Roland VG-99 V-Guitar Multi Effects Processor SystemProduct #150241 Roland 150241 HBCA Desktop & Rack Guitar Effects https://www.esnapw.com/rses/ESnapServlet?MerchantNumberSent=63655
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A milestone in guitar-modeling technology.
With 3 powerful processors plus expressive performance controls such as a ribbon controller and dual D BEAMs, it offers near-endless creative options. The light-sensing D Beam controllers offers direct manipulation over a variety of preset options such as rotary speed (Slow/Fast). The Roland VG-99 has a versatile housing that allows for on-stage, tabletop, or rack mounting, the VG-99 V-Guitar synth system raises the bar in guitar-modeling and performance technology.
The VG-99 contains a wide range of guitars and amplifier models, and it even models two signal paths at once. For example, one virtual guitar could be a humbucker-equipped electric and the other a nylon-string guitar. Add to this the sound of the actual guitar being played, and it's possible to simultaneously have the sound of three different guitars playing simultaneously.
Modeled guitar, amp and effects paths can be active at the same time, or they can be dynamically switched or blended. Players can control the switching behavior between virtual guitars and/or amps by foot controllers, buttons on the unit, or according to picking dynamics.
The VG-99 synthesizer includes an onboard guitar-to-MIDI converter for direct connection to keyboards, sound modules and soft synths, a digital out and a USB port for direct audio and MIDI connection to computers. The Roland VG-99 also boasts an intuitive and state-of-the-art on-screen patch editor.
A Freeze feature onboard the VG-99 makes it possible to play a chord or a single note and have Freeze sustain it until you decide to let it end, giving guitarists controlled and unlimited sustain.
Each modeled guitar in the VG-99 synth can have its own tuning: the virtual humbucker electric could be tuned down four or five steps for a heavy sound, for example, while the nylon string could be tuned as a 12-string, and also tuned down four or five steps at the same time. Any user-defined tunings are also supported so the player can switch instantly between tuning setups without physically switching guitars or having to manually retune.
Versatile I/O, including USB, S/PDIF and XLR provide pro connections for virtually every type of music production and performance on stage to professional studio recording.
- 3 processors
- Ribbon controller
- Dual light-sensing D BEAM controllers
- Wide range of guitar and amplifier models
- Guitar-to-MIDI converter
- USB port for direct audio connection to computers
- On-screen patch editor
- Freeze feature for unlimited sustain
- User defined synthesized tunings
- Dual modeling engines allow guitar and amp models to be dynamically switched, layered and combined
- New COSM® electric, acoustic and even bass guitar models, and new synth waves such as the famous GR-300
- Guitar to MIDI converter for direct connection to keyboards, sound modules, soft synths, computers, and other MIDI-compatible devices
- Supports USB audio and MIDI for easy digital recording and sequencing
- Dual GT-Pro-class effects processor enables unequalled flexible tone creation
- Advanced performance controls, including D BEAM, V-LINK and Ribbon Controller take guitar performance to a whole new level
- Simple and intuitive knob-based interface and new design support live performance
- Graphical Editor software included to support sophisticated sound making
If you can imagine it, the VG-99 can probably do it! Order now.
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Comments about Roland VG-99 V-Guitar Multi Effects Processor System:
You would think Roland would get a clue....you still have to have a guitar, you still need a GK pickup, you still need something to play thru, yet they price it as if it is in all in one contained unit. If this was a full sized 76 keys keyboard, I could understand the pricing, but I have been burned way too many times buying expensive gadgets that dont do as the hype says it will do. Gonna pass on this one till it comes down to less than half of what they have it priced for now.
Comments about Roland VG-99 V-Guitar Multi Effects Processor System:
I've owned a VG-99 for a few years, with the GK3. This an incredible piece of gear, but it is rendered almost worthless because of two major failures by Roland. The first is the quality of the samples. Pick *any* of their guitar patch sounds and they are so empty, hollow and shallow compared to the authentic sound. Chose their acoustic guitar sounds and compare them to the same acoustic guitar sound samples on one of the Roland keyboard synthesizers. The synths have awesome guitar sounds and the the VG-99 sounds like you're playing through one of those 6-inch practice amps - at best! Same for the Electric guitars. They sound guitar-esque only. If you select a Strat, a Rickenbacker or whatever, you can hear that that's what they're going for, but the sounds are utterly flat, as if you were playing with 4-year old rusted strings. There's no "ring" from the 1-3 strings and the wound strings sound dead. You can blend in your actual guitar pickups and compare them easily. The guitar pickups have waaaaay more harmonics and dynamics. The guitar samples in the VG-99 seem to be concentrated in a narrow frequency band in the low and high mids - there's no bottom end a no really high end. You can test this with any amp or headphones and get the same results. Bottom line, the guitar samples are "dead" - there's no contour, color or depth as you get with any actual guitar pickup over about $3.00. Sorry Roland - I truly expected better, and I am woefully disappointed. Huge learning curve and pitiful resources to ease that are another downfall of owning this unit. I am a computer software developer and designer, so I grok the paradigm or mindset of how this is put together. It is incredibly powerful and you can do truly unbelievable things with it, but its nearly impossible to figure out how to do them. I've spent so many hours with trial-and-error or experimentation to understand how all the controls work and affect the audio result. If the samples and sound were of good quality I would say the effort to learn this device was well worth it, but, sadly, I cannot say that. The processing of the incoming signal is zero-latency!! Hooray! Great job here by Roland. When you play the note it comes out of the VG-99 in real time - awesome. There's a bit of a lag in the midi generation and transmission if driving another sound module, but nothing too serious. The VG-99 has a plethora of first class effects processors. If you *only* use this device as a sophisticated effects processor with your guitar pickups its better and still cheaper than trying to purchase all those effects separately. If you purchase one of these, make the effort to set up your GK-3 parameters *perfectly* - your measurements must be exact for this device to perform in a manner at all acceptable. My notes to Roland would be: 1 - Fix those inferior samples - they totally undermine a fantastic piece of equipment. 2 - Do something about training videos and clinics on how to use this thing. At the very least there should be a few DVDs with video instruction on how to use *everything*. I have more than one accomplished musician friends who have purchased this device and given up after months of frustration and got very little out of it. Its just too difficult to learn to master. They wound up getting rid of their VGs after about 6 months. Fix the above and you'll sell many more units! I use my VG-99 with an FC-300 footpedal MIDI controller - a *must* if you're going to be performing live with the VG-99. NOTE: I am in my 50's, so my hearing isn't as good as it used to be, but still better (or at least more discriminating) than most "contemporary" musicians out there today. If all you're doing is shredding, or playing distrotion/overdrive guitar solos you'll love the VG-99. If you want the real sound of a Strat, Tele, Rickenbacker, Gibson Humbucker etc,, you're better off using multiple guitars. Too bad - I had great hopes for this device. Roland customer support is very good though, so kudos to all of them for that, and the construction of the VG-99 is top notch.