V-Combo VR-09

V-Combo VR-09

Instant Access to Inspiring Tones and Live Expression

  • Roland Wireless Connect
  • USB Memory
  • USB
  • SMF
  • XGlite
  • GS
  • GM2
  • BATTERY POWERED
  • D-BEAM
  • Super NATURAL

Information

(Dec. 26, 2013)
New sound sets for the V-Combo VR-09 is available on the Axial!

(Dec. 10, 2013)
V-Combo VR-09 System Program Ver.1.02 Now Available!

(Oct. 24, 2013)
Compatibility information with iOS 7 about Air Recorder

(Jan. 21, 2013)
VR-09 Editor Now Available on the App Store!

(Jan. 21, 2013)
Air Recorder Now Available on the App Store!

Instant Access to Inspiring Tones and Live Expression

Travel-ready, affordable, and outfitted with top-level Roland sounds, the V-Combo VR-09 is the ideal all-in-one solution for performing keyboard players. Dedicated piano, organ, and synth sound engines—organized in three intuitive blocks on the front panel—provide all the essential tones you need, right under your fingertips. The powerful real-time controls give you maximum expression on stage, with nine sliders for tone shaping and a large array of knobs and buttons for tweaking the seven simultaneous effects and various parameters. Other great features include an onboard looper, a drum section stocked with a library of rhythms for practice and jamming, and more. With its versatile sound selection, inspiring operation, and smart user interface, the V-Combo VR-09 is a dream come true for gigging musicians.

  • - Professional keyboard with instant-access operation for performing musicians
  • - Light and mobile; battery or AC power
  • - Pro-quality acoustic and electric pianos, including grand piano with 88-note stereo multi-sampling
  • - SuperNATURAL-powered Virtual Tone Wheel organ with nine harmonic bars, plus newly developed transistor-type ‘60s organ tone
  • - Wide range of synth tones, from vintage classics to modern essentials
  • - Seven simultaneous effects with dedicated real-time controls
  • - Looper and built-in rhythm patterns; WAV/MP3/SMF song playback via optional USB memory
  • - Free VR-09 Editor app available for iPad

Intuitive Operation for Expressive Stage Performance

The V-Combo VR-09 was designed from the ground up with the needs of live players in mind. An intuitive front-panel layout and clear LCD screen offers quick access to Roland’s top piano, organ, and synth sound engines, along with plenty of real-time controls for expressive tone manipulation. Seven simultaneous effects include rotary, delay, reverb, tone, overdrive, compressor, and customizable MFX, with dedicated knobs that tweak multiple parameters with a single twist for powerful sound shaping with minimal effort. The smart interface makes it simple to set up splits and layers on the fly, and to save all your keyboard settings in user memory locations for instant recall on stage.

Pro Acoustic and Electric Pianos

Piano is a cornerstone sound for live playing, and the V-Combo VR-09 is filled with a wide selection for covering all musical styles. The gorgeous acoustic grand piano features 88-note stereo multi-sampling, delivering pro-level tone that rivals Roland’s dedicated stage pianos. Many popular vintage E. Piano sounds are onboard as well, along with complimentary effects such as vintage phaser and tremolo. The compressor—accessible via a dedicated, easy-to-reach knob—transparently boosts the level of the piano sounds, ensuring that your playing always cuts through when performing in loud bands.

World-Class Organs

Roland’s renowned SuperNATURAL technology powers the V-Combo VR-09’s classic tonewheel organs, while nine harmonic bars provide authentic real-time performance control. A newly developed transistor-type organ is also included, offering the unique sound of combo instruments from the 1960s. The 61-note keyboard has an extremely fast response, perfect for essential organ techniques such as trill, sputter, glissando, and percussive hits. Rotary speaker and amp simulators reproduce the characteristics of vintage organ speaker cabinets and overdriven tube circuits with astounding realism, while a new “Twin Rotary” option delivers a deep, aggressive effect never before heard.

Vintage and Modern Synth Tones

The V-Combo VR-09 is packed with a ton of ready-to-play synthesizer sounds, from vintage analog classics like JUNO strings and ‘80s synth brass to textured, modern-era digital tones and beyond. Front-panel controllers allow you to tweak the synth tones intuitively in real time, including convenient ADR and cutoff/resonance adjustment with the harmonic bars in the ORGAN block. Onboard effects like “Bit Crash” provide the ability to create modern synth voices for current dance music, including dubstep.

VR-09 Editor for iPad

The free VR-09 Editor app for iPad gives you powerful, intuitive control of the organ and synth sound engines via your tablet’s full-color touchscreen interface. Quickly edit organ sounds and customize vintage tonewheel characteristics such as leakage, click noise, and rotary speed, and easily access synth sounds to build custom tones and layers. After tweaking sounds at home, you can take your iPad to the gig and use the app for extra real-time control on stage. Convenient, cable-free communication between the V-Combo VR-09 and iPad is simple to set up with Roland Wireless Connect. Alternately, you can link up with a USB cable via Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit.

Keyboard

Keyboard
61 keys (with velocity)
Keyboard Modes
Whole
Dual (volume balance adjustable)
Split (split point, volume balance adjustable)
2-manual mode (when using sold separately MIDI keyboard)

Sound Generator Section

Organ Section
Virtual Tone Wheel method (SuperNATURAL)
MIDI Format
Conforms to GM2
Maximum Polyphony
128 voices
Parts
Organ (3 parts)
Piano (2 parts)
Synthesizer (2 parts)
Drum (1 part)
GM2 (16 parts)
Sounds
223 sounds
Registrations
100 (4 x 25 banks)
Effects (7 systems always on / global control)
Overdrive
Tone
Compressor
Multi-effects: 20 types
Delay: 6 types
Reverb: 6 types
Rotary: 2 types

SMF/Audio File Player Section

Playable File Format
SMF File: Format 0, 1
Audio File: WAV, AIFF, MP3
Recording Format
SMF File: Format 0
Audio File: WAV (44.1 kHz, 16-bit linear, stereo)

Looper Section

Recording Time
20 seconds (stereo)

Other

Rhythm Patterns
52
Controller
Virtual Tone Wheel organ: Harmonic bar x 10
Synthesizer controller: Slider x 5
D-BEAM controller
Pitch bend/Modulation lever
Effects knob x 6 (global control)
Display
Graphic LCD 128 x 64 dots
External Memory
USB Flash Memory
Connectors
Output (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
PHONES jack: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
EXT INPUT jack: Stereo miniature phone type
DAMPER jack: TRS 1/4-inch phone type
EXPRESSION PEDAL jack: TRS 1/4-inch phone type
MIDI (IN, OUT) connectors
PK IN connector: 8-pin DIN type
USB COMPUTER port: USB Type B (supports USB MIDI)
USB MEMORY port: USB Type A
DC IN jack
Power Supply
AC adaptor
Rechargeable Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) x 8
Current Draw
650 mA
Expected battery life under continuous use:
Rechargeable Ni-MH battery: Approx. 5 hours (approx. 3 hours if USB flash drive is connected)

These figures will vary depending on the specifications of the batteries and the actual conditions of use.

* Carbon-zinc batteries and alkaline batteries cannot be used.
Accessories
Owner's Manual
AC adaptor
Power cord
USB memory protector
Options (sold separately)
Keyboard stand: KS-18Z, KS-12
Damper pedal: DP series
Expression pedal: EV series
Pedalboard: PK-6, PK-9
Wireless USB adapter: WNA1100-RL
USB Flash Memory

* Use USB Flash Memory sold by Roland. We cannot guarantee operation if other products are used.

Size and Weight

Width (W)
1,008 mm39-11/16 inches
Depth (D)
300 mm11-13/16 inches
Height (H)
106 mm4-3/16 inches
Weight
5.5 kg12 lbs. 3 oz.

All specifications and appearances are subject to change.

A Message from the V-Combo VR-09 Development Team

Instant Access to Inspiring Tones and Live Expression The new V-Combo VR-09 is the ultimate live keyboard as envisioned by Roland. Combining dedicated sound engines for pianos, synths, and organs with a variety of effects and powerful real-time controls, we’ve provided performing keyboardists all the essential tools they need in one intuitive instrument.

Creating the Ultimate Live Keyboard
In developing the V-Combo VR-09, we started from scratch and identified all the elements that a keyboardist needs from their instrument in nearly every performance situation; through our extensive research and testing, we believe we’ve developed a clear vision of the ideal live keyboard. First and foremost, it should give the player a no-fuss way to express his or her own sound, musical ideas, and imagination, freeing them from simply relying on preset tones. In addition, all of these things should be accessible without requiring extensive knowledge of the technologies involved, providing such ease of use that anyone can experiment intuitively and develop useful tones instantly.

Another thing that we discovered in our research is that the sounds that keyboardists use in real-world live settings are primarily limited to a few tones that they really like. As such, we thought it was crucial to provide players simple tools to adjust and process their favorite tones to suit the PA setup and/or audience in any given performance situation.

Extensive Research in Manipulating Single Tones
The functions and effects of the V-Combo VR-09 have been honed and perfected to give the keyboardist almost unlimited possibilities in creating new tone variations on the fly using knobs and sliders. With great ease, you can now enjoy coming up with new sounds, including some that you might never have even imagined. Every sound-tweaking action is simple and intuitive, freeing you to experiment and play to your heart's content.

An added feature that’s unique for a keyboard is the onboard looper, which allows you to easily record, playback, and overdub your performances, creating instant backing music with the V-Combo VR-09’s many different sounds. With this powerful and fun addition, we're sure that you’ll come up with new sounds and ideas that we in the development team have never envisioned.

No Stone Unturned to Deliver the Ultimate in Usability On Stage
Careful attention has also gone into the screen display and button locations, so that you can instantly see and manipulate the status of your instrument and stay focused on playing while you’re on stage. The keyboard’s logical workflow frees you from the stress of having to set individual parameters by navigating a menu interface, so you won’t get bogged down in cumbersome operations that can interrupt the flow of creativity. After all, the satisfaction you feel with a musical instrument is measured by how you’re inspired by playing it, touching it, and experimenting with it.

A free iPad app is also available for V-Combo VR-09, letting you make detailed edits to your tones with your tablet’s touchscreen. The app provides a large graphical interface where you can make in-depth tweaks to your synth sounds and customize your organ tones before and during the gig.

In Closing
We’re convinced that the ability to easily edit the V-Combo VR-09’s carefully selected tones in real time, intuitively apply effects to them, and store the state of the instrument easily after you make settings (or quickly restore it to its original setting) will be greatly welcomed by all performing keyboardists. Being able to do all of this smoothly, on the fly, is something that will greatly expand the expressive possibilities for all live players.

To this end, we’ve incorporated state-of-the-art DSP and sound module technologies, as well as Roland's extensive sound libraries, into the V-Combo VR-09. More importantly, the passion and ideas of Roland’s engineers and the know-how of many professional musicians have gone into its development, as we went back to the drawing board for a ground-up rethinking of the ideal performance keyboard.

Every part of the V-Combo VR-09—from its tones to effects to usability—has been honed to create a full-spec, performance-ready keyboard that will bring an all-new level of expression and satisfaction to stage players everywhere.

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