Roland Intros VT-4 Voice Transformer

Roland today introduced the VT-4 Voice Processor – their latest vocal effects box.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

Whether you’re a solo electronic artist, DJ, or singer in a band, the VT-4 lets you craft and shape your own unique vocal sounds, from subtle augmentation to radical transformation. Everything is hands on, with no menu diving or programming to get in the way. Jaw-dropping effects like harmonizing, vocoding, pitch shifting, hard tuning, and more are just a push, slide, or turn away. And with its compact size and five-hour battery life, you can use the VT-4 anywhere.

Here’s a video overview:

Pricing and availability is TBA. See the Roland site for details.

26 thoughts on “Roland Intros VT-4 Voice Transformer

  1. WTH is roland doing? Besides their drums machines that everyone loves because they are inexpensive, what else are they doing. Like a kid chasing a butterfly straight into the creepy wood with no idea how they got there. Dam butterflies.

    1. The SE-02 is a fantastic synth, their drum machines are currently the best on the market, the boutiques are a big hit – so they seem to be doing OK.

      For me their big miss is that they don’t have an inexpensive analog poly to go against the Monologue. If they’d make a 6-8 voice analog with a full-size keyboard and get the price down to $500, they’d dominate the market. I think they’ve focused too much on the ‘flagship’ keyboard market, which is pretty small.

      I’d also like to see a full-size take on the JD-Xi. The JD-Xi is a pretty killer synth, when you compare what it can do to just about any other mini-synth. But the actual hardware is pretty crappy. Put it in a full-size keyboard and watch it sell like hotcakes.

      1. There is no need to “get the price down” to $500, because there are plenty of people like myself that will pay more for a quality instrument. Currently there are NO analog polysynths that go for $500. Not even the Behringer Deepmind. The Korg Minilogue is closest at $549 and is only 4 voice. If they managed to hit the $500 price point, no doubt many people would complain about how poorly it was built, how many features were left off, no aftertouch, mini keys, wobbly knobs, etc. So let the people whose max budget is $500 content themselves with monosynths and plug-ins, and maybe a Juno 2 or JX3P. What Roland needs is a legit 8-16 voice analog poly utilizing their vast heritage along with some modern advancements. And hopefully not just an updated JDxa.

        1. Exactly. The Minilogue has “only” 4 voices , has great build quality and costs half of the next 4 voice poly. Whats your point? As if anyone who does not “pay for a quality instrument” does so because he is stubborn or something and not because most people can`t afford it

      1. Yeah!!!! 🙂
        I’d love a Roland accordion … they’re super-expensive but super-great too … piano accordion was my first instrument a looooong time ago and I still have a soft spot for one (though Noel Coward said “No gentleman would EVER play the accordion”)

    2. System 1/1m and system 8 are some of the best synths ever made. People just tend to dismiss them because “not analog” and lights.

    3. I have purchased more Roland gear in the last few years than I have since 1995; the System 500 is a fantastic-sounding analog modular, Boutiques are tactile and fun and sound good with great build quality, and the Intergra 7 is a mothership of incredible sounds — what exactly is it that Roland is getting wrong in your mind?

  2. Where is the two line character display, and the D-beam?

    On a product like this, I would say they could both be quite useful.
    On many products the display in under-spec’ed. Here, to simply tell which mode of the effects it is on, would be useful, and not really needing anything better than that.
    And the D-beam could be used for playing the unit stand alone. Or be used to control parameters to some extent, without having to look at the unit.

    If it now comes with Midi, it is at least a huge step up from the last generation. Such a little thing makes a huge difference… Probably another example of a product running a software that isn’t ready until it entered mass production, so no beta-testers could actually try the unit out, and make Roland aware of that huge flaw, that could easily have been altered before Mass production, if anyone had gotten the time to test it…. Sometimes features are left out, because there is a higher end version coming, but that wasn’t the case with the last one, so it wasn’t that.

  3. I’ve been looking for something to replace my VoiceLive. This doesn’t seem to have the specs to really be a full fledged live vocal processor though. Super limited effects. According to Roland’s site it forces you to choose between reverb and there’s not even a compressor. Also, no XLR outs? I’m not sure if they 1/4″ outs they mention are balanced TRS or not. The demo sounded nice enough…but this price point for what it actually is? Hard pass for me.

  4. doesn’t appear to have a autotune effect…vocoder, harmony and megaphone…no autotune though…
    drat…guess i’ll stick with my jdxi for now.

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