| |ADD A “VOCAL KEYBOARDIST” TO YOUR STAGE OR STUDIOFor musicians who can’t accommodate a choir or group of background singers for their gigs or recording sessions, Roland proudly presents the VP-550 Vocal Designer Keyboard. Much more than a traditional vocoder or harmonizer, the VP-550 uses Roland’s breakthrough vocal-modeling technology to bring the highest-quality, interactive vocal sounds to a dedicated instrument. Connect a mic, select a sound, and play. You won’t believe what can come out of this instrument: spectacular classical choirs, soulful gospel choirs, pop and jazz voices, male & female ensembles, vintage vocoder, and lush string/vocal hybrids.
Roland's VP-550 Vocal & Ensemble Keyboard is much more than a traditional vocoder or harmonizer, the VP-550 uses Roland's breakthrough vocal-modeling technology to bring the highest-quality, interactive vocal sounds to a dedicated instrument. It literally lets you create a virtual choir, solo or background vocal track using your own voice. Connect a mic, select a sound, and play. The VP-550 generates expressive, interactive vocals in real time, like classical choirs, soulful gospel choirs, pop and jazz voices, male & female ensembles, vintage vocoders, and lush string/vocal hybrids.The instrument is actually quite simple to use. It features two main sections: Vocal Designer and Ensemble. In the Vocal Designer you can select from solo or lead vocal types including: Classic, Male/Female, Gospel, Pop or Vocoder 1 and 2. This section allows you to create stunning virtual vocals modeled from your own voice. Can't sing? No problem, choose a voice type and play the keyboard and your words will come out in tune! The vocoders offer classic sounding robo-vocoder effects too. The Ensemble section lets you select Strings 1 or 2, Jazz Scat, Mixed Chorus, Boys Choir or Humming. The Ensemble section makes it possible to sound like a larger group of singers (or like singing strings). You can even play Vocal Designer and Ensemble sounds simultaneously.Every feature has a dedicated button or slider that's clearly labeled and easy to reach. A little Ambience can be dialed in with a simple Depth control (choose from one of three reverb types). An on-board D-Beam controller in addition to the pitch bend & mod wheels gives you plenty of options for performance effects. The D-Beam can be set to modulate the filter, pitch or expression. The microphone input is XLR type and there is also a 1/4-inch external input jack (for vocoding). Other features include a basic Bass & Percussion section and a Sound Check function that records the output signal for 10 seconds and plays it back.Keyboard49 keys (with velocity)TonesVocal Designer (7 tones): CLASSIC, MALEAmbience (3 types)HALL1, HALL2, STUDIOMaximum Polyphony128 voices (Changes depending on the sound and the playing technique)ControllersD Beam Controller, Pitch Bend / Modulation LeverOctave Shift+/- 1 OctaveNumber of Registration memories4Master Tune415.3 Hz to 466.2 HzSound Check FunctionRecords OUTPUT signal for 10 seconds and plays it back.Nominal Input LevelINPUT (MIC): -50 to -10 dBu, INPUT (EXT IN): -36 to +4 dBuConnectorsHeadphones Jack, Output Jacks (L/MONO, R)(1/4 inch phone type), MIC Jack (XLR type), External Input Jack (1/4 inch phone type), MIDI Connectors (IN, OUT), Hold Pedal Jack, Expression Pedal Jack, AC InletPower SupplyAC 115 V, AC 117 V, AC 220 V, AC 230V, AC 240V (50/60Hz)Power Consumption14 W