Roland VG-99 V-Guitar Multi Effects Processor System

Roland-vg-99 LogoModel a wide range of electric and acoustic guitars, bass guitars, synthesizers and amplifiers.

This is an all-in-one package that is impressive. At the heart of the VG-99 are two completely independent signal paths. You can Model classic guitars, basses or amplifiers, and then assign up to 11 effects, twice. You can then use those two channels independent of each other, or simultaneously. Using an optional floor-based controller, you can do all of your channel switching or blending,

The acoustic guitar modeling is not bad. While it may not sound 100% perfect, it’s close enough for most demo and home-recording projects, and beats the cost of purchasing a steel string and a nylon string guitar. I was actually pretty impressed with the bass modeling. Another impressive feature is the alternate tunings. These are synthesized tunings, so your guitar won’t be physically re-tuned, but it will sound as if it is. The upside here is that your guitar’s neck won’t need to endure the physical stress of the constantly changing string tension, and the strings will always feel the same. Some may feel that the downside is exactly that: you won’t have the added visceral dynamic of how the strings really feel in an alternate tuning.

The D BEAM and Ribbon Controllers can be assigned to any parameter in the VG-99 and provide fairly impressive real-time expression. I find them a bit odd though, because you generally need both hands when playing guitar. But you can certainly wave your guitar neck across the D BEAM controller. For example, you can play a chord, “freeze” it, and then play over the chords.

Summary

This is a product with a lot of features. The modeling alone is worth the price of admission. But the dual-channel design makes it even more dangerous. When you add in the MIDI and USB interfaces, you have a pretty serious little machine that is perfect for home-recording.

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