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Roland VK8 Combo Organ

Single-manual keyboard, double-manual virtual tonewheel sound, with "waterfall" keyboard, rotary speaker model, and D-Beam controller. (55) Read 2 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Roland VK-8 Combo Organ

The VK-8 Combo Organ puts the enhanced Virtual ToneWheel sound of the flagship VK-77 in an attractively priced single-manual design with a cool new "waterfall" style keyboard. But it doesn't stop there: The VK-8 also sports rotary speaker modeling based on COSM technology, new orchestral voices, and a D-Beam controller - making it the new leader in combo organs.

Features
61-note single manual combo organ with enhanced Virtual ToneWheel technology

Cool waterfall keyboard with velocity-sensitive keys plays like classic organs-great for glissandos

Sophisticated rotary speaker modeling with overdrive effect

Traditional panel layout: 9 harmonic bars, Vibrato/Chorus knob, and new Percussion button

D-Beam controller with Preset templates for more expressive performance

New! Orchestral voices for a wider sonic palette (e.g. piano, strings, choir, etc.)

Onboard reverb and chorus effects

2 MIDI inputs for connecting a MIDI keyboard or optional PK-7 pedalboard - enjoy full polyphony while playing pedals and keys!

Authentic solid wood cabinet and vintage keys

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Specifications

Keyboard

Waterfall keyboard: 61 keys (with velocity)

Sound Generator

Organ: Virtual Tone Wheel Method

Other Tones: PCM Sound Generator

Parts

Upper Organ, Lower Organ, Pedal Organ, Other Tones

Maximum Polyphony

Organ: Full polyphony

Orchestral: 64 voices

Organ

Tone Wheel;: Vintage 1, Vintage 2, Clean

Leakage Level

Vibrato and Chorus: V-1, V-2, V-3, C-1, C-2, C-3

Percussion: Second Third, Soft, Slow

Amp Simulator: Type I , Type II, Type III

Overdrive

Tone

Reverb: Room, Hall, Chrch, Spring, Reverb Level

D Beam: Crescendo, Rotary Speed, Ring Modulator, Tone Wheel Brake, Spring Shock

Other Tones

Piano, Electric Piano 1, Electric Piano 2, Strings, Jazz Scat, Choir, Synth, Brass

Effects: Chorus, Reverb

Internal Memory

Preset Memory: 64 (User memory)

Connectors

AC Inlet

MIDI Connector

(Keyboard In, Pedal In, Out)

Hold Pedal jack

Expression Pedal jack

Control Pedal jack

Output jack, (L (Mono)/R): 1/4 in. TRS phone type

Phones jack: Stereo 1/4 in. phone type

Rotary Tone Cabinet connector

Power Consumption

15 Watts

Finish

Top Panel: Simulated Walnut

Side Panel: Natural Wood Walnut Finish

Dimensions: (W x D x H) 1160 x 344 x 109 mm, 45-11/16 x 13-9/16 x 4-5/16 in.

Weight: 32 lbs. (14.5 kg)

Accessories included: Owner's Manual, Edit Mode Quick Reference, Power Cable
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 323-890-3700
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (55 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
"Jon Lord's sound at your fingertips..."
Sound: Sound is very expressive, and very very close to B3, almoust perfect. Chorus/Vibrato is identical, very good stuff. It has killer overdrive effects, and drawbars are nice and smooth. Only thing that could be better is leslie simulator, it's a little thin, lacks that wrooompf on low's and scatering on high's, but haves nice doppler efect and it can be bypassed if you have real leslie. Other tones are not good, they are not useable at all, they sound cheap, i don't know why did they put them there, it's better to put nothing than crap... But generaly speaking this is an organ, you dont need other tones, you can use them only for emergency :) Feature: Layout of controls is perfect, on the left are the drawbars. Top panel is similar to B3, on the left is vibrato/chorus control, in the middle leakage, overdrive and reverb, and on the right percussion. It's built to recreate B3, and match Jon Lord's style of play, so if you are Deep Purple fan, you must get this. There is no display, but the B3 doesn't have display, and theres realy no need for one, exept maybe for editing and patch browsing... It's has good midi capabilities, and ballanced stereo output's as well as leslie speaker output. Ease of Use: Well besides presented controlls on the panel, that are realy easy to use, and you can set sound you want in a flash, advanced tweaking is not possible without manual. Roland supplies a quick editing refference, and i suggest that you allways have it with you. Manual covers everything else. Quality: This product is well-made and built to last for decades, sturdy and robust. The wood finish is nice but can be easily damaged, so flight case IS A MUST! Key's are great, watterfall key's perfectly recreate B3's keys, and are built for organ style plaing. They even recreate double-trigger, THIS IS NOT FAULTY MANUFACTURE, B3 has indentical reaction, and double-trigger is crutial for some organ playng styles. Key's have very fast triger and sound at the slightest touch, making fast-play styles easy. Value: This product is worth every penny, you get an decent organ for your money. Manufacturer Support: Never had any problems with roland devices The Wow Factor: Im proud of it, it's one mean machine. Overall: If your locking for a real hammong, buy real hammond there's no substitute. If you want to save, money space, this is exelent alternative.
Style of Music: Rock, jazz, blues, fusion
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Sound: Okay the organ tone section gets a 10. Heck I've give it a 20 if that were an option. There's no other clone out there that comes closer to a B3 than this. The leslie sim is excellent and once again, nothing comes closer to a real leslie than this. It sounds good by itself and in a band. I play a C3 with a Leslie speaker 122 model weekly so don't try and tell me I don't know what I'm talking about. The other tones, I'll give an 8. The Piano, Strings, and Jazz Scat come right from the FP-9 digital piano. I'm not sure where the E. Piano 1 came from but it sounds good too. The rest of the sounds are garbage though. Also these other tones are somewhat hard to use with waterfall keys, but this is an organ after all. Feature: No accessories, you have to buy those separately. Most useful feature is the ability to edit all the parameters. And LCD screen would've been nice but I can live without it. Also a second set of drawbars would've been nice. Ease of Use: I give it a nine because basic tweaking can be done on the fly and is pretty much second nature. However any advanced tweaks, have your owners manual ready because you'll need it. But even so, that's okay. The manual is pretty clear about how to edit the parameters. It might be a good idea just to copy down the parameters you think you'll edit most, that away you'll have a "cheat sheet" handy so you won't have to drag out the manual every time you need to change something. Quality: Seems very solid, but from what I understand, the wood finish is somewhat soft and can be easily dented or scratched. So when moving, I'd recommend getting some type of carrying case, otherwise be careful when moving in close quarters or door ways. The product came in perfect condition so I was happy about that. If treated well, I think this product will last for several decades. Roland makes their products to last. I have a 20 year old Roland keyboard that still runs like the first day it was turned on. This double-trigger issue everyone seems to complain about is not as big a deal as they've made it out to be. Maybe its the style I play, I don't know, but I've never had this thing double trigger on me. If it does, I can't hear it. The only time I could get it to double was when I purposely hit the key to where it would sort of bounce. Even then, it wasn't that noticable. So don't let that stop you from buying a VK-8. Value: It was worth every penny I paid. In fact I think its worth more than the Hammond XK-3. Manufacturer Support: Never talked with Roland, so hopefully I never will. The Wow Factor: I think it definately has the "I Want It" factor. The construction, feel, and sound of this unit will make you drool. If it doesn't, you seriously got problems or haven't heard a really Hammond and Leslie in a long time. Overall: I don't think anyone can top this puppy. I've heard the Korg CX-3, Nord Electro 2, and Hammond's XK models. Roland comes out on top IMO. Last year when I was clonewheel shopping, I hesitated buying a Roland organ because I'd always known Roland for their awesome piano's, so I assumed that's all they were good at making. I was terribly mistaken. Roland not only has awesome piano's, but they've really done a work in the clonewheel department too.
Style of Music: Gospel
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