Vocal & Ensemble Keyboard


Add a “Vocal Keyboardist” to Your Stage or Studio

For musicians who can’t accommodate a choir or group of background singers for their gigs or recording sessions, Roland proudly presents the VP-550 Vocal Designer 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.

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 one voice, 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.

Robot Charm

The VP-550 is also equipped with 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 “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
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 Supply
AC 115 V, AC 117 V, AC 220 V, AC 230V, AC 240V (50/60Hz)
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
865 mm
34-1/8 inches
346 mm
13-11/16 inches
99 mm
3-15/16 inches
8.5 kg
18 lbs. 12 oz.
*The specifications are subject to change without notice.




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  • VP-550 Q&A

    A collection of popular articles from the VP-550 knowledge base.