Roland VT-4

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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.

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