V-Synth Version 2

Synthesizer Keyboard

The V-Synth Reloaded

  • USB
  • VariPhrase
  • D-BEAM
  • V-LINK
  • COSM

The V-Synth Reloaded

Roland’s flagship mega-synthesizer grows stronger with the release of Version 2 software. This user-installable system upgrade adds significant new features to the already-powerful V-Synth. Version 2 brings new analog-modeled oscillators into the lineup (including the massive SuperSaw, enhanced from the original JP-8000), plus a completely new set of patches, and expressive features such as Sound Shaper, Rhythm Kit, and Multi-Step Modulator. Version 1 V-Synths can be upgraded to Version 2 via download.

>> V-Synth Original Version
>> V-Synth XT
>> V-Card Series [ VC-1 "D-50" | VC-2 "Vocal Designer" ]

  • - The V-Synth’s feature set expands significantly with Version 2 user-installable update
  • - New factory patches provide “playable” sounds with exotic modulation control
  • - Sound Shaper function makes custom patch creation easier than ever
  • - Multi-Step Modulator gives new life and movement to sound
  • - Rhythm Sets enables complex and highly expressive drum kit manipulation
  • - New analog modeling oscillator waveforms added: SuperSaw, Polyphonic Feedback Oscillator, and X-mod (cross modulation) Oscillator
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New Patches + Programming Wizard

Fresh for Version 2 is a new bank of highly playable sounds programmed by top professional artists from around the world. Many of the sounds are familiar at first touch — sparkling EPs, lush strings, thick synth pads, etc. — but, in V-Synth fashion, all patches allow instant and exotic tonal changes via modulation. Start on familiar terrain, then launch your sounds into deep space V-Synth style! V-Synth patches can be customized with newfound ease thanks to the innovative Sound Shaper function, which allows you create new sounds with the virtual “know-how” of professional sound designers. By selecting your destination sound type — whether a pad, bass, lead sound, etc. — this macro function guides you quickly through relevant parameters while editing. Complex editing is made easy.

New Oscillators Onboard

The V-Synth's variable oscillators are unlike any previous oscillator design, with a choice of three different types: PCM powered by VariPhrase, External Audio Processing, and Analog Modeling. The original V-Synth offered nine types of traditional, fat-sounding analog waveforms. Now, in Version 2, three new analog-modeled oscillators have been added: SuperSaw, for generating towering sawtooth waveforms, the Polyphonic Feedback Oscillator for
screaming sounds, and X-mod (Cross Modulation) Oscillator for creating clangorous distorted timbres. The V-Synth oscillators can be layered and mixed in several ways, or modulated* using FM, ring mod, and oscillator hard sync.
*excluding X-mod Oscillator

COSM Processing for Total Sound Shaping

Instead of typical multi-mode filters, the V-Synth features two dedicated COSM processors for warping sounds in entirely new ways. It has all the traditional filters, but goes way beyond with algorithms such as voice-independent guitar amp modeling, or the unique Side Band Filter, which can add metallic pitch to non-pitched sounds, enabling you to create rhythmic chords from a drum loop, for example. The futuristic V-Synth can even go retro with the TB-303 filter. This, coupled with multiple sub-oscillator choices pumps out some serious low end. There’s also a Wave Shaper, Resonator (polyphonic waveform processing through a modeled resonant body like a guitar) and more. These tools radically alter any sound — including external audio — and take you beyond the capabilities of
traditional synthesizers. There’s also separate reverb, chorus and MFX for global effects processing.

Advanced Programming Tools

Version 2 adds a powerful set of new programming tools to the V-Synth. The Multi-Step Modulator makes complex animated sound design easy with up to four parameters being modulated simultaneously. Stepped effects will be transposed perfectly as you play the keys. Use it to automatically sync sounds with other modulators. Create expressive drum kits with the new Rhythm Set function, which deploys complete V-Synthesis power separately to each key. Program a multi-dimensional, Time-Tripping swirling cymbal with Side Band Filter on one key, for example, a monstrous sub-octave kick on another, and so on — with each key offering its own independent realtime processing
parameters. And let’s not overlook one of the V-Synth’s most potent features — its advanced, programmable arpeggiator, which can be used to control not only notes, but synthesis parameters such as filter cutoff and envelope decay as well.

Futuristic Control Interfaces

The real magic begins when you interact with the V-Synth's knobs and controllers. With the TimeTrip Pad, you can scan a waveform forward and backward using your fingertip. Imagine adding expressive articulation to a lead vocal sample! Or use the Twin D Beams to modify a range of controllers using infrared light beams. The V-Synth's arpeggiator can even modulate sound parameters. No other synthesizer provides this type of interaction and creative control.

All the Right Connections

Connect a variety of digital gear using the V-Synth’s S/PDIF I/O. The V-Synth supports a wide range of sampling rates — from 44.1kHz all the way up to 96kHz — making it compatible with the latest professional audio gear. The V-Synth’s USB port offers quick and easy file exchange with a computer. Import and export WAV/AIFF files with simple drag and drop commands (the V-Synth appears as a hard drive on your computer’s desktop). You can also back up your V-Synth data quickly and conveniently to your hard drive or an optional PC card. By purchasing readily available PC card adapters, you can connect other media like CompactFlash, SmartMedia and MicroDrives.

Exclusive V-LINK Video Control

V-LINK is another approach to creative expression when combined with the Edirol PR-80 Digital Video Workstation or P-1 Photo/Audio/MIDI Player (sold separately). Use V-LINK to trigger video clips from the V-Synth’s keyboard, and use the bender to change playback speed. Manually scan video forward or backward with the TimeTrip Pad, or change colors using the Twin D Beams. With the Edirol V-4 Video Mixer, you can control a variety of video effects, such as multiplying images on the fly.

V-Card Expansion

Add powerful new capability to your V-Synth with Roland’s innovative V-Cards (optional). Currently in the lineup:

VC-1: This card transforms the V-Synth into Roland’s legendary D-50 L/A synthesizer. Simply insert the card, power up, and you’ll be transported back to the year 1987, when Roland’s D-50 ruled supreme!

VC-2: The second offering in the V-Card Series turns the V-Synth into an advanced vocalmodeling processor — from legacy vocoders to massive choir models with expression never before achieved in onventional voice-processing algorithms. Make your synth sing, howl, and growl like never before.

Touchscreen Display

The V-Synth’s large LCD screen responds to touch and dragging motions — making it easy to set graphic parameters such as envelope curves and filter response.

TimeTrip Pad

This innovative controller lets you adjust the time parameter of a waveform in real time — without affecting pitch or formant — simply by dragging your finger along the pad.

Twin D Beam

Modulate a variety of effects and controllers using two infrared beams of light. Examples include oscillator pitch, LFO depth, TimeTrip, and more.
* D Beam light has been colored for illustrative purposes only. Actual infrared light beam is invisible.

V-Synth (Version 2.0 and later)

61 keys (with velocity and channel aftertouch)

Sound Generator

Sound Generator Configuration
Oscillator (envelope x 4 + LFO x 1) x 2
Modulator x 1
COSM (envelope x 2 + LFO x 1) x 2
TVA (envelope x 1 + LFO x 1) x 1
Methods by Which Oscillators Produce Sound
PCM/Variphrase (Preset waveforms + Sampling waveforms),
External Input
Zones (Splits)
16 (normally)
12 (when using a rhythm kit)
Maximum Polyphony
24 voices (Varies depending on the load placed on the sound generator.
Internal Memory
Project: 1
Patches: 512
Waves: 999
Wave memory (RAM): 50 MB (When the unit ships from the factory, 32 MB of this is taken up by the preset waves.)
External Storage Device
PC CARD slot (Microdrive, SmartMedia or CompactFlash can be used with PC card adaptor.)
MFX (Multi-effects): 41 sets
Chorus: 8 sets
Reverb: 10 sets
System EQ
4 bands
Sampling Frequency
Internal: 44.1 kHz
Digital Audio IN/OUT: 96, 48, 44.1 kHz

Signal Processing

Internal processing
Sound generating section: 32 bits (floating point)
Effects section: 24 bits (fixed point)
DA Conversion
24 bits
AD Conversion
24 bits
Nominal Output Level
MAIN OUT: +4 dBu
Nominal Input Level
INPUT (LINE): -20 dBu
INPUT (MIC): -46 dBu


User programmable (supports use of control change messages)
8 types
20 to 250 BPM

Multi Step Modulator

20 to 250 BPM


Graphic 320 x 240 dot backlit LCD with touchscreen
Pitch Bend / Modulation Lever
Time Trip Pad
D Beam Controller (Twin beam)
Assignable Control Knobs (C1, C2)
Headphones Jack
Main Output Jacks (L/MONO, R) (1/4 inch phone type)
Direct Output Jacks (L, R) (1/4 inch phone type)
Input Jacks (L, R) (1/4 inch phone type) (Equipped with line/mic gain switch)
Hold Pedal Jack
Control Pedal Jacks (1, 2) (assignable)
MIDI Connectors (IN, OUT, THRU)
USB Connector (supports file transfer and USB MIDI)
Digital Audio Interface (24-bit, IEC60958)
AC Inlet
Power Consumption
16 W
Owner's Manual
Sound List
CD-ROM (USB Driver, Librarian)
PC CARD Protector
Power Cord
Add-on application software (V-Card)
VC-1: D-50 L/A Synthesizer
VC-2: Vocal Designer
Keyboard Stand: KS-12
Pedal Switch: DP-2/6/8
Foot Switch: BOSS FS-5U
Expression Pedal: EV-5, BOSS FV-300L

Size and Weight

Width (W)
1,056 mm41-5/8 inches
Depth (D)
398 mm15-11/16 inches
Height (H)
111 mm4-3/8 inches
13.1 kg28 lbs. 15 oz.

(0 dBu = 0.775 V rms)

All specifications and appearances are subject to change.


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