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The Roland VB-99 V-Bass System Bass Processor delivers 3 times the sonic firepower of the original model. Based on an enhanced custom processing engine and 10 years of R&D, the Roland V-Bass serves up a wide range of inspiring COSM bass and amplifier models. You also get powerful polyphonic effects, fresh string modeling technology, dual independent signal paths for blending sounds, a variety of different controllers, and a host of thoughtful improvements that bassists demanded. Better still, the Roland VB-99 V-Bass has a smaller, more convenient format that's ideal for both tabletop recording and on-stage use.
Dual Independent Signal Paths
The Roland VB-99 sports dual independent signal paths, which greatly expands the sonic possibilities of this system. The 2 paths can be assigned to 2 distinct sounds (patches), and mixed and layered as desired. Sounds can be blended with a single knob, and even split or switched via playing dynamics. Imagine setting up a patch in which an electric bass morphs into a synth sound when you really dig in, or maybe assigning an overdriven amp sound to your low B and E strings, and a lush, string-type sound to your A, D, and G strings. The soundscapes are almost endless.
In addition to more than twice the number of patches—including everything from classic and modern basses, to acoustic instruments, and a vast range of amps and effects—the VB-99 offers greater expressive possibilities thanks to a D BEAM Controller, a Ribbon Controller, and String Modeling.
The assignable D-Beam controller allows a bassist to control his sound via hand gestures through an infrared beam of light. It's a great way to generate inspiring tones and wow an audience.
Ribbon Controller: The onboard Ribbon controller is much like those found on keyboard synthesizers—perfect for tweaking a patch or getting just the right filter setting on a bass synth sound.
V-LINK is Roland's proprietary format for controlling external video equipment, so visionary bassists can create soundscapes beyond just the music.
String Modeling is new to the VB-99, enabling to convert "Round Wound" strings to "Flat Wound" or "Black Nylon" for enhanced bass performance.
A Simple, Intuitive Interface
Of course, all the V-Bass' power would mean nothing if it wasn't supremely easy to use in the widest variety of settings. That's why the VB-99 incorporates a large, bright 240 x 64 dot LCD, with tons of helpful graphics. There are also dedicated knobs and buttons for all major functions. So you can go from tweaking an amp model to adjusting global settings within seconds.
Since the introduction of the original V-Bass, players around the world have given Roland some great feedback. As a result, the VB-99's new "bassist-friendly" features include a BASS DIRECT input/output, for sending your normal bass output unchanged through the VB-99—or blending it with the onboard sounds as desired. There's also an XLR output with ground lift switch for going direct, either live or in the studio.
Perfect for Modern Recording Setups
With the VB-99's built-in USB audio/MIDI streaming capability, you can take full advantage of computer-based setups. Just connect a single USB cable from the back of the V-Bass directly to your Mac or PC. Then trigger other sounds (via MIDI) or record your V-Bass (via USB audio) using your DAW software and plug-ins (sold separately). Roland's V-Bass editing software (free downloadable) even lets you edit and save V-Bass sounds right from your computer.
Take your bass tones to new highs and lows, and in betweens when you buy a VB-99.
Roland VB-99 V-Bass System
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Comments about Roland VB-99 V-Bass System:
I had the Roland VB-99 for about a year and love it I do gigs all around the New Orleans area, Every kind of music and 6 different bands. This unit allowed me to stay ahead of the other bassists. Im able to play upright patches, fretless, and loads of funk and synth patches. Its is not that hard to get around to edit. It usb to your computer so you can see all the editing controls on one page. I love the D Beam effect when I play solo Stratocaster on my bass. There are some sweet jazz guitar sounds on it too.My unit came with the GK-3 pickup that went on in 10 mins. I brought the stand and FC-300 pedal controller too.Roland has been my choice in bass effects from the begining. Take a little time to read the manuel and checkout the videos on Utube.Having so much fun with this product. Oh I almost forgot to say its also a great interface for recording
Comments about Roland VB-99 V-Bass System:
This is the most recent addition to the roland catalog for bass effects and although it is a hefty investment, it is an amazing product. The first thing before buying is to consider that you will need a number of accessories to get the most out the VB99. One essential product (others are handy but not essential eg. foot controller, stand) is the GK-3B pickup that costs an extra ~$200. This needs to be installed on the bass and may not be compatible with all basses (due to placement issues) so make sure you have a bass that is able to accomadate the GK-3B. It takes some time and effort to install and can be glued or screwed into the bass. After installation the pick up can be plugged into the front of the VB99 and you are ready to go.The VB99 has >100 pre-programmed sounds. Take your pick, you can make your bass sound like a standup bass, 80s lead guitar, church organ. Some sounds are better than others but that depends on taste, Also programmed are sounds for various popular basses (Rick,FPB,FJB) with different strings and effects.The other feature is that you can create you own bass sounds by mixing in different sounds, For eg. a FJB mixed with Rick through a number of programmed amps. You can even pick which pickup on each virtual bass you want to use. There are just endless possibilities it will take me months to expolre this unit can do. You can also hook the VB99 to a MIDI and your PC/Mac to record/add/edit etc.Two new features are the D-Beam which can be used to hold a sound/musical passage(like a loop just by moving your hand across the top of the unit) and a ribbon controller that is similar to the ones found on keyboards where you can fade/bend your sound.The VB99 is expensive and takes time and effort to install the GK3B, but if you are a recording musician or if you like variety with your sounds there is nothing else like it. I am not a big effects guy and get bored with them after a short time,but I dont think I can get bored with the VB99 because of its endless possibilities and sounds.