GT Firmware versions and Midi information...
GT-3 GT-5 GT-6 GT-8 GT-10 GT-100 GT-001 GT-1 Midi interfaces

 

GT-3 firmware revisions

To check the firmware revision, power-on whilst holding down the [Pedal Assign] + [Master] buttons. After checking, power-off again.

The last production version was v1.03

It is not possible to update the firmware from the computer.


GT-5 firmware revisions

To check the firmware revision, power-on whilst holding down the [Pedal/Assign] + [Name] buttons. After checking, power-off again.

The last production version was v1.07

If your version is older than this, try asking Roland for a free upgrade. This will require sending your GT-5 to a service centre. Aternatively, download this ROM image and program a new ROM yourself.

It is not possible to update the firmware from the computer.


GT-6 firmware revisions

To check the firmware revision, power-on whilst holding down the [Delay On] + [Delay Tap] buttons. After checking, power-off again.

The last production version was v1.03

Many units shipped were v1.02, and these work just fine. The only difference is production test modifications. If you get a unit with v1.01 firmware you should update to v1.02 immediately. V1.01 firmware has a power-up freeze problem, which requires sending the unit to a Roland service centre to be fixed.

To update your unit to v1.02, download this package and follow the instructions below.

These updates and the update utility are supplied by Roland. Partheus takes no responsibility for these files, or their use or misuse. The files are provided here for your convenience. If you prefer, please visit Roland's website and download them from there instead.

Please backup your System and Patch data before updating the firmware so that it can be restored again afterwards.

First unzip all the files into a temporary folder. You should have a set of midi (.mid) files, a file called midi_sum.list and a program UpdSMF.exe

Follow these instructions:

  • Connect the GT-6 to your PC with MIDI cables.
  • Power-on the GT-6 whilst holding down the [FX-2], [PEDAL ASSIGN] and [UTILITY] buttons, OR
  • Run the UpdSMF.exe file.
  • In UpdSMF, select your MIDI output in the dropdown list.
  • Click on "Scan SMF" and it should list all the .mid files. If not, make sure the "SMF Path" is pointing the the folder where you put the .mid files
  • Click on the "Send" button. The update will be sent to the GT-6. It takes quite a long time!!!

When it is done, power-off the GT-6, and power-on again normally. You will probably have to restore your System and Patch data.

You may also find you need to re-calibrate the EXP pedal after an update, in which case power-on whilst holding down the [Delay On] + [Delay Tap] buttons. This takes you into a test mode, and you need to skip through several tests to get to the EXP pedal calibration. Press the [Parameter-right] button or [Exit] button or press the button indicated on the display to work your way through the tests to get to the EXP pedal calibration. Some tests require you rotate the knobs to the min and max values too. When you get to the EXP pedal calibration, just move it between the min and max positions a few times: you'll see the GT display change so you know it's worked. After that, power-off again.

You may also need to do a factory-reset. Look at the back of the user manual for instructions.


GT-8 firmware revisions

To check the firmware revision, power-on whilst holding down the [Delay On] + [Delay Tap] buttons. After checking, power-off again.

The lastest production version was v1.03

v1.03 changes were

  • Modifications:
    • A longer than desired delay sound occurred when Delay and PitchShift were set up simultaneously.

v1.02 changes were

  • Improvements:
    • Reaction time for the Expression Pedal was made more accurate.
    • The control of the Global EQ was improved.
    • Writing “Quick PRE” was improved.

  • Modifications:
    • Volume issues were corrected when setting “Delay Type” to HOLD.
    • Delay sound will not be pronounced when “Delay Type” is set to ANALOG and “Delay Time” is set to 0ms.
    • Corrected issues with Uni:V Rate”.

To update your unit to v1.03, download this package and follow the instructions below.

These updates and the update utility are supplied by Roland. Partheus takes no responsibility for these files, or their use or misuse. The files are provided here for your convenience. If you prefer, please visit Roland's website and download them from there instead.

Please backup your System and Patch data before updating the firmware so that it can be restored again afterwards.

First unzip all the files into a temporary folder. You should have a set of midi (.mid) files, a file called midi_sum.list and a program UpdSMF.exe

Follow these instructions:

  • Connect the GT-8 to your PC with MIDI cables.
  • Power-on the GT-8 whilst holding down the [CTL/EXP], [NAME] and [MANUAL] buttons.
  • Run the UpdSMF.exe file.
  • In UpdSMF, select your MIDI output in the dropdown list.
  • Click on "Scan SMF" and it should list all the .mid files. If not, make sure the "SMF Path" is pointing the the folder where you put the .mid files
  • Click on the "Send" button. The update will be sent to the GT-8. It takes quite a long time!!!

When it is done, power-off the GT-8, and power-on again normally. You may have to restore your System and Patch data.

You may also find you need to re-calibrate the EXP pedal after an update, in which case power-on whilst holding down the [Delay On] + [Delay Tap] buttons. This takes you into a test mode, and you need to skip through several tests to get to the EXP pedal calibration. Press the [Parameter-right] button or [Exit] button or press the button indicated on the display to work your way through the tests to get to the EXP pedal calibration. Some tests require you rotate the knobs to the min and max values too. When you get to the EXP pedal calibration, just move it between the min and max positions a few times: you'll see the GT display change so you know it's worked. After that, power-off again.

You may also need to do a factory-reset. Look at the back of the user manual for instructions.


GT-10 firmware revisions

To check the firmware revision, power-on whilst holding down the [Display Mode] button. After checking, power-off again.

The last production version was v1.02

v1.02 changes were

  • Improvements:
    • Changing patches using "smooth mode"

To update your unit to v1.02, download this package and follow the instructions below.

These updates and the update utility are supplied by Roland. Partheus takes no responsibility for these files, or their use or misuse. The files are provided here for your convenience. If you prefer, please visit Roland's website and download them from there instead.

Please backup your System and Patch data before updating the firmware so that it can be restored again afterwards.

First unzip all the files into a temporary folder. You should have a set of midi (.mid) files and a program UpdSMF.exe

Follow these instructions:

  • Connect the GT-10 to your PC with MIDI cables.
  • Power-on the GT-10 whilst holding down the [CHANNEL SELECT], [DISPLAY MODE] and [WRITE] buttons.
  • Run the UpdSMF.exe file.
  • In UpdSMF, select your MIDI output in the dropdown list.
  • Click on "Scan SMF" and it should list all the .mid files. If not, make sure the "SMF Path" is pointing the the folder where you put the .mid files
  • Click on the "Send" button. The update will be sent to the GT-10. It takes quite a long time!!!

When it is done, power-off the GT-10, and power-on again normally. You may have to restore your System and Patch data.

You may also find you need to re-calibrate the EXP pedal after an update, in which case follow the instructions on page 77 of the user manual (calibration is in the system menu).

You may also need to do a factory-reset. Look at the back of the user manual for instructions.


GT-100 firmware revisions

To check the firmware revision, power-on whilst holding down the [Effect] and [System] buttons. After checking, power-off again.

The current production version is v2.10

v2.10 changes were

  • Fixes:
    • Periodic sending of MIDI pitch bend sensitivity was stopped

v2.03 changes were

  • Fixes:
    • When PREAMP was set to a specific value, the sound sometimes did not play as set
    • Changes made in BOSS TONE STUDIO were sometimes not applied correctly on the GT-100
    • MIDI System Exclusive messages were sometimes not received correctly

v2.02 changes were

  • Improvements:
    • Added A-Dist, Acoustic Guitar Sim, Rotary 2, Overtone and Tera Echo effect
    • Added Direct Mix parameter to Chorus and Stereo Chorus effects
    • Added phase adjust for Send output
    • Added additional cutoff frequencies to Divider
    • Added a polyphonic tuner
    • Added monophonic guitar to MIDI function
    • Added Patch Categories (like GT-10)
    • Added a couple of extra controller functions
    • Added more options for the eight knobs
    • Changed how the USB audio works so it is now two audio channels for dry and effect
    • The phrase loop time is reduced from 38 seconds to 32 seconds

v1.06 changes were

  • Improvements/fixes:
    • Fixes for some computers with USB3 port

v1.05 no information

v1.04 changes were

  • Improvements/fixes:
    • Improved response of the parameter knobs
    • Accel and PhraseLoop pedals can be used for controlling parameters in manual mode
    • PhraseLoop LED indicator now works when using it as an Assign source
    • Selecting "System" for SubExp pedal, the patch setting is used when switching patches
    • Fixed Midi CC messages not working when omni mode was off
    • Fixed noise output on ext loop send when switching patches

v1.03 changes were

  • Improvements/fixes:
    • OD/DS drive parameter was wrong for custom type after switching patches
    • Patch sound could be wrong when changing between preset and user patch in same bank

To update your unit to v2.10, download this package and follow the instructions below.

These updates and the update utility are supplied by Roland. Partheus takes no responsibility for these files, or their use or misuse. The files are provided here for your convenience. If you prefer, please visit Roland's website and download them from there instead.

Please backup your System and Patch data before updating the firmware in case it needs to be restored again afterwards.

First unzip all the files into a temporary folder. Follow the instructions in the unzipped pdf file.

When the update is done, power-off the GT-100, and power-on again normally. If upgrading from v1.06, your System and Patch data should still be ok.

If upgrading from v1.x to v2.x, you will also need to update the USB driver on the computer. Please download the appropriate driver installer from Roland's website.


GT-001 firmware revisions

To check the firmware revision, power-on whilst holding down the [Effect] and [Tuner] buttons. After checking, power-off again.

The current production version is v1.10

v1.10 changes were

  • Fixes:
    • Periodic sending of MIDI pitch bend sensitivity was stopped

v1.03 changes were

  • Fixes:
    • When Preamp was set to certain values, sound did not always play as set
    • Changes made in Boss Tone Studio weren't always applied correctly
    • Midi messages weren't always received correctly

v1.02 changes were

  • Improvements/fixes:
    • Chorus on/off and Delay on/off added to Knob Setting
    • Filters were incorrectly being applied to A-Dist direct sound
    • Bright parameter should not have been present on Channel B Stack Crunch Preamp
    • Quick Setting Custom Char was always zero regardless of the actual setting
    • Changes in Quick Setting on the GT-001 were not reflected in Boss Tone Studio
    • Operations in Boss Tone Studio didn't change the GT-001 display
    • There were inconsistencies in parameter values when using Boss Tone Studio

To update your unit to v1.10, download this package and follow the instructions below.

These updates and the update utility are supplied by Roland. Partheus takes no responsibility for these files, or their use or misuse. The files are provided here for your convenience. If you prefer, please visit Roland's website and download them from there instead.

Please backup your System and Patch data before updating the firmware in case it needs to be restored again afterwards.

First unzip all the files into a temporary folder. Follow the instructions in the unzipped pdf file.

When the update is done, power-off the GT-100, and power-on again normally. If upgrading from v1.06, your System and Patch data should still be ok.

If upgrading from v1.x to v2.x, you will also need to update the USB driver on the computer. Please download the appropriate driver installer from Roland's website.


GT-1 firmware revisions

To check the firmware revision, power-on (connect a guitar cable to the input jack) whilst holding down the [Enter] button. After checking, power-off again.

The current production version is v1.07

v1.07 changes were

  • Fixes:
    • When switching patches, it may take a while until the pitch-shifted sound is output

To update your unit to v1.07, download this package and follow the instructions below.

These updates and the update utility are supplied by Roland. Partheus takes no responsibility for these files, or their use or misuse. The files are provided here for your convenience. If you prefer, please visit Roland's website and download them from there instead.

Please backup your System and Patch data before updating the firmware in case it needs to be restored again afterwards.

First unzip all the files into a temporary folder. Then follow these instructions.

  • Hold down the [Exit] button and connect a cable to the input jack to turn on the power. The message "GT-1 Updater" will appear on the display.
  • Connect the computer to the GT-1's USB port by a USB cable. The message "USB Connected." will appear on the display.
  • In Windows Explorer, open the folder with the BOSS_GT-1 icon. "Removable Disk (*:)" may appear instead of the BOSS_GT-1 icon.
  • Copy (drag and drop) all the files included in the "GT-1_sys_v107" folder into the "BOSS_GT-1" folder. Do not copy the "GT-1_sys_v107" folder!
  • Disconnect the BOSS_GT-1 from the computer: right-click on the "BOSS_GT-1" icon in My Computer (or the "Removable Disk (*:)" icon) and select "Eject."
  • Disconnect the USB cable. The message "Push [WRITE] to start." will appear on the display.
  • Press the [Write] button to start the update process. The message "Completed." will appear on the display when the update process completes.
  • Turn the GT-1 power off.

MIDI ConnectionsTop

The GT-10 and GT-100 are best connected using a USB cable. The GT-001 and GT-1 require a USB cable. Make sure you install the relevant drivers for your system (available from Roland's website).   For the GT-3/5/6/8, you will need a MIDI interface, either using a soundcard, or a USB to MIDI adapter.

Connecting to your PC with MIDI cables does not send audio into your PC.   If you want to get audio from the GT-3/5/6/8/10 to your PC, you also need to make an audio connection.   Also, it does not send MIDI note information to your PC.   The MIDI interface is only used for control information to change patch parameters etc.

If you're using the USB interface for MIDI control of the GT-10/GT-100/GT-001, then you can also get audio over the same connection.

 

Some suggested sources of midi interface units are (in alphabetical order) Emagic, Fastlane, Midiman, Opcode, Roland - expect to pay around US$60 for basic units (more for those with additional input and output ports).  Midiman provides the widest choice of units, including USB ones.  Not all these manufacturer's sites allow online purchase, and you may find lower prices elsewhere.

Interface cables are available from a number of sources.  However not all of these have the optoisolators, buffers and shielding to avoid ground loops.  This makes them lower cost than the interface boxes at around US$15-20, but often prove to be troublesome.  If you get one, it might work, or you might find you get unreliable operation (especially transferring data into the PC).

If you want to try one of these cheap solutions, enter "sound card MIDI cable" into one of the internet search engines. You'll find plenty of places selling them.

 

 

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