TR-8S System Program (Ver.1.04)


How to tell the version
Please check the version of the system working on your TR-8S before downloading the archive file.
  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.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_v104.zip" file on your computer to get the update file in the "tr8s_sys_v104" 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_v104" folder into the "TR-8S" drive by dragging and dropping it.
    * Do not copy the "tr8s_sys_v104" 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 "1.04" 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.