PC SMF Updater Application
UpdSMF is an application for playing back Standard MIDI Files (SMFs) that can be used in place of a full featured sequencer or librarian program.
It is a good choice for updating products that utilize SMFs since it is easy to use and requires very little disk space or system resources.
This application is only available for IBM compatible computers. You will need a MIDI interface connected to your computer to use this program.
- Copy the file "updateSMF.exe" to your computer.
- Launch the application by double clicking on the appropriate icon (see Fig. 1).
UpdSMF Main Screen
- Click on the down arrow by 'MIDI Out Device' and select the MIDI output you wish to use.
Note: UpdSMF will only recognize a MIDI Out Device that is set up in the Windows Multimedia control panel.
- Click on Path and use the browse dialog box to locate the Standard MIDI Files you wish to transmit(they should be in a directory by themselves) and click on OK.
- Click on Scan SMF, you should see a number of files appear in the window immediately next to this button (see Fig. 2).
- At this point you should set up the device you are updating to receive the MIDI files.
- Click on SEND to begin transmitting the files. The application will send all of the files sequentially.
- When the update is completed, click on Exit.
UpdSMF Main Screen with SMFs loaded
If you have problems installing this program, you can order a new disk directly from Roland. Please call Customer Service at 323-890-3700 ext. 2289 and request part number SX-30. You can also download this file from the 'Miscellaneous Downloads' section of our Website (www.rolandus.com).
Computer Troubleshooting Tips
If you have problems updating your unit from the computer, the first place to look is your MIDI Interface setup. A MIDI Interface is used to connect MIDI devices to your computer. On Windows-based computers, MIDI interfaces are usually connected to the serial port, parallel port, USB port, or directly to a sound card. Each interface will probably have its own software drivers that must be installed and configured for the interface to operate correctly.
If you are having trouble getting your MIDI Interface to work properly, there are a several common troubleshooting techniques you can use to determine where the problem lies. Setup problems are often the result of conflicting IRQ and/or Port Address settings. Make sure that each of the devices connected to your computer is set to its own IRQ and Port Address and that the corresponding software driver(s) reflects those settings.
Defective or incorrectly connected MIDI cables are another common problem encountered when configuring a computer MIDI setup.