VK-8M

Organ Sound Module

VK-8M
Discontinued

The Roland VK-8M Organ Sound Module puts Roland's acclaimed Virtual ToneWheel organ sound in a convenient desktop unit with nine harmonic bars and retro-style wood panels. COSM Amplifier and Rotary Speaker Modeling further complement these authentic sounds, while an audio input and Active Expression feature let players fade in an external tone with a pedal. The VK-8M makes adding distinctive organ sounds to any setup easy.

The Soul of the Popular VK-8

Since its introduction, Roland's VK-8 Combo Organ has made quite an impact with die-hard organ fans - praised for its natural and authentic sound. Now Roland makes these Virtual ToneWheel organ sounds available to any musician with the desktop VK-8M. With its new COSM Amp Modeling, nine harmonic bars and simple knob-based controls, the VK-8M delivers outstanding organ sounds with easy front-panel editing. Players can also dive into more detailed sound parameters like leakage level and rotary woofer speed.

Onboard COSM Amp Modeling

The VK-8M's amazing organ sounds are further improved with COSM Amp Modeling. Four different amp types are available for creating everything from clean gospel organs to the gritty overdriven sounds of a rock organ. The newly developed COSM Amp Type IV stands out in particular for its killer gain and crunchy distortion effect. The VK-8M takes organ modeling to a whole new level of realism, with intuitive editing of every parameter.

Unique Active Expression Feature

Performers will appreciate the VK-8M's Line input and Active Expression feature. Using an optional EV-7 Expression Pedal, players can gradually fade in a sound from an external source, such as a synthesizer or MIDI module. By slowly fading in a pad sound, for example, players can bring out a section of a song, or create energy by fading in a sharper tone like brass. These features open up an entirely new level of expression.

An Exceptional Performer

With its D Beam Controller, the VK-8M offers performers a world of expression. Using an infrared beam of light with an LED that changes color as your hand changes distance, players can control such functions as rotary speed (Slow/Fast) or tone wheel motor stops. And with 36 memory locations, you can store custom settings with a simple one-touch procedure and recall your sounds using the Bank Select and six Registration buttons.

Sound Generator
Virtual ToneWheel Method
Part
3 Parts (Upper, Lower, Pedal)
Maximum Polyphony
Full Polyphony
Organ
Tone wheel
VINTAGE 1, VINTAGE 2, CLEAN
Leakage Level
Vibrato and Chorus
V1, V2, V3, C1, C2, C3
Percussion
SECOND, THIRD, SOFT, SLOW
AMP Simulator
TYPE I, TYPE II, TYPE III, TYPE IV
Overdrive
Tone
Reverb
ROOM, HALL, CHURCH, SPRING
Reverb Level
D BEAM
CRESCENDO, ROTARY SPEED, RING MODULATOR, TONE WHEEL BRAKE, SPRING SHOCK, GLISSANDO
Internal Memory
Registration memory: 36 (User Memory)
Connectors
OUTPUT Jacks (L/MONO, R): 1/4 inch phone type,
INPUT Jacks (L/MONO, R): 1/4 inch phone type,
PHONES Jack: Stereo miniauture phone type,
EXPRESSION PEDAL Jack,
MIDI Connectors (IN, OUT),
AC ADAPOR Jack (DC 9V)
Power Supply
AC Adaptor (PSB-1U)
Current Draw
700 mA
Finish
Side Panel: Natural Wood Walnut Finish
Accessories
Owner's Manual, Edit Mode Quick Reference, AC adaptor, AC Cord
Options
Pedal: PK-25 (25-Key Pedalboard)/PK-7 (20-Key Pedalboard)/PK-5A (Dynamic MIDI Pedal), Expression Pedal: EV-7, Damper Pedal: DP-8/DP-2, KC-Series Amplifier, Others: BKT-8 (Bracket Kit), PDS-10 (Pad Stand)
Size and Weight
Width
233 mm
9-3/16 inches
Depth
275 mm
10-7/8 inches
Height
77 mm
3-1/16 inches
Weight
1.7 kg
3 lbs. 12 oz.
*The specifications are subject to change without notice.

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Updates & Drivers

  • VK-8M System Update Version 1.06

    This is the latest operating system for the VK-8M. Please refer to the "readme.pdf" for the update procedure.

    This update resolves the following issues:
    - Percussion sound volume drops randomly
    - The Control Knob setting might jump to the current position even when not touched

    Note: This file is compressed and will need to be uncompressed after downloading. Windows users can use WinZip to uncompress the file. Macintosh users can us Stuffit Expander to uncompress the file.

    You can get WinZip here

    You can get Stuffit Expander here

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