A: Installation requires connectivity from your computer via midi interface, a CF card, or a USB memory stick. (please refer to your module's manual) Midi connectivity via computer requires a transfer librarian such as VDrumLib (recommended) and a midi interface such as the Roland UM-ONE USB-to-MIDI interface cable. (recommended).
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.
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 some 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. A TD-30 uses USB memory. Your Roland manual will provide specifics in this area.
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. Our "general information" addendums and owner's manuals can be downloaded to learn more before making your purchase.
A: No. 16mb is plenty of memory to backup everything we have to offer and numerous patterns. A fast 16mb CF card will yield optimum performance results. We highly recommend seeking out 16-32mb cards from Amazon.
A: Backup/Expansion files are generally one quarter of 1mb. Included with your owner's manual in the form of a compressed zip file, your entire download will be approximately only 200-500kb. 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.
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.
A: Yes! If your setup is slightly different than our default kit; it will only require pad selection or minor 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 may be required in very rare cases. Each expansion pack's setup model can be found on it's webpage. Remember, VDrumLib allows easy copying of "setup information", individual and bulk kits, and much more flexibility than your module.