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 Post subject: Roland VG?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2009 1:55 pm 
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Just wondering if there are any other Roland VG series users on this forum.

I had the original vg-8/s1 since 1998 but sold it a couple years ago to buy the newer/upgraded vg-99. While the 99 is a great unit in it's own right, it can't tough the organic nature of the original series units. So I just bought another older style vg-8ex off the bay and couldn't be happier with it. For non-triggered synth type sounds this thing rules. The non synth type stuff is ok, but much less evolved than on the vg-99. Guitar modeling in general has it's limits and I've found that owning the actual guitars (or a good Electra copy:) is much better.....

The vg8 was the pioneer of Rolands COSM technology which is pretty much the basis for all their current guitar and drum processors. I'm a big Roland fan as you've probably guessed. I drive the VG stuff with an American Roland-Ready Strat, a Godin LGX-SA and of course my trusty old Electra x195 - I hate that I drilled holes in the 195 to mount the pickup but that was a long time ago.

I'm also a big MPC fan and currently have 8 of the 12 modules. You can get some pretty cool stuff out of the mpc, but the Roland vg is another level.

Anyway, I'm really digging the Roland vg8 and thought I'd see if any of you have tried it. Highly recommended for atmospheric work if you're into that. Less than $300 with pickup.


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 Post subject: Re: Roland VG?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 5:36 am 
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I have looked at the Roland VG's in the past and have to say they were attractive, but couldn't make the financial commitment for a purchase at the time;

I have a Roland GP-8 that I purchased new from Music Emporium in 1987; used it this past Saturday at a blues jam session; also have a BOSS GT-10 which was a gift from my significant other this past Christmas; I'm still learning how to use it; I will keep and use them both.

Also was the lucky winner in the Electrafest of an Alesis GuitarFX which is similar, but in a more compact floor unit - it also works well.

I use the the GP-8 as a rackmount in conjunction with a Korg DTR-1 tuner because it has no tuner;

The GT-10 and Alesis units both have built in tuners.

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 Post subject: Re: Roland VG?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 5:42 pm 
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The GT-10 is a great unit. It basically has the same brain as the vg-99, less the modeling and midi stuff. I've thought about trading the 99 in on a 10 but it's pretty big and I don't have much floor space.

I had a chance to buy an older Roland guitar rack processor a few years ago from a neighbor but I don't think it was a gp-8....something similar era though....great stuff.. I do love the older stuff - the lower bit depth seemed to be a 'warmer' digital. The Boss gt-10 and vg-99 seem to have gotten it right. The GT-8 and GT-6 (and boss GS-10 which is a table top version of the 6 engine) seem to miss the mark on warmth. The slightly older GT-3 is better, but the control interface is dated.

I almost picked that Alesis unit but figured it wouldn't get much use. After the problems I had with my original ADAT I lost faith in Alesis products. The quadraverb gt was cool - just traded that out a few months ago.

Any other Roland/Boss fans out there? What else are you all using? Purists???


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 Post subject: Re: Roland VG?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:30 pm 
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I use an Alesis QS-6 for any synth work!! I have enough trouble with pick up selectors on guitars to even think about a guitar synth; and besides, you cannot do "Whiter shade..." on a guitar synth and make it sound 'right", eh!! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Roland VG?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2009 1:34 pm 
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True, keyboard parts should be played on a keyboard. The beauty of the VG series is that it is essentially an entirely new instrument all together. I'll end this rant for the Roland virtual guitar series, but I encourage any one looking for something different to try one, especially the older vg-8. I'm off to other things, like trying to find replacements for my cheap-ass fender amps...I'm on my third super champ xd....sounds good but not reliable. Any suggestions?


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 Post subject: Re: Roland VG?
PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2009 7:42 am 
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I've probably spent as much or more on Amplifiers as I have on Guitars... It doesn't help that I haven't been able to let go of any of them since 1981. If you've seen the 'gear' thread, you know I like tube amps, love the Mesa Mark line, own a Mark IIb, Mark III in Hardwood and a Rack mount Mark IV.

You have to ask yourself what role that amp will serve. Does it have to keep up with a drummer volume wise? Does it need to be light and portable? What do you want to spend? The trend lately is low tech single channel amps, using the 'less is more' philosophy. My Marsh Princeton Reverb clone was around a grand assembled and shipped. It has a 12" Jensen (instead of the stock 10") weighs around 30 lbs and is loud enough to keep up with a drummer. I've always wanted to try one of those THD heads that you can experiment with different preamp/power tubes... sounds fun!

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 Post subject: Re: Roland VG?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2009 3:51 pm 
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I'm considering two amps right now: a mesa studio 22+ that's been sitting in a closet for 20 years (mint) and a mint 2008 Marshall jcm2000 tsl 601. The clean channel on the Boogie is really nice but the dirty channel is kind of harsh. I haven't tried the Marshall yet but have always wanted a Marshall!


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