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!

Roland SVC-350 Image


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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30 Visitor comments
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,
Aleks Monster
November 1, 2013 @ 2:39 pm
@Shaft- Budget gear... are you insane? I also have the SVC-350 and the Doepfer vocoder, and the Roland SVC-350 blows the Doepfer out of the water. All day. The SVC-350 is one of the best vocoders ever made, budget it's not. And, it's also warmer sounding than the Sennheiser as I had both and sold the Sennheiser and kept the Roland. Point is, personal preference. Budget gear Roland is not, though. I have a JP8 and a Memorymoog, and the Jupiter is just as good as the Memory
October 31, 2013 @ 12:07 am
Shaft9000 called roland budget gear... seems nothing is unfair to the ignorant. Roland has been one of few leading professional brands for very long.
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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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