Five years on from the launch of the VT-3, Roland have unveiled their latest Vocal Transformer box, the VT-4. Part of the Aira range, this is designed for adding both classic and futuristic effects to your voice, and offers hands-on control and a MIDI input so that you're able to ‘play it’ from your MIDI keyboard.
The processing tools cover the likes of harmonisation, vocoding, pitchshifting, hard tuning and more, all of which can be accessed from the front panel with no menu diving. What’s more, the VT-4 can be powered for up to five hours with batteries, making it truly portable.
The effects offer real-time control, so you can make tweaks as you sing. There are dedicated Pitch and Formant sliders, while the central Auto-Pitch knob lets you quickly dial-in your desired amount of hard tuning. You can use multiple effects at the same time and save these setups as presets for later recall.
If you plug in a MIDI keyboard you can use it to control the Auto-Pitch, harmony and vocoder engines. So, your voice can be hard-turned to specific notes as you sing, and you can create harmonies with voicings that follow the chords that you play.
The VT-4 will be out soon, for a street price of around £210.