Roland VB-99 V-Bass System

Roland Updated: 2009-02-20 RSS
Roland VB-99 V-Bass System

When Roland introduced the original V-Bass System, serious bass players worldwide took notice. Now, we are proud to introduce the VB-99 V-Bass, which delivers three times the sonic firepower of the original model! Based on an all-new custom processing engine and 10 years of research and development, the VB-99 serves up a wide range of inspiring new COSM® bass and amplifier models, powerful polyphonic effects, new string modeling technology, dual independent signal paths for blending sounds, and new controllers. It also features a host of thoughtful improvements that bassists demanded, such as bass–to-MIDI converters, streaming audio via USB, and much more.

* Most advanced bass processor ever
* Dozens of COSM® instrument models, including coveted vintage and modern basses, amps, synth basses, effects and even electric guitars
* Converts bass to MIDI and streams audio via USB audio sources
* Dual independent stereo signal paths can be layered or switched: allows two different virtual sounds at the same time
* Allows users to play polyphonic synth bass sounds without tracking issues
* Table-top configuration, rack mountable, or stand mountable
* Stereo XLR, stereo 1/4", MIDI, SP/DIF and USB outputs
* Advanced new real-time controllers: D Beam, ribbon and V-Link


Audio processing
24 bits + AF method: 24 bits + AF method
DA Conversion: 24 bits
Sampling Frequency: 44.1 kHz
Program Memories: 400: 200 (User) + 200 (Preset)
Nominal Input Level: BASS INPUT: –10 dBu
Input Impedance: BASS INPUT: 2.2 M ohm
Nominal Output Level: MAIN OUT: –10 dBu, SUB OUT (XLR): +4 dBu, BASS OUT: –10 dBu
Output Impedance: MAIN OUT: 1 k ohm, SUB OUT (XLR): 600 ohm
Dynamic Range: 100 dB or greater (IHF-A)

Top Panel
Controls: Top Panel: OUTPUT LEVEL knob, Function knobs x 6 (F1–F6), BALANCE knob, V-BASS LEVEL knob, V-LINK button, DIRECT PATCH buttons x 5 (1–5), CONTROL buttons x 2 (1, 2), COSM BASS buttons x 2 (A, B), BASS DIRECT button, POLY FX A/B buttons x 2 (A, B), FX buttons x 2 (A, B), COSM AMP buttons x 2 (A, B), MIXER buttons x 2 (A, B), DELAY/REVERB button, DYNAMIC button, CHAIN button, CONTROL ASSIGN button, NAME/KEY/BPM button, Function buttons x 6 (F1–F6), EXIT button, WRITE button, PAGE buttons x 2 (Left, Right), BASS TO MIDI button, SYSTEM button, GLOBAL button, TUNER button, CATEGORY button, PATCH/VALUE dial, Power switch, Rear Panel: Ground Lift switch (SUB OUT)
D BEAM: D BEAM Controller, PITCH button, FILTER button, ASSIGNABLE button
Ribbon Controller: Ribbon Controller, PITCH button, FILTER button, ASSIGNABLE button
Display: 240 x 64 dots graphic LCD (with backlit)

Top Panel: GK IN connector (13-pin DIN type)
Rear Panel: BASS INPUT jack (1/4" phone type), BASS OUTPUT jack (1/4" phone type), SUB OUT jacks x 2 (L, R) (XLR type), MAIN OUT jacks x 2 (L/MONO, R) (1/4" phone type), PHONES jack (Stereo 1/4" phone type), DIGITAL OUT jack (Coaxial type, conforms to IEC60958-3), EXP PEDAL jack (1/4" TRS phone type), CTL 3,4 jack (1/4" TRS phone type), USB connector (B type), RRC2 IN connector (RJ45 type), MIDI connectors x 2 (IN, OUT) (5-pin DIN type), DC IN jack
Power Supply: AC Adaptor (PSB-1U)
Current Draw: 1.3 A
Accessories: Owner's Manual, GK cable (5 m), USB cable, RRC2 cable, VB-99 Software CD-ROM, AC adaptor (PSB-1U), Knob Bolt x 4
Options: Divided Pickup: GK-3B, MIDI Foot Controller: FC-300, Footswitch: BOSS FS-5U, Dual Footswitch: BOSS FS-6, Expression Pedal: EV-5, BOSS FV-500L/500H, GK Cable: GKC-10/5/3, Unit Selector: US-20, Rack Mount Adaptor: RAD-99, Pad Stand: PDS-10, Footswitch Cable: PCS-31, Carrying Bag: CB-VG9