Vocal & Ensemble Keyboard

Add a “Vocal Keyboardist” to Your Stage or Studio

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Add a “Vocal Keyboardist” to Your Stage or Studio

Let's face it... not every musician can afford to hire a choir for their gigs or recording sessions. Sometimes just finding a qualified background singer or two can be a chore. Dilemma solved with the VP-550 Vocal & Ensemble Keyboard. Much more than a traditional vocoder or harmonizer, the VP-550 uses Roland’s breakthrough vocal-modeling technology to bring the highest-quality, interactive vocal sounds to a dedicated instrument. Connect a mic, select a sound, and play. You won’t believe what can come out of this instrument: spectacular classical choirs, soulful gospel choirs, pop and jazz voices, male & female ensembles, vintage vocoder, and lush string/vocal hybrids. A great addition for lounge musicians playing at bars and hotels.

>> Gig bag for the VP-550

  • - Generate expressive, interactive backing vocals in real time
  • - Vocal Designer types: Classic, Male/Female, Gospel, Pop, Vocoder 1/2, Ext In
  • - Ensemble types: Strings 1, Strings 2, Jazz Scat, Mixed Chorus, Boys Choir, Humming
  • - Play Vocal Designer and Ensemble sounds simultaneously
  • - Exceptionally user-friendly operation
  • - Built-in “Sound Check” recorder for handy vocal-model auditioning
  • - Invisible D Beam infrared controller for high-impact performance
  • - Ambience types: Hall 1, Hall 2, Studio

Vocal-Modeling Magic

The human voice is the most expressive musical instrument of all, so why not use it as a tool to create ultra-realistic and expressive "virtual vocals" with words generated from your own voice? Whether you need, a full choir, or surreal vocoder-like layers, the VP-550 can deliver the interactive, expressive vocal backing you need. The VP-550 is also equipped with world-class string sounds, which can be blended together with the vocal effects.

Practical Advantage

Not specific to one style of music, the VP-550 can be used for a wide variety of musical applications. It’s ideal for musicians who perform alone or in small groups, for example, and who need an interactive, real-time backing chorus. Or, film and TV music composers who are challenged with time and budget can use the VP-550 to generate high-impact choral arrangements on the spot. Churches in need of a choir (or choir enhancer) will love the VP-550. The creative possibilities are vast, as are the time/money savings that this instrument can provide.

Blast From the Past

The VP-550 is equipped with ultra high-resolution vocoder modeling, which can be used to generate surreal vocal effects great for electronica, pop, R&B, hip-hop, and the like. Inject a dose of that classic retro “robot voice” charm into your next recording without the hassle and expense of a separate vocoder.

Friendly Face

One look at the VP-550’s inviting front panel and you’ll know that this instrument has “user friendly” written all over it. There are no hidden menus or complicated key commands required. Every feature has a dedicated button or slider that’s clearly labeled and easy to reach. Performers will especially love how inviting and inspiring the VP-550 is to use onstage.

49 keys (with velocity)
Vocal Designer (7 tones): CLASSIC, MALE & FEMALE, GOSPEL, POP, VOCODER1, VOCODER2, EXT IN, Ensemble (6 tones): STRINGS1, STRINGS2, JAZZ SCAT, MIXED CHORUS, BOYS CHOIR, HUMMING, Bass & Percussion (4 sets): BASS1, BASS2, BASS3, PERC
Ambience (3 types)
Maximum Polyphony
128 voices (Changes depending on the sound and the playing technique)
D Beam Controller, Pitch Bend / Modulation Lever
Octave Shift
+/- 1 Octave
Number of Registration memories
Master Tune
415.3 Hz to 466.2 Hz
Sound Check Function
Records OUTPUT signal for 10 seconds and plays it back.
Nominal Input Level
INPUT (MIC): -50 to -10 dBu, INPUT (EXT IN): -36 to +4 dBu
Headphones Jack, Output Jacks (L/MONO, R)(1/4 inch phone type), MIC Jack (XLR type), External Input Jack (1/4 inch phone type), MIDI Connectors (IN, OUT), Hold Pedal Jack, Expression Pedal Jack, AC Inlet
Power Consumption
14 W
Owner's Manual, Leaflet "USING THE UNIT SAFELY", Leaflet "Mics recommended for the VP-550", Power Cord
Keyboard Stand: KS-12, Pedal Switch: DP-2/6/8, Foot Switch: BOSS FS-5U, Expression Pedal: EV-5, BOSS FV-300L, Microphone: DR Series

Size and Weight

Width (W)
865 mm34-1/8 inches
Depth (D)
346 mm13-11/16 inches
Height (H)
99 mm3-15/16 inches
8.5 kg18 lbs. 12 oz.

All specifications and appearances are subject to change.


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