NAMM 2010: Roland Anounces the VP-7
Now every keyboard player, regardless of vocal ability, can sing with the VP-7 Vocal Processor from Roland.
This portable processor sets up quickly on top of any keyboard with free panel space and creates ensemble vocal sounds instantly with a variety of PCM-based vocal sounds, or with Roland's superior Vocal Designer® technology.
For keyboard players who want lush vocal backing tracks without singing into a microphone, the compact VP-7 includes four rich and expressive human voice sounds — Female Choir, Boys Choir, Gregorian Choirs and Jazz Scat — just by playing the keyboard.
Using Vocal Designer technology derived from Roland's Vocal and Ensemble keyboards, the VP-7 has three Vocal Designer algorithms that can automatically generate multi-voice backing harmonies that sing the same lyrics as a performer sings into the included DR-HS5 headset microphone. Keyboard players who sing lead vocals can blend the VP-7's sounds with their own voice to create impressive backing vocals. Or, when harmonizing with a lead vocalist, the VP-7's sound can be blended with the live vocal harmony or used with 100% processing. The Vocoder button also lets you instantly switch to a vintage vocoder.
The VP-7's super-simple interface features large, quick-access buttons and knobs, so it's easy to call up preset sounds and adjust blends on the fly. Onboard ambience effects sweeten the sound with the twist of a knob, while a handy mute switch lets the user bring the VP-7's processing in and out with the push of a button.
The VP-7 is scheduled to ship in May.