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TR-8S System Program (Ver.2.00)


HOW TO TELL THE VERSION
Before you start, check the system program version of your TR-8S.
  1. Press [ UTILITY ] to invoke the menu screen.
  2. Use the [ VALUE ] knob to choose INFORMATION : Version, and then press the [ ENTER ] button.
    The version information screen appears.

* Don't perform the update if the product is already up-to-date.

UPDATE HISTORY
[ Ver.2.00 ] AUG 2020
Additional Functions
Please refer to the "TR-8S Reference Manual" for detailed information in the [ Owner's Manuals ].
  • An FM tone generator has been added.
    Please refer to the "TR-8S Preset INST Tone List" for detailed information in the [ Owner's Manuals ].
  • Preset Patterns and Preset Kits have been added.
    * To load the Added Kits and Patterns, a factory reset must be performed after applying the update.
    Follow the procedure in "Updating the Tone Data" and select the factory-reset parameter ("ALL," or either "KIT" or "PTN"), and carry out a factory reset.
  • A RELOAD function has been added.
  • "SATURATOR," "FREQ SHIFT," "RING MOD," and "SPREAD" have been added to INST FX.
  • "Reverb Send" has been added to DELAY.
  • A shortcut for CTRL has been added to INST FX.

[ Ver.1.13 ] SEP 2019
Bug Fix
The following bug was fixed.
  • Importing a user sample sometimes produces a silent user sample.

[ Ver.1.11 ] DEC 2018
Additional Functions
  • The specifications were changed to output sound from the USB port during sound preview.
  • Serato DJ Pro Ver.2.1.1 or later is now supported. Synchronized playback with compositions on Serato DJ Pro is possible. ( FEB 2019 )
    Please refer to the "Roland TR / Serato DJ Pro Connection Guide" for detailed information in the [ Owner's Manuals ].

    * Using this functionality requires a DJ controller compatible with Serato DJ Pro.
    * The Roland DJ-202, DJ-505, and DJ-808 cannot be used as the DJ controller.

[ Ver.1.10 ] AUG 2018
Additional Functions
Please refer to the "TR-8S Reference Manual" for detailed information in the [ Owner's Manuals ].
  • A STEP LOOP function was added.
  • A sound preview function when importing user samples was added.
Bug Fixes
The following bugs were fixed.
  • When importing a pattern together with a kit, sometimes an error occurs or a different pattern is imported.
  • Minor bugs have been fixed.

[ Ver.1.05 ] MAY 2018
Bug Fixes
The following bugs were fixed.
  • Performing an OPTIMIZE operation (optimizing the user sample area) sometimes results in user samples failing to be played correctly.
  • Other minor bugs.

[ Ver.1.04 ] APR 2018
Bug Fixes
The following bugs were fixed.
  • The "Tap Tempo" did not work.
  • Other minor bugs.

[ Ver.1.03 ] APR 2018
Functionality Improvements
  • Performance when a number of level faders are operated simultaneously has been improved.
  • The required time and the timing of kit switching that occurs when PATTERN are changed has been improved.
  • The pulse waveform when outputting a trigger-out pulse from the ASSIGNABLE OUT/TRIGGER OUT jacks has been improved.
  • Other minor improvements in operation were made.
Bug Fixes
The following bugs were fixed.
  • When the external clock is in operation, effects fail to correctly synchronize with the tempo.
  • Other minor bugs.

[ Ver.1.02 ] MAR 2018
Additional Functions
  • Functions for importing and exporting patterns and kits were added.
  • A batch-import function for multiple samples was added.
  • A "Storage Mode" enabling direct writing to an SD card from a computer was added.
Bug Fixes
The following bugs were fixed.
  • While editing a fill-in, a different variation is sometimes played.
  • Other minor bugs.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO UPDATE YOUR TR-8S
  • TR-8S
  • USB cable
  • A computer with a USB connector ( Windows, Mac )
  • SD Card formatted on the TR-8S

CAUTION WHEN PERFORMING THE UPDATE
  • Never apply this update data to any product other than the TR-8S. This update data may destroy the data or system program of other products.
  • Never power-off your TR-8S while the update is in progress!
    If a power failure or similar accident occurs during the update process, the TR-8S won’t be able to start up in normal operating mode. This will require servicing, so you will need to contact Roland service center near you if this occurs.
  • We regret that we are unable to answer questions regarding the update procedure using this system program. Please perform the update responsibly, following the directions given in this document.

GETTING THE UPDATE FILE
Please open/extract the downloaded "tr8s_sys_v200.zip" file on your computer to get the update file in the "tr8s_sys_v200" folder.

PROCEDURE FOR THE UPDATE
Caution
  • You must not rename the extracted file.
  • Never turn off the TR-8S's power while the update is in progress. Otherwise the system program or the TR-8S itself may be destroyed.

Please install the extracted system program file into your TR-8S according to the following procedure.
* For information on "BACKUP," "FACTORY RESET," and "RESTORE" procedures, refer to [ Owner's Manual ].

STEP 1: Backing Up to SD Card
  1. Press the [ UTILITY ] button.
  2. Use the [ VALUE ] knob to select "UTILITY: Backup."
  3. Press the [ ENTER ] button.
  4. Edit the name if necessary.
  5. Press the [ ENTER ] button.
    A confirmation message appears.
  6. To execute, use the [ VALUE ] knob to select "OK," and press the [ ENTER ] button.

STEP 2: Updating to TR-8S
  1. Make sure no SD card is inserted in the TR-8S's SD card slot.
    * If an SD card is already inserted, then take out the card.
  2. Hold down [ SHIFT ] and switch on the power.
    "==== update ====" appears on the display.
  3. Connect the computer to the TR-8S's USB port by a USB cable.
  4. Open the "TR-8S" drive folder in your personal computer.
  5. Copy TR8S_UP.BIN in the "tr8s_sys_v200" folder into the "TR-8S" drive by dragging and dropping it.
    * Do not copy the "tr8s_sys_v200" folder.
  6. After copying the file is completed, remove the USB drive from the personal computer.
    With Windows
    Right-click on the "TR-8S" icon in My Computer and execute "Eject."
    With Mac
    Drag the "TR-8S" icon to the Trash icon in the Dock.
  7. Disconnect the USB cable.
    The message "Updating..." appears on the display and the update starts.
  8. The message "Update Finished." will appear on the display when the update process completes.
  9. Turn the TR-8S power off.
    Please verify the version number "1.13" with the procedure described in "How to tell the version" part of this document.

    At the initial powerup following an update, the message "Updating Panel" sometimes appears on the display.
    If "Updating Panel" appears, wait until the message "Completed" appears on the display, then reset the power again.

If Updating Using an SD Card
You can also update the TR-8S by using an SD card.
* If you are using a SD card to perform the update, carry out the procedure while no USB cable is connected to the TR-8S.

Follow the procedure below to carry out the update.
  1. Format an SD card on the TR-8S.
  2. Put the "TR8S_UP.BIN" at the root folder of the SD Card.
  3. Leaving the power to the TR-8S switched off; connect the SD Card to the SD Card port.
  4. Hold down [SHIFT] button and turn on the power.
    The message "Updating..." appears on the display and the update starts.
  5. The message "Update Finished." will appear on the display when the update process completes.
  6. Turn the TR-8S power off.

    At the initial powerup following an update, the message "Updating Panel" sometimes appears on the display.
    If "Updating Panel" appears, wait until the message "Completed" appears on the display, then reset the power again.

STEP 3: Returning to the Factory Settings
  1. Press the [ UTILITY ] button.
  2. Use the [ VALUE ] knob to select "UTILITY: Factory Reset."
  3. Press the [ ENTER ] button.
  4. Use the [ VALUE ] knob to select "ALL," then press the [ ENTER ] button.
    A confirmation message appears.
  5. To execute, use the [ VALUE ] knob to select "OK," and press the [ ENTER ] button.
  6. When the display indicates "Completed. Turn off power." turn the TR-8S's power off and on again.

STEP 4: Restoring Data That Was Backed Up to SD Card
  1. Press the [ UTILITY ] button.
  2. Use the [ VALUE ] knob to select "UTILITY: Restore."
  3. Press the [ ENTER ] button.
    The RESTORE screen appears.
  4. Use the [ VALUE ] knob to select the file that you want to restore.
  5. Press the [ ENTER ] button.
    A confirmation message appears.
  6. To execute, use the [ VALUE ] knob to select "OK," and press the [ ENTER ] button.

STEP 5: Updating the Tone Data
If an update to the TR-8S results in the preloaded Patch/Performance tone data being updated, you can load the latest tone data by executing the procedure in "Returning to the Factory Settings (FACTORY RESET)." In "Returning to the Factory Settings (FACTORY RESET)," you can select the items to be affected by the factory reset. For details, go to [ Owner's Manual ] and refer to "Returning to the Factory Settings (FACTORY RESET)."
* Executing the procedure in "Returning to the Factory Settings (FACTORY RESET)" causes the tone data/settings in the TR-8S to be lost.
Before executing the procedure in "Returning to the Factory Settings (FACTORY RESET)," use the procedure in "Backing Up Data to SD Card (BACKUP)" to save any necessary data onto an SD card.

  1. Press the [ UTILITY ] button and use the cursor buttons to select "Factory Reset," then press [ ENTER ].
  2. Use the [ VALUE ] knob to choose a factory-reset parameter.
    * Please note that when you execute "ALL" or execute "KIT" or "PTN," then depending on the selected parameter, created presets and the settings on the TR-8S are returned to their factory-default state.
    • To return all TR-8S Settings, Kits, and Patterns to their factory defaults, select "ALL."
    • When you want to return Kits to their factory defaults, select "ALL" or "KIT."
    • When you want to return Patterns to their factory defaults, select "ALL" or "PTN."
    • To keep the TR-8S's settings unchanged and return only Kits or Patterns to their factory defaults, select "KIT" or "PTN."
  3. Press the [ ENTER ] button.
  4. The message "Factory Reset?" is displayed. Press the [ ENTER ] button.
    When the factory reset has finished, the message "Completed. Turn off power." is displayed.
  5. Reset the power to the TR-8S.

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