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Roland V-Synth GT 61-key Synthesizer Reviews

5.0 stars based on 4 customer reviews

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  • Robby Resnick

    The V-Synth GT is an amazing virtual synthesizer. It comes with a slew of presets out of the box including powerful synths as well as models of real instruments like pianos and drums. The deep, user-friendly controls of this unit center around the bright, full-color LCD. The interface is icon oriented, so it's easy to navigate and fun to use. The V-Synth will stream MIDI through USB. It has several digital audio options as well. The routing is flexible and nearly infinite. The vocoder engine is also amazingly powerful and can be used with nearly every sound if you route it correctly. The V-Synth GT follows the path of real analog synthesis, but it can do so much more!

  • Carson McClain

    If you are researching the V-Synth GT you already know that you need it in your studio. My favorite part about it is the ability to have complete control, or complete lack of control, over your sound. The built-in patches serve as a template for endless creative possibilities and really give you a birds-eye view of what can be done with this monster. Perfect for hip-hop, ambient, dance, industrial, or sound design.

  • from Philadelphia, PA February 7, 2012Music Background:
    Musician

    Very Expressive Synth

    I purchased this synth as a complementing synth to my Roland Fantom G. Wow was I impressed by the ease of programming and the diversity of sound that can be pulled from this machine. This synth is loaded with lot's of great controllers for expression and manipulating sounds. I love importing my own sounds and making full-fledged synth patches out of them using the Elastic Audio section. The VA section is top shelf with everything you would ever want in an analog synth and it reminds me of a JP-8000 on steroids. I have not even touched the Vocal Designer section of this synth yet and I have owned it for over 6 months. The effects section is enormous and has everything you would ever need including Amp modeling. The only con of the Vsynth is that it is not expandable but does have 64MB of memory on board. Very powerful, easy to program, lots of controllers, and one beautiful looking synth. Roland has a real sleeper here that most people don't even know about.

  • from Manila, Philippines November 10, 2008Music Background:
    Musical Arranger, Studio Owner, Record Producer, Session Keyboardist.

    This is the first synth I wanna marry. Haha.

    I've had quite a number of keyboards for the past almost 22 years (at some point in time I've had more than a dozen, not counting the modules), and this is the first synth in a very, very long time that didn't sound like an improved version of their past synths. This is something else. When I tried the V-Synth GT in the store, I wasn't really planning to get a new keyboard, but it didn't take long until I reserved the unit, and very quickly found a way to afford it.

    It ain't cheap. But you get more than you pay for.

  • from US May 1, 2008Music Background:
    hobbyist.

    amazing

    blam...
    this is A REALLY great keyboard. IF you don't read any of the manual it may be a little confusing at first but it is really easy to get used to.
    touchscreen works great. simple navigation through every part of sound creation.
    soooo many ways to control pretty much any part of your sound live. knobs are great, but the time t p works great (so does the d-beam). aftertouch is smooth and works great with ap synth instruments.
    downsides: effects are a little slim, and there is no really good way to make backbeats and tracks like you could on a workstation. I use mine to record and make tracks on ableton, so I can create that stuff on my computer.
    a little expensive but still amazing

  • from Seattle, WA USA January 25, 2009Music Background:
    Indie Musician, Producer, Synthesist

    A really great synth

    A bit pricey, but the GT is simply the most innovative digital synth since the DX7. Highly expressive, and unlike most digital synths- very enjoyable to program and tweak from the front panel. In fact- you wouldnt want it any other way because the color screen is the best interaction I have ever had with a synth. I think of it as a hybrid of just about every major synth engine to date, and while its not a workstation- with some creativity in can be an all in one box system- especially if you do avante garde or experimental music. The AP synthesis creates very expressive leads, and the 2 layers of V-synth engines - each of which can be separated into 16 sounds mapped across the keys- can create very dense walls of living, organic, electric sound.

    The arpeggiator is Rolands best, and the new Version 2 free upgrade fixes many of the wish list items I had. The V-synth line deserves a special place in synth history- and hopefully its not over yet.

Reviews

  • Robby Resnick
    9-20-2007

    The V-Synth GT is Roland's groundbreaking synth unit. This synth packs a lot of power in a functional package. It's an incredible buy for synth enthusiasts, siding closely with the synth days of old. What's important about this is that Roland has OVERCOME the problems of old, but kept the sound as close to the classics as they come.

    When I first started using the GT, I was impressed. Right out of the box, so many knobs and buttons... it's hard to tell where to start. But the great thing about the GT is that almost everything that is assigned to a knob can be edited on the screen as well. Thus, I recommend directing your focus on this screen. The LCD is a touch panel, delightfully bright for all you stage guys with the cans shining down on you. Roland has defined a simple and deep edit mode. Right out of the box, editing within the GT is simple. Pro mode flips things around, providing a lot more depth to editing and some additional features. I had the pleasure of working with both and for the most part I found the simple edit to be the best for my needs. What is great is the interface in completely icon-oriented and nearly everything you can touch does something... what you expect it to do 99.9% of the time!

    So... how does the V-Synth GT sound? Well, I've had the pleasure of sitting in front of an array of workstations like the Motif and Triton as well as having played with a MiniMoog and a slew of software synths. In my mind, a single engine of this unit is just as powerful as the competition. But what should be noted is that there are two INDEPENDENT engines on this unit! Imagine my surprise when I realized that Roland has made it easy to route them in series or parallel with minimal effort. Even dual sounds, combos, and key maps are easily setup. It is all a matter of a couple of clicks.

    One of the most fun things about the GT is the vocoder. Who doesn't like to play with a good vocoder? Well... if you typically ask for "good," this is the best! If you find a sound you really like on a COSM engine and want a vocoder with the same properties, a couple of icons in a menu or a click of a button on the face of the unit gets you there. As powerful as the GT is, I felt this was really Roland's way of giving synth enthusiasts a gift. I would recommend if you love vocoders to invest in a headset that has a mic on it. Playing the keys and holding a mic or leaning into a mic can be a real pain when you are really enjoying the music. I loved the sounds though. The factory presets ranged from choirs to infants, but I found it best to create my own vocoding engines for truly custom feels.

    This is just a breeze over the major features I loved about the GT. If this has you sold, please remember that is it also does USB audio and MIDI, has digital outputs, USB host for data (great for saving patches, backups, etc... easy and cost effective), a ton of useful (and fun) presets, and MIDI I/O (and yes, those can also be accessed as interface ports through USB). These were just icing on the cake to me.

    Roland has gone over synth technology with a fine-tooth comb and their labors have paid off. This synth workstation is in a class of its own, sporting all the best features that people love about its competition and then some. As frightening as it was to me at first, it quickly became a focal point of my recording rig and really seemed to keep my attention on the music in a way that other hardware and software devices could not do. The screen really helps keep one focused. But what's really important is that the GT is fun. And isn't that why we play? In my eyes, the power, the sound, and the joy of the V-Synth GT just can't be beaten.

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