong card"

returned the 512mb cf card on week later (i bring my ms-1 for testing at the shop). they also have 256 mb nameless compact flash card, it doesnt show "wrong card" but appears to hang showing ROLAND on the display.

now , still at the shop , i try 128mb c-f card by sandisk (the brand roland endorses), it recognises this card allright, saying "format?? sth.", i end up paying a couple euro more 2 trade in my 512 mb c-f card for 2 128mb c-f cards. (last 2 they stocked).

maybe this is only because i used a sandisk pcmciaII-c.f. converter..

i am glad i went there.

greetings, mpma

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-08-2006 at 08:05
wow writes:
good (but basic) machine, good sound (better than su10)

downmload the "new" os here (haven't try to load it yet thought...):

ftp://ftp.roland.co.jp/pub/roland/worldwide/PCSAMP/

I heard threr are additional infos about this machine here http://www.synthman.com/roland/support/supplementalnotes/index.html but i can't access it, so if someone can tell me... :)

the instructions:

**Loading a New Operating System through MIDI**

The MIDI file, O_S112s.MID included with this text file has the System of the MS-1 that can be loaded from a MIDI sequencer that can play Standard MIDI Files. We recommend that you upgrade your MS-1 with this system disk even if your MS-1 reads the newer Sundisk Flash RAM cards since this newer system fixes some problems with MS-1 operations that were on earlier systems.

1. Connect the MIDI out of the sequencer to the MIDI in of the MS-1. 2. Load the O_S103.MID MIDI file into the sequencer. 3. Turn the MS-1 off and turn it back on again while pressing the 4 and 5 buttons. This will take you to the "Boot Mode". 4. Play the MIDI file on the sequencer. You should see "Receiving...." displayed on the MS-1 screen display. When the file is completely loaded the MS-1 display will read "Completed" and return to the Bank A screen. If you upgrade your system, the sounds that were in the A and B banks will be lost, so we recommend that you back them up either to a PCMCIA card or bulk dump them through MIDI. The steps for creating a bulk dump backup of the Internal banks sounds is on page 23 of the manual.

**Restoring the MS-1 Factory Demo from this disk** We also included the factory demo on this disk if you should want to reload it. To load in the original demo: 1. Connect the MIDI out of the sequencer to the MIDI in of the MS-1. 2. Load the first MIDI file 1_DEMO.MID into the sequencer. 3. On the MS-1 press the Pad mode button and then press the Utility button and scroll to the Bulk Receive function with the cursor arrow buttons. 4. Play the MIDI file on the sequencer. You should see "Receiving...." displayed on the MS-1 screen display. 5. After the first file has loaded, the MS-1 display will show "Waiting next..." 6. Load the next MIDI file 2_DEMO.MID and play the sequence on your sequencer. 7. Repeat steps 4 through 6 to load in the MIDI files, 3_DEMO.MID 6_DEMO.MID until you finish loading in the last MIDI file MS1ORG1G.MID. The MS-1 display will read "Completed" and return to the Bank A screen. The original demo should now play from the Sequencer mode.

Also, you can see your ms1's os version by pressing pad1 + pad8 when turning it on

And you can initialise it by pressing pad1 + pad8 while turning on & then on pad8 & then on rec/yes. (will erase all datas!!)

I'm still looking for a (.pdf if pssbl :p) m a n u a l for it or every info available. Plzzzzzz...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-01-2004 at 16:38
Basil a hobbyist user from UK writes:
I bought one of these from a second hand music shop for £20 - I took a bit of a gamble. I managed to find a 110MB memory card on ebay for £15 and Roland UK supplied a manual and BIOS update for £10. For a total outlay of £45 I have a GREAT machine! It is simplicity itself to use and does exactly what it is supposed to. I tend to use the memory card banks (that can only be played one at a time) to play loops and then use banks A and B for one shot samples.

The 0_S112s.mid file out on the net does not seem to work! Just bite the bullet and pay a few pounds to Roland - if you have any problems that provide support and you get a manual thrown in as well!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-03-2003 at 08:24
Kirk a professional user from Michigan USA writes:
I just picked one of these up on ebay for about $90. This is my first time using any type of sampler and I'm happy with it's simplicity. That is the beauty of it all. Very easy to use and no complicated settings and messes to figure out. It gets the job done. I'm happy with it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-27-2003 at 15:04
LoHr a part-time user from usa writes:
portable, dirt cheep ($100 second hand). a great quick and easy sampler.. it lacks alot of the more advanced editing options, and only has rca in's and out's, but the sheer simplicity of using it, and the price, ya cant beat it, i mainly use it for rippin voice samples from movies n stuff. ive had it for about 5 or 6 years now and it still works great (even with 1,000's of hours in a smoke filled enviroment, AND dropping it a couple times), the sound quality is ok but it still has a slight grainy sound, i prefer chrystal clear sampling for drum sounds so i use a korg es-1 for that, and ALOT of cheep ass 8-bit griany noise for weirdo background sounds and my akai s-612 is perfect for that, but as far as samples from televisions n stuff, this is perfect.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-03-2003 at 19:46
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