If you’re a gigging keyboard player, you’ll be looking for at least three things from your next keyboard. First, you’ll need a diverse range of convincing sounds to help you get the gigs. Secondly, you’ll want to be able to edit sounds quickly when on stage, should you need to. Thirdly, you’d like to tuck the keyboard under your arm after the gig and drive home.
The ideal gigging keyboard with a range of great sounds with piano, organ and synth tones. Also has superb action, controls and includes built in rhythms for backing (plus bring your own USB memory stick for further tracks). At under 5kg the VR-09 is no hassle to pack up and take home at the end of the day, being battery powered you can take it anywhere with no hassle as well.
NEW UPDATE - VR-09 Version 1.03
The version 1.03 update for the VR-09 adds 10 new electric piano sounds including SA and FM electric pianos which are based on waveforms from the RD-800 digital piano and the FA-series workstation. It also gives you waveforms from the highly-acclaimed SRX-12 Classic EPs expansion board and the original V-Combo, the VR-760. You even get 15 synth sounds from the popular Synth Legends library for INTEGRA-7 on the Axial site.
Getting In Control
The VR-09 is all about controlling your sound too, with nine sliders for tone shaping and a large array of knobs and buttons for tweaking the seven simultaneous effects and various parameters. Other great additions include an onboard looper and a drum section packed with rhythms for practice and jamming.
Intuitive operation for expressive stage performance
The V-Combo VR-09 was designed with the needs of live players in mind. An intuitive front-panel layout and clear LCD screen lets you quickly select Roland’s flagship piano, organ, and synth sounds along with plenty of real-time controls for expressive tone manipulation. The seven simultaneous effects - rotary, delay, reverb, tone, overdrive, compressor, and a customisable MFX section – have dedicated knobs that tweak multiple parameters with a single twist for powerful sound shaping with minimal effort. The smart interface makes it simple to set up splits and layers on the fly, and to save all your keyboard settings in the user memory for instant recall on stage.
Get a pro level piano sound (that rivals many higher end Rolands), vintage electric pianos, drawbar controlled classic organ tones (including a vintage 60's transistor organ) and any number of classic analogue and digital synths.Combine these with a Compressor, brand new Twin Rotary and Bit Crash effects and you get a huge palette of sounds. With real time control over the crucial parameters.
Free VR-09 iPad Editor for editing sounds
The free VR-09 Editor app for iPad gives you powerful, intuitive control of the organ and synth sound engines via your iPad’s full-colour touchscreen interface. Quickly edit organ sounds and customise vintage tonewheel characteristics such as leakage, click noise, and rotary speed, and easily access synth sounds to build custom tones and layers. After tweaking sounds at home, you can take your iPad to the gig and use the app for extra real-time control on stage. Convenient, cable-free communication between the V-Combo VR-09 and iPad is simple to set up with Roland Wireless Connect. You can also link up with a USB cable via Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit.
Inspiring piano, organ and synth sounds for live use with 61-note keyboard
Lightweight (just 5 kg) and mobile; battery or AC power
Pro-quality acoustic and electric pianos, including grand piano with 88-note stereo multi-sampling
SuperNATURAL-powered Virtual Tone Wheel organ with nine harmonic bars, plus transistor-type ‘60s organ tone
Wide range of synth tones, from vintage classics to modern essentials
Seven simultaneous effects with dedicated real-time controls
Looper and built-in rhythm patterns; WAV/MP3/SMF song playback via optional USB memory
Free VR-09 Editor app available for iPad
Now you can extend your enjoyment with the The VR-09 Editor App which provides graphical control of VR-09's parameters, such as Organ Tones and Synth Tones.
Now you can extend your enjoyment with the Bk Partner App which lets you browse, select, and control the sounds ("Tones") and musical accompaniments ("Rhythms") of your Roland BK-series instrument.
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