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Step 1: Save Your Kit Library And Change The Backup Name Displayed Of Your TD-9

To save your kits to the .TD9 file format, you should also copy the setup info from at least one other .TD9 backup file.  If you have already copied this setup info to your new kit library, then it will appear at the top of the kit list as indicated in the circled item in the picture below. If you do not do this, VDrumLib will use factory default trigger settings when you save the .TD9 file.

If you haven't copied the setup info, yet, then you need to open a .TD9 file that contains a backup of your own personal trigger settings.  When you open the .TD9 file, the first item in the list will not be a drum kit.  Instead, it will be labeled TD-9 Setup Info, and it will have the TD9 file extension listed in the kit number column.  To copy this info, just select it by clicking on it with your mouse, then click the ADD>> button -- just like copying a drum kit.


Once you have copied both the kit data and the "Setup Info" to your new kit library, you can then save the new library to a *.td9 file on your hard drive.  To save your new library, simply press the Save button which is located immediatley to the right of the Open button on the toolbar at the top of the main window.  You will be prompted with a standard Windows "Save As" dialog box to choose a name and location to save your new *.td9 kit library.

Specifying The Backup Displayed On Your TD-9 LCD: The first 8 characters of the file name will be embedded into the *.td9, so that it will appear on your TD-9 LCD screen when you load it from the USB Flash Drive.  So, if you use a descriptive name when you save the file from VDrumLib, then the TD-9 LCD name will be the same as the filename that you see on your PC.  But, when you copy the .td9 file to your USB Flash Drive, you must rename the copy to BACKUP#.TD9, where # is a number from 1 to 10.

Step 2: Transfer Your New Kit Backups To Your USB Flash Drive

If you properly formatted your USB Flash Drive on your TD-9 module, then when you insert your USB Flash Drive into your computer's USB socket, it will look like a hard drive named "Roland TD9".  In addition, it will contain a folder named "ROLAND".  The "ROLAND" folder will contain another folder named "TD9".  This ROLAND/TD9/ directory is the ONLY location that the TD-9 will load backup files from.  For this reason, you MUST copy the .TD9 files that you created with VDrumLib into the "TD9" folder.  If you copy the files to any other folder, then your TD-9 will NOT be able to locate the files.

Furthermore, the name of the files is also critical.  So, it is important that you also RENAME the copies of the files after you copy them to the "TD9" folder.  If you do not follow the naming convention below, then your TD-9 will NOT be able to locate the files.

Your TD-9 will only recognize ten file names that are of the format: BACKUP#.TD9, where # is the number 1 through 10 -- see photo below.

Step 3: Insert USB Flash Drive Into Module

Find the TD-9 USB Flash Drive Slot located at the top of the TD-9 (see picture below).  Insert the USB Flash Drive all the way into the USB slot until it is firmly in place.

NOTE: Do not unplug the USB Flash Drive from the TD-9 while the USB memory access indicator is blinking. Doing so may damage the USB Flash Drive or the data.  Your TD-9 owners manual has more instructions for using a USB Flash Drive to backup and restore the settings on your TD-9 -- these instructions begin on page 56 of the TD-9 owners manual.

Step 4: Accessing The USB Utility Menu

After inserting the USB Flash Drive into the USB connector, you need to get to the USB UTILITY menu.  To get to the USB UTILITY menu, first press the SETUP button located on the right side of the TD-9 front panel, just below the volume knob (see photo below).  The SETUP screen will appear. From the SETUP screen, press the F3 button to select the UTIL option.


Pressing F3 from the SETUP screen takes you to the UTILITY menu. From the UTILITY menu, press the F2 button to select the USB option (see photo below).


The final result is the USB UTILITY menu (see photo below).  This is the starting point to the following three USB Flash Drive operations on the TD-9.

  • F1 (SAVE) -- Used to save backups of the TD-9 data to your USB Flash Drive,
  • F2 (LOAD) -- Used to read data from a USB Flash Drive into your TD-9,
  • F3 (DL/FMT) -- Used to delete files, or to format the USB Flash Drive.
Step 5: Load Backup From Your USB Flash Drive Into Your TD-9

To transfer your new backup to your TD-9, start by choosing the LOAD option from the USB UTILITY menu, by pressing the F2(LOAD) button.


The next screen is the UTILITY USB LOAD menu.  Press the F1 (BACKUP) button, to load data from one of your .td9 backup files.

Step 6: Choose Which Backup To Load From Your USB Flash Drive

Choose the backup file that you want to load from the list of available backups on your USB Flash Drive.  Use the [+/-] buttons or the [VALUE] dial to scroll through the list of available backup files.  Then, press the F3 (LOAD) button to load the selected backup.

If the backup was created with VDrumLib, the backup names shown on the TD-9 LCD are the first 8 characters of the file name that you chose when VDrumLib saved the backup. This is because VDrumLib also embeds the file name into the .td9 file so that the TD-9 can display the same file name that appears on your computer.  This works even after you rename the file to BACKUP#.TD9, when copying it to your USB Flash Drive.


TIP: If you want to load ONLY the drum kits from the backup file, then use the [CURSOR (up/down)] buttons to move the cursor to Load Data.  Then, use the [VALUE] dial, [+/-] buttons to select KIT.  Selecting the KIT option will preserve your trigger settings because only the drum kits will be loaded.

The final step is to confirm that you want to restore your module using the backup data contained in the selected .td9 file.  Press the F3 (EXEC) button, if you want to proceed.  When the data has been completely loaded, the display will momentarily display Completed, and you'll return to the DRUM KIT screen where you can select from the newly loaded drum kits.

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