At the 2012 NAMM Show, Roland and Fender announced the GC-1 GK-Ready Stratocaster guitar as one of the V-Guitar series, am electric guitar that can be directly connected to the GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer and VG-99 V-Guitar System.
Combining an authentic Stratocaster guitar and a special Roland divided pickup with a 13-pin output; the GK-Ready Stratocaster GC-1 can be used with both standard guitar equipment and Roland V-Guitar category products like the GR-55 and VG-99.
To harness this power, Roland developed the GK Divided Pickup, a special pickup that allows each of a guitar’s strings to be processed independently. Connecting a GK-Ready guitar to the GR Guitar Synthesizer or V-Guitar System opens up a world of options, including instant alternate tunings, transforming the guitar sound into another instrument entirely, and more.
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At the 2012 NAMM Show, Roland and Fender announced the VG Stratocaster G-5, an electronic guitar that fuses traditional design with digital music technology.
Combining Roland’s COSM modelling with Fender’s classic Stratocaster guitar, the VG Stratocaster G-5 gives players instant alternate tunings, a wide selection of electric, acoustic and 12-string guitar models and more.
The 20 sounds onboard the VG Stratocaster G-5 include Fender Stratocaster, Telecaster, humbucking, 12-string, acoustic models, and ‘cutting-edge’ sounds plus five alternate tunings. Continue reading Roland Intros G-5 VG Stratocaster V-Guitar
The Roland GR-55 Guitar Synth is a deep pedal. So deep, that it can be fiddly to try and edit, using just the on-board controls.
Fortunately, there are a couple of free solutions that should make working with the Roland GR-55 Guitar Synth a lot easier.
First up, there’s an iPad template for TouchOSC (shown above), created by Marc Benigni:
Many sliders have been replaced with banks of buttons, which I have found to be much more usable. (They light up when you touch them – neato! – but they don’t persist to represent current state.) I’ve taken the opportunity to replace a lot of “lawsuit-aware” labels with real descriptions, for instance LIPS becomes Dano 56-U3 and so on. This is a little more “fun” for me as a guitar geek, and moreover, it’s called out a lot of functionality that I didn’t even know was there. Embarrassingly, I didn’t realize that MA-28 etc were acoustic guitars; I thought they were mics or pickups I’d never heard of! So it’s been good to embed some of the documentation right into the UI.
There are pro’s and cons, though. I’m using a lot more screen space, which itself is both a pro and a con. And I’m using a lot more memory with this increased control count. This makes pages load a little slower, and could even result in more TouchOSC crashes. Oddly, I noticed that labels have OSC command strings, but they don’t actually respond to touch. So every button is a label imposed over a push button, doubling the control count.
Details are available in the VGuitar forums.
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PremierGuitar has an interesting review of the new Roland GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer.
The GR-55 is a deceptively simple looking pedal that has a great deal of depth to it.
Overall, the sound quality of the synth voices, COSM guitars, and various effects is excellent. I appreciated the clarity . . . → Read More: Roland GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer Review
Roland has released the GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer, the company’s latest guitar synth.
Combining PCM synthesis with digital instrument modeling from the VG-99 V-Guitar System, the GR-55 represents Roland’s latest advances in guitar synthesis.
Here’s a demo of the Roland GR-55 guitar synth in action: Continue reading Roland GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer Now Available