V-Synth XT

Synthesizer Sound Module

Elastic Audio Synthesis To Go

  • USB
  • VariPhrase
  • COSM

Elastic Audio Synthesis To Go

Named the “Synthesizer of the Year” at the 2004 MIPA Awards, Roland’s groundbreaking V-Synth now has a travel-friendly offspring. The XT is a portable new V-Synth with some spectacular tricks up its sleeves — and with enough synthesis and audio-processing power to make heads spin. It’s fully stocked with a potent array of synthesis types, including the V-Synth’s famous Elastic Audio Synthesis engine, plus analog-synth modeling, vocal modeling, and classic D-50 emulation. Add to that a rich lineup of COSM effects, external audio processing, a touch-sensitive color display, eight universal edit knobs, and you have an instrument that redefines rack/tabletop technology.

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  • - The V-Synth’s powerful variable-oscillator synthesis in rack/tabletop module
  • - New patches by world-class artists, and Sound Shaper function for fast navigation through extensive editing parameters.
  • - Rhythm Sets for unique rhythmic manipulation
  • - Multi-Step Modulator for incredible sound-design possibilities
  • - Extended analog-modeled waveform set, including SuperSaw, Polyphonic Feedback Oscillator, and X-mod (cross modulation) Oscillator
  • - USB streaming-audio, MIDI, and file transfer for one-cable computer connectivity
  • - VC-1 D-50 card and VC-2 Vocal Designer card pre-installed; live switching function enables V-Card application to be launched without rebooting
  • - Color touch-screen and eight universal edit knobs for fast, friendly operation
  • - Front-panel combo XLR/phono input for external audio processing
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Standard or Surreal

The original V-Synth’s factory soundset was a showcase of twisting, bending, otherworldly sounds. But the V-Synth is no one-trick pony, as evidenced by the new batch of unique “playable” patches created by an A-list group of star artists and producers. The patches might sound classic at first touch, but they explode to animated life when modulated. Start on familiar terrain, then hit the launchpad V-Synth style!

Sound Shaper

Experts onboard! The XT’s innovative Sound Shaper function 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.

Audio Inputs

The XT provides a variety of input paths for sampling and external-audio processing. You can sample directly into the synth via its audio inputs (XLR and 1/4-inch), you can import samples through USB (WAV and AIF format), or you can feed live audio to the XT for processing in real time. The front-panel Hi-Z input allows the XT to function as a unique and powerful effects rack for guitar or other instruments, the XLR input (with phantom power) allows the XT to be utilized as a full-blown vocoder. USB audio streaming enables computer-aided sound design and additional audio-processing possibilities.

Flexible Hardware Design

Physically speaking, the XT is the most flexible rack unit Roland has ever manufactured. It can be mounted in a rack, where it can be positioned flush or tilted and locked at an angle that best suits your working environment. Or, if you prefer, you can take the XT out of the rack, and place it on a flat surface. Its angled profile is designed to make the XT work perfectly as a standalone tabletop unit. Whether used in a rack or on a tabletop, the XT’s large, color touch-screen display provides luxurious navigation, and its row of eight universal edit knobs makes using the synth fast, friendly, and expressive.

VC-1 & VC-2 Built-in

In addition to its user sampling, elastic-audio manipulation, and analog-synth modeling, the XT comes pre-installed with Roland’s VC-1 (D-50 emulator) and VC-2 (Vocal Designer). It’s like getting two additional instruments for free!

VC-1: "D-50 for V-Synth"

The VC-1 transforms the XT into Roland’s legendary D-50 synthesizer. Relive the D-50 in all its glory. Every circuit and precise detail of this legendary synthesizer has been faithfully modeled. It doesn’t just sound like a D-50, it is a D-50.

VC-2: "Vocal Designer"

The VC-2 brings advanced vocal modeling to the V-Synth XT platform — from legacy vocoders to massive choir models with a level of expression never before achieved from conventional voice-processing algorithms.

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)
Analog Modeling (14 OSC types: SAW, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, SINE, RAMP, JUNO, HQ-SAW, HQ-SQUARE, NOISE, LA-SAW, LA-SQUARE, SUPER-SAW, FEEDBACK-OSC, X-MOD-OSC)
External Input
Modulator
4 types (RING, FM, ENV-RING, OSC-SYNC) + MIX
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)
Zones (Splits)
16
Parts
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 M bytes
(When the unit ships from the factory, 32 M bytes of this is taken up by the preset waves.)
Sample storage memory (FLASH)
10 M bytes

External Storage Device

PC CARD slot
(Microdrive, SmartMedia or CompactFlash can be used with PC card adapter.)

Effects

MFX (Multi-effects)
41 sets
Chorus
8 sets
Reverb
10 sets
System EQ
4 bands

Internal V-Card applications (system expansion)

VC-1 D-50 LA Synthesizer, VC-2 Vocal Designer
(Switchable from the standard system while the power remains on.)

Sampling Frequency

Internal
44.1kHz
Digital Audio IN/OUT
96, 48, 44.1 kHz

Internal Signal 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
DIRECT OUT
+4 dBu

Nominal Input Level

Input (Rear Panel)
-10 / -20 dBu
Mic (Front Panel, XLR type)
-50 -- -10dBu
Mic (Front Panel, 1/4 inch TRS phone type)
-36 -- +4dBu

Arpeggiator

Patterns
User programmable, (support use of control change messages)
Motifs
8 types
Tempo
20 to 250 BPM

Multi Step Modulator

Tracks
4
Maximum Steps
16
Tempo
20 to 250 BPM

Display

Graphic 320 x 240 dot backlit Color LCD with touch screen

Controllers

Assignable MIDI Control Knobs (E1--E8)

Connectors

Headphones Jack
Main Output Jacks (L/MONO, R) (1/4 inch TRS phone type)
Direct Output Jacks (L, R) (1/4 inch phone type)
Input Jacks (L/MONO, R) (1/4 inch phone type)
Mic Jack (1/4 inch phone type / XLR type, Hi-Z, phantom power)
MIDI Connectors (IN, OUT, THRU)
USB Connector (supports USB MIDI, file transfer, and USB Audio)
Digital Audio Interface (24-bit, IEC60958)
COAXIAL (IN, OUT)
OPTICAL (IN, OUT)
AC Inlet

Power Consumption

16 W

Accessories

V-Synth XT Owner's Manual
V-Card Owner's Manual
Sound List
CD-ROM (USB Driver, Librarian)
Rotation Lock Hardware
PC CARD Protector
Power Cord

Options

DR-Series Microphones

Size and Weight (When placed on top of a table)

Width (W)
482 mm19 inches
Depth (D)
179 mm7-1/16 inches
Height (H)
165 mm6-1/2 inches
Weight
4.4 kg9 lbs. 12 oz.

Size and Weight (When mounted in a rack)

Width (W)
482 mm19 inches
Depth (D)
172 mm6-13/16 inches
Height (H)
177 mm7 inches
Weight
4.4 kg9 lbs. 12 oz.

*EIA-4U size: A vacant rack space immediately above is required in order to utilize the V-Synth XT's rotation feature.

(0 dBu = 0.775 V rms)

All specifications and appearances are subject to change.

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