• Charly Riviere

    I have a Roland S-10 (first-hand) and a Roland S-220 (second-hand). Both have a Quick-Disk problem so I can’t load my (almost) hundred 2.8 disks recorded 3 decades ago.
    Therefore, ANY substitute/replacement which could allow me to recover my samples from those pesky 2.8 disks would be awesome!

    January 03, 2019
    • amsynths

      The quick disk replacement wont read the disks directly, but the good news is I do have a working drive that can read them and can transfer them to a PC over MIDI sample dump. Then they can be stored on the PC and sent back to the sampler and stored in the quick disk replacement, all the sample banks. If you want me to back all your disks up to MIDI sample dumps, so you can use a PC to load your library into your samplers let me know. Its the S110 librarian. Check google..

      January 03, 2019
  • S220_Fan

    Happy New Year!

    Looking forward to this quick drive replacement project details!

    Great work! Much appreciated!

    January 12, 2019

    Wow ! I have made an offer on a really nice little S220 but I think it has a dead drive , I used to own one back in the day and used to get some great string arpegs out of it . I was looking for information on the Quick disk drive and found this ! Glad to know some of us refuse to let this great little sampler die !

    January 29, 2019
  • Ricky

    Great work, keep this little baby alive! Say, I was wondering, I pulled out my S220 recently and the belt was shot, all I had was a rubber band, it’s working, but can I ask where you got the replacement belt from? Thanks and great job, cheers.

    April 14, 2019
  • Graham Hunter

    Very interesting. What was the model of OLED you used?

    July 06, 2019
  • Sean

    Fantastic work! This was super helpful in replacing my ldc and battery. Any news on the QD replacement? What’s the web page for it (that you hinted at right at the end)?


    July 16, 2019
    • amsynths

      Hi, The QD disk emulator project has moved back a bit as I am working for Behringer on 2 new analog synths. But I do aim to have the emulator done by Xmas, as well as the modification to the S-10 OS code. Rob

      July 19, 2019
  • Howie

    I ordered the equivalent OLED display replacement for my S-220 but just realized the original LCD assembly connects to the mainboard via 14 wires whereas the replacement OLED expects 16 wires. Is it simply a matter of connecting the first 14 positions in the same order as the original display, ignoring positions 15 and 16? (As well as not connecting wire 3 for contrast?)

    July 28, 2019
    • Howie

      Never mind, a quick look at the Datasheet that came with the replacement OLED reveals that pins 3, 15 and 16 are NC. So I went ahead with my install and the results are perfect with exception of the display needing to be physically repositioned a few mm lower as previously mentioned.

      I’m in the USA and ordered the display from Mouser, part # 668-REC001602AWPP5N

      Thank you to AMS for making this page! I wouldn’t have bothered with this upgrade otherwise.

      August 03, 2019
  • Brian

    A big Thank You to AMS for creating this page, and to Howie for providing the Mouser part#. I just completed the OLED upgrade for my unit. (Had previously changed the battery, and the drive got a new belt, spring, and calibration.) After sitting on a shelf unused for thirteen years, I thought I was dusting it off to sell. But having too much serious fun with it now!

    July 17, 2020
  • Robert Todd

    hi, on your pic: S-220 Recapped PSU, what are the Q1 and Q2, components, are they voltage regulators connecting to the front panel or something?, as on my Roland SDE 3000 delay half the front screen is taken out and does not respond to pushbutton commands and there are two of these components one of which looks like it has corrosion from a leaking cap on it. I will recap the board but would like to learn more about this kind of component, any help please?

    April 08, 2021
    • amsynths

      Hi, The S220 voltage regulators attach to a metal heat sink in the middle of the casing. The SDE3000 has 4 voltage rails the +5V uses a linear voltage regulator 7805. The other 3 use power transistors. The VFD display has its own power straight from a separate winding on the transformer. I usually replace all the power caps and the power transistors and regulators, even if working as they are not designed to last 40 years.. Hope that helps !Rob

      April 12, 2021
  • Detelder

    I have followed with great interest the article on the Roland S220.
    I own one, but I can’t find the S10 Manger I can tell you about. can you inform me or put it for me in download
    thanks in advance

    September 22, 2021

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