VR700WS02—V-Combo Splits and Layers

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V-Combo VR-700
V-Combo Splits and Layers
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About the V-Combo VR-700 Workshop Booklets
The Roland V-Combo VR-700 Stage Keyboard is designed for the working
musician, bringing together all the tools a gig demands. Roland’s acclaimed
virtual tone-wheel organ technology, real harmonic bars, and waterfall
keyboard make it a joy to play. A rich assortment of settings allow for heartstopping recreations of classic and modern tone-wheel organ sounds.
Roland’s beloved piano sounds are onboard, too, along with the most
asked-for synth and ensemble patches, bundled together in one keyboard
that’s easy to set up and get to the gig. The V-Combo’s built-in rhythms and
backing-track player make it even more indispensable onstage.
Each V-Combo Workshop Series booklet focuses on one V-Combo topic, and
is intended as a companion to the V-Combo VR-700 Owner’s Manual.
This booklet requires V-Combo Operating System v1.08 or higher. You can
download the latest V-Combo O.S. for free from www.RolandUS.com.
About This Booklet
With the V-Combo’s ability to generate separate upper and lower organ
sounds—as well as a pedal-keyboard sound—plus two ensemble tones, you
have five different sounds to use together. This booklet describes the most
common ways to combine sounds on the V-Combo.
Understanding the Symbols in This Booklet
Throughout this booklet, you’ll come across information that deserves
special attention—that’s the reason it’s labeled with one of the following
symbols.
In a Hurry?
This booklet discusses splits and layers in detail. If you prefer, though, you
can jump to instructions for a specific type of split or layer by clicking it here:
• Playing the V-Combo as a Single-Manual Organ—see Page 4.
• Playing a Single Ensemble Tone Across the Keyboard—see Page 4.
• Setting Up a V-Combo Upper- and Lower-Manual Split—see Page 4.
• Creating a Split with Two Ensemble Tones—see Page 5.
• Creating an Organ/Ensemble-Tone Split—see Page 6.
• Layering the Organ with an Ensemble Tone—see Page 6.
• Layering Ensemble Sounds—see Page 7.
• Creating an Organ and Two-Ensemble-Tone Layer—see Page 8.
• Creating an Organ and Two-Ensemble-Tone Split—see Page 8.
• Creating a Two-Keyboard Dual Manual Organ—see Page 9.
The V-Combo Sounds
To start with, the V-Combo can produce three simultaneous organ sounds,
allowing it to act as a dual-manual organ with a pedal keyboard:
• The organ upper manual—When the keyboard’s split into two separate
areas, this organ sound is played from the right-hand area of the
keyboard. (When you’re not splitting the keyboard, this is the organ
sound that’s played from the entire V-Combo keyboard.)
• The organ lower manual—When the keyboard’s split in two, this organ
sound is played from the left-hand area of the keyboard.
• The organ pedal keyboard—This organ sound is most typically played
A note is something that adds information about the topic at hand.
A tip offers suggestions for using the feature being discussed.
Warnings contain important information that can help you avoid
possible damage to your equipment, your data, or yourself.
from an optional pedal keyboard, such as Roland’s PK-25A, PK-7A,
or PK-5A, sold separately. When you connect one (or an external
MIDI keyboard) to the MIDI PEDAL IN jack, it automatically plays the
V-Combo’s pedal sound with no additional setup required.
Adjust a manual’s sound using the drawbars by pressing its HARMONIC
BAR button, or LOWER and UPPER together for the pedal sound.
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Here’s a way to visualize the V-Combo’s organ sounds:
What Are Splits and Layers?
Splits and layers allow you to use V-Combo sounds together. With a
• split—you divide the keyboard into two zones, each of which plays its
Organ Upper Manual
Organ Lower Manual
Organ Pedal Keyboard
In addition, the V-Combo can produce two ensemble tones at once, either
layered on top of each other...
own sound(s). For the V-Combo’s organ sounds, splitting the keyboard
allows you to treat its two zones as upper and lower manuals. (You also
have the option of playing the V-Combo pedal sound in the lower area
of the keyboard instead if you want to.) For ensemble tones, you can
play a different sound with either hand when you split the keyboard.
You can set up full-sized upper and lower manuals with the V-Combo
by connecting an external MIDI keyboard, as we’ll describe on Page 8.
• layer—sounds play the same notes at the same time to create complex
Ensemble Tone 1
textures. You can layer the V-Combo’s organ sounds with ensemble
tones, or layer ensemble tones alone.
Ensemble Tone 2
...or split into different areas of the keyboard.
Ensemble Tone 1
Ensemble Tone 2
And they can all work together at the same time using splits and layers.
Saving Splits and Layers as Favorites
The tremendous flexibility of the V-Combo’s splitting and layering system
inevitably carries along with it a certain complexity. Splits and layers on the
V-Combo are best set up in advance of a gig or session and then saved as
Favorites you can quickly recall on the spot. You can tweak them as you go,
of course.
A Word About Split Points
Organ Upper Manual
Organ Lower Manual
Organ Pedal Keyboard
When you’re working with splits, the key at which the keyboard is divided is
called the “split point.” This is shown on the V-Combo display as the highest
key your left hand plays.
Ensemble Tone 1
Ensemble Tone 2
Here we’re showing the two ensemble sounds
being layered with each other, but, of course,
they can also be used in a split.
When you split the V-Combo keyboard, the default split point—
the highest key your left hand plays—is B3, just below Middle C.
We’ll note how to change the split point later on.
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Playing Single Sounds Across the Whole Keyboard
If the HARMONIC BAR ORGAN ON button is lit, press it once to turn it
off.
Playing the V-Combo as a Single-Manual Organ
To adjust the level of the ensemble tone without changing the
V-Combo’s overall volume, use the ENSEMBLE VOLUME drawbar—if you
save the tone as a Favorite, this setting will be remembered for you.
Organ Upper Manual
To play the V-Combo as a single manual organ, with the organ upper-manual
sound across the entire keyboard:
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Make sure that the SPLIT and LAYER buttons aren’t lit.
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Press the HARMONIC BAR ORGAN ON button so it’s lit.
Since the entire keyboard now plays the upper-manual
organ, press the HARMONIC BAR UPPER button so it’s
lit and the LOWER button is turned off—this assigns the
drawbars to the organ upper manual, which is what you’re
hearing and playing.
Simple Splits
Setting Up a V-Combo Upper- and Lower-Manual Split
Organ Upper Manual
Organ Lower Manual
This section describes how to set up two shortened manuals across the
single V-Combo keyboard. To learn how to set up two full-sized physical
manuals using an external keyboard, see Page 8.
Playing a Single Ensemble Tone Across the Keyboard
Ensemble Tone 1
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If any ENSEMBLE BUTTONS are lit, press them so they’re not—doing
this automatically turns on the HARMONIC BARS ORGAN ON button.
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Press SPLIT—the dual-manual split is turned on, and the
current split point is shown in the display. You can use the and/or + buttons to change the split point if you like.
To change the split point later on, you can always double-click the
SPLIT button, and use the - and/or + buttons to set the split as desired.
To play one ensemble tone across the entire V-Combo keyboard:
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Make sure that the SPLIT and LAYER buttons aren’t lit.
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Press the desired tone-category button, and use the - and/
or + buttons to choose the desired tone from the selected
category.
To change either the upper- or lower-manual sound using the drawbars,
press the HARMONIC BARS area’s UPPER or LOWER button, respectively,
to light it, assigning the drawbars to the control of the desired manual.
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If you’re not using a pedal keyboard and would prefer the characteristic
pedal sound under your left hand instead of the lower manual, hold
down LOWER and UPPER and press SPLIT so it lights.
Creating a Split with Two Ensemble Tones
Ensemble Tone 1
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Hold down the tone-category button you selected in Step 3, and
press TO LOWER/PEDAL once—the SPLIT button lights, and the
second ensemble tone now occupies the lower area of the keyboard.
At Step 4 above, the ORGAN ON indicator also lights, to show that the
pedal keyboard sound is now available for you to play bass lines along
with your ensemble split if you’ve got a pedal keyboard connected.
To change the split point, double-click the SPLIT button, and use the and/or + buttons to set the split as desired.
Ensemble Tone 2
To create a split with two ensemble tones:
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With the SPLIT and LAYER buttons unlit, press the category button
for the ensemble tone you want to play with your right hand—the
button lights red. This is the category button for Ensemble Tone 1.
To shift the octave of Ensemble Tone 1, press the OCTAVE SHIFT button
and use the - and/or + buttons to set the tone’s pitch as desired.
Selecting Different Tones
You can change either sound’s tone category by repeating Step 3 above,
pressing the buttons for the categories you want. Then, to select
• Ensemble Tone 1—if the TONE indicator to the left of the display isn’t
lit, press the DISPLAY button repeatedly until it is. Use the - and/or +
buttons to select the desired tone.
Here we’ve selected the Piano category.
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Press the - and/or + buttons to select a tone within the category.
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While holding down the button you pressed in Step 1, press the
category button for the ensemble tone you want to play with your
left hand—the button turns green. This is Ensemble Tone 2’s button.
• Ensemble Tone 2—while holding down the category button for
Ensemble Tone 2, use the - and/or + buttons to select the desired tone.
Changing the Balance Between Split Ensemble Tones
To change the level balance between the two ensemble tones, hold down
both tone-category buttons—the display shows their relative levels.
Ensemble Tone 1’s level
Now we’ve got the Piano and Strings categories selected.
Ensemble Tone 2’s level
The maximum relative level for a tone is 9.
While continuing to hold down the buttons, use the -and/or + buttons to set
their balance as desired.
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To adjust the overall level of your layered sound—without affecting
their volumes relative to each other—use the ENSEMBLE VOLUME
drawbar instead of the MASTER VOLUME since it’ll be stored along with
the rest of your setup if you save it as a Favorite.
Creating an Organ/Ensemble-Tone Split
Here’s how to split the keyboard so that you have the upper organ sound
under your right hand and an ensemble tone under your left.
To select a different ensemble tone, press a different tone-category
button and use the - and/or + buttons to select the tone you want.
To change the organ sound, make sure that only the UPPER HARMONIC
BARS button is lit, and then use the drawbars.
To change the split point, double-click the SPLIT button, and use the and/or + buttons to set the split as desired.
If you’d like to shift the octave of Ensemble Tone 1 so it suits its
keyboard range better, press the ENSEMBLE OCTAVE SHIFT button and
use the - and/or + buttons to set its octave as desired.
Organ Upper Manual
Ensemble Tone 1
Before performing Step 1, make sure both the SPLIT and LAYER buttons
are turned off.
Simple Layering of Sounds
Layering the Organ with an Ensemble Tone
You can start building a layer from either an organ sound or an ensemble
tone, which we’ll view as Ensemble Tone 1 in this context.
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Organ Upper Manual
Press the LAYER button to light it. If you’re starting with an
Ensemble Tone 1
• organ sound—proceed to Step 2.
• ensemble tone—the upper organ manual is now layered with
Ensemble Tone 1.
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Here are instructions for layering the upper-manual organ sound with
Ensemble Tone 1.
Press the desired tone-category button—the tone-category button
lights red—and then use the - and/or + buttons to select the desired
tone in that category as Ensemble Tone 1.
Before performing Step 1, make sure both the SPLIT and LAYER buttons
are turned off.
Press the ENSEMBLE TO LOWER/PEDAL button so it lights—the SPLIT
button lights, and Ensemble Tone 1 is now under your left hand along
with the lower-manual organ sound.
You can start building a layer from either an organ sound or an ensemble
tone, which we’ll view as Ensemble Tone 1 in this context.
Press the LOWER HARMONIC BARS button, and then push the
drawbars all the way in to silence the lower manual organ if you like.
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Press the LAYER button to light it. If you’re starting with an
• organ sound—proceed to Step 2.
• ensemble tone—the upper organ manual is now layered with
Ensemble Tone 1.
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Press the desired tone-category button—the tone-category button
lights red—and then use the - and/or + buttons to select the desired
tone in that category as Ensemble Tone 1.
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While holding down the button you pressed in Step 1, press the
category button for the second ensemble tone you want to use—the
button turns green. This is Ensemble Tone 2’s category button.
To adjust the level of the ensemble tone relative to the organ sound,
use the ENSEMBLE VOLUME drawbar, since it’ll be stored along with the
rest of your setup if you save it as a Favorite.
To change the organ sound, make sure that only the HARMONIC BARS
UPPER button is lit, and then use the drawbars. To select a different
ensemble tone, press a different tone-category button and use the and/or + buttons to select the tone you want.
If you’d like to shift the octave of Ensemble Tone 1 so it sits better
against the organ sound, press the ENSEMBLE OCTAVE SHIFT button and
use the - and/or + buttons to set the tone’s octave as desired.
Here we’ve got tones from the Piano and Strings categories layered.
Selecting Different Tone Categories
You can change either sound’s tone category by repeating Step 3 above,
pressing the buttons for the categories you want.
Selecting Different Tones
To change
You can quickly convert this to a split in which the ensemble tone is
played by your left hand by pressing the ENSEMBLE TO LOWER/PEDAL
button so it lights.
• Ensemble Tone 1—if the TONE indicator to the left of the display isn’t lit,
press the DISPLAY button repeatedly until it is. Then use the - and/or +
buttons to select the desired tone.
• Ensemble Tone 2—while holding down the category button for
Layering Ensemble Sounds
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With the SPLIT and LAYER buttons unlit, press the category button for
the first ensemble tone you want—the button lights red. This is the
tone-category button for Ensemble Tone 1.
Ensemble Tone 2, use the - and/or + buttons to select the desired tone.
Changing the Balance Between Ensemble Tones
To change the balance between the two ensemble tones, hold down both
tone-category buttons—the display shows their relative levels.
Ensemble Tone 1’s level
Here we’ve selected the Piano category.
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Use the - and/or + buttons to select the desired tone within the
selected category.
Ensemble Tone 2’s level
The maximum relative level for a tone is 9.
While continuing to hold down the buttons, use the -and/or + buttons to set
their balance as desired.
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To adjust the overall level of your layered sound—without affecting
their volumes relative to each other—use the ENSEMBLE VOLUME
drawbar instead of the MASTER VOLUME, since it’ll be stored along
with the rest of your setup if you save it as a Favorite.
Creating an Organ and Two-Ensemble-Tone Split
Organ Upper Manual
Ensemble Tone 1
Getting Fancy
Ensemble Tone 2
Creating an Organ and Two-Ensemble-Tone Layer
Organ Upper Manual
In this organ-ensemble-tone split, you add a second ensemble sound to
either the right hand or the left.
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Follow the steps in “Creating an Organ/Ensemble-Tone Split” on Page
6.
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While holding down the tone-category button for Ensemble Tone
1, press the desired tone-category button for the second ensemble
tone—Ensemble Tone 2 is layered with the upper-manual organ
under your right hand.
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Hold down Ensemble Tone 2’s category button and use the - and/or +
buttons to select the desired tone for Ensemble Tone 2.
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You can move Ensemble Tone 2 down to the left hand to join
Ensemble Tone 1 by holding down Ensemble Tone 2’s tone-category
button and pressing the ENSEMBLE TO LOWER/PEDAL button—this
layers Ensemble Tone 2 with Ensemble Tone 1 beneath your left hand.
Ensemble Tone 1
Ensemble Tone 2
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Follow the steps in “Layering the Organ with an Ensemble Tone” on
Page 6.
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Hold down the category button for Ensemble Tone 1 and press the
tone-category button you want to use for Ensemble Tone 2.
3
Hold down Ensemble Tone 2’s category button and use the - and/or
+ buttons to select the desired tone.
You can change Ensemble Tone 2 at any time by repeating Steps 2 and
3 above.
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To adjust the volume balance between the two ensemble sounds,
hold down both tone-category buttons, and, while continuing
to hold them down, use the - and/or + buttons to shift their level
balance as desired.
Ensemble Tone 1’s level
Ensemble Tone 2’s level
You can easily change your layered ensemble tones or turn off the layer
altogether. For a different ensemble layer, repeat Steps 2 and 3 above.
To turn off the layer, press the tone-category button for the single
ensemble tone you want to use, and then use the - and/or + buttons
to select the desired tone.
You can adjust the relative volume of your layered ensemble tones by
holding down their tone-category buttons at the same time and using
the - and/or + buttons.
The maximum relative level for a tone is 9.
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Creating a Two-Keyboard Dual Manual Organ
One of the most enjoyable ways to unleash the V-Combo’s power is to
connect a second MIDI keyboard—purchased separately—to the V-Combo
so you have two full-sized manuals. Here’s how to set this up.
Configure the V-Combo
On the V-Combo:
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Press the FUNCTION button beneath the display—”Fnc” appears
onscreen.
2
Press the - and/or + buttons until “NId” appears in the display and the
ENSEMBLE and TO LOWER/PEDAL buttons begin to flash.
3
Press the ENSEMBLE STRINGS button to display the current values for
the Sub Keyboard Function parameter.
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Press - and/or + to select -U-. This assigns the upper organ manual to
your second keyboard.
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Press EXIT twice to exit Function mode.
Organ Upper Manual
Organ Lower Manual
Organ Pedal Keyboard
We’re including a pedal keyboard in this illustration because, with one
attached, you’ll enjoy a full-on traditional organ experience.
In this setup, we’re going to presume you’ll place your second MIDI
keyboard on top of the V-Combo, and use the second keyboard as
your upper manual. Of course, you can place the V-Combo and second
keyboard any way you like and use either one for either manual.
Make Your Connections
Using a MIDI cable, connect the MIDI OUT jack of
your second keyboard to the V-Combo’s rear-panel
MIDI IN jack.
If you want your V-Combo to be the upper manual and the second
keyboard to be the lower manual, set this parameter to -L- instead.
Even though the upper manual’s being played by another keyboard, the
V-Combo’s drawbars continue to control its sound as usual, along with
the lower manual and pedal organ sounds.
Be sure to connect the second keyboard to the V-Combo’s MIDI IN jack—
and not its MIDI PEDAL IN jack—for this setup. The MIDI PEDAL IN jack’s
for your pedal keyboard.
The V-Combo’s splitting and layering features are still available in this
setup, and can be played by your upper-manual keyboard.
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The End
We hope you’ve found this workshop helpful. Keep an eye out for
other V-Combo Workshop booklets available for downloading at
www.RolandUS.com.
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