EdwardKarisch wrote:I am going to try to learn how to copy an existing user program from its current location to a new empty location and then how to modify the new location to be a new user program with different sounds and parameters. I downloaded "FR-8X: How to Program a User Program" from the Roland support site and will see what I can do. Wish me luck - I will need it.
Hi Edward, welcome to the forum. What a lovely wife you have for getting you such a wonderful gift!
If I may suggest, just take your time with the instrument, learn the basics and from there move on up. The owner's manual is helpful for an overview and it is good to read. I would also suggest downloading the following PDF files from Roland:
- The 8X factory manual
if you don't have it yet.
- The TONE and DRUM KIT
- The later TONE and DRUM KIT
The next thing you should really do is make sure you have the latest firmware for your FR-8X, and if not the latest version DOWNLOAD it HERE
and install it. READ CAREFULLY before installing!!
Once you have the latest firmware, time to add a TON of new sounds and several sets all for free. You do that by going to THIS page
and downloading the 4 files for the different sound expansions:
3 - Orchestra
4 - Balkan
Don't bother with the German sets, they are made specifically for the FR-4X, and though you can make them work under the 8X, because they are made for the 4X, several registrations will give you errors.
BTW, the 4 sets are all ZIP files (compressed files). Open them up, extract ONLY the directories for the 8X and follow the directions on how to install the expansions and sets. Be ready to spend a day or 2 just listening to the new sounds your accordion now has!
At this point, make a backup of your accordion (reference exporting SETS on P.44 and User Programs on P.64)
Now, if you think that is a lot, one of the things that helped me out TREMENDOUSLY is getting the custom sets from Richard Noel. He's spent hundreds of hours creating basically 30 sets that are amazingly well made, I use them a lot myself, it's as if he looked in to my head and made the sounds I was looking for. Seriously, his sets should come factory installed, that's how good they are! His website is HERE
. He also has a ton of YouTube videos that you should check out at least once.
I have a small blog that I started that touches on my experiences with the 8X and as a repository of my settings and what not (http://www.accordionmemories.com/catego ... education/
Finally, If you have any questions, ask away... I don't promise to know everything, as I am also new to the 8X myself, but I always try to help.