Roland VR700 V-Combo EDITOR

CTRLR Panel EDITOR for Windows, MacOSX, Linux

 

V-Combo700 EDITOR is an editor for Roland V-Combo organ VR700 (predecessor of VR09/VR730) based on the software platform CTRLR
It does not provide proper sounds but act as an elaborated controller for VR700 (overcoming VR700 menu diving and giving access to many ‘hidden’ features of VR700)
V-Combo700 EDITOR is available as ‘panel-plugin’ for the CTRLR platform (running on Windows, Mac or Linux) or as a standalone application for MS Windows

NEW: 01/2022: official BETA release  v1.01.3 ‘SYNTH’ : exploiting deeper the hacked ‘free MFX’ section of VR700

Features of “V-Combo700 EDITOR”

  • Direct access to VR700 sounds and parameters instead of painful menu diving in the WDOAT (worst display of all times)
  • Hammond style organ with 2 (touch-reactive) drawbar sets and (customisable) presets
  • Organ preset switching in Hammond-style (‘black keys’) using VR-keys of lowest octave
  • Additional effects for ensemble sounds (filter, ADR envelope, vibrato, special FX …)
  • Free assignment of 80 (Cosm-) Multi-Effects to Ensemble sounds and full controls of MFX parameters
  • Extendend V-SYNTH functions for creating fat synth layer sounds (e.g. layering detuned Ensemble sounds like in subtractive synthesizers)
  • Extended rhythm control (change of drum kit and drum sound manipulation)
  • EDITOR registration (independent from VR favorites) : 2048 registrations, custom naming, saving of additional EFX (like envelope, filter, extended rhythm control, vibrato, etc)
  • EDITOR single sound register: fast ‘workflow’ register to ‘backup’ ensemble sounds (e.g. your modified pianos, enhanced strings etc)
  • Coupling between VR-Favorits and EDITOR-registrations:
    • VR-Favorites can be switched by the EDITOR user interface
    • EDITOR registrations can be switched with the VR700-Favorite buttons and/or footswitch
    • EDITOR registrations and VR-Favorites can be switched with an external program/controller
  • Footswitch configurator (for stage use – no menu diving …)
  • Synthesizer work mode : organ drawbars and GAIN+REVERB knob act as ADR envelope and filter faders/knobs
  • Enhanced EQUALIZER
  • UPG file editor for reordering the favorites in Favorite backup (“UPG”) files
  • Built in sequencer (Win only) and external program launcher
  • Compatible to VR700 keyboard firmware v.1.01
  • Recommended software: Windows + CTRLR v5.4.29 (no newer!), OSX + CTRLR v53.198, Linux: (?)

Installation of CTRLR EDITOR

For Info: the project website ‘ctrlr.org’ ist currently in a reconstruction/migration phase and not maintained. Therefore all software packages are now available at 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

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

  1. MS-Windows: Standalone EDITOR
    Windows users can run the standalone. It’s an integrated package of CTRLR platform plus EDITOR in one executable. As the standalone has some minor issues for ‘configuration’
    it’s recommended that Windows users also use the 2nd method.
    Download and run the Windows standalone (*.exe-file)
  2. MS-Windows: CTRLR-platform + EDITOR panel plugin + (recommended for Windows, mandatory for OSX and Linux)
    The permanent ‘install’ of the CTRLR platform is recommended over the Windows-standalone
    1. download and install CTRLR .exe-installer available at MS-Win subfolder
    2. download the panel-plugin-file (*.bpanelz)
    3. start CTRLR, push ‘ctrl menu show’ button in the left vertical menu, select ctrlr-menu ‘File > open’ and load the panel-plugin-file
  3. OSX / MacOS: : CTRLR-platform + EDITOR panel plugin
    Installation for OSX/MacOS:
    1. download and install CTRLR .dmg-installer available at OSX/Mac subfolder
    2. download the panel-plugin-file (*.bpanelz)
    3. start CTRLR, push ‘ctrl menu show’ button in the left vertical menu, select ctrlr-menu ‘File > open’ and load the panel-plugin-file
  4. Linux: : CTRLR-platform + EDITOR panel plugin
    CTRLR Editor on linux IS NOT TESTED:
    1. download and install CTRLR .dmg-installer available at linux subfolder
    2. download the panel-plugin-file (*.bpanelz)
    3. start CTRLR, push ‘ctrl menu show’ button in the left vertical menu, select ctrlr-menu ‘File > open’ and load the panel-plugin-file
  5. VST
    EDITOR can run as a VST2 plugin for your DAW. You must generate the VST out of CTRLR on our own. Instructions are given in the inline-help of the panel
!! WARNING UPON UPDATING THE PANEL!! BEFORE LOADING A NEW PANEL INTO CTRLR, CLOSE THE OLD PANEL.   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)

Usage of CTRLR EDITOR

When using the EDITOR (or any new release) for the first time, check the README button in its left menu and follow the instructions.
All you need to know (‘first usage’, connecting editor to PC, editor features & handling, ‘tricks’, specs etc etc etc) is explained in the Info and QuickHelp Menus integrated in the editor

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.

 
 

Pix

 
V-STAGE main and live control for VR700:

VR 700 sounds:

V-ORGAN control of 2 drawbarsets and VR700 organ/amp parameters:

V-SYNTH control of VR700 ‘free’ MFX (hacked ‘free MFX select’ for any ensemble sound):

CONFIG control of VR700 system parameters:

UPG-Editor reordering of VR700 Favorites: