Q: “How does the copy protection of plug-ins work with Roland’s new VS8F-3 card?”
A: Software is provided on an un-finalized hardware-modified CD-R, which cannot be copied. You simply place the CD in the VS workstation that has the VS8F-3 card installed. The VS workstation looks at the serial number of the first (usually Slot A) VS8F-3 in the machine and writes it to the CD. To make life simple, Roland suggests that you keep your primary VS8F-3 in slot A.
From that point the plug in will work with ANY VS8F-3 in the VS, as long as the VS8F-3 that the serialized install was based on is in the machine.
If you move the initial VS8F-3 to another slot and have another VS8F-3 in slot A, and then install more plug-ins, they will work but they are tied to the serial number on the VS8F-3 now in slot A. So, to keep life simple and cut down on mental math, we suggest you always keep the same VS8F-3 in slot A. If you plan to change VS8F-2/VS8F-3s around, you might consider putting a sticker on your primary VS8F-3 to help you identify it and always get it back in slot A.