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Light Dig Organ, Roland V-Combo VR-09 opinions?


sunshadow

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Anyone use this board? I want a light digital organ to complement my piano, obviously there is the electro, what else is there...like maybe not so obvious, but what about this VR-09? Surely it must be pretty good, has good reviews and rating. I also looked at that Crumar model, but those lights on it, are so bright red i couldnt deal with that. Thats a design flaw i say.

 

I think a safe play is to buy like a used electro 3 i guess. idk.

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I have a VR-09.

 

Pros: a) low price b) inspirational sounds - wonderful variety of sounds, many inspiring to play c) light-weight easy to move and set up d) drawbars to manipulate in realtime e) usable Leslie sim

 

Cons: a) keyboard feels horrible to play b) recalling saved sounds is a PITA (if you want to recall more than four saved sounds you have to do a lot of button-pressing - not good in the middle of a song) c) power supply is lump-in-the-middle type with a short cord.

 

Bottom line: lots of good sounds at a good price, married to a frustratingly bad keyboard.

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The VR09 is a great additional board for a piano...it has a bit of everything you might need. (Synths, Electric Pianos, Pads, horns...)

 

I had one for over a year, and I had the easiest/funnest time (in recent memory) playing with it live. Everything I needed was pretty much right at hand. The new 1.03 update gave it some excellent Rhodes impressions as well as a very dynamic Wurli impression.

 

That all being said, the Hammond organ emulation grew tiring to my ears using it at home on its own and not in a band context. That organ model was my main reason to own the VR, so I did eventually buy a Nord.

 

For the price the VR is really hard to beat as a gigging keyboard.

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BbAltered's summary is pretty much spot-on. (Well, I wouldn't call the keyboard action "horrible," but it is kind of quirky, a little spongy-feeling, not the best.) Another pro I'd add is the ability to very quickly on the fly set up two-sound splits and layers and another big pro is the dedicated real-time knobs controlling reverb, delay, overdrive etc. But since (as Bb I believe was referring to), you can only quickly get to the first four banks' worth of registrations (for a total of sixteen) at a gig, I don't rely too much on registrations at all, mostly use it for single patches or on-the-fly splits/layers. Anyway it's MAIN strong point, a credible, pleasing, usable B3 engine (maybe not pleasing to real afficianoados/purists, but your bandmates and audience will dig it) with drawbars and decent Leslie, in a really small lightweight form factor, for the price and weight it's hard to beat.

 

My wish-list would be an additional real-time knob or two dedicated to leslie parameters like fast and slow speed targest and ramp/brake time.

 

 

Rich Forman

Yamaha MOXF8, Korg Kronos 2-61, Roland Fantom X7, Ferrofish B4000+ organ module, Roland VR-09, EV ZLX12P, K&M Spider Pro stand,

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Hi Sunshadow. It is a good little keyboard. I use it with a PX 5S and feel like I have everything covered. It sounds great and weighs nothing. I dont like the keys very much - something about their length and pivot point doesn't feel good to me, but it is not a big problem. The VR does a great job. The main drawback of it for me is that it cannot accept programme change messages. This is turning out to be a real PITA. I think if they made a VR10 with a few improvements (including programme change messages) I would be first on the list to get it.
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sorry : :) , I searched VR-09 and no results came up

 

ok thanks for the replies , o think the electro or an actual nord organ is the way to go o guess, if that many people are complaining about the action on the keyboard they live there must be some major issues with it

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