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Re: 16 bit 44.1khz monaural wav format files
I'll assume first that you have wav files on your PC that you'd like to import into your 2488 to use as percussion tracks.
You'll have to convert those files on the PC first into mono wav files. The 2488 can handle 16 or 24 bit so the bitrate shouldn't really be a problem. (It will also automatically truncate a larger bitrate down, but you should really dither the files rather than let them truncate... another topic).
You can use Audacity (free) to convert stereo wav files to mono wav (audacity will also dither for you).
Once your files are converted and saved on the PC, on the 2488 open the USB connection from the DISK menu. (This assumes you already have a usb cable connected between your PC and your 2488.) You will see a device appear on your filelist called HD_2488 or something like that with a drive letter. Copy your mono wav files into the WAV directory on the 2488 USB device.
Then on the 2488 press 'exit' to close the USB and from the WAV IN/OUT menu choose 'USB import'. You should see the WAV files listed. If those files are not mono waves you won't even see them listed. Select the file(s) and press enter to import. You'll be prompted to choose which track to import them to.
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Not only does the wav have to be 16 bit, it has to be PCM, 11.025 or 22.050 kHz, 16 Bit, Mono. I think it would be easiest just to play the audio from your sound recorder right into the microphone of your computer, since the Dragon software is especially made for listening on the microphone, Or hook up the audio out from the sound recorder to the Line-In jack of your computer using a male to male phono cable.
For wav files to be imported to the DP2 have to be 'mono' wav files. The DP-02 won't even show stereo waves in the fat area. So make sure you are converting any stereo wav files into mono first. That's usually the problem. They should also be 44.1 khz sampling frequency and 16 bit (I believe the DP-02 will accept a 24-bit wav, but the file will be truncated rather than dithered down to 16 bit while importing which may not be ideal for quality).
Hi I just got a RC 50 and I face the same problem but looking the content of the data in the Roland folder (after you connect the USB) , I notice the format of the label of each sound's and I understood the problem.
So , here it is .
Before you connect to USB , you have to choose a patch , let say n.16 OK, now the audio file that you want to import into the data folder must be named in this way "016_1.WAV" ,the 16 refer to the patch number and 1 is the phrase number (if you want to put the audio file into the phrase 1 ,or 2 if 2 ecc.)
now disconnect the USB .At this point you just have to increase or decrease the patch number just one time and go back to 16 (it has to refresh the patch info) and you'll find your audio file ready to use in whatever phrase you put it.
Make sure you have the song loaded first. In this case it sounds like you are importing into a new song, so make sure that you have a new song created and loaded prior to importing.
Then go to the menu by pressing the 'MENU' sutton and from there select 'WAVE' and then 'IMPORT TRACK'. You'll see the list of wav files on the fat partition of the CF media displayed. Select the wav file with your beat track on it (use the DATA DIAL or up/down arrow buttons to highlight the right wav file) and press the 'YES/ENTER' button. You'll be prompted for the track to import into. Select Track01 and press the 'Yes/Enter' button again and the WAV file will be read and inported into track 1.
Please note that the wav file should be a 44.1 kHz, 16-bit and a mono wav before trying to import it. If the beat track was created as a stereo wav you'll have to go into a wav editor like Audacity and resave the file as a mono wav file first. Also for a wav with a bit rate higher than 16-bit, the DP-02 is going to truncate the bits rather than dither and this might effect quality adversly so you might want to make sure that the file is properly saved as 16-bit prior to attempting an import to avoid this.
You shouldn't have to do any formatting. If you copied a wav file onto the DP-02 while connected with the USB and with the USB connection open, then you were already accessing the fat partition. One thing to be aware of is that the DP-02 only works with mono wav files. So if the wav file from you PC is being saved as a stereo wav (which is the default for most programs) then you'll have to specify mono instead. The DP-02 only works in 16 bit as well so on your PC you should be saving and wav files you wish to import as 16 bit, 44.lkHz mono wav files). That should be about it.
Forget about soundwave, I don't know if it saves 16 bit Wav or mp3.use Wavelab it is easier just open the files and do save as and chose format 16 bit. You can do the same with soundforge. Whatever software you use , you use just (File button on top left)command open and save as or export, and when saving you set 16 bit wav. It is not to difficult. Some of this software has many feature use solo basic file open save as or export
Try NCH Software's Switch freeware program. You can tell it to convert from one bit format to another even with WAV files (it will call them PCM, but Dragon recognizes them as WAV files). It is also the best batch WAV to MP3 converter I have found. I always download from the company's own site as other sites can attach viruses.