Instant vocals for any keyboardist with Roland's VP-7

(Dave Molter | Posted 2010-05-16)

Instant vocals for any keyboardist with Roland's VP-7

Roland's new VP-7 Vocal Processor sets up quickly on top of keyboards and creates ensemble vocal sounds with a variety of PCM-based vocal sounds, or with Roland's superior Vocal Designer® technology.

For keyboardists who want lush vocal backing tracks without singing into a microphone, the compact VP-7 includes four rich and expressive human voice sounds -- Female Choir, Boys Choir, Gregorian Choirs and Jazz Scat -- just by playing the keyboard.

Utilizing Vocal Designer technology derived from Roland's VP-Series vocal & ensemble keyboards, the VP-7 has three Vocal Designer algorithms that can automatically generate multi-voice backing harmonies that sing the same lyrics as a performer sings into the included DR-HS5 headset microphone.
Pressing the Vocoder button allows for quick access to a talkbox, vintage vocoder, or modern vocoder effect. Keyboardists can also go deeper into seven additional vocoder variations that have natural human voice sounds. This allows for the performance of independent harmony lines that complement the lead vocalist.
The VP-7's super-simple interface features large, quick-access buttons and knobs, so it's easy to call up preset sounds and adjust blends on the fly. Onboard ambience effects sweeten the sound with the twist of a knob, while a handy bypass switch lets the user bring the VP-7's processing in and out with the push of a button, or with a tap of the optional DP-2 footswitch.

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: 438 Hz to 442 Hz
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 inch phone type or XLR type (with phantom power), Foot Pedal Jack (Bypass on/off), MIDI Connector (IN), DC IN jack

The VP-7 is now available with a US MSRP of $639 and street price of $549. Fro more information visit

From Roland press release.

--------- ABOUT ROLAND CORPORATION Roland Corporation is a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments, including keyboards and synthesizers, guitar products, electronic percussion, digital recording equipment, amplifiers, audio processors, and multimedia products. With over 38 years of musical instrument development, Roland sets the standard in music technology for the world to follow.

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