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Roland RD2000 - beginner questions #2850435 05/20/19 12:31 PM
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Just bought a new RD2000 and been loving all the features it boasts, but there are a few arguably basic things that I couldn't to grips with or find information on -

• I have found a great webpage on the axial.roland site with several downloadable sound expansion kits. Are there any other notable sites that offer sound expansion packs? Preferably with more creative synth lead orientated sounds?
• How do you import new sounds into the RD2000? Do you have to overwrite existing sounds, or is there extra space to allow for expansions?
• Is it possible to export sounds into a DAW to play these sounds with a separate MIDI keyboard? As I have a more lightweight MIDI keyboard on my desk -
• What is the best way to hook up the RD2000 to FL Studio to record MIDI without latency issues? I've hooked it up with a USB cable and messed with the buffer settings in FL Studio but there always seems to be notable lag, even though my PC is relatively good (custom built)
• Same as the above question but in regards to audio recording - this is not something I've done in the past but I do have an audio interface lying around somewhere. Any advice on what cables/settings to use would be most welcomed

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Re: Roland RD2000 - beginner questions [Re: Jakers] #2850463 05/20/19 02:00 PM
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I own an RD2000.... nice board. Manual is awful. Below is a vid I found very helpful.

- I am unaware of any expansion capabilities/packs other than the Axial site. The RD 2000 has two spaces for for two packs. A pack is a set of sounds... can not add/remove single sounds. If you want to install another pack, you have to delete one.
- I am unaware of any capability to export sounds from your RD 2000. However, I am not sure why you would want to do this as the RD 2000 can play 8 sounds (zones) at the same time if you want, and each can be configured to play a different sound triggered/fed from your DAW. It is pretty darn powerful.
- I use Ableton DAW and have zero latency issues (I use a fairly powerful Asus Windows Laptop)
- You do not need an audio interface at all. One USB cable from your RD 2000 to your laptop can do amazing things. For mine, I have it record analog audio (a wav) to track 1, then MIDI to track 2 both at the exact same time... I then have the best of both worlds. For playback, you can play MIDI back to your RD2000, or play the analog audio (wav) file, or play both back at the same time. All using just one USB cable... and you can play along with all of that going at the same time
- It has another capability, to record a 44.1 wav file directly to a USB stick you plug directly into the back of the RD2000. Then you can play it back directly from the USB stick through your RD 2000. You can also put WAV files on the usb stick of tunes ripped from a CD or whatever, and play those back from the USB stick and then play along ..... The RD 2000 will mix the sounds. It can scroll through a list of tunes on the USB... pretty darn powerful.

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https://youtu.be/aur-eSLiaWs

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Re: Roland RD2000 - beginner questions [Re: Jakers] #2850466 05/20/19 02:09 PM
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Oh, one other capability with the single USB cable.... you can play back, from your DAW, either a MIDI or WAV track (or both), while playing along and recording that onto another track in the DAW. Wow, a full studio with just one USB cable and no digital audio interface.

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Re: Roland RD2000 - beginner questions [Re: Jakers] #2850929 05/22/19 12:15 AM
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As a prelude, note that RD-2000 has a built-in 2/2 USB audio interface with a MIDI in/out.

• Is it possible to export sounds into a DAW to play these sounds with a separate MIDI keyboard? As I have a more lightweight MIDI keyboard on my desk -

No. But you can send MIDI to the RD-2000 to "play" those sounds.

I know for a fact that you can send MIDI through said audio interface.

You should also be able to "play" those sounds by sending MIDI through the MIDI ports at the back.

• What is the best way to hook up the RD2000 to FL Studio to record MIDI without latency issues? I've hooked it up with a USB cable and messed with the buffer settings in FL Studio but there always seems to be notable lag, even though my PC is relatively good (custom built)

Your PC is probably a non-factor here (unless it's somehow seriously crippled in some way). You want to make sure that the RD-2000's USB interface is set to vender made (look in the RD-2000's settings) and that you have Roland's drivers installed. Configure FL Studio to use the RD-2000 over ASIO and set the buffer size to 256 samples (you may be able to go lower, but 256 is a decent starting point).

If done correctly, you should be able to hear FL Studio over the RD-2000's outputs.

• Same as the above question but in regards to audio recording - this is not something I've done in the past but I do have an audio interface lying around somewhere. Any advice on what cables/settings to use would be most welcomed

If you are talking about recording the output of the RD-2000, answer's the same as the previous question. The RD-2000 will (in addition to sending it's output to the jacks behind your piano) send it's output to said audio interface. Just a question of telling FL you want to record the signal the RD-2000 is sending.

If you are talking about something else, perhaps you could detail exactly what you are trying to accomplish.


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