Roland VP-330 Vocoder Plus

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VP-330

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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SVC-350

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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Terry Carroll
August 19, 2008 @ 5:02 am
I remember seeing Clannad using one of these on Top Of The Pops when they had their single "Theme From Harry's Game" in the charts. I assume it was used on the single but you can never be sure! Tony Banks of Genesis has used one too.
Sonny
August 15, 2008 @ 12:57 pm
If you want to know how this machine sounds, then listen to the "Bladerunner" soundtrack by Vangelis. All the strings and the synth-choir sounds was recorded with the VP-330. The Roland RS-505 has the same strings with some extras. A synth part has been added with a VCF for great nuances. Both VP-330 and RS-505 features the Dimention-D ensemble for very wide stereo and shimmering chorus. VP-330 has only one ensemble mode and RS-505 has 3 mode. Both machines sound simply beautiful.
 
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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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