Roland VR09 / VR730 V-Combo EDITOR v1.12.13

CTRLR Panel EDITOR for Windows, MacOSX, Linux


NEW: 01/2022: MAJOR release  v1.12.13 ‘GiDiTion’ exploiting the ‘Juni-Gi’ system layer of the VR with “GM2 sound load to keyboard”, new hidden sounds, enhanced V-PIano, many new features (autosynchronisation, scale tuning, etc) and bugfixes

V-Combo EDITOR is an editor for Roland V-Combo VR09 and VR730 based on the software platform CTRLR
It does not provide proper sounds but act as an elaborated controller for the VRs (giving access to many ‘hidden’ features)
V-Combo EDITOR is available as ‘panel-plugin’ for the CTRLR platform or as a standalone application for MS Windows

See also panel V-Combo SYNTH optimised for using virtual-analog synthesis of the VR

Features of “V-Combo EDITOR”

  • Access to hundreds of ‘hidden’ sounds of the VR09/730:
    • Roland ATELIER concert organ sounds (ca. 500)
    • ‘hidden’ keyboard sounds (> 300 accoustic instruments and synth sounds)
    • more than 1000 GM2 sounds of the VR ‘GM2 sound engine’
  • Increased timbrality from 2 (VR without EDITOR) to 9 voices and 26 (!) with GM2
  • Multi-Zone setup (up to 4 splitted or layered zones) for the VR keyboard
  • Editor/organizer  for VR registration sets using VR *.upg-files from usb-stick
  • Software VA synthesizer ‘V-SYNTH’ (like Roland Jupiter-80, SH-01 GAIA, VR-iPad app)
  • MIDI Mapper for various live controls (V-SYNTH patch load, VR-sysex to CC mapping, etc)
  • Builtin rhythm sound control
  • Additional ‘undocumented’ sound controls for VA synthesizer, keyboard sounds and GM2-sounds
  • EDITOR patch register for sounds edited with V-SYNTH and/or EFX
  • Hammond style organ with 2 drawbar sets and (customisable) presets
  • Direct ‘upload’ of GM2-sounds into the ‘keyboard layer’ for playing on the VR keys (NEW in v.1.12.13)
  • Direct access of parameters instead of menu-diving on the VR keyboard
  • Integrated In-line tutorials. Video tutorial on youtubes
  • Compatible to Roland keyboard firmware v.1.12 (VR09, VR09B, VR730)
  • Documentation from Raymond (related to older EDITOR version, but still helpfull)  : V-COMBO EDITOR MANUAL 

Usage of EDITOR and CTRLR

To help with setup, eventually consult Raymonds V-COMBO EDITOR MANUAL. It covers older editor versions but is still valid for many things.

The EDITOR requires the CTRLR platform to operate. There are three ways of running EDITOR-CTRLR:

  1. Standalone EDITOR for MS Windows
    Windows users can run the standalone. It’s an integrated package of CTRLR platform plus EDITOR. The standalone has some inconveniences for ‘configruration’ so it’s recommended that Windows users also use the 2nd method.
    The Windows standalone (*.exe-file) can be downloaded here
  2. EDITOR panel plugin + CTRLR-install (recommended for Windows, mandatory for OSX and Linux)
    First install the CTRLR platform which is available here
    Then download the panel-plugin (*.bpanelz file) from here
    Start CTRLR and use menu ‘File -> open’ to load the panel-plugin-file
  3. VST
    EDITOR can run as a VST2 plugin for your DAW. You must generate the VST out of CTRLR by our own. Instructions are given in the inline-help of the panel
!! WARNING !! BEFORE LOADING A NEW PANEL INTO CTRLR, CLOSE THE OLD ONE(S).   Otherwise you a) risk to block the midi ports (MS Windows) and b) suffer from a bulk popup of +100 ‘info’ and file browser windows: if this happens, wait until it stops, close all popups, then close all panel instances in CTRLR (it’s a CTRLR bug with yet no solution)

After having started the EDITOR for the first time, check the README button on the left menu and follow the instructions.

For Info: the platform ‘’ ist currently in a reconstruction/migration phase and not maintained. Therefor all software packages are now available from v-combo website
Recommended CTRLR versions are: Windows: 5.4.29 ; OSX: 5.3.198; Linux: 5.4.16. Do not use newer versions as they are instable

Bugreports and ideas/wishes/change requests etc are highly appreciated. Please use the youtube vids for communication. Eventually use the VR09/730 facebook group or EDITOR youtube channel for requests.

Links and More downloads

Video tutorials on youtube:  [EDITOR  setup, usage]   [EDITOR  GeneralMidi setup]   [EDITOR  v1.12(8) update]
Documentation (from Raymond)  :   [V-COMBO EDITOR MANUAL]
Instrument definition files for CUBASE
Instrument definition .ins-file for V-ARRANGER
‘oldschool’ software package [TechnoToys Omega] with arp, sequencer, drumbox (for Editor external program launcher)

EDITOR version history
v1.12.13 01/2022: Juno-Gi layer integration, improvments to V-Piano, JidiMapper, GM2 sound handling, may features, bugfixes
v1.12.12 01/2021: More builtin-Help, V-Piano, V-Organ, ATELIER, upg-Editor, bugfixes
v1.12.11 04/2020: STAGE view, multi-zones, 2 bass voices, MIDIMapper, V-Piano, QuickHelp
v1.12.10 12/2019: Version info, EXPERT/NOVICE mode, PCM-waveforms, V-Piano, sounds load with MFX
v1.12.9 01/2019: HOTFIX (DEL synthesizer-registration)
v1.12.8 08/2018: Timbrality, 'hidden' sounds and controls, rhythm control, program launcher +performance&bugfixes
v1.12.7 05/2018: EDITOR registration, SYNTHESIZER upgrade, V-ORGAN "Hammond style",  +performance&bugfixes
v1.12.6 04/2018: new Look, enhanced upg/registration editor, added controls, improved performance, bugfixes
v1.12.5 02/2018: HOTFIX for wrong registration order in upg-editor. UM1/UM2 VCE/SYN now fully parallel
v1.12.4 02/2018: added: upg/registration editor, drumsets, improved workspace, bugfixes
v1.12.3 01/2018: added: patch registers, selector for VR-Key sounds, controls. Improved workspace.
v1.12.2 12/2017: modified panel surface, del. KBD/GM2-Tabulator, moved GM2 to main-tabulator
v1.12.1 12/2017: initial beta version




STAGE (main live control) panel (at top you see the 9 voices/4 zones of VR + organ/drum):

VR ‘factory sounds’ and extended eXtra sounds (at right you see the 4-zones control and the EFX control):

VR ATELIER sounds:

VR GM2 sounds:

V-ORGAN with double drawbars and all ‘VR-Organ+Amp’ controls:

V-SYNTH for conducting the VR Virtual-Analog synthesizer:

UPG Editor for reordering/organising registrations: