Before we get to the chips,
here are a few things I'd be happy if you could help me with:


Maybe you have the card or have downloaded a card image of Roland FANXRUP1 or FANXUP1 that was once floating around the web? If you have the card but don't know how to create an exact backup of it, I'll help you with it - it's easy.

Although unlikely, maybe you have Roland VP-9000 demo disk demo song files?

I'm looking for an Alesis XT:C rom dump and also Alesis XT-Reverb rom dump, Here's a MidiVerb dump for you in exchange. In fact, you can find tons of my dumped roms on this great webpage.

Also - maybe you have an Alesis Wedge rom dump? Or, at least, have made some photos of its inside?

It seems there is a Yamaha PSR-40 service manual floating around the web, but I couldn't yet get one. I'd be happy to get PDF of that. That synth, while immensly boring and shallow (despite the "variation" knobs) works on Zilog Z80, so can be made much more fun at some point. (I've, of course, dumped the rom and did a little bit of disassembly for it as well).

Any of the ART MultiVerb, ProVerb or similar reverbs/effect rom dumps are also of interest for me, for example I'm looking for ART Proverb 200 - here's an ART Multiverb LT dump for you in exchange.

It seems that there exists a version 2.02 firmware dump of Lexicon MPX-500 - I'd like to burn a fresh firmware for mine.

Also, Lexicon MPX-550 originally came with "Dry Tracks" demo CD along with its manual - maybe you have it somewhere and can backup it into wavs?

Speaking of Lexicons, maybe you have a dump of Lexicon LXP-1? Here's LXP-5 for you in exchange.

Judging by the immense popularity of PSS-51 in eastern europe and amongst russians, it is quite hard to believe that no one have dumped its roms. Maybe you have dumps of Yamaha PSS-51 program, abc and/or waveroms? Or maybe you know one for local pickup somewhere within Baltic states?

In regards to multieffect pedals - maybe you have a dump of Roland/BOSS GT-10B? There in this great webpage you can find my GT-3,5,6,8 dumps.

And maybe someone has already desoldered and dumped Yamaha PSR-6000 waveroms? Those are three pieces of DIP42 chips, each 2Mbyte (besides two more chips with styles and then two DIP40 with program and demo songs). I am somewhat tempted to grab one from the local trash market to do this, yet not sure if I realy have to. And I don't have a clue when I could actually get to desoldering it, even if I' ll grab one now. Still GEW9 stuff seems rather interesting and not that common to come by in the keyboards.

If you do, please email me!


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-U110 series
  • SN-R8 series
  • SO-JD series
  • SO-PCM1 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, which sounded so incredibly better than the Impulse Tracker I used (and loved) so much back then. Then came the SRX, however I didn't get to "working" on their internals till the very late 2000s, since by then I did already had samplers, and later the magnificent Fantom-XR, which nullified my need for custom samples in cards for JV or XV.

Proabably 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 all SO-JD and SO-PCM1 cards, so information on the missing ones 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).

RS-PCM very likely comes from "Reduced Size PCM" instead of the official marketing backronym.

D-70 and R-8 cards are also technically fully compatible. Internal waveroms of MV-30 are also from this generation and format, and seems that, when MV-30 waveroms were in development, it was called U-50 (though, half of the D-70 waveroms refer to it as a U-50 as well).

Card name
internal name
ROM finished
ID
wave compression
actual wave data size*
waves (of them unique)
additional notes
SN-R8-04
Electronic
SN-R8-04

LDPCM 511.99k

in 26 multisamples + seems to also contain a demo seq "Walkon"
SN-R8-06
Ethnic Percussion
SN-R8-06

LDPCM 511.99k
in 26 multisamples + seems to also contain a demo seq "Summit*A"
SN-R8-07
Mallet
SN-R8-07

LDPCM 511.99k
in 26 multisamples + seems to also contain a demo seq "Avatar"
SN-R8-09
Power Drums U.S.A.
SN-R8-09

LDPCM 430.55k

in 26 multisamples + seems to also contain a demo seq "Coconut"
SN-R8-10
Dance
SN-R8-10

LDPCM 507.35k

in 26 multisamples + seems to also contain a demo seq "Swangin!"
SN-R8-11
Metallic Percussion
SN-R8-11


LDPCM 511.93k

in 26 multisamples + seems to also contain a demo seq "AsianGod"
SN-SPLA-01
SN-SPLA-01 0.90
(basst   0.90)


LDPCM 507.9k
85 (85)
in 12 multisamples
SN-U110-01
Pipe Organ and Harpsichord
BRQ002  1.00


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

LDPCM 507.9k
158 (58)

SN-U110-03
Ethnic
ethno011 1.00


LDPCM 507.9k
51 (36)

SN-U110-04
Electric Grand and Clavi
grand008 1.00


LDPCM 507.9k
46 (34)

SN-U110-05
Orchestral Strings
O-STR024 1.00


LDPCM 507.9k
31 (31)

SN-U110-06
Orchestral Winds
WINDS036 1.00


LDPCM 507.8k
41 (41)
in 35 multisamples (tones)
SN-U110-07
Electric Guitar
EG019 1.00


LDPCM 507.9k
202 (75)

SN-U110-08
Synthesiser
u20-1-37 1.00


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


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


LDPCM 506.5k
41 (28)

SN-U110-11
Sound Effects
se 1.00


LDPCM 505.6k
164 (29)

SN-U110-12
Sax and Trombone
super0270 0.27


LDPCM 355.9k
66 (66)

SN-U110-13
Super Strings
u-13 1.00


LDPCM 507.9k 24 (12)

SN-U110-14
Super Acoustic Guitar
u-14 1.00


LDPCM 507.9k
55 (31)

SN-U110-15
Super Brass
u-15 1.00


LDPCM 507.8k
36 (18)


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

SO-JD series

And again, contrary to dimwit claims all over the internet, JD-800 has absolutely oridinary tone generator section just like any SoundCanvas or E-series arranger keyboards, using the same compression. Special thing about that synth is the heavy BOSS effects section. By the way, I desoldered and made backups of the internal waveroms of the JD-800 - as it seemed that everybody else lacked the balls to dare touch the sacred JD pcbs. Quite similarly with D-50 and D-70 that I also desoldered and dumped. If you feel like you need 'em, just look around the web, and will likely stumble upon some or all of those.

Card name
internal name
ROM finished (Y/M/D)
ID
wave compression
actual wave data size*
actual waves
additional notes
SO-JD80-01
Drums & Percussion - Standard
Drum Card (CARD_1)
1991/03/06

FCE-DPCM 988.06k
54

SO-JD80-02
Drums & Percussion - Dance
Drum Card (CARD_2)
1991/03/11

FCE-DPCM 998.43k
56

SO-JD80-03
Rock Drums
Drum Card (CARD_3)
1991/03/08

FCE-DPCM 1002.63k
33

SO-JD80-04
Strings Ensemble
SO-JD80-04 (JDC_STRA)
1991/07/12

FCE-DPCM 988.98k
28
in 7 multisamples
SO-JD80-05
Brass Section
SO-JD80-05 (SOJD8005)
1991/12/04

FCE-DPCM 973.30k
65
in 14 multisamples
SO-JD80-06
Grand Piano



FCE-DPCM


SO-JD80-07
Guitar Collection
SO-JD80-07
JD Guitar 3 (JDGTR3)
1992/06/18

FCE-DPCM806.18k
52
in 14 multisamples
SO-JD80-08
Accordion
Card05   Ver1.00
(CRD05100)
1992/11/10

FCE-DPCM 998.84k
154
in 31 multisamples,
20 patches

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

SO-PCM1 series

Card name
internal name
ROM finished (Y/M/D)
ID
wave compression
actual wave data size*
actual waves
additional notes
SO-PCM1-01
Piano Selections
Card01 (CRD010)
1991/11/12

FCE-DPCM987.27k
57
in 10 multisamples,
18 patches
SO-PCM1-02
Guitar and Brass
Card02 (CRD020)
1991/11/13

FCE-DPCM 999.53k
151
in 38 multisamples,
22 patches
SO-PCM1-03
Rock Drums
Card05 (CRD051)
yes, this is not a mistake
1992/03/26

FCE-DPCM 971.39k
157
in 90 multisamples,
7 patches
SO-PCM1-04
Grand Piano



FCE-DPCM


SO-PCM1-05
Accordion



FCE-DPCM


SO-PCM1-06
Baroque
Card06 (CRD061)
1992/12/29

FCE-DPCM 999.83k 74
in 24 multisamples,
31 patches
SO-PCM1-07
Orchestral FX
Orche (OFX100)
1993/04/09

FCE-DPCM 1956.98k
94
in 54 multisamples,
29 patches
SO-PCM1-08
County/Folk/Bluegrass
Count (CTR100)
1993/05/19

FCE-DPCM 1836.84k
184
in 79 multisamples,
63 patches,
1 rhythm kit

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

SR-JV80 series

Card name
internal name
ROM finished (Y/M/D)
ID
wave compression
actual wave data size*
actual waves
additional notes
SR-JV80-01
Pop
Pop (POP100)
1992/02/16

FCE-DPCM
8.040M
831
in 224 multisamples,
145 patches
SR-JV80-02
Orchestral
Orchestral (ORC100)
1992/11/11

FCE-DPCM 8.009M
616
in 174 multisamples,
255 patches
SR-JV80-03
Piano
Piano (PNO100)
1992/11/04

FCE-DPCM 8.028M
393
in 73 multisamples,
111 patches
SR-JV80-04
Vintage
Synthesizers (SYN100)
1993/10/03

FCE-DPCM 7.888M
1604
in 255 multisamples,
255 patches
SR-JV80-05
World
Ethnic (ETH100)
1994/04/21

FCE-DPCM 7.999M
733
in 255 multisamples,
255 patches,
1 rhythm kit
SR-JV80-06
Dance
Dance (DNC102)
1995/02/08

FCE-DPCM 7.869M
741
in 255 multisamples,
255 patches,
4 rhythm kits
SR-JV80-07
Super SoundSet
?car (CAR015)
1995/04/03

FCE-DPCM 7.856M
779
in 255 multisamples,
220 patches,
4 rhythm kits
SR-JV80-08
Keyboards 60&70
?greatest organs (GTO023)
1995/07/24

FCE-DPCM 7.881M
1232
in 255 multisamples,
255 patches
SR-JV80-09
Session
Collection (COL100)
1996/01/29

FCE-DPCM 7.856M
507
in 206 multisamples,
200 patches,
4 rhythm kits
SR-JV80-10
Bass & Drums
Bass&Drums (BSD015)
1996/09/15

FCE-DPCM 7.878M
745
in 241 multisamples,
197 patches,
4 rhythm kits
SR-JV80-11
Techno Collection
Dance 2 (DC2040)
1997/07/20

FCE-DPCM 7.821M
1142
in 255 multisamples,
255 patches,
4 rhythm kits
SR-JV80-12
Hip Hop
HipHop (HHP100)
1998/02/15

FCE-DPCM 7.845M
804
in 255 multisamples,
255 patches,
4 rhythm kits
SR-JV80-13
Vocal
Choir (CHR104)
1998/06/22

FCE-DPCM 8.017M
307
in 82 multisamples,
128 patches
SR-JV80-14
Asia
Asia (ASI100)
1998/08/15

FCE-DPCM 7.896M
529
in 175 multisamples,
168 patches,
4 rhythm kits
SR-JV80-15
Special FX
Special FX (SFX100)
1999/02/15

FCE-DPCM 7.876M
441
in 248 multisamples,
204 patches,
4 rhythm kits
SR-JV80-16
Orchestral 2
Film (FLM101)
1999/02/14

FCE-DPCM 7.900M
478
in 153 multisamples,
214 patches,
4 rhythm kits
SR-JV80-17
Country
Country (CTR101)
1999/08/14

FCE-DPCM 7.829M
749
in 247 multisamples,
210 patches,
4 rhythm kits
SR-JV80-18
Latin
Latin (LTN100)
2000/03/09

FCE-DPCM 7.783M
686
in 255 multisamples,
203 patches,
4 rhythm kits
SR-JV80-19
House
House (House104)
2000/08/11

FCE-DPCM 7.846M
705
in 255 multisamples,
156 patches,
4 rhythm kits
SR-JV80-99
Experience 1
EXPrn (DEM101)
1994/09/09

FCE-DPCM 2.005M
123
in 19 multisamples,
64 patches
SR-JV80-98
Experience 2
Demo 2 (DEM2_100)
1996/09/27

FCE-DPCM 1.975M
198
in 27 multisamples
SR-JV80-97
Experience 3
Demo 3 (DEM3007)
1998/09/16

FCE-DPCM 1.972M
187
in 34 multisamples

* - multiply with x1.939394 for 16bit equivalent, or better yet x2.90909 for 24bit equivalent decompressed wave data 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
31.909M
1298
in 719 multisamples

SRX-02 PianoExp Ver1.00
C Pno
1999/12/16
02 03
FCE-DPCM 32.387M
368
in 48 multisamples
SRX-03 MIKYG Ver.1.02
Stdio
2001/03/22
03 07
FCE-DPCM 31.798M
1796
in 522 multisamples
SRX-04 SRX-04 Symph.Str
Strng
2001/03/29
04 05
FCE-DPCM 31.881M
1287
in 196 multisamples
SRX-05 SRX-05 SupDance
SpDnc
2001/11/15
05 08
FCE-DPCM 30.784M
3231
in 818 multisamples
SRX-06 Orchestra
CpOrc
2003/05/20
06 08
FCE-DPCM 28.443M
1754
in 512 multisamples
SRX-07 Contemporary
UlKey
2002/07/14
07 08
FCE-DPCM 31.110M
3936
in 860 multisamples
SRX-08 Dance
PlTrx
2002/07/14
08 08
FCE-DPCM 30.904M
2834
in 950 multisamples
SRX-09 Ethnic
WldCl
2002/07/14
09 08
FCE-DPCM 31.265M
2494
in 873 multisamples
SRX-10 SRX-10 BgBrsEns
Brass
2004/01/29
0A 06
FCE-DPCM 32.047M
1220
in 261 multisamples
SRX-11 SRX-11 CompltPno
CmPno
2004/11/04
0B 06
FCE-DPCM 31.710M
1416
in 40 multisamples
SRX-12 SRX-12 ClassicEP
Cl.EP
2006/01/19
0C 06
FCE-DPCM 31.911M
4690
in 168 multisamples
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
in 829 multisamples
FA EXP-02 Contemporary
Keys
2013/09/11
11 04
FCE-DPCM 24.170M
3202
in 629 multisamples
FA EXP-03 Ethnic  
World
2013/11/29
13 04
FCE-DPCM 30.596M
2470
in 867 multisamples
FA EXP-11 Vintage Synth
VntSy
2017/05/16
0D 03
FCE-DPCM 32.185M
2186
in 222 multisamples
RD EXP-01 RD2000 EXP01 b03
RDex1
2016/12/19
3C 02
FCE-DPCM 32.251M
1981
in 170 multisamples named only with numbers.
missing patches block, so those are already built in base firmware.
RD EXP-02 RD2000 EXP02 b02
RDex2
2016/12/19
3D 02
FCE-DPCM 32.395M
1415
in 32 multisamples named only with numbers.
missing patches block, so those are already built in base firmware.
RD EXP-03 RD2000 EXP03 b02
RDex3
2016/12/19
3E 02
FCE-DPCM 28.091M
2156
in 94 multisamples named only with numbers.
missing patches block, so those are already built in base firmware. Interestingly, internally it is an unusual kludge of two similar expansions.
RD EXP-04 RD2000 EXP04 b01
RDex4
2016/12/19
3F 02
FCE-DPCM 32.381M
1552
in 36 multisamples named only with numbers.
missing patches block, so those are already built in base firmware.
RD EXP-05 RD Expansion 05
VTW10
2017/12/13
40 02
FCE-DPCM 5.833M
707
in 77 multisamples named only with numbers.
missing patches block, so those are already built in base firmware. Don't let the small size fool you - it contains some exceptionally cool stuff.
RD EXP-06 EXP-11 VintSynth
VntSy
2017/10/26
31 03
FCE-DPCM 32.185M
2186
in 222 multisamples,
25 patches
SRX-04 altered for Integra7
ITGR7CopiedSRX04
SRX4a
2012/05/11
3C 05
FCE-DPCM 31.881M 1287 there are insignificant differences from the original SRX-04

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

VEXP series (EXZ for the Fantom-2019)

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

Card name
internal name
Waves finished,
exz file compiled
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
EXZ007Orchstra
Orchestra
EXZ007LN
2019/08/27,
2019/12/24 13:04:15

16bit linear 80.0M
1749
inexact SRX-06
EXZ008VintKeys
Vintage Keys
EXZ008LN
2019/08/27,
2019/12/25 11:19:37

16bit linear 73.6M
3199
Seems that guys did work during xmas holidays!

looks like a conversion of FA EXP-02
EXZ009SymphStr
Symphonique Str
EXP009LN
2019/08/29,
2019/12/04 17:51:26

16bit linear 86.1M
1249
inexact SRX-04
EXZ010BrassEns
Big Brass Ens
EXZ010LN
2019/08/29,
2019/10/25 10:37:11

16bit linear 80.3M
1208
inexact SRX-10
EXZ011ClasscEP
Classic EPs
EXZ011LN
2019/08/30,
2019/12/04 17:53:58

16bit linear 77.6M
4662
inexact SRX-12
EXZ012DanceTrx
Dance Trax
EXZ012LN
2019/08/30,
2019/12/25 11:39:58

16bit linear 75.8M
2712
Seems that guys did work during xmas holidays!

conversion of
FA EXP-01
EXZ013GrandPno
Concert Grand Pn
EXZ013LN
2019/08/30,
2019/12/04 17:58:48

16bit linear 89.0M
368
conversion of SRX-02
EXZ014CmpltPno
Complete Piano
EXZ014LN
2019/08/30,
2019/12/04
18:00:32

16bit linear 80.5M
704

EXZ015VintSyn
Vintage Synth
EXZ015LN
2019/08/30,
2019/12/23
18:00:32

16bit linear 94.2M
2062



By the way, all byte multiplicators k and M here are Si - meaning x1000 and x1000'000 respectively, and in most cases are precise byte values, rounded to whatever looks good in the table.