Roland has announced the V-Combo VR-700, a new All-In-One Stage Keyboard.
Featuring the best of Roland’s acclaimed Virtual Tonewheel organ, full key multi-sampled piano, and pro synthesizer sounds, the V-Combo is perfect for players who need an all-in-one keyboard for a variety of musical settings, including houses of worship, stage performances, and rehearsal studios. The V-Combo offers powerful real-time performance capabilities in a simple-to-use-interface.
The V-Combo provides an authentic sound and feel to satisfy any organ player. Using Roland’s Virtual Tonewheel engine, the V-Combo simulates the unique structure and distinctive sound of vintage organs. The new amplifier and rotary simulator faithfully reproduces the sound needed for jazz, rock, funk or gospel, while the 76-key waterfall action captures the feel of a vintage organ. Add an optional PK-25 or PK-7A pedalboard for a more console-organ type feel.
V-Combo VR-700 features
- Roland’s acclaimed Virtual Tone Wheel and COSM technology provide authentic organ sound.
- Dedicated harmonic bars, rotary-speaker simulation, and amp models, including Active Amp Enhancer.
- 76-key waterfall keyboards offers smooth glissandos, fast action, and provides enough keys for splits.
- Dual-manual simulation with Split function plus pedalboard capability (optional Roland PK-25A, PK-7A).
- Essential ensemble sounds (with tone remain function) onboard, including 88-key multi-sampled pianos, EP, strings, brass, synth pads, and more.
- Full polyphony in the organ section, 128-voice polyphony for the ensemble section.
- WAV/AIFF/MP3/SMF playback function for backing tracks.
- Built-in rhythm patterns for practice and play-along performance.
- Store user and system settings onboard and to USB memory sticks.
- Versatile I/O, including professional XLR outputs.
The V-Combo VR-700 is scheduled to ship in March with a suggested retail price of $2,329 USD.
More information: Roland / V-Combo VR-700
Iliadis has released iBX Organ, a virtual organ instrument plug-in for Windows PC.
The iBX Organ is a single Manual Virtual Tonewheel Organ with a rich and authentic Sound very close to the good old days Electromagnetic Organs, including an amazing Rotary Speaker Simulation and with great Graphics.
iBX Organ features
- 73 Notes Polyphony.
- 9 “Standard 9 steps” Drawbars with a clean Sine Sound.
- Percussion Osc. Adjustable Decay and Volume. An On/Off Switch and a Switch for the Harmonic Selection (2nd and 3rd).
- Key Click Imitation. Adjustable Attack/Release and Volume.
- Classical Vibrato/Chorus Virtual Scanner with an On/Off Switch.
- Stereo Rotary Speaker Simulation. Adjustable Speed, Depth and Spread. An On/Off and a Fast/Slow Switch.
- Tube Overdrive Simulation.
- Adjustable Global Tone and Volume.
- 32 Programms available.
- LCD Screen.
- GUI Selector. 2 GUIs available.
- Low CPU consumption.
iBX Organ is available as a VST instrument plug-in for Windows PC, priced at 10 EUR.
More information: Iliadis
Knobster.org has released Organaut, a freeware synth VST instrument for Windows PC.
Classical tonewheel organ emulator. Can produce «analog» and «digital» sound.
- 9 drawbars.
- Rotary cabinet emulation.
- Keyboard «click» emulation.
- Internal reverb.
- Octave shift.
- «Digital» / «analog» modes.
Organaut is available as a freeware VST instrument for Windows PC.
Visit Knobster.org for more information and some audio & video demos.
GSi has released Key Performer, the Swiss Army knife of the modern gigging keyboardist.
It’s a single software instrument which offers a wide variety of keyboard sounds that are always used in almost all musical genres where a keyboardist is involved
Key Performer features
- Several classic keyboard sounds including pianos, electric pianos, synths, organs, etc.
- A sample playback section (aka “ROMpler”) with “adaptive playback”
- A physical modeling classic Electric Piano
- A physical modeling “Wurly” piano
- A phase modulation synthesizer for the famous DX Piano
- A Virtual Analog polyphonic synthesizer
- A Virtual Tonewheel Organ with rotary speaker effect
- Two effect slots with all the most famous effects
- An AMP simulation section with overdrive
- A global Reverb effect
- 64 Programs per bank, 9 snaphots for organ sections and 9 for VA synth
- Full MIDI implementation
- Easy MIDI Learn
- Huge efficiency with very low CPU power requirements
- Simplicity of use, Versatility, Stability, Expandibility, Authenticity!
Key Performer is available now as a VST instrument for Windows (Mac version coming soon) for an introductory price of 99 EUR until March 31, 2009 CET (regular price 149 EUR). A demo version can be downloaded from the product page.
Visit GSi for more information
MidiKarval has released version 1.1 of VB3 Controller, a midi processor for controlling the VB3 synth by GSi.
The VB3 Controller is a midi processor VSTi that allows you to control, using a midi controller keyboard, the VB3’s five drawbar sets (upper manual A and B sets, lower manual A and B sets, and pedals) from a single set of nine physical drawbars (sliders or knobs).
Changes in VB3 Controller v1.1
- INVERTED KEYS – “USE UPPER FOR BOTH”: pressing one of the keys (C# to A keys) of your upper manual’s “inverted octave” you can call up the relevant presets (internal or “alternative” presets) of such both manuals’ “inverted key” (this is useful if you want to have consistent presets on both manuals with only one touch). The “Use Upper for both” function doesn’t work with Bb and B “inverted keys”, so you can temporarily change the preset of the upper manual without affecting the sound of the lower one.
- PEDALS “COUPLER” AND “STACCATO”: when the “Pedals/Upper” or “Pedals/Lower” function and the “Coupler” function are active, using the “pedals octaves” of your keyboard you can play in unison the pedals’ sound and the lower manual sound, as many great jazz organists do. Moreover you can choose to make the pedals sound “staccato” (like an upright bass, whilst the “meat of the bass” comes from the lower manual sound). According to Joey DeFrancesco, this is the secret to kicking bass (see Keyboard Magazine, n. 6/1999, page 50). Changing the value in the “Staccato” label you can activate/deactivate the “Staccato” mode and select the relevant length, expressed in milliseconds (from 20 to 400 ms.).
- Now you can activate/deactivate the VB3 Controller’s functions directly clicking on the relevant labels with your mouse’s left button (whilst clicking on the labels with the right buttons allows to change the value shown on each label).
VB3 Controller is availabe as a VST plug-in for Windows PC for 10 EUR. A fully functional demo version is available from the product page (expires after 15 minutes of use, remove and re-load it in your host to use it again).
Visit MidiKarval for more information.