Roland VP-550 Vocal Ensemble Keyboard

Roland Updated: 2009-02-23 RSS
Roland VP-550 Vocal Ensemble Keyboard

For 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.

* Generate expressive, interactive backing vocals in real time
* Vocal Designer types: Classical, Gospel, Pops, Male/Female, vocoder
* Ensemble types: mixed chorus, jazz scat, boy's choir, humming, full strings, slow strings
* Play Vocal Designer and Ensemble sounds simultaneously
* Exceptionally user-friendly operation
* Invisible D Beam infrared controller for high-impact performance

Vocal-Modeling Magic
The human voice is the most expressive musical instrument of all, so why not use it as a tool to create ultra-realistic and expressive 'virtual vocals' with words generated from your own voice? Whether you need one voice, a full choir, or surreal vocoder-like layers, the VP-550 can deliver the interactive, expressive vocal backing you need. The VP-550 is also equipped with world-class string sounds, which can be blended together with the vocal effects.

Practical Advantage
Not specific to one style of music, the VP-550 can be used for a wide variety of musical applications. It's ideal for musicians who perform alone or in small groups, for example, and who need an interactive, real-time backing chorus. Or, film and TV music composers who are challenged with time and budget can use the VP-550 to generate high-impact choral arrangements on the spot. Churches in need of a choir (or choir enhancer) will love the VP-550. The creative possibilities are vast, as are the time/money savings that this instrument can provide.

Robot Charm
The VP-550 is also equipped with high-resolution vocoder modeling, which can be used to generate surreal vocal effects — great for electronica, pop, R&B, hip-hop, and the like. Inject a dose of 'robot voice' charm into your next recording without the hassle and expense of a separate vocoder.

Friendly Face
One look at the VP-550's inviting front panel and you'll know that this instrument has 'user friendly' written all over it. There are no hidden menus or complicated key commands required. Every feature has a dedicated button or slider that's clearly labeled and easy to reach. Performers will especially love how inviting and inspiring the VP-550 is to use onstage.