Roland VK8M Organ Sound Module

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9 harmonic bars for a range of authentic organ tones. 4 COSM amp types w/ overdrive.

The Roland VK-8M Organ Sound Module puts Roland's acclaimed Virtual ToneWheel organ sound in a convenient desktop unit with nine harmonic bars and retro-style wood panels. COSM Amplifier and Rotary Speaker Modeling further complement these authentic sounds, while an audio input and Active Expression feature let players fade in an external tone with a pedal. The VK-8M makes adding distinctive organ sounds to any setup easy.

Features:
Desktop organ module with acclaimed VK-8 Virtual ToneWheel sound

9 harmonic bars for a range of authentic organ tones

4 COSM amp types w/ overdrive, plus rotary speaker modeling and reverb

Line input for blending in an external sound using Active Expression and pedal

D Beam controller with multi-colored LED and templates for easy realtime control

36 User registrations for storing custom sounds

Attractive wooden side panels

Optional bracket for stand mounting

The Soul of the Popular VK-8
Since its introduction, Roland's VK-8 Combo Organ has made quite an impact with die-hard organ fans - praised for its natural and authentic sound. Now Roland makes these Virtual ToneWheel organ sounds available to any musician with the desktop VK-8M. With its new COSM Amp Modeling, nine harmonic bars and simple knob-based controls, the VK-8M delivers outstanding organ sounds with easy front-panel editing. Players can also dive into more detailed sound parameters like leakage level and rotary woofer speed.

Onboard COSM Amp Modeling
The VK-8M's amazing organ read more sounds are further improved with COSM Amp Modeling. Four different amp types are available for creating everything from clean gospel organs to the gritty overdriven sounds of a rock organ. The newly developed COSM Amp Type IV stands out in particular for its killer gain and crunchy distortion effect. The VK-8M takes organ modeling to a whole new level of realism, with intuitive editing of every parameter.

Unique Active Expression Feature
Performers will appreciate the VK-8M's Line input and Active Expression feature. Using an optional EV-7 Expression Pedal, players can gradually fade in a sound from an external source, such as a synthesizer or MIDI module. By slowly fading in a pad sound, for example, players can bring out a section of a song, or create energy by fading in a sharper tone like brass. These features open up an entirely new level of expression.

An Exceptional Performer
With its D Beam Controller, the VK-8M offers performers a world of expression. Using an infrared beam of light with an LED that changes color as your hand changes distance, players can control such functions as rotary speed (Slow/Fast) or tone wheel motor stops. And with 36 memory locations, you can store custom settings with a simple one-touch procedure and recall your sounds using the Bank Select and six Registration buttons.
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For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 323-890-3700

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (47 ratings)
Submitted January 28, 2005 by a customer from hotmail.com
"From Deep Purple to worship"
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful.
I plan on keeping this till it starts to fall apart. I have two boards in my setup and don't want more. rd-150 dig piano, qs6.1 synth and controller, vk8m and sh32. This is the perfect unit for me and it has got balls when needed and sweetness when required. Lost or stolen? Perish the thought! (I would replace w/o thought)
Sound
I've discovered a new delight with this unit using an expression pedal. It is amazing.
Features
Presets and other manuals are available. I have an intial preset 1-1 which is executed on startup, than modify from there live. Don't use the d-beam. Send a control signal thru my extra pedal abilty to trigger leslie sim on/off. Luckily I have that in my (alesis) controller.
Quality
No problems
Value
It is amazing and worth the price. My band freaks out about it!
Manufacturer Support
Have called them, must've been a good day. Got right in and question answered.
Musical Background:
hobbiest - performer
Musical Style:
rock
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