Stunning New Possibilities in Bass Recording and Performance
When Roland introduced the original V-Bass System, serious bass players worldwide took notice. Now, we are proud to introduce the VB-99 V-Bass, which delivers three times the sonic firepower of the original model! Based on an all-new custom processing engine and 10 years of research and development, the VB-99 serves up a wide range of inspiring new COSM bass and amplifier models, powerful polyphonic effects, new string modeling technology, dual independent signal paths for blending sounds, and new controllers. It also features a host of thoughtful improvements that bassists demanded, such as bass–to-MIDI converters, streaming audio via USB, and much more.
Most advanced bass processor ever
Dozens of COSM instrument models, including coveted vintage and modern basses, amps, synth basses, effects and even electric guitars
Converts bass to MIDI and streams audio via USB audio sources
Dual independent stereo signal paths can be layered or switched: allows two different virtual sounds at the same time
Allows users to play polyphonic synth bass sounds without tracking issues
Table-top configuration, rack mountable, or stand mountable
Stereo XLR, stereo 1/4", MIDI, SP/DIF and USB outputs
Advanced new real-time controllers: D Beam, ribbon and V-Link
MAIN OUT: –10 dBu, SUB OUT (XLR): +4 dBu, BASS OUT: –10 dBu
MAIN OUT: 1 k ohm, SUB OUT (XLR): 600 ohm
100 dB or greater (IHF-A)
Top Panel: OUTPUT LEVEL knob, Function knobs x 6 (F1–F6), BALANCE knob, V-BASS LEVEL knob, V-LINK button, DIRECT PATCH buttons x 5 (1–5), CONTROL buttons x 2 (1, 2), COSM BASS buttons x 2 (A, B), BASS DIRECT button, POLY FX A/B buttons x 2 (A, B), FX buttons x 2 (A, B), COSM AMP buttons x 2 (A, B), MIXER buttons x 2 (A, B), DELAY/REVERB button, DYNAMIC button, CHAIN button, CONTROL ASSIGN button, NAME/KEY/BPM button, Function buttons x 6 (F1–F6), EXIT button, WRITE button, PAGE buttons x 2 (Left, Right), BASS TO MIDI button, SYSTEM button, GLOBAL button, TUNER button, CATEGORY button, PATCH/VALUE dial, Power switch, Rear Panel: Ground Lift switch (SUB OUT)
D BEAM Controller, PITCH button, FILTER button, ASSIGNABLE button
BASS INPUT jack (1/4" phone type), BASS OUTPUT jack (1/4" phone type), SUB OUT jacks x 2 (L, R) (XLR type), MAIN OUT jacks x 2 (L/MONO, R) (1/4" phone type), PHONES jack (Stereo 1/4" phone type), DIGITAL OUT jack (Coaxial type, conforms to IEC60958-3), EXP PEDAL jack (1/4" TRS phone type), CTL 3,4 jack (1/4" TRS phone type), USB connector (B type), RRC2 IN connector (RJ45 type), MIDI connectors x 2 (IN, OUT) (5-pin DIN type), DC IN jack
AC Adaptor (PSB-1U)
Owner’s Manual, GK cable (5 m), USB cable, RRC2 cable, VB-99 Software CD-ROM, AC adaptor (PSB-1U), Knob Bolt x 4
Divided Pickup: GK-3B, MIDI Foot Controller: FC-300, Footswitch: BOSS FS-5U, Dual Footswitch: BOSS FS-6, Expression Pedal: EV-5, BOSS FV-500L/500H, GK Cable: GKC-10/5/3, Unit Selector: US-20, Rack Mount Adaptor: RAD-99, Pad Stand: PDS-10, Footswitch Cable: PCS-31, Carrying Bag: CB-VG9
Size and Weight ( excluding AC Adaptor )
4 lbs. 11 oz.
* EIA-5U rack mount type: optional rack mount adaptor RAD-99
*The specifications are subject to change without notice.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: When the Windows SmartScreen is displayed upon installing the driver, please perform the following procedure:
1. Click [ More info ]
2. Click [ Run anyway ]
* Skip Step 1 If your PC is not connected to the internet.
This installer includes two programs: VB-99 Editor - a program for editing the parameters for the VB-99 on your computer, and VB-99 Librarian - a program for patch management for the VB-99 on your computer.
Detlef Blanke, a professional bass player from Bremen, Germany, has been involved in numerous live and studio projects with international lineups. He has toured extensively around the world, and worked as a producer and bassist for Steinberg’s “Virtual Bassist” and as musical director for “Virtual Guitarist 2.” Detlef has used the Roland VB-99 live and in the studio for many years to expand his palette of bass sounds. Now, he shares his top 20 signature sounds with you—all tried and proven on stage. You will also find an audio demo to accompany each sound.
If you have questions about operating your Roland product, please check our Knowledge Base for answers to the most common questions.
You can also contact our Product Support department by phone or email.
In addition, we have a library of Owner’s Manuals and Support Documents that you can download and reference.
The VB-99 is hands-down the most powerful bass processor ever made, capable of transforming your instrument with sounds both familiar and unreal. This booklet introduces you to the VB-99’s creative possibilities and discusses some of the technologies that are part of it.
If you’re the kind of person who digs into your Roland/BOSS gear, odds are you go way beyond factory patches and settings. It’s for users like you that we include a computer-based Librarian application for backing up and organizing your data. This booklet explains the Roland/BOSS Librarian.