Roland Wave Expansion Cards

This section was overdue for more than a decade, sorry. Despite a popular belief that I'm a yamaha chip and rom zealot, I am actually much more into roland roms and dsps. It's just that I never got around to begin sections on roland roms and cards. There will be another section regarding the maskrom wave chips themselves, but I'm not sure if it will come around in the closest decade anyways. So there it goes!

Sorry for the mess - take these notes as they are, as it's quite unlikely I will fix this page anytime soon.
 

Roland SR-JV80 cards
  • SN-U series
  • SO-JD80 series
  • SR-JV80 series
  • SRX series
  • EXP-FA series
  • EXP-RD series
  • EXZ series

I am going to grow the lists gradually, whenever I will find some spare time for doing it.

I did dumps and make a wave format decompression converter for SN-U a few cards that I had in late 90s. Then in about 2000 I did the same with SR-JV80-xx ones, since I wanted to load custom samples into JV I had. Then came the SRX, however I didn't get to "working" on their internals till the very late 2000s, since I did already have samplers, and later the magnificent Fantom-XR, which nullified my need for custom samples in cards.

Someday there will be some separate pages about waveroms and another one about the two compression methods.


By the way, I do not sell these cards. This table is intended as a comprehensive reference on expansion rom cards by roland for inquiring minds.

I will copy down below edit for some readability some of the tons of info I have written down during last three decades regarding roland wave expansion stuff and such. Don't hold your breath, though, as I don't have that much spare time to be "working on" this.

I've dumped all sorts of roland cards, and reverse engineered and made converters into linear wave data for all of them. Compression names are the ones I've given them and so take them for what they are. I also still have most if not all of these cards, but if you have dumped or want to spare one for dumping and extraction of all the valuable old wave goodies inside them, drop me an email.

I don't have SO-JD cards, so information on those won't come here so soon, if ever. If you have done any dumps of those, though, you are welcome to send me some! Or maybe you have some spare cards that you don't mind parting with.


Quick note about compressions: (before I finally make a separate article about those at some point)

All rolands since early 90's up until the new fantom-2019 (and linear sample storage in earlier fantoms) use FCE-DPCM compression. This includes JD800 as well, you dummies. So it is pathetic and stupid to see those "knowledgable" dudes around the web claiming about JD (or whatever synth they want to boost in someones eyes) that those ones differ from others that those do not use compression. They all do use the same compression from the earliest Sound Canvas to Integra and FA, including absolutely everything in between, and only the Fantom-2019 (I call it this way, since the name clashes with the original fantom) released a month ago is the first one that does not.

FCE-DPCM compression itself is excellent, and an amazing achievement for the time it came out. And again, idiots around the web claiming it is in principle or sounds like or should be compared to anything like MPEG, are wrong. It sounds very good and artifacts mostly affect only sharp transients, and decompression has amazing dynamic depth that can approach almost 24bits - this is why I suggest decompressed wave size to be viewed as 24bit.

SN-U series

These were used for T-110, later renamed as U-110 as well as a few other synths that use the same technology and compression - like U-220 and D-70 that has nothing to do with actual D-series. Very interesting but sadly abandoned planned feature is that cards were meant to contain demo songs, yet only SN-U110-01 does contain one called "Cantata147". Technically there's no problem to play them back since all four U-110 demo songs are also placed in waveroms (and so are also still present inside but not played back in U-220).

Card name
internal name
ROM finished
ID
wave compression
actual wave data size*
waves (of them unique)
additional notes
SN-U110-01
BRQ002  1.00


LDPCM
486.1k
41 (32)
has a demo song "Cantata147" inside
SN-U110-02 PERC008 1.00

LDPCM 507.9k
158 (58)

SN-U110-03
ethno011 1.00


LDPCM 507.9k
51 (36)

SN-U110-04
grand008 1.00


LDPCM 507.9k
46 (34)

SN-U110-05
O-STR024 1.00


LDPCM 507.9k
31 (31)

SN-U110-06
WINDS036 1.00


LDPCM


SN-U110-07
EG019 1.00


LDPCM 507.9k
202 (75)

SN-U110-08
u20-1-37 1.00


LDPCM 495.3k
129 (87)
Built into U-220 as a waverom-E (IC23)
SN-U110-09
U20-2-27 0.27


LDPCM 507.9k
62 (58)
Built into U-220 as a waverom-F (IC24)
SN-U110-10
ROCK_DS 0.25


LDPCM 506.5k
41 (28)

SN-U110-11
se 1.00


LDPCM 505.6k
164 (29)

SN-U110-12
super0270 0.27


LDPCM 355.9k
66 (66)

SN-U110-13
u-13 1.00


LDPCM 507.9k 24 (12)

SN-U110-14
u-14 1.00


LDPCM 507.9k
55 (31)

SN-U110-15
u-15 1.00


LDPCM 507.8k
36 (18)


* - multiply x2.00 for 16-bit linear decompressed size.

SO-JD series

Card name
internal name
ROM finished (Y/M/D)
ID
wave compression
actual wave data size*
actual waves
additional notes
07 Guitar Collection
JD Guitar 3 (JDGTR3)
1992/06/18

FCE-DPCM806k











* - multiply with x1.939394 for 16bit equivalent, or better yet x2.90909 for 24bit equivalent decompressed size.

SR-JV80 series

Card name
internal name
ROM finished (Y/M/D)
ID
wave compression
actual wave data size*
actual waves
additional notes
01 Pop
Pop (POP100)
1992/02/16

FCE-DPCM
8.040M


02 Orchestral
Orchestral (ORC100)
1992/11/11

FCE-DPCM 8.009M


03 Piano
Piano (PNO100)
1992/11/04

FCE-DPCM 8.028M


04 Vintage
Synthesizers (SYN100)
1993/10/03

FCE-DPCM 7.888M


05 World
Ethnic (ETH100)
1994/04/21

FCE-DPCM 7.999M


06 Dance
Dance (DNC102)
1995/02/08

FCE-DPCM 7.869M


07 Super SoundSet
?car (CAR015)
1995/04/03

FCE-DPCM 7.856M


08 Keyboards 60&70
?greatest organs (GTO023)
1995/07/24

FCE-DPCM 7.881M


09 Session
Collection (COL100)
1996/01/29

FCE-DPCM 7.856M


10 Bass & Drums
Bass&Drums (BSD015)
1996/09/15

FCE-DPCM 7.878M


11 Techno Collection
Dance 2 (DC2040)
1997/07/20

FCE-DPCM 7.821M


12 Hip Hop
HipHop (HHP100)
1998/02/15

FCE-DPCM 7.845M


13 Vocal
Choir (CHR104)
1998/06/22

FCE-DPCM 8.017M


14 Asia
Asia (ASI100)
1998/08/15

FCE-DPCM 7.896M


15 Special FX
Special FX (SFX100)
1999/02/15

FCE-DPCM 7.876M


16 Orchestral 2
Film (FLM101)
1999/02/14

FCE-DPCM 7.900M


17 Country
Country (CTR101)
1999/08/14

FCE-DPCM 7.829M


18 Latin
Latin (LTN100)
2000/03/09

FCE-DPCM 7.783M


19 House
House (House104)
2000/08/11

FCE-DPCM 7.846M


99 Experience 1
EXPrn (DEM101)
1994/09/09

FCE-DPCM 2.005M


98 Experience 2
Demo 2 (DEM2_100)
1996/09/27

FCE-DPCM 1.975M


97 Experience 3
Demo 3 (DEM3007)
1998/09/16

FCE-DPCM 1.972M



* - multiply with x1.939394 for 16bit equivalent, or better yet x2.90909 for 24bit equivalent decompressed size.

SRX and derivatives

There I listed only those FA expansions that are not identical images of the respective SRX cards.

Card name
internal name
ROM finished (Y/M/D)
ID, hex
wave compression
actual wave data size*
actual waves
additional notes
SRX-01
RhythmExpVer1.01
DynDr
2000/01/17
01 04
FCE-DPCM

1298

SRX-02 PianoExp Ver1.00
C Pno
1999/12/16
02 03
FCE-DPCM
368

SRX-03 MIKYG Ver.1.02
Stdio
2001/03/22
03 07
FCE-DPCM 31.799M
1796

SRX-04 SRX-04 Symph.Str
Strng
2001/03/29
04 05
FCE-DPCM
1287

SRX-05 SRX-05 SupDance
SpDnc
2001/11/15
05 08
FCE-DPCM
3231

SRX-06 Orchestra
CpOrc
2003/05/20
06 08
FCE-DPCM
1754

SRX-07 Contemporary
UlKey
2002/07/14
07 08
FCE-DPCM
3936

SRX-08 Dance
PlTrx
2002/07/14
08 08
FCE-DPCM
2834

SRX-09 Ethnic
WldCl
2002/07/14
09 08
FCE-DPCM
2494

SRX-10 SRX-10 BgBrsEns
Brass
2004/01/29
0A 06
FCE-DPCM
1220

SRX-11 SRX-11 CompltPno
CmPno
2004/11/04
0B 06
FCE-DPCM
1416

SRX-12 SRX-12 ClassicEP
Cl.EP
2006/01/19
0C 06
FCE-DPCM 31.911M
4690

SRX-97


FCE-DPCM


SRX-98


FCE-DPCM


SRX-99


FCE-DPCM


FA EXP-01
Dance
Dance
2013/09/11
12 04
FCE-DPCM 25.918M
2712

FA EXP-02 Contemporary
Keys
2013/09/11
11 04
FCE-DPCM 24.170M
3202

FA EXP-03 Ethnic  
World
2013/11/29
13 04
FCE-DPCM 30.596M
2470

FA EXP-11 Vintage Synth
VntSy
2017/05/16
0D 03
FCE-DPCM
2186

RD EXP-01 RD2000 EXP01 b03
RDex1
2016/12/19
3C 02
FCE-DPCM
1981
missing patches block, so those are already built in base firmware. contains approx 170 multisamples named only with numbers.
RD EXP-02 RD2000 EXP02 b02
RDex2
2016/12/19
3D 02
FCE-DPCM
1415
missing patches block, so those are already built in base firmware. contains approx 32 multisamples named only with numbers.
RD EXP-03 RD2000 EXP03 b02
RDex3
2016/12/19
3E 02
FCE-DPCM
2156
missing patches block, so those are already built in base firmware. contains approx 94 multisamples named only with numbers.
RD EXP-04 RD2000 EXP04 b01
RDex4
2016/12/19
3F 02
FCE-DPCM
1552
missing patches block, so those are already built in base firmware. contains approx  36 multisamples named only with numbers.
RD EXP-05 RD Expansion 05
VTW10
2017/12/13
40 02
FCE-DPCM
707
missing patches block, so those are already built in base firmware. contains approx  77 multisamples named only with numbers.
RD EXP-06 EXP-11 VintSynth
VntSy
2017/10/26
31 03
FCE-DPCM
2186
25 patches, 222 multisamples
SRX-04 altered in Integra7
ITGR7CopiedSRX04
SRX4a
2012/05/11
3C 05
FCE-DPCM
1287 there are some differences from the original SRX-04

* - multiply with x1.939394 for 16bit equivalent, or better yet x2.90909 for 24bit equivalent decompressed size.

VEXP series (EXZ for the Fantom-2019)

These ones differ the most from all of the previous exapnsions. Samples are now in 16bit linear format, not constrained frames and 1Mbyte dsp access segments. Multisamples are now in new format that can have 128 different samples per multisample instead of SRX's only 16 regions.

Card name
internal name
Waves finished,
file finished
ID, hex
wave format
actual wave data size
actual waves
additional notes
EXZ001StgPno1
Stage Piano 1
EXZ001LN
2019/07/29,
2019/09/13 16:24:05

16bit linear
72.5M
462

EXZ002StgPno2
Stage Piano 2
EXZ002LN
2019/07/30,
2019/09/13 16:32:47

16bit linear 58.6M
843

EXZ003SesionDr
Session Drums
EXZ003LIN
KY019 ROM0
2019/08/01,
2019/09/13 16:33:44

16bit linear 64.1M
356

EXZ004PowerDr
Power Drums
EXZ004LIN
KY019 ROM0
2019/08/23,
2019/09/13 16:34:20

16bit linear 56.4M
288

EXZ005Studio
Studio Sounds
EXP06->EXZ
2019/07/03,
2019/09/13 16:26:46

16bit linear 85.7M
1792
conversion of FA EXP-06
EXZ006World
World Instruments
EXP03->EXZ
2019/07/11,
2019/09/13 16:35:02

16bit linear 80.3M
2468
conversion of FA EXP-03