VB99WS03—On-the-Gig Sound Settings_v105

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VB-99 V-Bass System
On-the-Gig Sound Settings
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VB99WS03
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About the Workshop Booklets
Roland’s VB-99 V-Bass System is, simply put, the most powerful bass
processor ever made. It’s the second generation V-Bass system from Roland,
and it offers an unprecedented set of creative sound-making tools for
the bassist. Featuring dual COSM bass and amp modeling paths, two
independent multi-effects processors, massive realtime control options,
pitch-to-MIDI conversion, and USB, the VB-99 is a bassist’s dream machine,
capable of producing sounds that are limited only by your imagination.
Each VB-99 Workshop booklet focuses on one VB-99 topic, and is intended as
a companion to the VB-99 Owner’s Manual.
About This Booklet
The VB-99 lets you tailor its sound output to match the amplification system
you’re connected to and the environment you’re performing in without
changing the settings stored in individual patches. We’ll show you how in
this booklet.
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.
A note is something that adds information about the topic at hand.
Adjusting the VB-99’s Sound Output for Your
Performance Environment
The VB-99 gives you an astounding amount of soundshaping power, allowing you to store a complete
“finished” sound in every patch, including instrument,
amps, effects, EQ, and so on. However, when you
perform with the VB-99, you’ll probably find that
you need to adjust the overall sound of all patches
slightly to optimize your tone for a given performance
situation.
Why is this? Well, because every performance situation is a bit different.
For instance, at a live gig you’ll probably plug the VB-99 into an instrument
amplifier, while for a recording session you’ll likely connect it directly to a
mixer or a computer. And when you play live, the acoustics of a given room
may be very different from those where you originally created your patches.
For example, you might find your patches sound too “wet” in a live room or
too “dry” in a dead-sounding room, or that you want to add a little treble or
bass to the overall sound.
Obviously, it’s not practical or desirable to go into each patch and tweak the
sound for every gig. That’s why the VB-99 provides a number of parameters
that let you tailor the overall sound of all patches, while not actually
affecting the stored patch data itself. These parameters are stored in groups
called “Global Settings,” global meaning that they affect every sound coming
from the VB-99’s outputs.
In a Global Setting, you can make the following sound adjustments:
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.
• Main Output Select—This adjusts the VB-99’s MAIN
outputs to match the device you’re plugging in to, be it
headphones, a mixer, a bass amp, etc.
• Global Main EQ and Global SUB EQ—These powerful four-band equalizers
allow you to independently adjust the tone of signals sent to the VB-99’s
MAIN OUT and SUB OUT jacks.
• Global Reverb Level—This setting increases or decreases the overall
reverb level relative to the level set in each patch.
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• Global noise suppressor adjustment—This adjusts the noise suppressor
threshold relative to the threshold level(s) set in each patch.
• Global SUB OUT Level—This increases or decreases the level of signals
sent to the SUB OUT jacks relative to the SUB OUT levels set at the
system level or in each patch.
You can edit, name, and recall 10 different Global Settings. This lets you
quickly and easily set up the VB-99’s sound output for the environments you
perform in frequently.
Editing Global Settings
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Press GLOBAL, and then use the PAGE buttons to go to
Page 1 in the display. (The current page number is shown
in the upper right-hand corner of the display.)
MAIN OUTPUT SELECT
On Page 1 of the Global Setting screens, you can
select the type of device you’re connecting the
VB-99’s MAIN OUT jacks to. These settings add some
subtle equalization to the signal to compensate
the VB-99’s sound to match the inherent tonal characteristics of various
instrument amplifiers. The exception is the LINE/PHONES setting, which
outputs an un-equalized, “flat response” sound.
The sound output from the SUB OUT jacks is always equivalent to
the LINE/PHONES setting. Additionally, these jacks provide balanced
output on XLR connectors. This allows you to use the MAIN OUT jacks
to feed an onstage amplifier, and simultaneously use the SUB OUT jacks
to feed a balanced direct signal to a house sound system or a recording
rig without having to use a direct box. To learn more about assigning
sounds to the SUB OUT jacks, see the VB-99 Owner’s Manual.
Use the F4 knob or button to choose the desired MAIN OUTPUT SELECT
setting:
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Use the F1 knob or button to choose the Global Setting (1-10) you’d
like to edit.
There is no “save” procedure when working with Global Settings.
All the adjustments you make to a selected Global Setting are saved
automatically.
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Use the PAGE buttons to select the desired Global Setting screen, and
use the F knobs and/or buttons to make the desired adjustments.
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When you’re done, press EXIT to return to the Play
screen.
• AMP WITH TWEETER—Use this setting when plugging into the frontpanel input of a bass amp, and when the speaker system you’re using
with the amp incorporates a high-frequency driver.
• AMP NO TWEETER—This setting is for plugging into the front-panel
input of a bass amp, and when the speaker system you’re using with
the amp incorporates a standard speaker compliment with no highfrequency driver.
• LINE/PHONES—Use this setting when connecting to a line level device
like a mixer or audio recorder. Also, use this setting when monitoring
the sound via headphones connected to the VB-99’s rear-panel PHONES
jack.
The Play screen is the VB-99’s “home” screen. It’s the screen that’s
displayed after the VB-99 finishes its power-up sequence. You’ll usually
want to return to the Play screen when you’re done editing any VB-99
functions.
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Tips for Choosing the Best MAIN OUTPUT SELECT
Setting
• Let your ears be your guide—The names given to
the MAIN OUTPUT SELECT settings are only starting
points. Try all the settings to see which one sounds
best with your particular rig.
• When connecting to a full-range system, choose LINE/PHONES—A fullrange system reproduces sound in an uncolored way, so there’s no need
to compensate the VB-99’s output. Examples of a full-range system
would be a PA system, a keyboard amp (such as Roland’s KC series), or a
studio monitoring system.
Global MAIN EQ
The Global Main EQ is a four-band equalizer that adjusts the tonality of the
sound coming out of the VB-99’s MAIN OUT jacks. The High and Low EQ
bands are fixed shelving-type EQs, while the Low Mid and High Mid bands
are fully adjustable parametric EQs.
Up to nine additional EQs are available for shaping your sound within
each patch.
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Go to Page 2 of the Global Setting screens.
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Use the F1 knob or button to turn the Global Main EQ on and off.
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Use the F2 knob to set the overall gain of the EQ (TOTAL GAIN).
• Try the LINE/PHONES setting first, even when plugging into a bass amp—
You may find that this un-equalized setting works best with your amp.
• Turn off the VB-99’s COSM speaker modeling when amplifying the VB-99
through bass speakers—The speaker system in a typical electric bass
amp colors the sound, and plays a significant role in determining the
amp’s overall sound character. This sound coloring is why the VB-99
includes models of bass speakers in the first place. But COSM speaker
modeling sounds best when it’s used with a full-range speaker system.
If you leave it on when amplifying the VB-99 through a bass speaker,
you’re effectively coloring the sound twice, and this will usually result in
an undesirable dark and/or “boxy” sound. To avoid this, we recommend
that you create patches with COSM speaker modeling turned off for
these applications.
COSM speaker modeling is part of the VB-99’s COSM amp section. To
learn more about working with COSM speaker modeling, see the VB-99
Owner’s Manual.
Adjusting an EQ band changes the volume of the frequency range that’s
assigned to it. As such, the overall volume of the entire signal may
be changed, especially with dramatic EQ adjustments. After you’ve
finished adjusting all the EQ bands, toggle the EQ on and off while
playing and use the TOTAL GAIN control to compensate for any level
difference that may have been introduced. The goal is to achieve the
same volume when the EQ is on or off.
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While playing, use the F4 and F5 knobs to adjust the EQ’s Low and
High bands as desired. “+” settings boost the band, while “-” settings
cut the band. At 0, the EQ band is turned off. (Use the F4 and F5
buttons to quickly set an EQ band to 0.)
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Use the PAGE buttons to go to Page 3 of the Global Setting screens.
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While playing, use the F knobs and buttons to adjust the Low Mid
and High Mid EQ bands.
For the Low Mid band:
• select the frequency—with the F1 knob or button.
• adjust the bandwidth or “Q” of the selected frequency—with the
Global Noise Suppressor, Reverb, and SUB OUT
Adjustments
Use the PAGE buttons to go to Page 6 of the Global Setting screens to adjust
the following.
F2 knob or button.
• adjust the gain of the selected frequency—with the F3 knob. At 0,
the EQ band is turned off. (Use the F3 button to quickly set the
Low Mid EQ band to 0.)
For the High Mid band:
• select the frequency—with the F4 knob or button.
Global Noise Suppressor (NS) Threshold
• adjust the bandwidth or “Q” of the selected frequency—with the
The VB-99 includes noise suppressors that reduce hum and
noise that are picked up by your instrument’s pickups. Up to
four noise suppressors can be active at any given time: one
for each COSM instrument (A and B), and one in each multieffects processor (A and B).
F5 knob or button.
• adjust the gain of the selected frequency—with the F6 knob. At 0,
the EQ band is turned off. (Use the F6 button to quickly set the
High Mid EQ band to 0.)
Even though they’re named “Low Mid” and “High Mid,” these EQ bands
can actually be set to adjust a specific frequency over a very broad
range, from 20 Hz to 10 kHz.
Global SUB EQ
The Global SUB EQ is a four-band equalizer that adjusts the tonality of the
sound coming out of the VB-99’s SUB OUT jacks. Functionally, it’s identical to
the Global Main EQ. Navigate to Pages 4 and 5 of the Global Setting screens
to adjust the Global SUB EQ.
BUZZ
HUM
The noise suppressors work by suppressing noise and hum that rise above
a certain level, or “threshold.” The threshold control in each noise suppressor
lets you dial in the level at which the noise occurs and silence it.
Due to conditions in your performance environment—such as the presence
of AC line noise, RF interference, etc.—you may need to raise the noise
suppressors’ thresholds to get rid of noise. Conversely, you may want to
lower them in conditions where noise interference isn’t present. Using the
Global NS setting, you can offset the threshold settings stored in each patch
as necessary.
Use the F1 knob to adjust the Global NS setting until the noise
disappears. “+” settings raise the threshold, while “-” settings
lower it. Press F1 to quickly set the threshold to 0 dB. (At 0 dB,
the VB-99 uses the threshold settings stored in each patch.)
Depending on the noise suppressor settings and other settings in the
currently selected patch, adjusting the Global NS threshold may have
no audible effect.
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Global Reverb Level
The VB-99’s mixer allows you to add ambience to the
sound with a reverb effect, simulating the sound of
playing in a reverberant environment such as a large
room or a concert hall. Each VB-99 patch can store
different mixer and reverb settings.
When you’re creating patches, the amount of reverb you add is likely to be
greatly influenced by the environment in which you make the settings. For
example, if you’re creating patches in an acoustically dead room—such as a
carpeted and curtained living room or bedroom—you’ll probably turn the
reverb level up to liven up the sound. On the other hand, if you’re creating
patches in an acoustically live space—like a large room with a high ceiling
and hardwood floor—you’ll dial back the reverb amount.
The reverberation conditions in a given performing environment may be
quite different from where you created your patches, necessitating a change
in reverb level. Using the Global Reverb Level, you can raise or lower the
overall reverb level relative to the reverb level stored in each patch.
Use the F2 knob to adjust the Global Reverb Level as necessary.
Settings above 100% raise the reverb level, while settings below
100% lower it. Press F2 to quickly set the level to 100%. (At
100%, the VB-99 uses the reverb levels stored in each patch. At
0%, the reverb is effectively turned off.)
If the reverb effect in the currently selected patch is turned off,
adjusting the Global Reverb Level will have no audible effect.
Global SUB OUT Level
This is handy for situations where the MAIN OUT jacks are connected to your
onstage amplification system and you’re using the SUB OUT jacks to send a
separate feed to a house PA system or audio recorder. By adjusting the SUB
OUT level globally, you can easily optimize this output signal with one
control.
Use the F3 knob to adjust the Global SUB OUT Level as
necessary. Settings above 100% raise the SUB OUT level, while
settings below 100% lower it. Press F2 to quickly set the SUB
OUT level to 100%. (At 100%, the VB-99 uses the SUB OUT level
set system-wide or in each patch.)
When the Global SUB OUT Level is set to 100%, the nominal level of the
SUB OUT jacks is +4 dBu (line level).
If there are no signals assigned to the SUB OUT jacks, adjusting the
Global SUB OUT Level will have no audible effect.
Naming a Global Setting
You can name Global Settings to keep track of settings for the environments
you perform in frequently.
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Use Step 1 in “Editing Global Settings” to navigate to Page 1 of the
Global Setting screens. (If you’re still in another Global Setting screen,
simply use the PAGE buttons to navigate to Page 1.)
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Use the F1 knob or button to choose the Global Setting (1-10) you’d
like to name.
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Press F3 (NAME).
The VB-99 allows you to assign signals to the rearpanel SUB OUT jacks, either on a system-wide basis or
individually per patch via settings made in the mixer
section. The Global SUB OUT Level adjustment allows
you to increase or decrease the overall SUB OUT level
relative to the system or patch levels.
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Enter the desired name for the Global Setting:
• To select a character—use the PATCH/VALUE dial.
• To change to a different character position—use the PAGE
You may find that you’ll want to create more than one “home” Global
Setting—for example, one for working with headphones/studio monitors
and another for playing the VB-99 through an instrument amp.
buttons.
• To insert or delete a character, or enter a blank space—use the
F1-F3 buttons.
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To make a flat Global Setting, use the procedures described previously to
select an unused Global Setting and make the following adjustments:
• To change the selected character’s type—use the F4 button.
• MAIN OUTPUT SELECT—Select LINE/PHONES.
• To change the selected character’s case—use the F5 button.
• Global Main EQ—Set all GAIN controls to 0 dB. (Alternately, you can
When you’re finished, press the EXIT button to return to the Play
screen.
• Global SUB EQ—Set all GAIN controls to 0 dB. (Alternately, you can
Selecting a Global Setting
To select a Global Setting:
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Press GLOBAL.
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Use the PAGE buttons to navigate to Page 1 in the display.
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Use the F1 knob or button to select the desired Global Setting.
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Press EXIT to return to the Play screen.
Tip: Create a “Home” Global Setting
No matter what patch you’re using at any given time, the
VB-99 is always affected by the parameters set in the currently
selected Global Setting. Because of this, we recommend that
you create a “home” Global Setting, one that you call up
when you’re back in the environment where you practice and create VB-99
patches.
simply set MAIN EQ SW to OFF.)
simply set SUB EQ SW to OFF.)
• NS—Select 0 dB.
• Reverb—Select 100%.
• SUB OUT Level—Select 100%.
When the VB-99 ships from the factory, all the Global Settings are set
as shown above.
After you’ve made these adjustments, give this Global Setting an appropriate
name, such as “Home” or “Flat Output.” And don’t forget to call up this Global
Setting when you get back to your home environment after a gig!
The End
We hope you’ve found this workshop helpful. Keep an eye out for other
VB-99 Workshop booklets available for downloading at www.RolandUS.com.
This is a good idea, because it creates a “benchmark” Global Setting that you
can always return to. How you set up this Global Setting is up to you, but a
suggestion would be to set all the parameters “flat”— that is, so they have
no effect on your VB-99 patches at all.
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