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.
Links to more information:
Download the VG-99 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
VG-99 and VB-99 Comparison to the GR-300 and GR-33B:
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 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!