Updates: July 2016
Roland VG-99

Roland VG-99: V-Guitar System

Features and Specifications:

Dual Modeling Engines: Dual modeling engines allow guitar and amp models to be dynamically switched, layered and combined
New COSM Models and Effects: Electric, acoustic and even bass guitar models, and new synth waves such as the famous GR-300. In addition, the VG-99 has the Freeze effect, a real-time, infinite sample of any sound.
Special Controls: D Beam Controller - PITCH button, FILTER button, ASSIGNABLE button
Special Controls: RIBBON CONTROLLER - PITCH button, FILTER button, ASSIGNABLE button
Dimensions: 384 mm (W) 218 mm (H) 94 mm (D)
Weight: 2.1 kg

Introduction to the Roland VG-99:

The Roland VG-99 is the flagship of Roland guitar synthesizers, with more pure guitar synthesizer processing power than any guitar synthesizer ever built. The VG-99 is unique in its design, with two fully independent guitar synthesizer engines, plus unique control options that are not found on any other guitar synthesizer, from the innovative D-Beam controller, ribbon controller, freeze effect, poly effects, plus expansion via the Roland FC-300.

Unlike the more recent Roland GR-55, the VG-99 does not offer PCM synthesis, such as the ability to reproduce drums, piano, etc. The sound of the VG-99, like the classic Roland GR-300, is closely derived from the guitar strings, resulting in faster and more accurate tracking than any synthesizer on the market.

Accessories

FC-300: Roland offered a surprising number of accessories for the Roland VG-99 and VB-99. First and foremost is the FC-300. The FC-300 works as a full feature MIDI control pedal, powered by an external Roland/Boss power supply. The FC-300 connects to the VG-99 with the RRC2 cable, a CAT-5 network style cable that provides both bi-directional communication with the VG-99, and power as well.

CB-VG9: The CB-VG9 is a custom carry bag for the VG-99 that can be configured to carry the FC-300 and a VG-99, or a VG-99 and the PDS-10 stand. The CB-VG9 is 22" x 10" x 8", and weighs 2 lbs and 9 oz. Click here to download a scan of the CB-VG9 owner's manual.

Links to more information:

Download the VG-99 Owner's Manual (pdf).

Download the CB-VG9 Owner's Manual (pdf).

Sound-On-Sound December 2007 VG-99 Review

Blog Critic VG-99 October 2007 Review

Electronic Musician February 2008 VG-99 Review

VG-99 Reference Library (V-Guitar Forum)

Programming the GK S1/S2 Switches to Emulate GR-300 Mode Switch

Roland Japan VG-99 Demo Videos

VG-99 and VB-99 Comparison to the GR-300 and GR-33B:

Roland VG-99 Article

Roland VG-99 Virtual GR-300 Compared to the Original GR-300

Check out the November issue of Premier Guitar magazine! Wayne Scott Joness does an extensive side-by-side comparison of the virtual Roland GR-300 emulation in the Roland VG-99 with a vintage Roland GR-300.

The article includes the results of timing tests and oscilloscope screen capture photos of a real and emulated GR-300. This is the most extensive comparison of this legendary vintage analog synthesizer ever published!

Roland VB-99 Article

Roland VB-99 Virtual GR-300 Compared to the Original GR-33B

Check out the online September issue of Premier Guitar magazine! Wayne Scott Joness does an extensive side-by-side comparison of the virtual Roland GR-300 emulation in the Roland VB-99 with a vintage Roland GR-33B.

The article includes cool video clips of bassist Mark Harris playing a GR-33B and VB-99 at the same time!

Photos - VG-99:

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Photos - CB-VG9:

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Videos:


Repairs - Service Bulletins:

The current version of the VG-99 operating system is version 1.04.

Download Roland VG-99 Version 1.04 Software

Download the VG-99 Service Manual Schematics.