Roland | V-Synth | V-Synth Brochure

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■ Keyboard 61 keys (with velocity and channel aftertouch)
■ Sound Generator Configuration Oscillator (envelope x 4 + LFO x 1) x 2,
Modulator x 1, COSM (envelope x 2 + LFO x 1) x 2, TVA (envelope x 1 +
LFO x 1) x 1
■ Sound-generation Techniques Analog Modeling (9 waveforms),
PCM / Variphrase (326 Preset waveforms + Sampling waveforms),
External Input
■ Modulator 4 types + MIX
■ COSM 15 types + THRU
■ Zones (Splits) 16
■ Parts 16
■ Maximum Polyphony 24 voices (Varies depending on the load placed
on the sound generator.)
■ Internal Memory Project: 1, Patches: 512, Waves: 999,
Wave memory(RAM): 50 MB (When the unit ships from the factory,
30 MB of this is taken up by the preset waves.),
Sample storage memory (FLASH): 10 MB
■ External Storage Device PC CARD slot (Microdrive, SmartMedia or
CompactFlash can be used with PC card adapter.)
■ Effects MFX (Multi-effects): 41 sets, Chorus: 8 sets, Reverb: 10 sets
■ System EQ 4 bands
■ Sampling Frequency Internal: 44.1 kHz,
Digital Audio IN/OUT: 96, 48, 44.1 kHz
■ Signal Processing Internal processing,
sound generating section: 32 bits (floating point),
effects section: 24 bits (fixed point), DA Conversion: 24 bits,
AD Conversion: 24 bits
■ Nominal Output Level MAIN OUT: +4 dBu, DIRECT OUT: +4 dBu
■ Nominal Input Level INPUT (LINE): -20 dBu, INPUT (MIC): -46 dBu
■ Arpeggiator Patterns: User programmable (supports use of
control change messages), Motifs: 8 types, Tempo: 20 to 250 BPM
■ Display Graphic 320 x 240 dot backlit LCD with touchscreen
■ Controllers Pitch Bend / Modulation Lever, TimeTrip Pad,
Twin D Beam Controller, Assignable Control Knobs (C1, C2)
■ Connectors Headphones Jack,
Main Output Jacks (L/MONO, R) (1/4 inch phone type),
Direct Output Jacks (L, R) (1/4 inch phone type),
Input Jacks (L, R) (1/4 inch phone type) (equipped with line/mic gain
switch), Hold Pedal Jack, Control Pedal Jacks (1, 2) (assignable),
MIDI Connectors (IN, OUT, THRU), USB Connector,
Digital Audio Interface (24-bit, S/PDIF) (COAXIAL (IN, OUT),
■ Power Supply AC 117 V, AC 230 V, AC 240 V
■ Power Consumption 16 W
■ Dimensions 1,056 (W) x 398 (D) x 111 (H) mm,
41-5/8 (W) x 15-11/16 (D) x 4-3/8 (H) inches
■ Weight 13.1 kg / 28 lbs 15 oz
■ Accessories Quick Start, Owner's Manual, Parameter List,
Sound List, CD-ROM (Driver), PC CARD Protector, Power Cable
■ Options Keyboard Stand: KS-12, Pedal Switch: DP-2/6,
Foot Switch: BOSS FS-5U, Expression Pedal: EV-5
(0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms)
Rear Panel
Once a musical instrument generates sound vibrations, it reaches the human ear through various mediating objects, each of which significantly affects the sound. The material and configuration of the instrument, the electric/electronic/
magnetic amplifying system, the air and the reverberation of the room all affect the final sound. Sound modeling, the latest DSP technology, "virtually" reconstructs these objects. Roland's breakthrough Composite Object Sound Modeling
(COSM) uses the advantages of multiple modeling methods and succeeds in accurately emulating existing sounds, as well as producing sounds that have never before been created.
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Printed in Japan Dec. 2002 RAM-3646 ERK-GEN-SE C-4
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A World of New Sounds Await...
The Roland V-Synth is an expressive new instrument for those passionate about
sound. It’s the first synthesizer to offer multiple oscillator technologies with realtime
control over a waveform’s pitch, time and formant. Sounds can then be processed
through new COSM® filters, a killer arpeggiator and powerful realtime controllers
including the TimeTrip Pad. Explore new musical landscapes with the V-Synth.
Flagship 61-note synthesizer with multiple oscillator technologies, user sampling and
new COSM filtering for incredibly dynamic new sounds
New variable oscillators based on analog modeling, user samples and over 300 PCM waveforms
*Polyphony depends on processing power.
with up to 24-voice polyphony*
Independently manipulate the pitch, time and formant of sampled waveforms using
VariPhrase™ technology—a world’s first in a synthesizer!
Intuitive touchscreen interface with over 20 knobs and sliders, plus revolutionary
TimeTrip Pad and Twin D Beam
Powerful COSM filtering/processing; separate reverb, chorus and MFX; plus
programmable arpeggiator
USB port for .WAV/AIFF file import, .WAV export and simplified MIDI connections
2 stereo Line outputs, stereo Mic/Line input and S/PDIF digital I/O
*VariPhrase technology for use under one or more of U.S. Pat. Nos, 6,421,642, 6,323,797, 6,201,175 and 6,207,885. U.S. Patent Pending
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■ Touchscreen Display
V-Synth’s large LCD screen responds to touch
and dragging motions—making it easy to set
graphic parameters like envelope curves and
filter response.
Synthesis for
Unlimited Sonic
■ Structure Panel
The V-Synth offers three structure types, which determine
the signal flow of the dual oscillators. Structures can be
selected using the
front-panel buttons.
■ Oscillator Panel
Variable oscillators let you choose from three different sound generating
techniques. These include analog modeling, external audio processing,
and PCM synthesis with
VariPhrase control.
■ COSM Processor Controls
Sounds can be further shaped using two COSM processors.
These include modeled multi-mode analog filters, plus
other tools like a Wave Shaper and
metallic Side Band Filter.
■ COSM Processing Examples
Side Band Filter
Intuitive sound editing with semi-modular structures
The V-Synth’s vast sound engine can be configured in
several different ways by choosing from three different
structure types. These structures define the signal flow
including the routing of COSM processors. Dedicated
buttons and diagrams make selecting a structure easy,
while a host of knobs, buttons and sliders offer direct
access to the most vital sound parameters. Careful
consideration was given to each knob and slider, ensuring
that sounds can be edited quickly and easily. More
detailed parameters can be edited on the V-Synth’s large
touchscreen, which even responds to dragging motions.
Imagine setting an envelope curve just by sliding your
finger on the screen! Whether you’re new to synthesizers
or a seasoned programmer, the V-Synth makes it easy to
dive in and get the sounds you want.
New variable oscillators powered by VariPhrase
At the heart of the V-Synth are two variable oscillators
with a choice of three types: PCM, Analog Modeling and
External Audio Processing. The PCM oscillator uses
VariPhrase technology to
bring new life to otherwise
static waveforms. Sample
your own waveform or
choose from hundreds of
presets, then independently manipulate pitch, time and
formant. A world’s first TimeTrip function lets you control
the time aspect of a waveform in any way desired.
Choose the Analog Modeling oscillator and you’ll get
nine fat-sounding analog waveforms beefed up for even
more warmth and punch. Or process any external sound
through V-Synth’s incredible architecture by selecting the
External Audio Processing type. No other
synthesizer provides this degree of sonic control.
COSM processing = total sound shaping
Instead of typical multi-mode filters, the V-Synth
features two dedicated COSM processors for
warping sounds in entirely new ways. If you
want traditional filters, they’re there. But if you want to
go beyond, simply select an algorithm like polyphonic
guitar amp modeling or the unique Side Band Filter,
which can pull out the sharper, metallic content of
sounds. There’s also a Wave Shaper, Resonator
(polyphonic waveform
processing through a
Wave Shaper
modeled resonation body)
and more. These tools are
an essential part of the
Dynamic TVF
sound creation process and
can radically alter any
sound. The V-Synth’s separate
reverb, chorus and MFX handle all global effects processing.
Sample your own waves, or import via USB
Any of the V-Synth’s internal waveforms can be
overwritten with user-sampled waves. Simple record from
the stereo analog input or the S/PDIF digital input, and
you can edit the sample and use it as an internal
waveform. The V-Synth’s USB port also makes for a
convenient way to import .WAV and AIFF files from a
computer. You can even resample an effected sound or
any performance played with the TimeTrip Pad, D Beam
or arpeggiator. Sample data can be quickly copied to a
computer via USB, or to an optional PC card. And by
purchasing readily available PC card adapters, other
media like CompactFlash, SmartMedia and MicroDrives
can also be used.
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■ Twin D Beam
An Interactive
Approach to Sound.
Control a variety of effects and controllers using
two infrared beams of light. Examples include
oscillator pitch, LFO depth, TimeTrip and more.
Roland’s V-LINK makes it possible to
control video clips when used with
an Edirol DV-7PR Digital Video
Workstation (sold separately).
*D Beam light has been colored for illustraitive purposes only.
Actual infrared light beam is invisible.
Add your own “touch” with the TimeTrip Pad
Roland’s revolutionary TimeTrip Pad offers a degree of
sonic control never before
possible. Simply rub your
finger along the pad in a
clockwise or counterclockwise motion to scan a
waveform forwards or
backwards in time—
without changing pitch or
formant. Slow a waveform
down to uncover rich harmonic content, speed it up, or
freeze it at any position—all with the touch of your finger.
Imagine adding expressive phrasing to
a lead vocal sample or
manipulating a drum
loop like a DJ without
changing pitch. The
TimeTrip Pad lets you
create amazing new
sounds and effects not
possible in software.
Awe-inspiring performance controllers
The V-Synth is not only a powerful sound sculpting tool,
but also a killer performance synthesizer. To start, you get
a programmable arpeggiator that can
instantly create backing chords or turn a
few notes into a blazing techno sequence.
The arpeggiator can also control synthesis
parameters like filter cutoff or envelope
decay—just like a vintage step sequencer.
■ Programmable Arpeggiator
Use the arpeggiator to create complex riffs from
a single note or chord, or to create timbral
changes that add rhythmic motion to a sound.
■ TimeTrip Pad
This innovative controller lets you adjust the time parameter of a waveform in real time—without
affecting pitch or formant—simply by dragging your finger along the pad.
Arpeggio settings are stored
with each Patch, making it
easy to recall hundreds of
patterns in performance.
Groundbreaking V-LINK video control
For the ultimate in realtime control, check out the
V-Synth’s Twin D Beam. Using two infrared light
beams, you can control a variety of preset controller
functions—or even play melodies—by moving your
hand vertically and horizontally in the air. Your
crowd will be amazed!
V-LINK is another new approach to creative expression,
allowing playback and even performance of video
clips with music created on the V-Synth; all you need
is the Edirol DV-7PR Digital Video Workstation (sold
separately). Use V-LINK to trigger different video
clips with V-Synth’s keyboard while using the bender
to change playback speed. Using the TimeTrip Pad,
you can scan a clip forwards or backwards with your
finger, or change colors using the Twin D Beam.
The future is now, and it’s called V-LINK.
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