eric Posted October 5, 2003 Share Posted October 5, 2003 I played my first gig using the Roland V-Combo (AKA VR-760) last night. I left my RD-600 at home and carried the V-Combo and Electro 2 to the gig. I had spent about 2 hours the night before setting up some patches with the appropriate splits/layers/FX as required by the gig, but have not had the time to really tweak all the sounds in a fully amplified setting. Headphones at 2 a.m. does not allow one the flexibility to really know how it will sound pumping through an amp! Getting back to the gig, I found myself very pleasantly surprised with the results I got and did not have many uncertain moments with this keyboard. Everything is labeled very clearly and well-presented on the interface. This made it easy to navigate "on-the-fly" and did not slow me down much at all when I was looking to layer strings or pads behind a piano sound, dial in organ amp settings, tweak resonance or filter cutoff in real time. I did have a couple of "whoops" moments when I realized that I had programmed my default "go-to" organ sound a lot hotter than the others. The VR organ tone is fairly hyped and bright, so I had to work on it a little bit so it was not as over the top. It certainly has a lot of character and a lot of different ways to mangle the sound to give it personality. I felt like the Leslie simulator (in mono) was fairly acceptable and I have not even begun to dig into the edit menus for the simulator. I liked the D-Beam interface for changing Leslie speed. Just pass by the beam with a hand motion and it switches from slow to fast and vice versa. The drawbars were also a standout for me. Very fluid and realistic. The piano sounds met my expectations, sounding very similar in overall tone to my RD-600, which has been my staple stage piano for 5 years. The VR pianos have a bit more responsiveness and variety of sample points between soft and loud, which was welcome to me. There are a number of ways to add or subtract to the sound using Mic modeling, EQ and onboard FX, right there on the panel. I was able to derive a piano sound that would work for most any song. Not of the caliber of Yamaha P series pianos, but passable for my general business gig. The EP sounds were passable, but I feel like the Electro sounds have more character and sound a bit fatter to my ears. I did not do an extensive A/B test between the two keyboards, but found myself trying to use the VR as much as I could to fully test it out. Other sounds (strings, vocal/synth pads, leads) were decent and usable, with the Active Expression feature causing the expression pedal to do different things to the sound (i.e. the vocal sounds open up from doo to ahh upon pedal sweep). Pretty neat and musical-sounding to my ears. The keyboard action felt very solid and pummel-worthy. I connected it to the Electro with MIDI and it was a good controller for the Electro EP sounds. I was not really crazy about the "one touch" buttons that allow you to go back to an organ/piano/synth sound at the touch of a button. The problem is that these are presets that cannot be altered and I don't like the choices made by Roland. I really wish I could save my favorite "go-to" patches in the one touch area, but I don't think it's possible. Next weekend, I am going to try playing a gig with only the V-Combo and see how it goes. I'm impressed with the keyboard as an all-in-one solution. I will do more A/B tests between it and the Electro. My thought is that I would like to keep and use both keyboards. I'll post more later. Regards,Eric Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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