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Frequently Asked Questions

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General

Q: For what modules do you offer expansions?

A: We currently only offer expansion packs for the Roland TD-6/6V, 8, 9, 10/X, 12 and 20/X drum modules. We will be including the TD-9v2, 11, 15 and 30 starting summer 2012.


Q: Are your expansions samples?

A: Roland TD modules are not capable of loading or utilizing third party samples. Our expansions are the product of hours, days, weeks, months and even years of experienced programmer's modeling with Roland's COSM modeling technology. Our service is to provide these completely custom modeled kits so you do not have to spend these long amounts of time doing it yourself. We provide the best alternative solution for live, gigging and recording TD module drummers without having to carry around laptops, computers and samplers to trigger external or third party samples. Our expansions are far superior in terms of flexibility in regards to being able to completely remodel any sound to your preference, as well as build your very own dream kits from your favorite components from our expansions. (copying any of the 800 modeled instruments in each expansion to build your own custom kit) Each kit we design is started from absolute scratch and no module default kits are used in any way.


Q: What do I need to get your expansions and get started?

A: There are individual needs based on the module you own. You can find the specific installation requirements for your module on the expansion page before placing your order. In many cases, you will need computer-to-midi connectivity. This will be in the form of an audio interface with built in midi I/O or an USB-to-Midi interface cable. If you own a TD-20, you will simply need a 16-512mb CompactFlash card. A TD-20X can use a larger CF card up to 4gb. Your Roland manual will provide specifics in this area.


Q: Do I lose factory or personal adjustments when I load in your expansions?

A: You will never lose the "factory reset information" as it is permanent accessable data. Personal adjustments could be lost without first backing up your current settings. This includes pad parameters you may wish to continue using if you have tweaked your pads for specific personal reasons. V Expressions LTD includes detailed installation information in the accompanying owner's manuals for saving current settings, loading entire expansions (which will overwrite current data) and loading individual kits on select modules. (which does not overwrite previous data) Our "general information" addendums and owner's manuals can be downloaded to learn more before making your purchase.


Q: Do I need larger than a 16mb CF card for the TD-20?

A: No. 16mb is plenty of memory to backup the TD-20's standard 8 backups and numerous patterns. A fast 16mb CF card will yield optimum performance results. We highly recommend seeking out 16-32mb cards from local photography stores that may still have them in stock. If you cannot find your CF card locally, many places online, such as eBay and Amazon, still offer these cards through online ordering.


Q: How large are the file(s) or download?

A: Backup/Expansion files are less than a quarter of 1mb. (263kb) Included with your owner's manual in the form of a compressed zip file, your entire download will be approximately only 50kb. This will generally download in seconds; even on a dialup connection. We highly suggest that you make a copy of this original file to CD immediately and move it to a safe place for long term backup.


Q: Can I edit these expansions?

A: Yes! Once loaded into your module, you may edit the expansion however you would like. Be careful to save your newly tweaked version of our expansion as an additional backup. Always keep your original downloaded zip file intact; backed up to a CD or floppy for long term storage.


Q: My kit differs from yours. Can I still use your expansions?

A: Yes! If your setup is slightly different than our default kit; it will only require pad parameter adjustment. In your module's global pad selection, you will simply choose your pad layout. Minor copying, tuning and rarely effect matching to replace or add cymbals or toms in accordance may be required in rare extreme cases. Each expansion pack's setup model can be found on it's webpage. Please refer to this graphic when assigning pads and copying instruments. Remember, VDrumLib allows easy copying of "setup information", individual and bulk kits, rim-to-head and much, much more flexibility than your module can. Check VDrumLib out to learn more!

Purchasing & Policies

Q: What do I need to get your expansions and get started?

A: There are individual needs based on the module you own. You can find the specific installation requirements for your module on the expansion page before placing your order. In many cases, you will need computer-to-midi connectivity. This will be in the form of an audio interface with built in midi I/O or an USB-to-Midi interface cable. If you own a TD-20, you will simply need a 16-512mb CompactFlash card. A TD-20X can use a larger CF card up to 4gb. Your Roland manual will provide specifics in this area.


Q: How large is the file(s) or download?

A: Backup/Expansion files are less than a quarter of a mb. (263kb) Included with your owner's manual in the form of a compressed zip file, your entire download will be approximately only 50kb. This will generally download in seconds; even on a dialup connection.


Q: Do you offer refunds?

A: V Expressions takes great pride in providing excellent products. Each product is tested on multiple platforms as well as the appropriate software or hardware expected to be used in the transfer of our products to the owner's module. Although V Expressions LTD does not offer refunds, rest assured that we pride ourselves in accommodating our customers to the fullest extent to ensure satisfaction and proper implementation of our expansions to their module is achieved.


Q: Can I resell or share your expansion?

A: Reselling, distributing or sharing our products is a violation of our copyright and intellectual property agreement. Copying, distributing (including reselling and/or sharing) and all unauthorized use of this data is strictly prohibited. Our products are not "transferable". Our EULA agreement is included with each purchase. We do allow owners to sell their expansion(s) with their module as to not take a loss. The original owner is responsible for reporting the transfer information. Reselling, sharing and distributing our product(s) is a violation of our copyright and intellectual property agreement.


Q: Do you offer upgrades when I upgrade to a new module?

A: V Expressions offers upgrade pricing to previous customers who upgrade their modules within six months of purchasing our expansions. Your upgrade pricing is determined by 50% of the previous purchase applied towards new expansions at a 1 to 1 expansion ratio related to an upgraded module. (note: TD-6 to TD-8 and TD-12 to TD-20 upgrades are only $10 per expansion upgrade)


To qualify, simply contact the programmer of the expansion you wish to purchase from the new expansion's page, provide your original purchase and date to be verified and your new custom upgrade offer will be handled one on one. If you are purchasing multiple expansions, please include all previous purchases so that we may help you the best that we can. If you do not know the date your previous purchase was placed on, please provide the registration email address used at the time of purchase. (note: previous purchases must be within 180 days or 6 months)

Technical

Q: Will other pads such as Hart and Pintech work with your programming?

A: Yes. Pad assignment and settings will need to be adjusted to match your personal setup in the module.


Q: Does your programming affect the feel, response, and dynamics of the Roland Modules?

A: Various volume and trigger adjustments may be changed. These changes are designed to improve playbility and expression of the expansion pack and module. Some modules allow copying of individual kits which will preserve your personal pad settings. Our manuals include any optional types of loading for your module.

TD-6

Q: What do I need to install V Expressions expansions?

A: Installation requires MIDI connectivity from your personal computer via Firewire, USB or a PCI based midi interface. USB-to-Midi interface cables are available at most music stores for about $39. Alternatively, stand alone sequencers will also transmit our expansion packs. (please see Roland's directions for sequencer usage in the TD-6 owner's manual)


Q: The module doesn't seem to want to read the file when sending?

A: In rare occassions, a simple tweak of your Windows XP background services may be required. This is a recommended tweak for better system performance and will usually remedy this problem. (Start>Control Panel>System>Advanced>Performance Settings>Advanced>)


Q: What is the difference between the TD-6 and TD-6V?

A: The original TD-6 was produced between 2001 & 2004. In 2004, the original was discontinued and a new upgraded unit emerged dubbed the TD-6V. The new unit has black face, brighter display, rim trigger support for toms, added PD-105 and 125 support, updated songs and patterns, and upgraded midi features. The wav boards are the same and expansions will load and sound identical in both units.


Q: Can the TD-6 save/load individual kits?

A: V Expressions LTD highly recommends VDrumLib as the preferred V-Drum Librarian! This incredible application allows you to create custom drum kit libraries for your Roland V-Drum module. VDrumLib makes it easy to copy, combine, rename and rearrange your own kits -- all without fear of overwriting your personal trigger settings, user patterns, output routings, etc. You can even transfer the libraries to your module with the built-in MIDI I/O transfer!

TD-8

Q: What do I need to install V Expressions expansions?

A: Installation requires MIDI connectivity from your personal computer via Firewire, USB or a PCI based midi interface. USB-to-Midi interface cables are available at most music stores for about $39. Alternatively, stand alone sequencers will also transmit our expansion packs. (please see Roland's directions for sequencer usage in the TD-8 owner's manual)


Q: The module doesn't seem to want to read the file when sending?

A: In rare occassions, a simple tweak of your Windows XP background services may be required. This is a recommended tweak for better system performance and will usually remedy this problem. (Start>Control Panel>System>Advanced>Performance Settings>Advanced>)


Q: Can the TD-8 save/load individual kits?

A: V Expressions LTD highly recommends VDrumLib as the preferred V-Drum Librarian! This incredible application allows you to create custom drum kit libraries for your Roland V-Drum module. VDrumLib makes it easy to copy, combine, rename and rearrange your own kits -- all without fear of overwriting your personal trigger settings, user patterns, output routings, etc. You can even transfer the libraries to your module with the built-in MIDI I/O transfer!

TD-9

Q: Are original TD-9 expansions compatible with Version 2.0?

A: Yes, our original TD-9 Version 1 expansions continue to work with and are compatible with TD-9 Version 2.0.


Q: What do I need to install V Expressions expansions?

A: Installation requires an internet connection to purchase and download your file, a USB Memory key to transfer your expansion to your TD-9 module and a USB reader device attached to the computer to transfer your expansion to the USB key.


Q: How do I install V Expressions expansions?

A: Follow these simple steps:


Reminder! Save a backup of your module first to retain your setup, changes and other custom settings!


  • Place your order from the expansion page and choose "Return to Vendor" to reach your download.
  • Download the file to your desktop.
  • Make a backup of this original to CD or another location for safe keeping.
  • Extract the contents of the "zipped" file to your desktop.
  • With your module formatted USB key card in a reader attached to your computer, simply drag the "backup" file from your new folder to the INSIDE of the TD9 folder on the card. (this folder is located inside the "Roland" folder)
  • After closing the USB key window and removing the USB key card from the computer, power up the TD-9 module and insert the card following boot.
  • Choose Setup > Utility > USB > Load > Backup
  • Scroll to locate the backup/expansion you wish to load and press Load > Execute
  • It's that simple!

Note to TD-9SX Owners: When loading our expansion, choose “KIT” to preserve current pad settings! This will ensure correct volume and pad settings!

TD-10/X

Q: When powering up my TD10/X it just says "check TDW-1 card system error".

A: Your TD10 has been expanded with the TDW1 expansion board. The module cant read/initialize the board. Power down and remove the power cable from module. Remove the bottom plate on the module, and carefully re-seat the board. This will generally fix the problem. If it still persists, send the module w/ exp board to Roland for service. There is most likely a bad resistor on the motherboard.


After opening your module, if you do not see any physical board but rather only an open expansion slot, you need to either find your TDW1 wave board and install, or send your module to Roland for service. Only Roland can re-bios the operating system back to a non-exp TD10.


Q: What are the differences from the M512E card to the M512G card on the TD-10?

A: The M512G replaced the older version card and has a user replaceable battery. The new card is designed for faster speed and accuracy. Each card preserves 3-5 years of memory backup.


Q: What do I need to install V Expressions expansions?

A: Installation requires MIDI connectivity from your personal computer via Firewire, USB or a PCI based midi interface. USB-to-Midi interface cables are available at most music stores for about $39. Alternatively, stand alone sequencers will also transmit our expansion packs. (please see Roland's directions for sequencer usage in the TD-10 owner's manual)


Q: The module doesn't seem to want to read the file when sending?

A: In rare occassions, a simple tweak of your Windows XP background services may be required. This is a recommended tweak for better system performance and will usually remedy this problem. (Start>Control Panel>System>Advanced>Performance Settings>Advanced>)


Q: Can the TD-10 save/load individual kits?

A: V Expressions LTD highly recommends VDrumLib as the preferred V-Drum Librarian! This incredible application allows you to create custom drum kit libraries for your Roland V-Drum module. VDrumLib makes it easy to copy, combine, rename and rearrange your own kits -- all without fear of overwriting your personal trigger settings, user patterns, output routings, etc. You can even transfer the libraries to your module with the built-in MIDI I/O transfer!

TD-11

As we begin to recieve frequently asked questions for this module, we will add content to this area.

TD-12

Q: What do I need to install V Expressions expansions?

A: Installation requires MIDI connectivity from your personal computer via Firewire, USB or a PCI based midi interface. USB-to-Midi interface cables are available at most music stores for about $39. Alternatively, stand alone sequencers will also transmit our expansion packs. (please see Roland's directions for sequencer usage on page 75 of the TD-12 owner's manual)


Q: The module doesn't seem to want to read the file when sending?

A: In rare occassions, a simple tweak of your Windows XP background services may be required. This is a recommended tweak for better system performance and will usually remedy this problem. (Start>Control Panel>System>Advanced>Performance Settings>Advanced>)


Q: What is the primary difference between the TD-12 and TD-20 expansions?

A: All common settings between the two modules are exactly the same. The primary difference between the 12 & 20 modules will be the loss of reverb and other rarely used multi-effects the TD-12 does not offer. This is mainly limited to reverb in our expansions; however, there are other rarely used multi-effects not present. Any multi-effects that are not available on the TD-12 can easily be replaced with an outboard effects unit.


Q: Do the TD-12 Expansions sound like the TD-20 expansions?

A: Although the TD-12 houses the exact same wav board sound samples, it unfortunately does not offer all the same effects. Primarily, the main effect missing on drum kits is reverb. Reverb is only available on backing tracks. Ambience still covers most of the bases, but reverb effects will not be present. Rarely, some of the other effects would be missing as well. Any multi-effects that are not available on the TD-12 can easily be replaced with an external effects unit.


Q: Can the TD-12 Expansions sound like the TD-20 expansions?

A: Although the TD-12 does provide ambience effects, it does not produce the same results as the TD-20's mixture of ambience, reverb and other multi-effects not included on the TD-12. Theorhetically, the same result could be achieved with an external multi-effects or reverb unit. So, the answer is yes it can with an external reverb or multi-effects unit for some kits/instruments.


Q: Can the TD-12 save/load individual kits?

A: The TD-12 is designed to save and load individual kits. However; the process is not simple and the user must be very creative with the copy/exchange feature to build mixed backups. The module is only capable of saving and loading the individual kit in and out of the same patch number. In order to achieve a personal mix of kits a user may desire, extensive creative copying, exchanging, saving and loading will be required. More information can be found in your Roland TD-12 owner manual on page 70 & 75. Our simple description of this process can be found below.


V Expressions LTD highly recommends VDrumLib as the preferred V-Drum Librarian! This incredible application allows you to create custom drum kit libraries for your Roland V-Drum module. VDrumLib makes it easy to copy, combine, rename and rearrange your own kits -- all without fear of overwriting your personal trigger settings, user patterns, output routings, etc. You can even transfer the libraries to your module with the built-in MIDI I/O transfer!

TD-15

As we begin to recieve frequently asked questions for this module, we will add content to this area.

TD-20/X

Q: Do I use a type I or type II CF card in the TD-20?

A: The Roland TD-20 supports a Type I CF card only.


Q: I've downloaded my files and copied them to the card, but it doesn't work?

A: You're downloaded ZIP file will contain your td0 file and expansion instructions. Don't forget to extract your files from the zip and read your instructions before adding the td0 file to your TD-20 formatted CF card. The td0 file should be copied to the CF's Roland/TD/ folder. This means put the file INSIDE the TD folder; not beside it.


Remember that TDW-20 and 20/X modules require "importing" your TD-20 based expansions.


Q: What do I need to install V Expressions expansions?

A: Installation requires a 16-512mb CompactFlash card and Card Reader/Writer connected to your computer via a USB port. These required devices are available at most electronic or retail stores for about $10-20 each.


V Expressions LTD highly recommends VDrumLib as the preferred V-Drum Librarian! This incredible application allows you to create custom drum kit libraries for your Roland V-Drum module. VDrumLib makes it easy to copy, combine, rename and rearrange your own kits -- all without fear of overwriting your personal trigger settings, user patterns, output routings, etc. You can even transfer the libraries to your module with the built-in MIDI I/O transfer!

TD-30

As we begin to recieve frequently asked questions for this module, we will add content to this area.