There is little reason to buy overpriced “pre-configured” floppy emulators for most studio gear. Aside from Lotharek HxC, most other floppy emulator units on eBay are simply inexpensive Gotek units flashed with a freely available operating system firmware known as FlashFloppy and configured with sound disks, and other content freely available here and elsewhere on the Internet.
It’s easy to do it yourself! Be confident!
– Buy a cheap Gotek which preferably matches the color scheme of your synth/sampler/sequencer.
Note: DfuSe supports Windows XP SP3 and higher only. Use the Windows 7 drivers for anything older than Windows 8.
– Optional, but highly recommended: Buy an OLED module to replace the 7-segment display in the Gotek.
– Although almost any USB drive will work with the Gotek, SanDisk Fit is the perfect physical size and capacity for floppy drive emulators.
HARDWARE & FLASHING
For those more inclined to technical reading, a full FlashFloppy installation tutorial is available. Binary Devotion also has a Gotek flashing tutorial which provides additional troubleshooting details.
Note: Some Gotek models have an additional hole where the programming jumpers need to be connected. The jumpers maintain the same positions whether or not the Gotek has 8 or 9 holes. See the video for the 8-hole version, and the picture below for the 9-hole variant.
Please refer to the Gotek OLED installation guide, if planning to install that highly recommended optional display upgrade.
CONFIGURATION & PREPARATION
After installing FlashFloppy, make sure the Gotek jumper is set to S0. Make sure the floppy ribbon cable is in the proper orientation when connecting it to your audio gear.
Next, add the proper CFG file corresponding to the synth/sampler/sequencer. The configuration file must be named ‘FF.CFG’ and be placed in the root folder of a FAT32 formatted USB drive to be used with the Gotek.
S900 (stock display) or OLED
S950 (stock display) or OLED
S1100 (stock display) or OLED
S3200 (stock display) or OLED
S3200XL (stock display) or OLED — also, OS v2.0
S2000 (stock display) or OLED — to be added
DSM-1 (stock display) or OLED
DSS-1 (stock display) or OLED
Korg N364 (stock display) or OLED — also, Factory Disk
Note: N364 typically needs S1 rather than S0 because of the 26-pin to 34-pin adapter!
HFE/IMG FLOPPY DISK IMAGES AND LIBRARIES
Lastly, add all the disk files (typically HFE, but raw format is generally supported) you want. OLED supports folder structure and descriptive file names, standard Gotek display units do not.
Note: For testing purposes, start with one file named ‘DSKA0000.HFE’ (or DSKA0000.IMG) which is placed in the root folder of the USB drive (along with FF.CFG). Then add further disks.
Hint: Use this website’s search feature to find disk libraries for most of these machines, or browse the SAMPLE LIBRARY.