V-Synth

Synthesizer

V-Synth
Discontinued

Unreal Sounds. Amazing Control.

The Roland V-Synth opens up a world of new sounds full of life and motion. Imagine a synth that combines multiple oscillator technologies with realtime control of a waveform's pitch, time and formant. Now add user sampling to create entirely new waveforms, powerful COSM filtering, a killer arpeggiator and a host of realtime controllers including the revolutionary TimeTrip Pad. That's the Roland V-Synth: a distinctive new instrument set to inspire those passionate about sound.

Programming Heaven

The V-Synth is an instrument for those who like to program - and for those not satisfied with today's variety of synthesizers. V-Synth's variable oscillator with VariPhrase technology brings life to otherwise static waveforms. And it's not just the sound engine, but the way players can interact with it. From the luxurious feel of the 61-note velocity-sensitive keyboard with aftertouch to the interactive control only possible with physical knobs and sliders to the dynamic TimeTrip Pad, Twin D Beams and touchscreen, V-Synth lets you explore entirely new realms of sound never before possible.

Variable Oscillators: The Heart of the V-Synth

The V-Synth's dual oscillators are unlike any previous oscillator design, with a choice of three different types:

The PCM oscillator is powered by VariPhrase for complete sonic control. Choose from hundreds of preset waveforms or sample your own. Then use the "Time Trip" 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. You've never heard sounds like these!

Analog Modeling is the second oscillator type. Here you'll find nine traditional fat-sounding analog waveforms - strengthened by Roland's latest modeling technology to give them even more warmth and punch.

The third oscillator type is External Audio Processing, which lets you process any signal arriving at the V-Synth's analog inputs. All oscillator types can be layered and mixed in several ways, or modulated using FM, ring mod and oscillator hard sync.

Intuitive Programming and Control

The V-Synth's sound engine can be configured in several different ways by choosing from preset Structure types - just like a semi-modular synth! Front-panel Structure buttons make it easy to dive in, while a host of knobs, sliders and buttons give you direct access to vital sound parameters. Even the most detailed editing can be performed quickly using the large touchscreen, which even responds to dragging motions - great for setting envelope curves!

The real magic begins when interacting 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. Nothing else provides this type of interaction and creative control.

COSM Processing and Effects

In lieu of a basic multi-mode filter, the V-Synth offers two dedicated COSM modeling processors for shaping sounds. So in addition to having access to analog-style filters, you can also plug into new types of processors like polyphonic guitar amp modeling, a Wave Shaper, Resonator (polyphonic waveform processing through a modeled resonation body) and a unique Side Band Filter capable of pulling out the sharper, metallic content of sounds. Of course, there are also global effects including a dedicated reverb processor with ten reverb types, a chorus processor with eight types, and a killer multi-effects processor with 41 distinct algorithms. With tools like these, sounds can be molded however you like.

USB Connectivity

With its flexible I/O and USB port, the V-Synth provides endless possibilities for serious sound designers. 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. And by purchasing readily available PC card adapters, other media such as CompactFlash, SmartMedia and MicroDrives can be used.

V-LINK Onboard Video Control

V-LINK is another new approach to creative expression, allowing playback and even performance of video clips with music created on the V-Synth; all you need is 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. Explore new dimensions in sound and video with V-Synth!

V-Synth (Version 2.0 and later)
Keyboard
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),
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),
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 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.)
Effects
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
DIRECT OUT: +4 dBu
Nominal Input Level
INPUT (LINE): -20 dBu
INPUT (MIC): -46 dBu
Arpeggiator
Patterns
User programmable (supports use of control change messages)
Motifs
8 types
Tempo
20 to 250 BPM
Multi Step Modulator
Tracks
4
Steps
16
Tempo
20 to 250 BPM
Others
Display
Graphic 320 x 240 dot backlit LCD with touchscreen
Controllers
Pitch Bend / Modulation Lever
Time Trip Pad
D Beam Controller (Twin beam)
Assignable Control Knobs (C1, C2)
Connectors
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)
COAXIAL (IN, OUT)
OPTICAL (IN, OUT)
AC Inlet
Power Supply
AC 115 V, AC 117 V, AC 220 V, AC 230 V, AC 240 V (50/60 Hz)
Power Consumption
16 W
Accessories
Owner's Manual
Sound List
CD-ROM (USB Driver, Librarian)
PC CARD Protector
Power Cord
Options
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
1,056 mm
41-5/8 inches
Depth
398 mm
15-11/16 inches
Height
111 mm
4-3/8 inches
Weight
13.1 kg
28 lbs. 15 oz.
(0 dBu = 0.775 V rms)
*The specifications are subject to change without notice.

DOWNLOADS

Brochures

Updates & Drivers

  • V-Synth Refill Patches: Artist Patch Collection

    V-Synth Refill Patches require that your V-Synth be running version 2 of the V-Synth OS.

  • V-Synth Refill Patches: David Ahlund

    V-Synth Refill Patches require that your V-Synth be running version 2 of the V-Synth OS.

  • V-Synth Refill Patches: DJ Krust

    V-Synth Refill Patches require that your V-Synth be running version 2 of the V-Synth OS.

  • V-Synth Refill Patches: Geoff Downes

    V-Synth Refill Patches require that your V-Synth be running version 2 of the V-Synth OS.

  • V-Synth Refill Patches: Jordan Rudess

    V-Synth Refill Patches require that your V-Synth be running version 2 of the V-Synth OS.

  • V-Synth Refill Patches: Marcus Browns

    V-Synth Refill Patches require that your V-Synth be running version 2 of the V-Synth OS.

  • V-Synth Refill Patches: YUHKI

    V-Synth Refill Patches require that your V-Synth be running version 2 of the V-Synth OS.

  • V-Synth XT Driver v1.0 for Mac OS 10.7
  • V-Synth USB Drivers Mac OS X Version 1.20

    Use this driver for all Macintosh computer running OS X.
    This drive adds support for Intel based Macs.

  • V-Synth USB Drivers (PC)
  • V-Synth Version 2.00 (MAC)

    This is the all new Version 2 of the V-Synth, giving you the new sound set, rhythm mode, the multi-track step modulator, and enhanced oscillators. Please refer to the "readme.pdf" document for the update procedure.

    Note: This is a USB update and requires a USB capable computer.

    Note About Patch Compatibility: Patches created in Version 1.xx that use Preset PCM waveforms will NOT be compatible with version 2.xx. Patches that used User waveforms or Patches that use an Analog Oscillator or an External Input Oscillator are compatible with Version 2.xx.

  • V-Synth Version 2.00 (PC)

    This is the all new Version 2 of the V-Synth, giving you the new sound set, rhythm mode, the multi-track step modulator, and enhanced oscillators. Please refer to the "readme.pdf" document for the update procedure.

    Note: This is a USB update and requires a compatible USB computer running Windows 2000, ME or XP.

    Note About Patch Compatibility: Patches created in Version 1.xx that use Preset PCM waveforms will NOT be compatible with version 2.xx. Patches that used User waveforms or Patches that use an Analog Oscillator or an External Input Oscillator are compatible with Version 2.xx.

  • V-Synth Drivers Macintosh OS 9
  • V-Synth Librarian (Mac)
  • V-Synth Librarian (PC)
  • V-Synth Version 2/Version 1 Patch Build (MAC)

    This download contains the version 2 update with the version 1 patch build. Use this update if you need the original preset patches and waveforms. Please refer to the readme.pdf document for the update procedure.

    Note: Version 2 Patches will NOT be included with this update. This update is intened for those who have custom patches using version 1 preset waveforms. Please also note that the Sound Shaper function will not work correctly with the Version 1 presets.

  • V-Synth Version 2/Version 1 Patch Build (PC)

    This download contains the version 2 update with the version 1 patch build. Use this update if you need the original preset patches and waveforms. Please refer to the readme.pdf document for the update procedure.

    Note: Version 2 Patches will NOT be included with this update. This update is intened for those who have custom patches using version 1 preset waveforms. Please also note that the Sound Shaper function will not work correctly with the Version 1 presets.

  • Clean-All USB Driver Utility

    This utility clears out all Roland USB Windows drivers and should be used if you are having difficulty installing your USB driver.

    Note: You will have to reinstall the drivers for any other Roland device that is using a USB connection for Audio or MIDI.

Support

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