Roland announces VT-4 Voice Transformer

Roland announced on 16th October the VT-4 Voice Transformer. This is a powerful new effects processor for manipulating the human voice. VT-4 is battery-powered and ready to travel. It is the a must-have companion for singers, DJs, web broadcasters, and all those who use their voice in a creative application.

Compact and easy to use, the VT-4 Voice Transformer allows the user to connect a microphone and quickly craft unique vocal sounds with performance-oriented controls. Harmony, vocoding, pitch shifting, hard tuning, ambience, and other high-quality effects are available, providing everything from subtle augmentation to radical transformation.

Today’s musical styles increasingly use unusual vocal sounds with heavy processing, making them stand out and grab the listener’s attention. However, great-sounding pitch and formant effects are hard to come by, especially without a computer. The VT-4 puts a wealth of modern and retro vocal effects at the user’s fingertips. It also eliminates the need to employ a complicated setup with a computer and plug-ins.

The VT-4 Voice Transformer enables to achieve several effects
VT-4 Voice Transformer
VT-4 Voice Transformer. Image: Roland Corporation

The new Voice Transformer VT-4 features a hands-on interface for instant creative control. Users can manipulate their sound while they sing or speak, constantly altering the effect to suit the track and enhance the vibe of a performance. VT-4 also enables direct control over both pitch and format. This makes it possible to instantly transform a vocal persona with male/female gender characteristics, electronic timbres, robot voices, and more.

It’s simple to achieve complex vocal effects with the VT-4. You can use the multiple effects at the same time. Each effect has a selection of one-touch variations for quick access to different vocoder characteristics, various lo-fi effects, multi-part harmonies, and distinct kinds of reverb and delay. Users can chain effects, and set the controls how they like. They also can save their setups in preset buttons for later recall.

You can plug the VT-4 Voice Transformer in a MIDI keyboard

The VT-4 Voice Transformer works great on its own without any input other than a voice. But plugging in a MIDI keyboard unlocks even more expressive possibilities, allowing users to guide the Auto-Pitch, harmony, and vocoder engines with notes and chords. This makes it possible to hard-tune the vocal input to specific pitches and play keyboard leads with a funky vocoded flavor. It also enables create multi-part backing vocal stacks on the fly. The VT-4’s compact footprint sits neatly on most keyboards, making it easy to integrate with common performance setups.

The VT-4 is also a powerful tool for bringing humor, drama, and variety to spoken-word applications. VT-4 offers a desktop-friendly configuration with simple controls and USB-audio capabilities. It’s uniquely suited to altering voices for YouTube broadcasts, Twitch and Facebook streams, podcasts, and more.

To learn more about the VT-4 Voice Transformer, visit Roland. website.

Source and images: Roland Corporation

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