Floppy Emulators for Audio Gear

Note: This page is a work-in-progress which will be fleshed out with more machines as time permits.

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!

PURCHASE LIST

– Buy a cheap Gotek which preferably matches the color scheme of your synth/sampler/sequencer.

– Get a USB-A to USB-A cable to allow installing the FlashFloppy firmware.

– 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

Download the Gotek FlashFloppy EZ Installer Bundle v0.50 (for Windows and macOS), read the instructions, and follow along with this video.

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. This is usually red stripe toward the floppy power connector, but not always. FlashFloppy is generally successful at reporting when the ribbon cable is improperly reversed, so do pay atttention.

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.

AKAI

ASQ-10 (stock display) or OLED

MPC2000XL (stock display) or OLED
Note: 2000XL needs S1 rather than S0!

Remix 16 (stock display) or OLED
Note: Remix 16 needs S1 rather than S0!

S-01 (stock display) or OLED

S20 (stock display) or OLED
Note: S20 needs S1 rather than S0!

S900 (stock display) or OLED
S950 (stock display) or OLED
S1100 (stock display) or OLED
S2000 (stock display) or OLED — also, OS v2.0
S3000 (stock display) or OLED — also, OS v2.0
S3000XL (stock display) or OLED
S3200 (stock display) or OLED
S3200XL (stock display) or OLED — also, OS v2.0

CASIO

FZ-1 (stock display) or OLED
FZ-10m (stock display) or OLED

E-MU

ESi series (stock display) or OLED
Emax series (stock display) or OLED

ENSONIQ

ASR10 (stock display) or OLED
EPS/EPSm (stock display) or OLED
EPS16 (stock display) or OLED
Mirage (stock display) or OLED
TS10 & TS12 (stock display) or OLED
VFX SD — to be added

KAWAI

Q80 (stock display) or OLED — also, Q80 Disk

KORG

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!

KURZWEIL

K2000 (stock display) or OLED

ROLAND

MT-120 (stock display) or OLED — also, MT-120 Disk
Note: MT-120 needs both S0 and MO jumpers!

MV-30 (stock display) or OLED
S-330 (stock display) or OLED — also, System Disk v1.03
S-750 (stock display) or OLED — also, System Disk v2.25
S-770 (stock display) or OLED — also, System Disk v2.25
XP50 — to be added

SEQUENTIAL CIRCUITS (SCI)

Prophet 2000 (stock display) or OLED

YAMAHA

RM1X (stock display) or OLED
Note: RM1X needs S1 rather than S0!

TX16W (stock display) or OLED

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.

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