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Instant access to inspiring tones and live expression.

Travel-ready, affordable, and outfitted with top-level Roland sounds, the V-Combo VR-09 is the ideal all-in-one solution for performing keyboard players. Dedicated piano, organ, and synth sound engines-organized in three intuitive blocks on the front panel-provide all the essential tones you need, right under your fingertips. The powerful real-time controls give you maximum expression on stage, with nine sliders for tone shaping and a large array of knobs and buttons for tweaking the seven simultaneous effects and various parameters. Other great features include an onboard looper, a drum section stocked with a library of rhythms for practice and jamming, and more. With its versatile sound selection, inspiring operation, and smart user interface, the V-Combo VR-09 is a dream come true for gigging musicians.

Intuitive Operation for Expressive Stage Performance
The V-Combo VR-09 was designed from the ground up with the needs of live players in mind. An intuitive front-panel layout and clear LCD screen offers quick access to Roland's top piano, organ, and synth sound engines, along with plenty of real-time controls for expressive tone manipulation. Seven simultaneous effects include rotary, delay, reverb, tone, overdrive, compressor, and customizable MFX, with dedicated knobs that tweak multiple parameters with a single twist for powerful sound shaping with minimal effort. The smart interface makes it simple to set up splits and layers on the fly, and to save all your keyboard settings in user memory locations for instant recall on stage.

Pro Acoustic and Electric Pianos
Piano is a cornerstone sound for live playing, and the V-Combo VR-09 is filled with a wide selection for covering all musical styles. The gorgeous acoustic grand piano features 88-note stereo multi-sampling, delivering pro-level tone that rivals Roland's dedicated stage pianos. Many popular vintage E. Piano sounds are onboard as well, along with complimentary effects such as vintage phaser and tremolo. The compressor-accessible via a dedicated, easy-to-reach knob-transparently boosts the level of the piano sounds, ensuring that your playing always cuts through when performing in loud bands.

World-Class Organs
Roland's renowned SuperNATURAL technology powers the V-Combo VR-09's classic tonewheel organs, while nine harmonic bars provide authentic real-time performance control. A newly developed transistor-type organ is also included, offering the unique sound of combo instruments from the 1960s. The 61-note keyboard has an extremely fast response, perfect for essential organ techniques such as trill, sputter, glissando, and percussive hits. Rotary speaker and amp simulators reproduce the characteristics of vintage organ speaker cabinets and overdriven tube circuits with astounding realism, while a new "Twin Rotary" option delivers a deep, aggressive effect never before heard.

Vintage and Modern Synth Tones
The V-Combo VR-09 is packed with a ton of ready-to-play synthesizer sounds, from vintage analog classics like JUNO strings and ‘80s synth brass to textured, modern-era digital tones and beyond. Front-panel controllers allow you to tweak the synth tones intuitively in real time, including convenient ADR and cutoff/resonance adjustment with the harmonic bars in the ORGAN block. Onboard effects like "Bit Crash" provide the ability to create modern synth voices for current dance music, including dubstep.

VR-09 Editor for iPad
The free VR-09 Editor app for iPad gives you powerful, intuitive control of the organ and synth sound engines via your tablet's full-color touchscreen interface. Quickly edit organ sounds and customize vintage tonewheel characteristics such as leakage, click noise, and rotary speed, and easily access synth sounds to build custom tones and layers. After tweaking sounds at home, you can take your iPad to the gig and use the app for extra real-time control on stage. Convenient, cable-free communication between the V-Combo VR-09 and iPad is simple to set up with Roland Wireless Connect. Alternately, you can link up with a USB cable via Apple's iPad Camera Connection Kit.

FEATURES
  • Professional keyboard with instant-access operation for performing musicians
  • Pro-quality acoustic and electric pianos, including grand piano with 88-note stereo multi-sampling
  • Wide range of synth tones, from vintage classics to modern essentials
  • Seven simultaneous effects with dedicated real-time controls
  • Free VR-09 Editor app available for iPad

Order this lightweight, mobile keyboard today, for a truly expressive performance.

SPECIFICATIONS
Keyboard
  • Number of keys: 61
  • Action: Synth
  • Key size: Full
  • Aftertouch/Velocity: Velocity Sensitive
  • Key Type: Piano-style
Sounds
  • Number of voices: 223
  • Polyphony (max): 128
  • Layers: No
  • Split: Yes
Connectivity
  • AUX input: Yes
  • MIDI Connectivity: MIDI In/Out
  • Line output: Yes
  • Line input: Yes
  • USB Connectivity: Yes
  • Headphone jacks: 1
  • Pedal inputs: 1
  • Storage type: USB
  • Expandability available: No
Onboard Features
  • Recording/Playback Yes
  • Accompaniment styles: 52
  • Preset songs: No
  • Display: Graphic LCD
  • Effects: Yes
  • Built-in speakers: No
  • Pitch bend/Modulation: Both
  • Other controls: Not applicable
Other
  • Width: 39 in.
  • Height: 4 in.
  • Depth: 11 in.
  • Weight: 12 lb.
  • Power adapter: Included
  • Batteries: Rechargeable
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RolandVR-09 V-Combo Organ
 
4.3

(based on 21 reviews)

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    (3)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (21)
  • Easy to use (20)
  • Good audio (16)
  • Responsive / good action (10)
  • Touch sensitive keys (10)

Cons

  • No speakers (4)
  • Poor action (3)

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (11)
  • Travel (8)
  • Concerts (6)
  • Electronic music (6)
  • Learning (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The After in the Before-and-After

Took a little over a month to get but well worth it.

Things I really like:

- The organ (B3) engine is great. The...Read complete review

Took a little over a month to get but well worth it.

Things I really like:

- The organ (B3) engine is great. The "Rock" type has a lot of "leakage" and even when you turn the leakage parameter all the way down, it doesn't go away (just gets a bit lower). The "Jazz" type is very clean; although you can adjust the "leakage" parameter, the leakage noise is very subtle. Jazz pulls off "Whiter Shade.." extremely well. Can't comment on "Transistor" type - it's not my thing

- Nice variety of sounds in the package. A lot of them are recycled from as far back as the U-20 (Mad Organ in the "Others" section) or Sound Canvas but there is useful stuff in there. I particularly like the "80's EP". Good range of pads; choirs, etc. Like the N. type instruments (N.Trumpet, N.Alto Sax, N.AcousticBS and N.Flute) - having the dimension of using the mod wheel/D-Beam to change dynamics/grouls/etc. is very nice. Just wish there were a lot more of those sounds! Drums are nice. Most kits go back to the early Sound Canvas but a couple of the kits are nice.

- The "Rapid Fire" feature of the keyboard is REALLY nice! The organ (and only organ) sound triggers almost as soon as you start pressing the key; definitely helps the B3 clone experience. They keybed feels just like the Roland A-500 Pro controller I used to have. It appears to be built on that platform as well as the Juno-GI, etc. The keys feel OK. The whole unit is very light but not flimsy. I like the form factor but wonder if it will be an issue on a keyboard (x-type) stand; lack of weight could make it easy to fall right off the stand.

- Pitch Bend wheel, when smoothly applied produces a smooth bend; when applied quickly it's more of a note change. It actually works nicely for trumpet/sax/flute and other lead instruments. It's a different effect than I'm used to but if you learn to move it a little slower, it's more traditional pitch bend; fast gives you a new experience.

Things I don't like:

- When you combine instruments both sounds acquire the MFX that is applied to one of them. In-other-words, if you layer a pad with chorus to a Piano sound, the piano all of the sudden has chorus!!! that is VERY BAD. The other issue is that (as nice as it is that you can add rotary to other-than-organ sounds); if you layer a piano with the organ the piano also has the rotary - again, VERY BAD.

- If you have layered instruments, the Octave Up/Down only applies to which ever layer is selected. There's no way to make the octave apply to both simultaneously!

- Although a lot of the sounds are nice; they are recycled from VERY old Roland devices!!! I would expect they would take sounds from the SRX series instead of old Sound Canvas sounds! In fairness - there are a lot of newer sounds.

- Distortion is horrible for the organ. If a lot is applied is not too bad but if you want to add a bit of overdrive it sounds absolutely horrible.

- Lack of ability to fine-tune parameters. It would be nice to set how long "long" is or how "short" short is for the organ percussion. There are no parameters for MFX. Ability to tweek distortion would probably enable me to get a much more usable effect for the organ

- Default rotor type for "Jazz" is "Type 1". Type 1 to me is completely useless. There is no way to store the Rotor Type and MFX that goes with a sound unless you use presets/registrations. For true "live" purposes where I want to go between the "Rock" and "Jazz" type without having to use registrations; it just doesn't work

- The registrations (presets) are great. plenty of room to store your own settings. There's even a "Next" button that conveniently takes you to the first patch of the next bank if your are on the 4th or the current bank. However, there is no "Back" button!!!!!!!!!!!! Need a back button too!

Great unit for the price. It's easy to criticize but for what you pay for it is better than what I expected. Still thought it worth sharing the pros and cons. Hope this helps.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Mix of Great and "Huh"

This is an instrument with a ton of potential but not fully realized. (maybe a VR10 is in the works?) Here's the GREAT: Hammond B3: this thing is a pretty good emulation...Read complete review

This is an instrument with a ton of potential but not fully realized. (maybe a VR10 is in the works?) Here's the GREAT: Hammond B3: this thing is a pretty good emulation of a B3 and its got a very good Leslie simulator too. Key click, percussion, drawbars, distortion.....really, really sweet and this one feature is really the key factor that made me buy it. Pianos (acoustic & electric) very good! 80s sound, supertramp, rhodes, rock piano, variety of acoustics...yes....check the box on that. Synth section: I found this the weakest section....some usable brass & strings but just felt variety/choices were limited. I really like the tweakability of patches using the real time knobs and switches....efx, filters, sound envelopes, resonance...lots of ways to easily tweak the sounds and then save them. I like the feel of the keys too-not spongey....light/fast touch (like the B3) and just love this feel. the "HUH? Factor: some clear misses in my mind the most significant being: i) foot control jacks: you can't control leslie speed and damper (ie sustain) separately...you have to pick what you want....for my cover band playing I would REALLY LIKE to be able to have a volume pedal, sustain pedal and a pedal to control leslie speed so I don't have to keep using my left hand off the keys to whip over and control leslie or volume. Huh? annoying
2) no sound editing software available for windows or android: that's right kids-if you are an apple iPAD user you get a rich app to really dig deep and make sounds patches....the rest of us windows/android folk are SOL. Huh? annoying
3) saving/loading patches: weird set up. You load a new patch and this thing resets all your patches. In other words you lose all your custom patches when you load a sound. Huh??? annoying.
4) channel touch means you lose organ percussion if you are holding any notes down. Pity here...good B3 percussion features that are limited becuz of this.
Good still outweighs the bad but this could have been STELLER

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(46 of 47 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The After in the Before-and-After

By blouie

from GAP, PA

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Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Portable
  • Responsive / Good Action

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Church
    • Travel

    Comments about Roland VR-09 V-Combo Organ:

    Took a little over a month to get but well worth it.

    Things I really like:

    - The organ (B3) engine is great. The "Rock" type has a lot of "leakage" and even when you turn the leakage parameter all the way down, it doesn't go away (just gets a bit lower). The "Jazz" type is very clean; although you can adjust the "leakage" parameter, the leakage noise is very subtle. Jazz pulls off "Whiter Shade.." extremely well. Can't comment on "Transistor" type - it's not my thing

    - Nice variety of sounds in the package. A lot of them are recycled from as far back as the U-20 (Mad Organ in the "Others" section) or Sound Canvas but there is useful stuff in there. I particularly like the "80's EP". Good range of pads; choirs, etc. Like the N. type instruments (N.Trumpet, N.Alto Sax, N.AcousticBS and N.Flute) - having the dimension of using the mod wheel/D-Beam to change dynamics/grouls/etc. is very nice. Just wish there were a lot more of those sounds! Drums are nice. Most kits go back to the early Sound Canvas but a couple of the kits are nice.

    - The "Rapid Fire" feature of the keyboard is REALLY nice! The organ (and only organ) sound triggers almost as soon as you start pressing the key; definitely helps the B3 clone experience. They keybed feels just like the Roland A-500 Pro controller I used to have. It appears to be built on that platform as well as the Juno-GI, etc. The keys feel OK. The whole unit is very light but not flimsy. I like the form factor but wonder if it will be an issue on a keyboard (x-type) stand; lack of weight could make it easy to fall right off the stand.

    - Pitch Bend wheel, when smoothly applied produces a smooth bend; when applied quickly it's more of a note change. It actually works nicely for trumpet/sax/flute and other lead instruments. It's a different effect than I'm used to but if you learn to move it a little slower, it's more traditional pitch bend; fast gives you a new experience.

    Things I don't like:

    - When you combine instruments both sounds acquire the MFX that is applied to one of them. In-other-words, if you layer a pad with chorus to a Piano sound, the piano all of the sudden has chorus!!! that is VERY BAD. The other issue is that (as nice as it is that you can add rotary to other-than-organ sounds); if you layer a piano with the organ the piano also has the rotary - again, VERY BAD.

    - If you have layered instruments, the Octave Up/Down only applies to which ever layer is selected. There's no way to make the octave apply to both simultaneously!

    - Although a lot of the sounds are nice; they are recycled from VERY old Roland devices!!! I would expect they would take sounds from the SRX series instead of old Sound Canvas sounds! In fairness - there are a lot of newer sounds.

    - Distortion is horrible for the organ. If a lot is applied is not too bad but if you want to add a bit of overdrive it sounds absolutely horrible.

    - Lack of ability to fine-tune parameters. It would be nice to set how long "long" is or how "short" short is for the organ percussion. There are no parameters for MFX. Ability to tweek distortion would probably enable me to get a much more usable effect for the organ

    - Default rotor type for "Jazz" is "Type 1". Type 1 to me is completely useless. There is no way to store the Rotor Type and MFX that goes with a sound unless you use presets/registrations. For true "live" purposes where I want to go between the "Rock" and "Jazz" type without having to use registrations; it just doesn't work

    - The registrations (presets) are great. plenty of room to store your own settings. There's even a "Next" button that conveniently takes you to the first patch of the next bank if your are on the 4th or the current bank. However, there is no "Back" button!!!!!!!!!!!! Need a back button too!

    Great unit for the price. It's easy to criticize but for what you pay for it is better than what I expected. Still thought it worth sharing the pros and cons. Hope this helps.

    (9 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Before in the Before-and-After

    By blouie

    from GAP, PA

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    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Portable

    Cons

    • 61 Keys Is Not Enough

    Best Uses

    • Church

    Comments about Roland VR-09 V-Combo Organ:

    I fully understand this is not a review of the Nord keyboards but I have to start by saying I have been blessed to use the Nord Stage EX in church for the past 3+ years. Using the Nord tonewheel organ for a large part of what I do, the Nord organ can't be beat; however everything else in the Nord leaves so much to be desired - I'm not a fan of the pianos (except the E.Grand - a.k.a. the old Yamaha CP which is super dynamic) and I particularly dislike the synth block in the Nord (no "real" strings, brass, Sax, Choir, A. Guitar, realistic/usable bass sounds, Drums, etc.).

    With that said, the VR-09 is an answer to prayer. I ordered one two weeks ago and it looks like it will be on Back Order for a while but I am super excited and anxious to get my hands on it.

    Ultimately, it has all the much needed sounds/features that the Nord does NOT have and it comes in a VERY affordable price. My main interest is on if the tonewheel organ will be up to my tough standards!!! As a previous owner of the Roland VK-7 and RD-700SX, I can say the Roland's delivery on the Hammond Organ sound is very usable - not great but usable. Assuming the SuperNATURAL technology is an enhancement, it can only be better than the VK-7??? I've been carefully listening to all the demo videos I can find on the 09 and the only thing I'm not liking is the overdrive/distortion added to the organ. The overdrive and leslie simulation, is what puts Nord on top of the game.

    I am so glad Roland included upper, lower AND pedal!!! I can finally use my MIDI pedalboard.

    I'm glad there are lots of online videos for the VR-09 - You can't find a unit in any music store so the internet is the only option for understanding the 09's capabilities. The layout of the controls is intuitive and I can see will do exactly what I need it to do very efficiently. I do like the structure of the Nord with the organ/piano/synth sections and I'm very pleased to see a similar format with the VR. Even if I have to rely on the menu and encoder wheel to select an instrument (piano type, for example) rather than having a dedicated button for E.Piano, A.Piano, etc.; the VR looks to be well designed.

    The major drawback for me is going to be the 5 octave, 61 keys. 73 or 76 keys would have been MUCH better. Can't complain for the price though! It looks to be built on the same platform as the Juno Gi, A-500Pro, etc. I liked my A-500 pro, so I welcome the lightweight, yet sturdy practical format. Good thing I can use my Roland A-70 controller and get my 76 keys!

    (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Drawbar Keyboard for the $$

    By Paul

    from undisclosed

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    Pros

    • Portable
    • Realistic Hammondleslie
    • Realistic Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Hammond Organ Replacement

      Comments about Roland VR-09 V-Combo Organ:

      Let me start by saying I've owned and played most every Hammond and Hammond "clone" keyboard out there. Hammond's SK-1 came close to replicating a real Hammond and especially the Leslie effect, but at around two grand for the board alone, plus half again that much for a Neo Vent Leslie effect box, the Roland VR-09 at under half of that cost seemed a logical alternative. How good is this? Honestly, if I put the VR-09 against the SK-1 at the same time, the VR-09 actually sounds more realistic and true. Plus the Hammond just never cut through the mix on stage as well as this Roland does. The Roland's more "gutsy", more "ballsey"--thicker, if you will, and the drawbar pitches are spot-on.

      I can't comment on the other features of this board as I purchased it primarily as my "Hammond on stage", however the limited use of the pianos, strings, horns, etc. seem to indicate a higher level of accuracy when compared to the SK-1.

      For the money, you can't beat this board if you are looking for an inexpensive and lightweight Hammond clone.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very Nice Board

      By StevieG

      from Clermont Florida

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Portable
      • Realistic Sound
      • Responsive / Good Action
      • Touch Sensitive Keys

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Roland VR-09 V-Combo Organ:

          I bought the VR09 after seeing all the on-line videos. For the money its a steal. Great action and sounds - if your are a B3 player you can tweak the VR09 to get the sound you want. Also just add any Midi controller and you have a double deck B3

          You can add leakage - key click - rotor and woofer speeds etc.

          And you can carry it in one hand!

          (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          my love/ hate w vr9

          By frog

          from pocono mts Pa

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Portable
          • Realistic Sound

          Cons

          • Not Enuf Velocity Control
          • Poor Action

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Learning

          Comments about Roland VR-09 V-Combo Organ:

          really not bad for price..but what works action wise for organ no good for piano..there seems to be a gap between touching keys and piano sounding..also on an action this light need more flexibility on velocity CURVES..it would fool your brain into thinking the action was better.. also what would make this perfect is either same case with 61 waterfall keys or w 73 keys..its almost too light (yeah I know, shouldn't complain!) for live work as it can jump or get knocked off the stand during performances.the Rhodes are fantastic, but you SORELY need depth control on the efx..on trem for Wurly for instance only slow and fast but trem is way too deep and it affects the attack..comp doesn't help..nitpicking I know, and organs are close but still not as good as Hammond XKs..I know diff price pt but youre almost there..waiting for 73-76 waterfall keys in the same case (slightly longer I realize..but really not bad board for the beans :)

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          For my needs, perfect!

          By dmac

          from Lawson, Mo.

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          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Portable
          • Realistic Sound
          • Responsive / Good Action

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Roland VR-09 V-Combo Organ:

              Great organ & electric piano sounds. Love the 60s e-piano and transistor organ as well as the rock organ. Lightweight and easy to use.

              (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Very lightweight

              By GrooveDawg

              from West Monroe, La

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              Pros

              • Decent Organ
              • Easy to Use
              • Good Electric Pianos
              • Good Pianos
              • Portable
              • Touch Sensitive Keys

              Cons

              • Eq Is Difficult To Achiev
              • No Speakers
              • Panel Memory Difficult
              • Poor Instructions

              Best Uses

              • Accompaniment
              • Rehearsal
              • Travel

              Comments about Roland VR-09 V-Combo Organ:

              I can edit my sound but saving it to 1 button for live gigs is difficult!

              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Keyboard

              By MSR

              from Madison, WI

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              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Portable
              • Realistic Sound

              Cons

              • Stiff Key Action

              Best Uses

              • Live Performance

              Comments about Roland VR-09 V-Combo Organ:

              I got this keyboard because I was tired of lugging my Yamaha Motif ES7 around to gigs. I owned a Roland keyboard before and was always impressed with their sound and overall quality. I was definitely not disappointed with this keyboard. The sound is great. The voice selection is a bit limited compared with my Motif, but the sounds it has are top notch. I really like the organ section and clonewheel emulation. My only complaint is that the feel of the keys is quite stiff and take some getting used to. However, once you get the feel for it, it's a great keyboard. 12 pounds is also a lot less to lug around to gigs!

              (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A very good product and a definite buy.

              By Mike

              from Frostproof, FL.

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              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Portable
              • Realistic Sound
              • Responsive / Good Action

              Cons

              • Don"t Have Any

              Best Uses

              • Accompaniment
              • Concerts
              • Electronic Music
              • Travel

              Comments about Roland VR-09 V-Combo Organ:

              Has excellent piano, organ, strings, and synth sounds. Also has good drum sounds all with a good price.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Mix of Great and "Huh"

              By macca wannabe

              from salt lake

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              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Portable
              • Realistic Sound

              Cons

              • Limited Sound Selection
              • no sound editor for windows or android

              Best Uses

              • cover band

              Comments about Roland VR-09 V-Combo Organ:

              This is an instrument with a ton of potential but not fully realized. (maybe a VR10 is in the works?) Here's the GREAT: Hammond B3: this thing is a pretty good emulation of a B3 and its got a very good Leslie simulator too. Key click, percussion, drawbars, distortion.....really, really sweet and this one feature is really the key factor that made me buy it. Pianos (acoustic & electric) very good! 80s sound, supertramp, rhodes, rock piano, variety of acoustics...yes....check the box on that. Synth section: I found this the weakest section....some usable brass & strings but just felt variety/choices were limited. I really like the tweakability of patches using the real time knobs and switches....efx, filters, sound envelopes, resonance...lots of ways to easily tweak the sounds and then save them. I like the feel of the keys too-not spongey....light/fast touch (like the B3) and just love this feel. the "HUH? Factor: some clear misses in my mind the most significant being: i) foot control jacks: you can't control leslie speed and damper (ie sustain) separately...you have to pick what you want....for my cover band playing I would REALLY LIKE to be able to have a volume pedal, sustain pedal and a pedal to control leslie speed so I don't have to keep using my left hand off the keys to whip over and control leslie or volume. Huh? annoying
              2) no sound editing software available for windows or android: that's right kids-if you are an apple iPAD user you get a rich app to really dig deep and make sounds patches....the rest of us windows/android folk are SOL. Huh? annoying
              3) saving/loading patches: weird set up. You load a new patch and this thing resets all your patches. In other words you lose all your custom patches when you load a sound. Huh??? annoying.
              4) channel touch means you lose organ percussion if you are holding any notes down. Pity here...good B3 percussion features that are limited becuz of this.
              Good still outweighs the bad but this could have been STELLER

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best out there for the money

              By Walrus

              from Bristol, TN

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              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Portable
              • Realistic Sound
              • Responsive / Good Action
              • Touch Sensitive Keys

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment
                • Chamber Music
                • Concerts
                • Electronic Music
                • Travel
                • Working band/groups/combos live performance

                Comments about Roland VR-09 V-Combo Organ:

                Been playing in bands on and off for many years. Owned a few keyboards over the years and even carried around a full size Hammond and Leslie from club to club at one time. The VR 09 is ultra portable and light. The organ sounds are authentic and very tweekable. Just take some time and they are as good as it gets. Nothing touches it for the money. Many other good voices also. Versatile and fast to use live. I bought a second one and double stacked them so I can have double keyboards and different voices. Great job Roland.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Would buy this board again

                By Walrus

                from Bristol, TN

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                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Portable
                • Realistic Sound
                • Touch Sensitive Keys

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Accompaniment
                  • Concerts
                  • Learning

                  Comments about Roland VR-09 V-Combo Organ:

                  Very good organ, brass, harmonica and some good electric piano voices. Some decent synthesizer sounds. Covers a lot of ground in a very light portable package.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Good, but not stellar

                  By Bob

                  from Ohio

                  About Me Experienced

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                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Portable
                  • Touch Sensitive Keys

                  Cons

                  • Poor Action

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Roland VR-09 V-Combo Organ:

                    The VR-09 is a very portable and lightweight keyboard with very usable sounds and features. The organ section of this board is the best sounding and most flexible portion of this board. It is a great keyboard for jamming, portable and easy to haul and set up. For gigs, it is a good secondary board.

                    The sound set is a collection of OK, bread-and- butter sounds that seem to be suited for a range of cover tunes. Pianos are so-so as are the brass and strings. The synth engine is ok, but dated. As I said, the organ engine does a decent B3 emulation, as does the Leslie simulator. NO, they do NOT perfectly emulate the real thing, but let's face it, most people don't have a clue. It's fine in a cover band setting and is a good 500 pounds less.

                    The effect controls STINK. They seem to go from no effect to too much with VERY little rotation of the knob. The keys are about one inch shorter in length and 1/8" narrower than full size keys. That kind of cheap-cut irritates me. The GM2 soundset has no indicator of what sound you have chosen, and no separate control of volume. The expression pedal input requires a Roland EV-5 pedal, so be prepared to fork out another 60 for a cheap plastic pedal.

                    I believe Roland dealt out a good quick-and-dirty coverall with this board, but it's nothing fantastic. I don't regret buying it. But, I do feel they could have had a much better unit if they would have just not tried to cut so many corners. Its main attraction is its portability, ease of use, coverall soundsets, and giggable design.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Bbest keyboard I evever bought

                    By Steve

                    from Prince Frederick,Md

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Portable
                    • Pre-programmed music
                    • Realistic Sound
                    • Responsive / Good Action
                    • Touch Sensitive Keys

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Roland VR-09 V-Combo Organ:

                        Great keyboard. great for live performances.I left my my Motief home by mistake and did it all on this awesome keyboard.I d wish they would do a 76 keys version of this keyboard.Organ is just like a B 3 with leaslie. Draw bars and everythimg

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great live use keyboard.

                        By Desertpete

                        from Hudson, New York

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Portable
                        • Realistic Sound
                        • Responsive / Good Action
                        • Touch Sensitive Keys

                        Cons

                        • No Speakers

                        Best Uses

                        • Accompaniment
                        • Concerts
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Roland VR-09 V-Combo Organ:

                        Excellent switching between organ, piano, and synthesizer. Great Leslie sound.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        This is a super keyboard!!!

                        By CB

                        from Tampa, FL

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Portable
                        • Realistic Sound
                        • Responsive / Good Action

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Accompaniment
                          • Concerts
                          • Learning

                          Comments about Roland VR-09 V-Combo Organ:

                          What a great keyboard for tweaking sounds and effects to your liking. Easy to use, yet chanllenging enough to make it an adventure.

                           
                          1.0

                          I would not recommend this product!

                          By SouldDavid

                          from Sweden

                          About Me Experienced

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Portable
                          • Realistic Sound

                          Cons

                          • It's got a major bug in the EP-section

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Roland VR-09 V-Combo Organ:

                            Bought this one a few weeks ago, the sounds are really good organ, piano and EP. Easy to drag to rehearsals & gigs.

                            However, there is a major bug in the EP family, apparently coming from RD-800. It's dissapointing and even more sad that Roland does not seem to want to fix the error. This bug might be be in the VR-730 as well. (same OS and sounds).

                            At a velocity greater then softest, a totally displaced sound comes from the key Eb3, a rather important key in the context. Yes I tried to transpose it, its not the keyboard :)

                            Remember that this is not some of the "other" sounds, this is the EP! One of the three pillars this piece should be recognized by!

                            Anyways, I'm returning this product.

                             
                            3.0

                            Electric pianos

                            By GrooveDawg

                            from West Monroe, La

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            See all my reviews

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Portable
                            • Touch Sensitive Keys

                            Cons

                            • Limited Sound Selection
                            • No Speakers
                            • Poor Action

                            Best Uses

                            • Accompaniment
                            • Electronic Music
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Roland VR-09 V-Combo Organ:

                            I use mine at church and it does well but some of the pianos and Electric pianos tend to sound flat in the highest octave!

                             
                            5.0

                            Love It!

                            By Marsh Man

                            from Florida

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            See all my reviews

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Portable
                            • Realistic Sound
                            • Responsive / Good Action
                            • Touch Sensitive Keys

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Accompaniment
                              • Electronic Music

                              Comments about Roland VR-09 V-Combo Organ:

                              I recently started jamming with a blues band. Brought my new VR-09 to the jam and stole the show. You would have thought a real Hammond B3 was on stage. I've been playing keys for years, but still don't consider myself a dazzling player. Nevertheless, the way the keyboard responded made me sound like I actually knew something about the B3. Went back and forth between chorus, percussion and rotating Leslie sounds seamlessly. It's a great keyboard for playing live. And it's so light, it's easy to set up and take down.

                               
                              4.0

                              A LOT OF BANG FOR THE BUCK

                              By JB

                              from Florida

                              About Me Professional Musician

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use
                              • Portable
                              • Pre-programmed music
                              • Realistic Sound
                              • Responsive / Good Action
                              • Touch Sensitive Keys

                              Cons

                              • No Speakers

                              Best Uses

                              • Accompaniment
                              • Concerts
                              • Electronic Music
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Roland VR-09 V-Combo Organ:

                              I was looking for a keyboard with three features: physical organ drawbars, realistic adjustable Leslie effect, and light weight. I got all this and more with the Roland VR-09 Combo Organ; and for just a little money than a Leslie sumulation "stomp box". Although I have several super keyboards for organ, I did not have one with physical drawbars or a really great Leslie. In addition to playing with classic rock band. I am now playing with a Santana "Cover Band" and this is where my Roland ROCKS!
                              But the VR-09 also have a lot of super sounds beside the organ. I recommend you check out the internet to see and listen to the VR-09 in action. I think you will be impressed.

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