800-ZZOUNDS (800-996-8637)
When you call, mention priority code 1ZY-9YJV
close [x]
Available Hours (EST):
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri 7:30AM - 11:30PM
  • Sat, Sun 9:00AM - 10:00PM
Free shipping on every order: no minimum, no exclusions. Fast 2-day shipping: free on 90% of orders.

Rating and Reviews: Roland V-SynthGT

New Version 2.0 upgrade adds a new library of cutting-edge sounds, 27 new effects, a sample import feature, improved knob response, and more.

User Ratings
Overall
Sound
Features
Ease of Use
Quality
Value
Manufacturer Support
The Wow Factor
| | |

"If you can scrape together the cash, GET IT! You will be thrilled!" submitted October 10, 2008

By a customer from gci.net
Overall
Sound
Features
Ease of Use
Quality
Value
The Wow Factor
Musical Background: Active musician
Music Style: Contemporary Christian , Pop, Rock
Back to Product Information
VERIFIED BUYER
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us.
Sound: The sounds are pretty good, bearing in mind that this synth wasn't designed to be the best imitator of acoustic instruments.Not real practical if you are looking for things like pianos and organs...get the Fantom for that. This was designed to create never-before-heard sounds, and that is exactly what it does. I like the unusual, synthy sounds. And the vocal designer.....omg, what can I say....heaven, I'm in heaven..... Feature: There were no accessories included other than just the manual. The controls on this thing are amazing. I still think a built in sequencer would have been nice, considering the price, or the option to have 76 keys instead of just 61. More polyphony would have been good too. I think the factory sound banks could have been bigger though.....I do like to start with a factory sound and then tweak it, rather than start from scratch. Ease of Use: I think this synth in pretty intuitive. I haven't had a chance to dig real deep into it yet, but I think navigating it is very easy, I found my way around on it in no time. Quality: I must say, she is a beauty.....I just have to sit and stare at it sometimes. Impressive, when you are looking at all the bells and whistles. I think it is pretty solid, I dont see any weaknesses in it as of yet. Value: I think the price is steep, but this is a one-of-a-kind synth, a must have if you are as obsessed with keyboards as I am. Manufacturer Support: Haven't needed to contact them . The Wow Factor: Of course I wanted it....I own it, duh. It's a beautiful instrument. And yes, I get all twitterpated when I am around it. :) Overall: I chose this one because it was so different than the other workstations that I own. It does stuff that they cant do. I expect to keep it around for a very long time!
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful. Did you?
Thanks for your opinion!
close [x]

Thank you. Your vote has been counted. Could you briefly tell us why the review was or was not helpful?

"cool" submitted January 16, 2008

By a customer from aol.com
Overall
Sound
Features
Ease of Use
Quality
Value
Manufacturer Support
The Wow Factor
Musical Background: hobbyist
Music Style: anything
Back to Product Information
VERIFIED BUYER
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us.
Sound: sounds are varied and all incredible. you can create just about any sound on this thing, and everything works great. the d-beam and time trip pad give this thing incredible expression and even though it is really complicated, you can get whatever sound you're aiming for. Feature: so many features... I've been using mine for almost a month and I've probably only scraped the surface of what this machine can do. Effects are a little slim, but considering all the ways you can shape your sound I don't care much. Ease of Use: the touch screen and all the knobs work great, I just gave it an 8 because the manual takes some "thoughtful interperetation." still, once you read the manual and figure everything out, it is really easy to find a sweet spot. Quality: It is built to the point where chuck norris would have a hard time breaking it. Value: totally worth the price. you get so many features, such great sound, and so much entertainment that it is worth every penny. Manufacturer Support: I haven't dealt with roland, I just based this rating off of the manual that came with it. The Wow Factor: duh, I own it. Overall: Overall: great sound, and it is just incredibly fun! Its pro quality (and cost) but it is really entertaining and will blow anything out of the water.
8 of 9 people (88.89%) found this review helpful. Did you?
Thanks for your opinion!
close [x]

Thank you. Your vote has been counted. Could you briefly tell us why the review was or was not helpful?

"The epitome of keyboards!" submitted January 19, 2008

By a customer from msn.com
Overall
Sound
Features
Ease of Use
Quality
Value
Manufacturer Support
The Wow Factor
Musical Background: Hobbyist with extensive professional training
Music Style: Future Ambient Funk
Back to Product Information
VERIFIED BUYER
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us.
Sound: Spectacularly musical sound. Absolutely extensive range and flexibility in terms of style. A particularly powerful solo instrument, very responsive. There's nothing else out there like this, period. Deep, rich, clear, warm. Integrates extremely well with a PC and softsynths, software DAW as well. You can use this as a natural solo instrument, an electronic solo instrument, an amazing drum-set factory, or in split-key mode, a solo-with-accompaniment instrument, it's beautiful-sounding in all these cases. Feature: This is THE sound-sculpting tool, any single patch is a constellation of a massive array of capabilities, from AP to FX. Interface is brilliant, the addition of various kinds of search and quick go-to capabilities put this substantially above the original V-Synth in ease of use. Audio/storage USB capability is simple, and wave-sampling whether via analogue, digital or resampling is spectacularly easy. Spend time learning to encode for Variphrase use, and what the event points do, this is crucial to making a sample a powerful tool in the instrument. The only wish I have would be to make it possible to edit/investigate the default factory sample-set, it appears to be locked, even if you save the internal.prj to USB storage and reload from there. I can understand the need though to protect intellectual property this way, but studying the way the GT uses the built-in samples would be very useful for newcomers especially in getting to grips with the instrument. Too few V-Synth users really understand and use the instrument to its full capacity. I'm delighted Roland have brought back the keypad on their instruments, this was sorely missing for awhile in the late '90's. The encoder wheel feels far more reliable than the previous-generation tech as well, and is recessed better so less likely to get damaged by being bumped into. Ease of Use: Unlike the original V-Synth, there's much more range by default built into the GT, you don't have to work as hard or spend as much time mastering the instrument to make it useful in performance or recording, quickly. The interface is one of the best Roland have designed in years, both extensive and efficient -- the touch-screen layout and readability/usability is nearly perfect. The default control setup for the default patches gives you real musical control over the strengths of each patch. The default factory patch-list is one of the best Roland has delivered since the Golden days of working with Eric Persing, years ago. Integration of the V-Synth either with PC software (softsynths or DAW) is simple and reliable via the USB interface, and the full complement of microphone (with phantom power), analogue and digital I/O makes it very easy to put the instrument to a wide variety of uses. It's a very, very deep synth, the ultimate in digital synthesis, really, so time is needed to understand how much you can do with the GT. The simple fact of giving you two V-Synth engines to work with means even simple things, like changing the PCMs for a PCM Oscillator setting, can give you dramatic variety in sound quickly, when you start learning, without losing the musicality and richness of a default patch. The extensive ability to assign controls to various functions means you can set up how you want to use the controls for any patch in a way you're comfortable with. The GT comes with a vast range of patch and tone and wave resources from the get-go, so don't do the usual thing of erasing everything and "starting from scratch" -- you lose all those resources if you do so. You can get extremely original sounds from the default resources if you simply learn how to use variphrase and the wide range of controllers. The S1 and S2 buttons, while a minor thing, add even more real-time control and used wisely with AP, give you a lot of performance variety you can handle quickly and easily, without any glitches during performance. The manuals are clear and focused, but leave out some simple things like the effects list and details, and the full patch-list and MIDI implementation included in the original V-Synth manual. Since this is a top-of-the-line model, this is surprising. Online resources are new but growing, slowly, for the GT at www.v-synth.com. Quality: This is Roland classic Mercedes (or these days, it would be smarter to say Infiniti <g>) quality all the way around. Absolutely stellar fit and finish, high-quality materials including newly-designed knobs that have great feel, top-notch, bright and readable touch-screen, very clean and precise synth-action keyboard. Aftertouch as always with Roland synths needs a heavy push, but you can change this easily in the system screen, and at least this keeps you from producing massive amounts of extraneous MIDI data when recording, probably the reason Roland has set things up this way for a long time. Roland should release nicely-finished wood end-panels to replace the plastic end-pieces as an option/accessory for this high-end synth, but the end-pieces make it easy to grip the synth when moving. Value: Roland delivers the best value for the money, period. The quality, features, musicality and capability far exceeds the price point for this advanced synth, and you know you'll be able to keep using your instrument for a decade or more after purchase. Manufacturer Support: Have only dealt with Roland US over the years, support is good if you have a clear idea of what you're after and remain patient, but it has proven difficult at times to convey details about specific software bugs successfully to US support, and to get Roland Japan to deal with them promptly, which is going to prove increasingly important in the future. The Wow Factor: It's the be-all and end-all electronic musical instrument, in my opinion. It's beautiful, solid, a sheer joy to perform and sample and record with, it feels solid without being too bulky, and it's just a beautiful interface to work with, both in hardware and software. Overall: I think this about fills out what I'll ever need in a keyboard; the only reason I'd ever replace it is were it to wear out. I can't see V-Synth technology improving any further without getting too complex; the technical capabilities and control interface pretty much max out what I'd ever imagine would be useful in a keyboard musical instrument. Any fatigue with the soundset will be my own fault, and laziness, as Roland make it so easy to "refill" the GT with whatever I want. I compared this closely with what I anticipated Roland would be coming out with in the Fantom G series; Korg's M3 and OASYS keyboard tech; Access's Virus series and really, in capability this instrument surpasses all of them. I might couple the GT with a G-series in the future, but only for the realtime orchestral polyphony, which with current and future software DAW capabilities on PC, proves increasingly unnecessary in my experience as my tracking capabilities have advanced.
1 of 3 people (33.33%) found this review helpful. Did you?
Thanks for your opinion!
close [x]

Thank you. Your vote has been counted. Could you briefly tell us why the review was or was not helpful?

BizRate Customer Certified (GOLD) Site
Questions? Our gear experts can help!
800-zZounds (800-996-8637)
When you call, mention priority code 1ZY-9YJV. Llame Gratis en Español: 800-460-7976
Lunes-Viernes de 9AM a 5PM EST
Customize Search Results for Your Location
Follow zZounds on:
Shop with those who respect your privacy — we do. Copyright © 1996-2017, zZounds Music, LLC. Terms of use apply.
close [x]What is this?
A temporary customer reference number is assigned to each customer only while they are shopping on zZounds.com. If you call our customer service department for assistance, this number makes it easier for us to answer any questions you have about products, services or purchases.
 
close [x]What is this?
A temporary customer reference number is assigned to each customer only while they are shopping on zZounds.com. If you call our customer service department for assistance, this number makes it easier for us to answer any questions you have about products, services or purchases.
close [x]

1. zZounds offers the industry‘s most musician-friendly payment plans

zZounds offers a variety of Play as You Pay installment plans that allow you to get the gear you want today. While our competitors might offer house credit cards that require you to fill out an application and pass a credit check, our payment plans are easy to get, simple to use, and, best of all, accrue zero interest. Unlike those house credit cards that can leave you vulnerable to exorbitant interest charges once the promotional period ends, we never have and never will charge interest when you take advantage of one of the zZounds Play as You Pay plans.

zZounds payment plans details »

2. zZounds guarantees the lowest price

Seen it for less somewhere else? Get it for less at zZounds. Simply click the “Seen it for less?” link on any product page and as long as we‘re not losing money, we‘ll beat any legitimate competitor‘s lowest price, usually within two hours. Want our best price even faster? Call us at 800-zZounds (800-996-8637), and we‘ll provide you with a lower price on the phone. Also, if you purchase from us and later find the product for less elsewhere, call or email us within 45 days, and we‘ll refund you the difference.

zZounds.com price match details »

3. Nobody Beats zZounds‘ Fast & Free Shipping

At zZounds, we know you want your gear fast, and shipped to you free of charge. That‘s why we have absolutely free ground shipping on every single order shipped within the continental United States. This includes heavy and oversized items. No minimum purchase required. No exclusions. We also ship over 90% of our orders with FREE 2-day shipping. We pull it all off with our strategically placed, coast-to-coast warehouses.

zZounds.com shipping details »

4. zZounds makes returns super easy

Buy it, try it, like it, or return it to us for a full refund. It‘s just that simple. If you‘re not in love with what you bought, return it to zZounds within 45 days, and we‘ll promptly arrange for an exchange or a refund. No hassles. No hidden charges. And if a product‘s defective or damaged, call us at 800-zZounds (800-996-8637), and we‘ll email you a prepaid shipping label so you can easily return it to us at zero cost to you.

zZounds.com return details »

5. zZounds delivers top-rated customer service

zZounds has received multiple Bizrate® Circle of Excellence Platinum awards, placing us in the top 0.7 percent of Bizrate‘s network of 5,200 retailers. Our success in meeting the needs of our customers -- since 1996, we‘ve satisfied over 1,000,000 people -- is due in large part to the fact that zZounds only hires experienced musicians to answer your calls and emails, and they are never paid a commission.

zZounds.com customer service »
close [x]
Available on
orders $59+
learn more

Need it now but short of cash? All we need is the first payment up front and the rest in easy monthly payments!

Fast approval.
We approve everyone, with very few exceptions, as long as we can verify your identity.
No interest. Ever.
It's just as if you paid the whole amount up front!
No paperwork. Nothing to track.
No application to mail or fax, no bills to pay. We automatically charge the payments to your credit card.

We'll wait on your money so you don't have to wait for your gear!

When you checkout, just click the Play as you Pay checkbox to indicate which installment plan you wish to use.

close [x]
no minimum

learn more

Why fight traffic and pushy salesmen when we'll bring your gear straight to your home, free of charge?

zZounds free shipping is really free!
No hidden charges or hassles on returns.
Fast, reliable delivery
We have warehouses on both coasts, so most shipments arrive in 3 days or less.
We don't collect sales tax. Bonus!
Only NJ residents pay tax during checkout.
close [x]

A guarantee so solid, you never have to worry about price when shopping at zZounds

We'll beat any price
Simply click the Seen it for less? link next to the gear you want or call us at 800-zZounds (800-996-8637)
Got a coupon from another site?
Use it with us - we'll beat those prices, too!
Find a better price after buying from us?
No problem. We'll refund you the difference for 45 days, so you'll never regret buying from zZounds.

You'll still get the trustworthy service you've come to expect from zZounds, without paying more for your gear!