How to update the firmware on a Roland TD-6 Drum Module

NOTE: When you update the firmware on the TD-6 it will WIPE OUT ALL OF YOUR PATCHES AND SETTINGS! SO BACK UP FIRST! Keep reading to learn how!

  1. First make sure you are using a Windows PC, not a Mac, not Linux. Don’t believe me? Watch this. Just use Windows if you want this to work.
  2. Download MIDI-OX and install it.
  3. Use MIDI-OX to save a full MIDI Dump from your TD-6 (details in video)
  4. Download the TD-6v Firmware from Roland’s website It’s the same firmware regardless if you have a regular TD-6 or a TD-6v.
  5. You will also need the PCSMF Update Application, however Roland’s link is dead, so you can download it here. 
    1. Use the PCSMF app to update the TD-6 firmware. Install PCSMF, select the MIDI device and the folder where you saved the firmware. 
    2. Update Procedure:
      1. Turn off the power to the TD-6.
      2. Turn on the power to the TD-6 while holding [EDIT] and [STOP]. You will see
      the display light up, but no text will appear. You will also see [EDIT] light.
      3. Continue holding [STOP], release [EDIT], and press [KIT] button. You will see
      [KIT] light.
      4. Continue to hold [KIT], release [STOP] and press [SONG] button. Once [KIT]
      and [RECORD] light up, you can release all buttons.
      5. After a short pause, [KIT] and [RECORD] will go out and [PLAY] will light up.
      6. Play the MIDI files from the computer.
      7. As the files play to the TD-6, you will see [PLAY] light, then [PART MUTE],
      then [REC] several times in succession.
      8. You will see the [PLAY] button flash, indicating that the update has completed
      9. Turn the TD-6 off.
      Factory Reset Procedure:
      After performing the system update you must reset the TD-6 back to factory
      settings. Follow these steps to perform the Factory Reset:
      1. Turn the TD-6 on.
      2. You will see “Backup NG! Execute Reset All!”. Press the [ENTER] button
  6. Restore your settings and data using MIDI-OX (details in video)

 Jump to 22:02 to see how to do everything correctly!