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Published: Wed January 24, 2007  News Feed

In 1995, Roland, a leading innovator in sound modelling technology, introduced the legendary VG-8 V-Guitar System to the music world. Since then no manufacturer has challenged Roland's position as the de facto standard for guitar and amp modelling. Now, Roland proudly announces the most advanced and powerful guitar processor available to musicians today: the VG-99. With three powerful new processors at its core, plus expressive performance controls such as a ribbon controller and dual D BEAMs, and a versatile housing that allows for on-stage, tabletop, or rack mounting, this remarkable instrument raises the bar in guitar-modelling and performance technology.

The VG-99 contains a wide range of guitars and amplifier models, and it even models two signal paths at once. For example, one virtual guitar could be a Les Paul and the other a nylon-string guitar. Add to this the sound of the actual guitar being played, and it’s possible to simultaneously have the sound of three different guitars playing simultaneously.

Modelled guitar, amp and effects paths can be active at the same time, or they can be dynamically switched or blended. Players can control the switching behaviour between virtual guitars and/or amps by foot controllers, buttons on the unit, or according to picking dynamics.

Once again demonstrating its commitment to giving Roland customers what they want, the company delivers the most-requested features in the VG-99, including an onboard guitar-to-MIDI converter for direct connection to keyboards, sound modules and soft synths, a digital out and a USB port for direct audio and MIDI connection to computers. The VG-99 also boasts an intuitive and state-of-the-art on-screen patch editor.

A new Freeze feature onboard the VG-99 makes it possible to play a chord or a single note and have Freeze sustain it until you decide to let it end, giving guitarists that controlled and unlimited sustain that they've been seeking for decades.

Each modelled guitar in the VG-99 can have its own tuning: the virtual Les Paul could be tuned down four or five steps for a heavy sound, for example, while the nylon string could be tuned as a 12-string, and also tuned down four or five steps at the same time. Any user-defined tunings are also supported so the player can switch instantly between tuning setups without physically switching guitars or having to manually retune.

Since 1995 Roland has been honing and perfecting the V-Guitar system technology in order to provide artists with the most powerful and creative guitar amp modelling tool ever created. With the VG-99, they succeed in making that vision a reality.


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