Roland VP-330 Vocoder Plus

Roland VP-330 Vocoder Plus Image


One of the coolest instruments out there. The vocoder shapes its envelope and filters by any sound source fed into it, your voice or even a drum loop can be used which is then applied to another sound source, typically a synth pad. This creates a very unique and famous robot-like sound.

Aside from the 10-band vocoder, the VP-330 added a string synth section, choir and a human-voice sound, both of which are quite excellent themselves. Its 3 sound sections offer a few different presets that can be slightly edited with de-tuning and vibrato. The VP-330 is one of the best Vocoder synths ever and although there are many other types of Vocoders, none sound as good as this!

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The Roland SVC-350 (pictured just above) is a similar rackmount version of the VP-330 with a modernized look and graphic EQ section. These vocoders have been used by William Ørbit, BT, Styx, Kitaro, Underworld, Meat Beat Manifesto, Überzone, Air, Royksopp, Pink Floyd, Vangelis, Tangerine Dream, and many more.

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32 Visitor comments
July 28, 2014 @ 12:58 pm
The Band TALC used this classic on their stuff. Sit Down and Think and License Premises Lifestyle. 2 of the best records I've ever heard.
April 23, 2014 @ 7:22 am
According to the A-Z of analogue synths (Peter Forrest) there were two revisions, so that potentially means three different versions. It lists changes to the keyboard, switches, generator, BBD chip, filter, human voice board and the vibrato. So quite a few changes.

Peter suggests the change from SAD to MN BBD chips in later units would likely have the biggest effect on the sound. I guess that's why the earlier models are generally more sought after. There is a chart with all the changes and serial numbers etc so might be best to see the book for full details if it is important to you.
Luis Garnica
January 8, 2014 @ 6:32 pm
I bought one of the first VP-330 in the year 1979; as a performer/music teacher I loved my vocoder. Now I am retired and relocating, so I have to sell my toys.
Randy Rhoads
December 10, 2013 @ 7:00 pm
You can see and hear the VP-330 in this live video of Ozzy Osbourne performing Mr. Crowley in 1982. Awsome! Love my VP-330.
Guillaume Auguet
December 3, 2013 @ 2:02 am
searching for a svc 350,
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  • Specifications
  • Oscillators - 3 VCO's
  • Effects - Ensemble (chorus)
  • LFO - Vibrato w/ depth, delay and rate
  • VCA - separate Mix Levels for Vocoder, String and Voice sections; 20 envelope followers
  • Filter - 18 VCFs: 54db/oct bandpass; 1 VCF: 54db/oct lowpass and highpass filters; 20 VCFs: 18db/oct lowpass filters w/ dynamic range of 60db
  • Memory - None
  • Keyboard - 49 Keys
  • Control - CV/Gate
  • Date Produced - 1979

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