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