Which USB drives/ 1GB RAM DIMMs work with the Fantom G?

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Which USB drives/ 1GB RAM DIMMs work with the Fantom G?

Postby Scooby Doo » 00:32, 9 July 2008

I contacted Roland support because I was having trouble saving projects to my USB flash drive (which is a SanDisk 4GB Cruizer Micro). Songs and samples would not save or I would get a "Memory Full" error message. This is the response from Roland:

Note that many common USB keys don't successfully save *samples* when performing a "Save Project As" command. This implies a incompatibility. Unfortunately, Roland Japan is only "officially" supporting our own 1GB M-UF1G USB flash drive; however, theoretically, keys 16GB and larger *should* work. Most, however, don't.

The acid test is whether or not a "Save Project As" saves samples to the key. If so, the drive works great. If not, it's incompatible.


Has anyone else found a USB flashdrive that works correctly other than the one that Roland recommends?
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Re: Which USB drives/ 1GB RAM DIMMs work with the Fantom G?

Postby jessej » 00:50, 9 July 2008

All my Kingstons, Sandisks and Buffalos have worked, 1Gb, 2Gb and 4Gb. Also a few no-name USB sticks that my friends have brought with them have worked. No problems here.

The main one I use is a 4Gb Kingston Data Traveler.

What did you use to format the USB drive? PC, Mac, Linux or the Fantom G?
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Which USB Jumpdrives work with the Fantom G?

Postby Scooby Doo » 03:42, 9 July 2008

I used the Fantom G to format my USB Jumpdrive. I did perform Roland's "acid test" and the jumpdrive failed accroding to their specifications so now I am trying to get the M-UF1G stick that they recommend but I need to order it from my dealer and it goes for $60.00. It also only holds 1gb.
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Update!

Postby keysme » 03:55, 9 July 2008

I have two USB drives and both of them work fine with my Fantom G7 with a slight "caveat" on the 4GB Lightning drive - it works fine importing audio or .smf, etc. and you can save to the drive BUT (and that's a big BUT at that - it will not save all data from a project file (most notably "samples". The reason being since it is 4 GB it only formats in FAT32 and for some strange reason the Fantom G will only save sample data in FAT16 i.e. 2GB or smaller flash drives. Both of them are from Lexar. One is a Lexar 512MB JumpDrive PRO 2.0 and the other is a Lexar 4GB JumpDrive Lightning , with the latter having a super speedy transfer rate, hence the name "lightning". ;) If you decide to get a Lightning Drive get it online if possible, where you'll find a better deal then if you buy it from a local retail establishment. PS: There is still some debate whether a 2GB flash drive will work even though you can format it in FAT16. To be safe you may just want to get a 1 GB drive from a dependalbe manufacturer. Roland has stated firsthand that 1 GB flash drives will work for sure. If you get a compatible (from the right manufacturer) that is. ;)
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Re: Which USB drives/ 1GB RAM DIMMs work with the Fantom G?

Postby javaj_ » 05:30, 9 July 2008

Get a Kingston one- since they are the ones making the Roland USB keys anyways. My 4GB works flawlessly in my Sonic Cell so it will work on the G.
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Re: Which USB drives/ 1GB RAM DIMMs work with the Fantom G?

Postby The Audacity Works » 06:55, 9 July 2008

If a few other people agree, I'll make this one a sticky. Good stuff.

I wonder why some drives will save some data but not others. Why might a drive save phrases, patches, and songs, but inexplicably ignore the saving of samples?

Ran into this issue myself (8GB drive). A generic 2GB drive (free from a tradeshow booth—not sure who makes it) worked just fine. Would create a new project on the key, but saving a song wouldn't save the samples. In fact, a sample folder wouldn't even be made within the project folder. Weird.
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Re: Which USB drives/ 1GB RAM DIMMs work with the Fantom G?

Postby madAhorn » 21:28, 12 July 2008

My Kingston DT mini 4GB does NOT work.
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Re: Which USB drives/ 1GB RAM DIMMs work with the Fantom G?

Postby billw » 22:51, 12 July 2008

My SanDisk Cruizer Micro 2GB does not work.

It's this model:

http://cdn.overstock.com/images/products/L10791919.jpg
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SanDisk Cruzer Micro 2gb DOES WORK!

Postby NTulsa » 05:02, 14 July 2008

billw,

You scared me for second because that is the exact jumpstick that I use. I recorded an audio track, then saved the sample to the USB stick, finally turned the Fantom off and reloaded the sampe into an audio track. From what I can tell that specific SanDisk Cruzer Micro (2Gb) work well.
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Re: Which USB drives/ 1GB RAM DIMMs work with the Fantom G?

Postby Artemiy » 07:25, 15 July 2008

My 1 GB Kingston drive works fine, and with a 1 GB Pleomax drive I get a 1-2 minute stall when I "save as" a project.
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Re: Which USB drives/ 1GB RAM DIMMs work with the Fantom G?

Postby mr. claudio » 16:17, 15 July 2008

how about zip drives? any ACTUALLY try these yt?
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Re: Which USB drives/ 1GB RAM DIMMs work with the Fantom G?

Postby billw » 16:28, 15 July 2008

SanDisk Cruzer Micro 2gb DOES WORK!
billw,

You scared me for second because that is the exact jumpstick that I use. I recorded an audio track, then saved the sample to the USB stick, finally turned the Fantom off and reloaded the sampe into an audio track. From what I can tell that specific SanDisk Cruzer Micro (2Gb) work well.


Glad you got it to work. I tried everything I could think of (including reformatting it in the Fantom). I couldn't consistently save/reload projects from it.
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Re: Which USB drives/ 1GB RAM DIMMs work with the Fantom G?

Postby jessej » 19:27, 15 July 2008

>how about zip drives? any ACTUALLY try these yt?

Claudio, if you still have zips lying around, connect that drive to your pc/mac and transfer the samples to an USB stick.
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Re: Which USB drives/ 1GB RAM DIMMs work with the Fantom G?

Postby eyeball » 14:56, 17 July 2008

sony microvault 2 gb works fine.
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Re: Which USB drives/ 1GB RAM DIMMs work with the Fantom G?

Postby corrosive » 21:12, 5 August 2008

Jessej,

Can I use USB stick for X8?
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