What we think of the Roland VR-09 V-Combo keyboard:
The new Roland VR-09 is a wonderfully versatile instrument that is perfect for both home and stage use. Weighing just 5kg it is perfect for the gigging musician on the move, and the amount of control you have over sounds and all the editing functions means you can spend hours just playing with it at home. At £739 it really does represent superb value, you really get a lot of kit for the money. It makes for an interesting comparison the the Yamaha MoX6 and MX keyboards, and whilst it doesn't have as many sounds this is a bit more user friendly.
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61 note keyboard with touch sensitivity
Whole, dual, split and 2 manual keyboard modes (when using an additional MIDI keyboard)
SuperNATURAL Virtual Tone Wheel organ sound generator
GM2, GS, XG Lite compatible
128 note polyphony
223 preset voices
100 registrations - 4 x 25 banks
6 types of delay
6 types of reverb
2 types of rotary effect
SMF file playback, format 0, 1
Audio file playback as WAV, AIFF, MP3
SMF file recording as format 0
Audio file recording as .WAV, 44.1 kHz, 16-bit linear, stereo
Loop recorder with 20 seconds recording time
52 built in rhythm patterns
10 drawbar sliders for organ sounds
5 sliders for synthesizer sounds
Pitch bend and modulation lever
6 effects pots
Graphic LCD display, 128 x 64 dots
6.25mm output sockets, L/MONO+R
Mini phones jack input socket
Sustain pedal jack
Controller pedal jack
8 pin DIN type socket for optional PK organ pedals
USB type B for connection to Host
USB type A for flash memory
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.
Pro acoustic and electric pianos for live performance
Piano is a cornerstone sound for live playing, and the V-Combo VR-09 is filled with a wide selection covering all musical styles. The gorgeous acoustic grand piano features 88-note stereo multi-sampling, delivering pro-level piano sound that rivals Roland’s dedicated stage pianos. Many popular vintage E. Piano sounds are onboard as well, along with complimentary effects such as vintage phaser and tremolo. The compressor—accessible via a dedicated, easy-to-reach knob—transparently boosts the level of the piano sounds, ensuring that your playing always cuts through when performing in loud bands.
World-class organs with a keyboard (and drawbars) to match
Roland’s SuperNATURAL technology powers the V-Combo VR-09’s classic tonewheel organs, while nine harmonic bars provide authentic real-time performance control. A newly developed transistor-type organ is also included, offering the unique sound of combo instruments from the 1960s. The 61-note keyboard has an extremely fast response, perfect for essential organ techniques such as trill, sputter, glissando, and percussive hits. Rotary speaker and amp simulators reproduce the characteristics of vintage organ speaker cabinets and overdriven tube circuits with astounding realism, while a new “Twin Rotary” option delivers a deep, aggressive effect never before heard.
Vintage and Modern Synth Tones
The V-Combo VR-09 is packed with ready-to-play synthesizer sounds, from vintage analogue classics like JUNO strings and ‘80s synth brass to textured, modern-era digital tones and beyond. Front-panel controllers allow you to tweak the synth tones intuitively in real time, including convenient ADSR and cutoff/resonance adjustment with the harmonic bars from the ORGAN block. Effects like “Bit Crash” let you get your hands dirty by creating authentic, relevant sounds for current dance music genres, including Dubstep.
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.
Manufacturer's warranty: 3 years
W: 1008 mm
D: 300 mm
H: 106 mm
Weight: 5.5 kg