Roland SC-8850 Support Documents:
Drivers and Utilities (ZIP files with instructions
SC-8850 USB Driver Ver.2.0.0 for Windows XP / Windows 2000
SC-8850 USB Driver Ver.1.0.0 for Windows XP x64 Edition
SC-8850 USB Driver for Windows 98 / Windows Me
SC-8850 USB Driver Ver.1.3.0 for Mac OS X
Roland Serial MIDI Driver Ver.3.2 for Windows XP / Windows 2000
All uninstallation tool for Windows XP/2000
Ground Breaking new MIDI sound module, the world's first musical
instrument to offer a USB connection to MAC's and PC's.
Larger Performances! Now with 64 part MIDI capability and an
incredible 128 note polyphony (notes capable simultaneous) you have
all the head-room you need to produce giant orchestral scores or
create complex personal sounds by layering many parts together.
And, with over 1600 sounds to choose from and 63 complete
rhythm/drum sets you have a tonal selection unmatched in a desktop
media production environment.
NEW Natural Piano and String Sounds! Stereo sampled piano and
string sounds comprised of four separate voices produce all the
natural and majestic feeling of the real instruments. New Natural
Playing Technique Patches! Included in the SC-8850 are dozens of
new patches designed to augment natural instrument sounds. These
include guitar and bass fret, slide and mute noises and
horn/woodwind breath and click noises for a more natural sounding
Enhanced Drumsets! In addition to adding many new standard,
ethnic and dance drumsets, Roland has enhanced their already
renowned acoustic sets with more powerful, expressive samples.
Expanded Sound FX library! Dozens of new sound FX have been added
for enhancing "sound scene" performances and video productions.
Natural Vocal Sounds! The SC-8850 includes the highly acclaimed
"Jazz Scat" patch from the KR and FP series keyboards plus many new
variations of vocal choirs, humming, and voice "Oohs and Lahs". New
Ethnic Sounds! The SC-8850 has added Indian, Indonesian, and Celtic
sounds to the Sound Canvas's already extensive collection of ethnic
instruments including Uillean pipe, Jegogan, Jublag, Dholak and
Kajar for even more compositional versatility.
Cross-platform USB Connectivity! In addition to the traditional
Sound Canvas PC and Mac serial port connection for older PC/Mac
computers, the SC-8850 is the first sound module with direct USB
connection for new PC, Apple iMac, and Blue & White Macintosh
Built-in MIDI Interface! USB and Serial connections give you
full control of all 64 internal parts and access to the SC-8850's
built-in two port MIDI interface for a total of 96 parts. The
external interface allows you to daisy-chain the SC-8850 with other
Sound Modules and achieve independent control without an extra MIDI
Easier sound-selection! Large, back-lit LCD (160x64 resolution).
Rotary control for easy scrolling through sounds. Large icons for
quick recognition of instruments, drums and sfx. Redesigned menus
provide quick access to sound editing features.
More Powerful Control! Sound editing controls have been
simplified with dedicated real-time controllers for filters (cutoff
and resonance) and envelope editing.
Includes Powerful Software! The SC-8850 includes the Roland GS
Advanced editing software for both Mac and PC, allowing you full
control over all of the SC-8850's incredible effects and sound
editing parameters. Includes full Sysex (.syx) and MIDI (.mid)
export for use with any sequencing software. Also, included is the
new GS Picture Book to educate and help you get started working
with over 100 different musical instruments.
Enhanced Sounds! Many sounds, including a large percentage of
the General MIDI and GS sound sets, have been augmented for more
expression and realism. Many orchestra, brass, bass, synth and
guitar sounds are now more life-like than ever.
The First GM Level 2 Synth! In addition to supporting the
industry-standard General MIDI and Roland GS compatibility
standards, the SC-8850 also support the new General MIDI Level 2
specification for forward compatibility with new software and MIDI
- Tone generation comprising up to four voices per tone
- Up to 128 polyphonic sounds and 64 parts
- 1,640 tones and 63 drum sets
- Large-sized LCD with 160 x 64 dots, and rotary encoder
- Phrase preview function provided
- Hybrid CD provided as an accessory, including "GS Advanced
Editor", "GS Picture Book", MIDI drivers, song demonstrations, and
- OS : Microsoft Windows 98/Me/2000 Professional
- Computer : Windows 98/Me/2000 Professional compatible computer
with a USB connector conforming to USB specifications Ver.1.1
- CPU : MMX Pentium processor 166 MHz or higher
- Memory (RAM) : 32MB or more
- OS : MacOS 8.5 or later
- Computer : Apple Macintosh Series having USB port as the
- CPU : PowerPC G3 233 MHz or higher
- Memory (RAM) : 64 MB or more