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Roland VP-7 Vocal Processor  

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        Create harmonies and background vocals instantly, from a single voice to a full-scale choir.

        For keyboardists in need of great background vocals, the Roland VP-7 vocal processor is ready to sing. Create harmonies instantly, from a single voice to a full-scale choir, with a microphone and a MIDI connection to the keyboard of your choice. It's simple. Just select a sound type from the front panel and play. The Human Voice section provides rich and expressive choral backing by just playing the keyboard—no singing required. The Roland vocal processing pedal section can automatically generate 2-voice or 3-voice backing harmonies based on the lyrics that you sing into the microphone. And, for classic robot-voice effects, the Vocoder button lets you instantly sound like a vintage vocoder.

        Ultimate Expression
        The Roland VP-7 lets you create "virtual vocals" with spoken or sung phrases from your own voice. Whether you need a basic harmony or perhaps a vintage vocoder sound, the VP-7 can deliver the interactive, expressive vocal backing you need. Play the desired harmony notes on the keyboard, and sing. The vocal effects pedal can even generate harmonies without singing at all—just play and let the VP-7's Human Voice section do the vocalizing for you.

        Easy Control
        Operating the Roland VP-7 vocal processor couldn't be easier. Even though the effect pedal itself is compact, the dedicated buttons and knobs are large and clearly labeled. Four knobs provide instant control over volume, Mic level, Harmony mix, and Ambiance level. Large front-panel buttons are provided for selecting the Human Voice type (Female Choir, Boys Choir, Gregorian Choir, and Jazz Scat), for selecting the Vocal Designer type (Duet, Trio 1, and Trio 2), for Bypass, and for activating the Vocoder section.

        On Time, On Budget
        The Roland VP-7 can be used for a wide variety of musical applications. The vocal effects processor ideal for musicians who perform alone or in small groups, for example, and who need an interactive, realtime backing chorus. The creative possibilities are vast, as are the time/money savings that this instrument can provide.

        Features
        • Generate vocal harmonies instantly with no vocal skills required
        • Dedicated buttons for instant access to the preset sounds
        • Four expressive Human Voice sounds, three Vocal Designer choirs, plus vintage vocoder, echo, and reverb
        • Dedicated knobs for volume, mic level, harmony mix, and Ambience level
        • Bundled with DR-HS5 microphone (designed for Roland's Vocal Designer products)
        Accessories:
        • Owner's manual
        • Hands-free microphone DR-HS5
        • MIDI cable
        • Tutorial DVD
        • Guidebook
        • AC adaptor (PSB-1U)

        Just because you play keyboard doesn't mean you don't deserve great background vocals. Order now.

         

        VP-7 Vocal Processor Specifications:

        • Tones
        • Human Voice: Female Choir, Kids Choir, Gregorian Choir, Jazz Scat
        • Vocal Designer: Duet, Trio1, Trio2
        • Vocoder: Vocoder1, Vocoder2, Vocoder3
        • Variation: Male
        • Maximum Polyphony: 64 voices (varies according to the sound generator load)
        • Master Tune: 438Hz to 442Hz
        • Nominal Input Level: INPUT (MIC): -50 to -10 dBu
        • Controller: Harmony Knob, Ambience Knob, Tuning Knob
        • Connectors: (Headphone Jack) Stereo miniature phone type, (Output Jacks) L/MONO, R 1/4 inch phone type, (Line Input Jack) Stereo miniature phone type, (Mic Jack) 1/4" phone type or XLR type with phantom power, (Foot Pedal Jack) Bypass on/off, (MIDI Connector) in, DC in jack
        • Power Supply: DC 9V: AC Adaptor
        • Current Draw: 550 mA
        • Size and Weight
        • Dimensions (W x D x H) 240mm x 144mm x 64mm. (9-1/2" x 5-11/16" x 2-9/16")
        • Weight: 800g, 1lb. 13 oz.
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        5.0

        Vocoder for the masses!

        By Rob A

        from Toronto Canada

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Practicing

          Comments about Roland VP-7 Vocal Processor:

          It's clearer than I expected and totally gives me that vocoder vibe I always liked but never found that effective on the synths I tried. It just may do the job I need considering my vocals are somewhat weak but for sure it's fun! I'm having a ball with it and there are a number of variations so, lots to play around with and that headset that comes with it seems to be pretty decent as well... It's not cheap but it's a lot more effective than I thought it would be and should end up in a lot of studios~! Check it out!

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          5.0

          Fantastic Vocals

          By LewieFromQuiver

          from New Orleans

          Comments about Roland VP-7 Vocal Processor:

          First of all, let me say that if you can't get great usable effects out of the VP-7, the problem is not the VP-7. Let me explain...The unit is described as being used for background vocals, which it does great. If you think they sound a little too artificial, there is a knob (Harmony) to adjust the level between your natural voice and the processed voice. It couldn't be any more simple to get the right mix--it's one knob. Think of the Harmony knob as your Wet/Dry adjustment. To get great sounding lead vox, you just have to get the wet/dry mix right as with ANY other effect in existence. Too much of any effect can be overbearing, but the VP-7 mixes VERY easily to get great, lush sounding vox.What if you can't sing at all?Then, you would want the mix at 100% wet (full Harmony). With this option, you're going to have more processed sounding vocals--think Def Leppard backing vox/choruses on Hysteria. It will sound good, but it won't work for every song or every part of every song. Go to youtube and search for VP-7, and you'll see some videos of people putting the VP-7 to good professional use. There's a guy named Ed (diazeo) who demos using it as a completely wet device (for people who can't sing at all). There are some vids of Sheena Loza using it, which shows how it accents a fantastic singer. She also shows how it can be used live and easily switched on and off.The vocoders sound great, and I like the built-in keyboard chorus sounds. The built-in reverb is pretty cool too, as you'd expect from Roland.I'm using this in a studio setting, and I'm in love with it so far. I think it can be used to enrich any style of vocal. As I said before, it's all going to be getting your wet/dry mix right. For me, it's much easier to keep your original track dry and then record the VP-7 vocals to another track 100% wet. That way, you can adjust the two tracks' volumes to change the wet/dry at any point in mixdown.The only possible negative for this item is that it may be a little pricey for what it does, but there isn't anything else quite like it out there. However, I'd buy another one in a heartbeat if mine were stolen.In short, if you can't sing at all and want to use this to create vocals, they'll sound good with clearly pronounced words but not entirely human. If you want to use it for backing vox or to enhance a vocal (fatten it up or make it sound bigger), you can't go wrong with this at all.

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          5.0

          Great for studio use!

          By Vincenzo

          from West Chester, PA

          Comments about Roland VP-7 Vocal Processor:

          I just got mine a few days ago. I agree if you use it live as a solo performer or in a duo, it just doesn't sound natural enough. It really depends on kind of results you want. However, it's wonderful in the studio if you want to quickly lay down backing vocals. I does sound great in a mix when used properly.

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          1.0

          Nothing natural in it

          By Stanglass

          from Boston, MA

          Comments about Roland VP-7 Vocal Processor:

          Let me provide full disclosure that I do not own the Roland VP-7 Vocal Processor but have listened to all of Roland's demos and saw a long demonstration of the product at a retailer. My only response is: Scary. Perhaps I expect too much from vocal harmonizers, but the harmonies the VP-7 produces some link a cross between Mr. Roboto and Auto-tune gone amock. None of the presets sound at all "natural" in any way. Which I suppose would make this unit perfect for trance bands, but if you're a solo performer looking for some quality, natural sounding background vocals, be prepared for snickers and strange looks from your audience if you attempt to use this thing on stage.

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