Roland has published a compatibility list for all its current relevant hardware, under the BOSS, Roland, and Edirol brands.

Windows Vista Compatibility Release

The table setup is a bit unusual. “Yes” means “will be compatible” in the future tense, but that apparently translates to “it works now”; links are included to 32-bit and 64-bit drivers. A dash means compatibility is unconfirmed one way or another, as you’re on your own with current drivers. A “No” means “We are sorry but we have no plan to realese the compatible software with Windows Vista.”

In other words, Roland/Edirol/BOSS have basically finished drivers for most of the devices they plan to support, and a lot of what isn’t supported now won’t be supported, ever.

Winners: USB, USB2 audio and MIDI hardware.
Losers: Older gear, bundled software, and editing apps.
Undetermined: FireWire (as of 1/31; I expect we’ll either learn it works or see an update).

The good news is, there’s a lot on the list: nearly all USB and USB2 audio and MIDI devices are supported, with only a handful of “legacy” devices excluded. The bad news is, FireWire devices are currently unconfirmed, and a surprising number of synths are on the “No” list. The original V-Synth (though not the newer XT) and Fantom-Xa and S (though not the X6, X7, and X8), and the SH-201, introduced less than a year ago, is being “evaluated” for compatibility with the internal editor, one of the major selling points of that synth. I’m assuming “incompatible” means the editor software is unsupported, though I’m unclear on why.

Overall, I’d say the Roland/Edirol compatibility picture is pretty good, and with dozens of devices on here, it’s certainly not fair to say “there are no drivers yet for Vista.” This is far more compatibility than the Mac had when the first Intel Macs appeared. But, that said, watch closely for what isn’t compatible before you get stung — there are some popular devices on the incompatible or unconfirmed list.

I’ll try to get more information, but otherwise, you should consult the Roland page for the latest information rather than CDM; only major announcements will appear here since Roland has it covered.

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  • james

    gutted, my da-2496 was brand new not so long ago.

  • http://100elephants.com Leff

    Hi, do you know if these new edirol vista drivers suport WaveRT standard?

  • michael

    For the money paid for DA2496 one would expect more from a manufacturer. Awesome card otherwise.

  • Pfeffa-rah

    Ik have DA2496, just like michael I expexted much more from edirol. Had the same situation with my ISIS card from 98 to XP. This sucks!

    I skipped Vista but with W7 coming its time to opgrade and now I need to buy a new sound system to do that?!

    again: this sucks!

  • Dave

    I too have an Edirol DA2496 which does not work with Vista or Windows 7. Shame on Edirol.

    My expensive kit is now useless with the latest operating systems.

    I have to get my audio work done so I have bought a Focusrite – I will never but Edirol again, they don't care for their customers!

  • Steve Phillips

    Any of these "useless" DA2496's for sale?

    steve.phillips AT ripnet.com

    Thanks,

    Steve

  • Jean-Pierre

    Does anybody tried to make the Edirol DA-2496 work with Vista or Windows 7 ? Is it sure it does not work ? Thank you to give your experience… I will also soon have this problem.

    JP from France.

  • Rylan

    Ugh, add me to the list of disappointed Edirol customers, I bought my DA-2496 NEW from Sam Ash like 5 years ago thinking I would never need another interface, but I can't use it with Windows 7, and I need the extra RAM I can get on a 64 bit operating system to do what I really want in Cubase. I am VERY disappointed in Edirol/Roland for abandoning so many owners of what was not long ago one of its highest priced pieces of gear! SHOCKING!!! WHAT A BUNCH OF JERKS!!!

  • J. Marshall Black

    I paid a lot of good money for my Edirol 2496, and there are no Windows 7 64bit drivers available. It has been exceptional with Win XP, but a card and interface like this should have had Win7 64bit drivers made available. This is an absolute disgrace to treat customers like this. I've been professional now for 20 years and never again will I but Edirol, Roland or Boss because this is a shameful and disgraceful way to treat your customers. It's a complete waste of a pefectly good, and solid piece of kit, not to mention a lot of money down the drain.