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
bobby h.
June 7, 2011 @ 11:36 am
Very cool early vocoder with some amazing effects. It was used by Phil Collins and Tony Banks of Genesis. (The signature vocoder sound on 'In The Air Tonight' was the VP-330, and it was used on other tracks on Face Value. Banks used one in the early 80s, including the Duke tour, to replace the Mellotron for choral sounds.)
Yves Elegeert
March 29, 2011 @ 4:10 pm
Listen to Laurie Anderson: Oh Superman. Pure sound of the VP-330.
kraft-ymo fan
March 5, 2011 @ 10:39 pm
Ryuichi Sakamoto of Yellow Magic Orchestra used VP-330. You can hear the VP-330 e.g. in songs Technopolis and Behind the mask.
November 26, 2010 @ 9:17 pm
W. Averrell Harriman III - the jp-8080 is not analog, theres much better digital vocoders than the 8080, for even cheaper!!
W. Averrell Harriman III
November 21, 2010 @ 11:04 pm
To all the Roland jp8080,

has a great 12 band vocoder - with all the nobs on the front end for easy access (great for live)

It's available on ebay for 450-700$
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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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