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Roland VS880 S2

CD-writing Upgrade By Paul Nagle
Published January 1998

Roland VS880 S2

If you own a VS880, you can already record, edit and produce a stereo mix of your masterworks, all without leaving the 880's tape‑like hard disk recording environment, but now Roland have added the ability to make a CD master in the same way. Paul Nagle goes for the burn.

Is it my imagination, or does most gear have a shorter shelf life these days? It seems to be only a matter of months before a new model appears and the manufacturers begin their quest to persuade us to sell up and make the change. And computers? Obsolete as soon as you buy 'em mate! With this in mind, I was heartened to see Roland continuing to cram new functionality into their VS880 hard disk recorder with their second major update, providing the facilities to record, mix, master, and now create CDs in a single self‑contained environment. The S2 upgrade (as it is known) is a hardware and software package consisting of a SCSI CD writer, Zip disk, manual, cable, and a CD containing software for PC and Mac — a thoughtful addition for those who wish to connect the CD drive to their computer.

Performing The Upgrade

Roland state that the S2 upgrade must be preceded by the S1 (V‑Expanded) update, although I did not personally verify whether this was actually the case. The update needs the VS880 to have an internal IDE drive, and if you intend to burn entire CDs in one pass this should be at least 1.2Gb in...

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Published January 1998