Roland VP-9000

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The Roland VP-9000 VariPhrase Processor is a revolutionary sampler/vocal processor. It is a sampler capable of elastic realtime manipulation of pitch, time, and formants via MIDI while maintaining superb sound quality. With the VP-9000 you can instantly match drum loops to the same key and tempo. Or use it to bend notes, change pitches or harmonize and more! It all works in real-time with little artifacts and in a non-destructive environment. Thankfully, the VP-9000 features three large knobs for realtime control over pitch, time, formant, and groove right on the front of the module for realtime tweaking!

The VP-9000 comes with 8MB memory which is expandable to 136MB using optional SIMMs. The VP-9000 is a professional equipped with six analog outputs plus digital I/O in coaxial and optical formats; two SCSI ports for connecting hard drives, Zip drives, and CD-ROM's; internal 250MB Zip drive for storing samples and transferring files to a Mac or PC. There are superb effects built-in as well-reverb, chorus, and multi-effects.

The VP-9000 also features a large icon-based graphic LCD screen for wave editing and simplified operation. Internal resampling capability is great for applying effects to samples over and over, etc. The VP-9000 is also compatible with VP-9000/Roland S-700/Akai S1000/AIFF/.WAV format files for loading sample libraries. The VP-9000's only fault is a limited 6-voices and 6-part multitimbrality. But this could be the best sampler/processor of all time and requires a listen! It is used by Fatboy Slim.

Although the initial operating system was known to have numerous bugs (particularly causing crashes), the release of OS 1.12 fixed these problems (The updated operating system is available from Roland's web site at no charge). The price tag upon release was $3000, a hefty investment considering there are sofware applications that can do (almost) the same thing, but for traditional or electronic musicians that need to take their loops\songs\samples on the road, or for a studio musicians that enjoys a more hands on approach to beat syncronizing or time stretching samples this unit is for you! This unit is also responsible for the now passe 'robot' sound that has popularized popular music as of late (ala Daft Punk, and most R&B artists). No other sampler in the market has the same unique features that the VP-9000 offers.

And with the new V-Producer software package for Mac and PC-compatible you can take full control of your VP-9000! It gives you fully intuitive and handsome graphic interfaces for Phrase Scope Editing, drag-and-drop sequencing of Variphrase samples, 6-channel mixing and effects routing along with MIDI Clock and MTC sync, song export to Standard MIDI File format, batch encoding of .WAV/AIFF files from CD-ROM/hard disk or VP-9000 samples via Zip disk and more!

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15 Visitor comments
December 3, 2012 @ 3:56 pm
Just a correction for my comment below this. I meant "Alesis Micron". The users rated the Alesis Micron above Roland Jupiter 80 in Musicradar's 'best hardware synth' poll. And That is deranged, plain and simple. If you asked 'users' on best artist it would likewise be very conceivable that Justin Bieber would be rated above for example the Beatles.
November 30, 2012 @ 7:14 pm
Get rid of the moronic user ratings. If 'users' had their way we'd see no progress, and Casio would rate above Roland because some user's "son" likes his Casio keyboard. In fact Musicradar's readers placed the Alesis ion ahead of Roland's flagship Jupiter 80, which is deranged.
Variphrase is another good example of leading sound and technical getting a lower score than most entry level synths.
March 18, 2012 @ 9:56 pm
Can you use the VP9000's effects to process live audio, or does audio have to be sampled/encoded first? I have an ASR and you can monitor live audio input with its effects, essentially turning it into an effects processor. The VP9000 has a ton of great effects listed but I don't want to have to sample/encode a sound to be able to use them. Anyone know about t his?
March 5, 2012 @ 5:46 am
I love this beast. Used it on the first My Computer album, everybody thought I was vocoding, I told them I was VPing!
February 15, 2012 @ 5:06 pm
I just picked one up! How can you get the zips if they are not being produced? Does anyone have the collection archived?
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 6 voices
  • Oscillators - n/a
  • Sampler - 8MB max. sample size; Up to 1,024 samples; 48kHz, 44.1kHz, 32kHz sample-rates.
  • Modulation - Uses new proprietary VariPhrase technology
  • Effects - Nine reverbs, one chorus/flanger, and 40 multi-effects
  • Memory - 8MB standard memory (expandable to 136MB with optional SIMMs); Internal 250MB Zip drive for storing samples and transferring files to a Mac or PC
  • Keyboard - None
  • Control - MIDI (6-parts); SCSI 25-PIN, SCSI 50-PIN
  • Date Produced - 2000
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