FR-8x: System Program Version 2.00

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FR-8x / FR-8xb System Program Version 2.00

Please check the version of the system working on your FR-8X/FR-8Xb before downloading the archive file:

1. When you turn the power on, the system software version is shown in the Display.

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

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Here is a link to a video that explains step-by-step instructions on how to update your accordion:

http://youtu.be/syKnQPZ6ID0

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Items to prepare for the update

The following items are required to perform the update:

- FR-8X / FR-8Xb itself

- USB Flash Memory ( Roland's M-UF2G is recommended ) * The USB Flash Memory need to be formatted on a PC.

- A computer with a USB connector ( Windows, Mac )

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Cautions with the update

- Never apply this update data to any product other than the FR-8X / FR-8Xb. This update data may destroy the data or system program of other products.
Never power-off your FR-8X / FR-8Xb while the update is in progress!
If a power failure or similar accident occurs during the update process, the FR-8X / FR- 8Xb 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.

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How to update

First, download the updating files found at this link: 

  1. Expand the downloaded file "fr8x_sys_v200.zip" on your computer to get the following content ( 7 files ).
    - PICUPD819.MID
    - PROGRAM.BIN

    - release.txt - rom.bin
    - romsum.txt - startup

    - update

  2. First delete all existing files from the USB memory then copy the above content (7

    files) to the USB memory's root folder.

  3. After verifying that the FR-8X / FR-8Xb power is off, plug the USB memory into the

    FR-8X USB MEMORY port.

  4. Turn the power on while keeping and holding the [MENU/WRITE] buttons pressed

    until the message "Update Mode:" will appear on the display.
    When updating is successfully completed, the "SUCCESS" message will appear on the display. Turn the FR-8X power off and unplug the USB memory.
    Note: The update procedure takes about 5 minutes.

When you turn the power on, the system software version is shown in the display.

  • If your FR-8x is version 1.07, follow steps 9 to 10.  
  • If your FR-8x is lower than version 1.07, follow steps 5 to 10.
  1. Unzip the file fr8x_subcpu_v105.zip.

  2. Copy the content of the unzipped file to the root of an empty USB memory.

  3. Plug the mentioned USB memory in a switched off FR-8X.

  4. Turn the power on while keeping and holding the [MENU/WRITE] button pressed

    until the following message will appear on the display: Boot program v 1.00
    Update Mode
    Loading .....

    The software upload starts and the blue LEDs of the panel will light. Note: The update procedure takes about 5 minutes.

    Attention:
    During the update procedure you must not: a. switch off the FR-8X
    b. disconnect the USB Memory

  5. When updating is successfully completed, all the blue LEDs switch on steadily.

  6. Turn the FR-8X power off and unplug the USB memory.

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FR-8x Version 2.0 Added Functions:

  • New Drum Edit parameters added.
  • The ability to save WAV/MP3 volume in a user program has been added.
  • The ability to link a WAV/MP3 file to a user program has been added.
  • WAV/MP3 volume level is now displayed on the main page.
  • A new shortcut has been added from the main page to control WAV/MP3 level.
  • The ability to save Scale Tuning in a user program has been added.
  • Scale Tune On status is now displayed on the main page.
  • Transpose On status is now displayed on the main page.
  • New Sordina Switch parameter added.
  • Sordina On status is displayed on the main page
  • Zone, High, and Low switch parameters added.
  • New Lowest Note values added in 8.2 Tone Control parameters.
  • Transmission of MIDI sustain data can now be turned on or off.
  • Poly/Mono and Portamento Time parameters added for Orchestra sounds.
  • Minimum Bellows parameter added in Dynamic Bellows Behavior.
  • A Copy Register feature has been added.
  • Transpose Status is now saved with a user program.
  • Voicing parameter added in Orchestra Chord sections.
  • Recorded loops can now be saved for later use.
  • Loop Level parameter added to control volume of loop playback.
  • A saved loop can be linked to a user program.
  • Added a parameter to assign the Effect knob to control cutoff and resonance.