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#1714479 - 02/03/21 07:17 AM New to the forum - long time owner of VS880
BACH Offline
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Registered: 02/02/21
Posts: 3
Loc: Denmark
Hi everyone

New user here at this forum. NOT a long time lurker, as I just found the forum yesterday.

I bought a used VS880 (with the effects card installed) back in the mid/late 90s. That marked the beginning of my career in music and audio design. For the past 7 years I have been working fulltime as a composer and audio designer, creating music and sound effects for online browser based games at a company here in Denmark.

Recently I just remembered, that I still had the old VS880 stoved away somewhere in the attic, so I went up there and found it. It was in bad condition, the Time/value wheel was broken off, the harddisk stuck, the fader on channel 4 couldn't move all the way up and it looked like it never got cleaned (I honestly can't remember ever doing it).

Yesterday I took it apart, cleaned it, fixed the wheel and the fader and now I just need to find a HDD or perhaps a CF or SD card solution and then I'll have it up and running again.

I'm really looking forward to working on that piece of gear again - even though it is quite outdated. There are just SO many memories in that machine for me (I even found some cat hairs from our pet cat Oliver, that sadly died 15 years ago inside the VS880 when cleaning it yesterday).

I joined this forum, because I figured that it wouldn't be long before I have a LOT of questions regarding the HDD/SD/CF solution that I have to work on now.

Anyways, here are some pictures of it after I cleaned it. I still looks quite battered and dirty I think, but that's how clean I could make it without having to scrape off the top layer of the finish.

Google Photos Folder

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#1714501 - 02/03/21 08:57 AM Re: New to the forum - long time owner of VS880 [Re: BACH]
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Welcome to VS Planet!

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#1714651 - 02/03/21 10:27 PM Re: New to the forum - long time owner of VS880 [Re: Wish]
LarryG Offline
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Registered: 02/04/00
Posts: 2180
Loc: SW Florida
Welcome, Bach!

The 880 looks quite good in the pics... you’ve done is good job with it.
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#1716698 - 02/14/21 12:11 PM Re: New to the forum - long time owner of VS880 [Re: LarryG]
BACH Offline
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Registered: 02/02/21
Posts: 3
Loc: Denmark
Thanks for the welcome!

Well, I've spent the last few days trying to get a CF-card working.

I bought an adaptor, which I have seen somebody use on YouTube and a friend of mine had a handful of old CF-cards ranging from 1GB to 4GB.
But none of the cards will boot up.

No matter how I try (FAT32, FAT, erase the card complete), I get the same result: the VS880 powers up, gets to "Setup IDE" and then it just stalls with the midi/disk LED indicating that it is trying to read from the CF-card.

I'm guessing that perhaps it's the adaptor?

I've tried with the following cards:

Kingston 4GB, 133X, elite pro
Kingston 1GB, 50X, elite pro
Kingston 4GB, 45X, elite pro
SanDisk 1GB
SanDisk 4GB, Ultra II, 15MB/s
Transcend 4GB, 133 (brand new card).

On the adaptor is written:
CF-IDE44/2.0mm adaptor V.H2.

Any ideas?

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#1716701 - 02/14/21 12:33 PM Re: New to the forum - long time owner of VS880 [Re: BACH]
BACH Offline
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Registered: 02/02/21
Posts: 3
Loc: Denmark
This is a link to the adaptor I have:

adapter

#edit#
Looking closer at the picture in the store, I can see, that they sent me a slightly different version of the adaptor. But they look almost identical. I don't think there is any difference in the functionality.


Edited by BACH (02/14/21 12:43 PM)
Edit Reason: More info

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