I would have agreed, but Roland just gave me a run-around by telling me that it is a responsibility of software and not hardware vendors. Funny, Cakewalk is now owned bu Roland and they don’t even offer a DR-880 .ins file for Sonar!
I am not trying to say that it is Stainberg’s fault. I totally understand their position on this - they offer expandable VST-based drum machine solutions, why bother with someone else’s old hardware boxes? My drum machine will last another ten years, while one could sell upgrades for a plugin every year after minor investment in development.
My general frustration is that there is no industry or community effort that truly enforces standards of MIDI implementation across various platforms, while MIDI continues to remain a mainstream way to connect musical instruments. I am sure this situation just boosts general education of amateur musicians all over the World, but I still do not believe that nobody ever connected DR-880 to Cubase. I would like to see hundreds of people spending their time on making better music and feeling good rather than getting frustrated by learning how to write instrument definitions. I would have paid a reasonable amount of money for this file, since I do not seem to have an extra week to learn Steinberg XML format and write it myself. But if I ever do write it, I will happily share it with other users, just like I share my “music”. I hope I am not the only hopeless idealist out there.
Sorry for venting it on you and thanks again for stepping forward to help!
Have a marvelous 2014!