VR Editors

Software editors/controllers available for Roland VR:

 

IOS (iPad):     Roland VR09 EDITOR (free)

Features:  controller for VA synthesiser and organ
Download:   ROLAND Website
Connection type:
– usb-cable (iPads with lightning socket need the ‘Apple camera connection kit’)
– WLAN  (requires an usb-wlan-transmitter for VR, e.g. ‘Netgear WNA 1100’)
Hardware: any iPad does the job

 

Windows, OSX, Linux:     CTRLR V-Combo EDITOR and V-Combo SYNTH (free)

Features “V-Combo EDITOR”: controller for VA synthesizer, organ, hidden features (multi-zones, multi-timbrality, etc, see list below), hidden sounds, registration organizer
Features “V-Combo SYNTH”: comfortable Desktop controller particulary for the VA synthesizer
Download:   CTRLR EDITOR   /    CTRLR SYNTH
Connection type:  usb-cable (standard printer cable USB-A)
Hardware: EDITOR runs even on low spec (or old) PCs, Laptops or tablets with Windows or OSX (MacOS).

EDTOR is reactive (and optimized) for touch displays – which is a big plus ‘on stage’ but also at home
Up to now Apple doesn’t offer MacBooks with touch – Windows is the only option for ‘touch’
For ‘touch’ use Windows 10 which is more ‘touch friendly’ than old versions (upgrade from Win 7/8 is still free)
A 10 inch display is recommended as min size for comfortable operation. If you additionally want to display notes sheets, bigger is better (13″ or more):
Windows tablets: e.g. Microsoft Surface, Chuwi, Huawei, Dell, etc. BT or usb keyboards/mouse for ‘better typing’
Windows ‘2-1’: laptops with detachable displays that work as standalone tablets:
   Compact low cost (slow but ok for EDITOR): HP-X2-10, Lenovo Miix 310.
   Bigger: Surface-Book 13.5″
   Very Big (for 2-sided piano sheets): Surface-Book 15″; (bargain) 15.4″ Medion S6212T/S6214T (used: 100 €)

      Medion S6214T

 

Android:     Midi Commander by Boldero (free)

Features: little customisable controller app. Has a  ‘organ drawbar panel’, e.g. for controlling VR lower manual drawbars. Must be configured (sysex)
Download: Google playstore (free)
Connection type:  usb-cable (standard printer cable USB-A. Devices with USB-C: use an USB-C to -A adapter. Devices with pre USB-C: use an ‘OTG’ adapter)

Note: the app can send midi system exclusive messages including Roland checksum which makes it capable of communicating with VR. Configuration file for drawbars and organ parameters (details see txt file): VROrgan.setup

 

Editor comparison table:

 

features VR ‘keyboard only’ VR + Roland VR EDITOR VR + V-COMBO CTRLR EDITOR
voices 2 voices (layer or split) + organ like ‘VR only’ 9 voices (in different layers/zones) + organ [R]
split zones 2 split zones like ‘VR only’ 4 split zones (upper, lower, solo, bass) [R]
voices/layers (multi-timbral) 2 like ‘VR only’ up to 4 layers in upper, 4 layers in lower and 2 layers in bass [R]
organ drawbar control upper OR lower upper AND lower upper AND lower, 2 drawbarsets A/B, 5 organ presets/manual [L]
organ + leslie controls knobs + VR-menu all controls on the panel all controls on the panel  [R] [L]
envelope/filter controls for upper manual for all zones/manuals [R]
VA synthesizer control full control panel [1]

full control panel with additional parameters  [R] [1]

See CTRLR SYNTH panel plugin with enhanced control surface

ATELIER sounds full control for all ATELIER sounds (ca. 500) [R]
GM sounds + control full control for all GM sounds (ca. 700), channels and effects  [L] [2]
additional sounds

full control of ca. 100 ‘hidden’ sounds [R]

additional effects Sustain (bass, manuals), Harmony-Intelligence, additional reverb-types, additional effects for D-Beam, rhythm break/fill [R]
additional controls master-tune, refined controls for damper assign and key-velocity [R]
VR registration organizer UPG-Editor to re-order, copy, merge registrations via VR-registration-set files on USB drive
diverse L-R-panning,  Midi-Mapper (Translator), program launcher, V-Piano enhancer, rhythm-controls, editor patch register (for deep-synthesized sounds), editor patch register for GM sounds [L]

VR+CTRLR EDITOR notes:
[R]
: features + changes can be saved to VR regisrations and be used without CTRLR EDITOR
[L]: features require live (STAGE) usage of CTRLR EDITOR
[1]:  see limitations when saving VA-modded sounds to VR registrations
[2]: VR registrations can be programmed (using program change send) to load 1 GM sound (only one per reg. and no GM modds)

 

Additional ‘hidden’ VR09/730 features (controllable with V-Combo EDITOR)

 
Any setup that makes use of those features is entirely savable to VR registrations – in other words: it is possible to programm (by V-Combo Editor) VR registrations with 4 zones, 9 voices, ‘hidden’ sounds etc

++ additional ‘zones’:
      VR09/730 ‘keyboard’: 2 zones (upper and lower manual)
      Hidden: 2 additional ‘zones’:
            upper manual
            solo manual (can be set as separate zone, or added to upper or to lower manual)
            lower manual
            bass manual (can be overlayed with solo voice. Some sounds sound different in bass manual)

example setups for VR09 zones:

upper (zone 1)
solo (zone 2)
lower (zone 3)
bass (zone 4)

++ additional ‘voices’:
      VR09/730 ‘keyboard’: 2 voice (‘DUAL’ or SPLIT mode) + organ
      Hidden: 7 additional multitimbral VR voices
      Total: 9 voices:
            3 voices in upper manual
            1 voices in solo manual
            3 voices in lower manual (can be increased with 1 voice from solo)
            2 voices in bass manual
            organ (upper/lower)

++ additional ‘sounds’:
      ‘Hidden’ sounds of the VR09/730:
      – keyboard sounds: ca. 700 additional sounds (including sound set of Roland ATELIER concert organs)
      – keyboard drum sets: more drum sets
(      – GM2: more than 700 hidden sounds and drumsets)

++ additional controls:
      key touch setting for lower manual
      chord intelligence, harmony intelligence off/on and harmony intelligence type
      pitchbend/Mod lever: assign to UPPER/LOWER/BASS
      drum octave shift
      sustain (on/off + mode) for upper, lower or/and bass manual
      dual solo top/last
      D-Beam: SuperNatural ‘N.1 and N.2’: assign to upper/lower/solo/bass/all

++ additional options for existing keyboard controls:
      Damper pedal mode : assign to ‘solo’ voice
      D-BEAM : filter (cutoff), pitch up, volume, rhythm fill-in/break
      Reverb: Hall2, Hall3, Small Church, Delay

++ additional controls in for builtin VA-Synth (compared to iPad app):
      Portamento: normal/legato
      Mono: staccato/legato
      Analog feel
      OSC: pulsewidth-shift for pulse-wave
      OSC: PCM wave gain
      FILTER: HPF cutoff
      FILTER: Velocity sensitivity
      AMP: key follow
      LFO panpot
      LFO keytrigger
      LFO-Modulation panpot