Roland V-Synth

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Released in 2003, the V-Synth was a new flagship synthesizer from Roland debuting some of their coolest features of the time, allowing for a new world of sounds full of life and motion. The V-Synth combines multiple oscillator technologies, user sampling and new COSM filtering for incredibly dynamic new sounds. The user has realtime control of a waveform's pitch, time and formant plus a killer arpeggiator and a host of realtime controllers including the revolutionary TimeTrip Pad and twin D-Beam controllers. All this leads to sounds that can move, morph, evolve and sound totally unique.

The V-Synth has dual oscillators that offer a choice of three different synthesis methods: analog modeling, PCM waveforms with user sampling, and external audio input processing--all with up to 24-voice polyphony. The PCM oscillator is powered by VariPhrase for complete sonic control. Choose from over 300 preset waveforms or sample your own. Then use the "TimeTrip" function to manipulate a waveform's time aspect in any way you wish. Slow it down to uncover rich moving harmonic content; speed it up to create high-speed tonal motion; freeze it at your favorite spot; or rewind it backward at any speed without changing pitch and formant, which can also be independently controlled. The Analog modeling offers several fat-sounding analog style waveforms. The third oscillator type is External Audio Processing, which lets you process any signal arriving at the V-Synth's analog inputs. All three oscillator types can be layered and mixed in several ways, or modulated using FM, ring mod and oscillator hard sync.

All programming is achieved via the large LCD Touch Screen plus a bunch of hands-on controls and knobs including the new TimeTrip Pad, twin D Beams and the velocity/aftertouch sensitive 61-note keyboard. While you can independently manipulate the pitch, time and formant of sampled waveforms using VariPhrase technology there is also powerful COSM processing offering analog-style filter modeling, a resonator and Side Band Filter, plus global reverb, chorus and multi-effects. The V-Synth's programmable arpeggiator can modulate sound parameters to provides additional rhythmic and timbral controls.

The V-Synth is fully suited to the modern day studio as well, with analog I/O and MIDI ports supplemented by USB and digital S/PDIF I/O ports. Use the analog or digital inputs to sample your own waveforms to be used in the variable oscillator. You can even exchange .WAV and AIFF files via the built-in USB port, which also works for MIDI. Resampling is also possible, allowing users to capture any performance with the TimeTrip Pad, D Beam or arpeggiator - or even effected sounds - as an entirely new waveform. All Preset Patches are fully re-writeable, giving users plenty of space for their own creations, which can also be saved via USB to a computer or to an optional PC card. With PC card adapters, other media such as CompactFlash, SmartMedia and MicroDrives can also be used.

Additionally, with V-LINK Onboard Video Control users are allowed playback and performance of video clips with music created on the V-Synth via the Roland DV-7PR Digital Video Workstation (sold separately). Use V-LINK to trigger different video clips with V-Synth's keyboard while using the bender to change playback speed. Using the TimeTrip Pad, you can scan a clip forwards or backwards with your finger, or change colors using the Twin D Beams. A totally unique feature perfectly suited for live use.

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The V-Synth GT was later released in 2007 which adds Roland's Vocal Designer technology with revolutionary Articulative Phrase Synthesis technology. Articulative Phrase synthesis recreates the ever-changing behavior, nuance and sound of an instrument as it's being played. The results are stunningly expressive and realistic, and can be applied to acoustic instrument simulation as well as new, never-before-heard sounds. In a nutshell, it lets acoustic instrument sounds such as a violin sound like it's being played with a bow rather than keys on a keyboard. New front panel features include a color touch-screen with eight universal control knobs, and the addition of dedicated buttons and sliders to make access faster and easier. The GT could also has a maximum 28 voices of polyphony.

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The V-Synth XT is a rack-mount module version of the V-Synth released in 2005. Same amazingly powerful synthesis engine, minus some of the on-board perfomance controllers like the D-Beams and Trip Pad. However the large user touch screen is still fully represented. The XT comes pre-installed with Roland's VC-1 (D-50 emulator) and VC-2 (Vocal Designer). V-Synths have been used by BT, Asia, Ladytron, Orbital, Richard Barbieri, Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran) and more.

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Peter Kadar
April 4, 2010 @ 2:50 am
I LOVE my V-Synth XT. The way you can manipulate samples once they're in there is unlike anything else I've ever seen or heard. The bass sounds are killer, the synth sounds are killer, and it's easy to get around.

The D-50 emulation is the best, and the Vocal Designer is the best vocoder I've ever heard except for maybe the Nord G2 Modular.

It does so many things so well - VA, sample mangler, Vocoder, and vintage D-50... it's an excellent value. Highly recommended!
brageboogie
March 24, 2010 @ 10:57 am
Having played around, and sampled, with this for a couple of weeks, I must say it doesn't necessarily sound cold and digital at all, at all. Sample some nice sounds off of your old vinyl, and BAM! As warm as you want it to be, really. Only downside is this thing has made me curious about resynthesis technology, and that is almost guaranteed to become a very expensive interest...
brageboogier
March 5, 2010 @ 12:51 pm
I've never come across a synth sounding so purely digital in my entire life. But it's a FANTASTIC machine when it comes to processing samples, and the dsp/interface combination is off da hook! The sound, however, is rather hard, cold and boxy. It can sound HUGE and alla that, but SO digital it makes an alpha juno sound like a moog. I would not recommend this as your only synth, lest you want to sound like mr. Alias. But combined with some analogs, this thing really shines.
Be aware: Polyphony drops at an accellerating rate once you start introducing pcm's and dsp-heavy COSM effects. A fairly uncomplicated patch will take you down from 24 to 4 notes of polyphony in no time. NOT the king of VAs. This thing is utterly unique, and only esoteric stuff like the Hartmann Neuron is a relevant comparison (not that I ever laid my hands on that one). Great stuff, tho.
Nicholas
February 4, 2010 @ 12:30 pm
Artists who have used the V-Synth/V-Synth GT include Duran Duran, MGMT, Basement Jaxx, Jordan Rudess, Richard Barbieri and many more
mr. kapellmeister
February 3, 2010 @ 1:46 pm
This synth right here is the best performance synth I ever owned. I used it's controls just for itself. IMO it dosen't need midi out. As far as sound design there isn't a sound i can't make. There are so many controls that one sound can have several hidden textures. only negative is it could use more polyphony. I got rid of my first one (big mistake) and six months later payed more for a second one than the first. I don't care. This synth is INDISPENSABLE.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Up to 24 voices (depends on CPU load); 16-part multitimbral (12 when using arhythm kit)
  • Oscillators - Dual Oscillators: Three types:
    1: Analog modeling (14 waves: SAW, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, SINE, RAMP, JUNO, HQ-SAW, HQ-SQUARE, NOISE, LA-SAW, LA-SQUARE, SUPER-SAW, FEEDBACK-OSC, X-MOD-OSC)
    2: PCM/Variphrase (Preset waveforms + Sampling waveforms)
    3: External Audio.
  • Sampler - Yes, make your own PCM samples. Sampling Frequency Internal: 44.1 kHz; Digital Audio IN/OUT: 96, 48, 44.1 kHz
  • Effects - MFX (Multi-effects): 41 sets; Chorus: 8 sets; Reverb: 10 sets; EQ; COSM: 16 types (OD/DS, W-SHAPE, AMP, SPEAKER, RESONATOR, SBF1, SBF2, COMB, DUAL, TVF, DYN-TVF, COMP, LIMITER, F-SHIFT, LO-FI, TB-FILTER).
  • Memory - 1 Project; 512 Patches; 999 Waves, Wave memory (RAM): 50 MB (When the unit ships from the factory, 32 MB of this is taken up by the preset waves.); PC CARD slot (Microdrive, SmartMedia or CompactFlash can be used with PC card adaptor.)
  • Keyboard - 61 keys (with velocity and channel aftertouch)
  • Control - MIDI In/Out/Thru; USB
  • Date Produced -
    V-Synth: 2003
    V-Synth XT: 2005
    V-Synth GT: 2007
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    Reviewed August 2008.

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