Add Realistic Organ Tones to Your Sound!
The Roland VK-8M Organ Sound Module puts Roland's acclaimed Virtual ToneWheel organ sound in a convenient desktop unit with nine harmonic bars and retro-style wood panels. COSM Amplifier and Rotary Speaker Modeling further complement these authentic sounds, while an audio input and Active Expression feature let players fade in an external tone with a pedal. The VK-8M makes adding distinctive organ sounds to any setup easy.
- Desktop organ module with acclaimed VK-8 Virtual ToneWheel sound
- 9 harmonic bars for a range of authentic organ tones
- 4 COSM amp types w/ overdrive, plus rotary speaker modeling and reverb
- Line input for blending in an external sound using Active Expression and pedal
- D Beam controller with multi-colored LED and templates for easy realtime control
- 36 User registrations for storing custom sounds
- Attractive wooden side panels
- Optional bracket for stand mounting
The Soul of the Popular VK-8
Since its introduction, Roland's VK-8 Combo Organ has made quite an impact with die-hard organ fans - praised for its natural and authentic sound. Now Roland makes these Virtual ToneWheel organ sounds available to any musician with the desktop VK-8M. With its new COSM Amp Modeling, nine harmonic bars and simple knob-based controls, the VK-8M delivers outstanding organ sounds with easy front-panel editing. Players can also dive into more detailed sound parameters like leakage level and rotary woofer speed.
Onboard COSM Amp Modeling
The VK-8M's amazing organ sounds are further improved with COSM Amp Modeling. Four different amp types are available for creating everything from clean gospel organs to the gritty overdriven sounds of a rock organ. The newly developed COSM Amp Type IV stands out in particular for its killer gain and crunchy distortion effect. The VK-8M takes organ modeling to a whole new level of realism, with intuitive editing of every parameter.
Unique Active Expression Feature
Performers will appreciate the VK-8M's Line input and Active Expression feature. Using an optional EV-7 Expression Pedal, players can gradually fade in a sound from an external source, such as a synthesizer or MIDI module. By slowly fading in a pad sound, for example, players can bring out a section of a song, or create energy by fading in a sharper tone like brass. These features open up an entirely new level of expression.
An Exceptional Performer
With its D Beam Controller, the VK-8M offers performers a world of expression. Using an infrared beam of light with an LED that changes color as your hand changes distance, players can control such functions as rotary speed (Slow/Fast) or tone wheel motor stops. And with 36 memory locations, you can store custom settings with a simple one-touch procedure and recall your sounds using the Bank Select and six Registration buttons.
Enhanced Virtual ToneWheel Modeling
What’s a Tone Wheel?
Tone wheels are the actual moving parts that define the sound of an organ. The most celebrated traditional vintage organ used a total of 91 tone wheels to create its distinctive sound. And these sounds varied depending on the year the tone wheels were made. Fortunately, Roland’s Virtual ToneWheel Modeling technology can accurately recreate the sound of several tone wheel types.
A Classic Organ Reborn
By simulating 91 tone wheel voices in constant independent oscillation, Virtual ToneWheel technology gives the VK-8M realistic organ sounds with full polyphony. Three tone wheel types are available (Vintage 1, Vintage 2 and Clean) with different amounts of leakage. Nine harmonic bars and easy front-panel controls make sound editing ultra-intuitive.
Percussion, Vibrato and Chorus Effects
The VK-8M’s stellar organ sounds wouldn’t be complete without those classic percussion, vibrato and chorus effects. Using the front-panel controls, you can add a percussion effect on the second or third interval while choosing to decrease the volume (soft) or lengthen the decay (slow). You can also add smooth vibrato and chorus to suit your taste.
Realistic Rotary Speaker and Amp Sounds
A classic organ deserves a classic rotary speaker. That’s why the VK-8M is graced with a COSM rotary model than not only simulates the sound of a well-known rotary speaker, but also the construction of its tube amp circuits, actual speaker cabinet characteristics and natural ambience.
And with four types of COSM amp models, the VK-8M can crank out a range of overdriven amp sounds perfect for rock and jazz players alike. COSM Amp Type IV stands out in particular for its incredible gain stage and powerful distorted sound.
New Active Expression for Dynamic Performances
With its 1/4-inch Line input, any external sound can be fed into the VK-8M and blended in with the organ sound. Simply connect your favorite synth or sound module and use Active Expression to gradually fade in the external sound using an optional expression pedal.
Use it to slowly bring in a pad sound or brass—adding fullness and texture to the sound—or to bring out a particular section of a song. With Active Expression, you can add more depth to your sound while keeping your hands on the keyboard.
Outstanding Performance Controls
The VK-8M incorporates an improved D Beam controller with an LED that changes color as you move your hand closer or further away. Use the light-sensing D Beam to create effects like tone wheel motor
stops or to even control rotary speed.
Saving your favorite settings is now more convenient than ever, thanks to six Registration buttons. When used in conjunction with Bank Select, up to 36 user registrations can be instantly recalled during performance.
The VK-8M can be controlled from any MIDI keyboard, making it easy to add Roland’s Virtual ToneWheel sounds to any player’s rig. The space-saving tabletop design is also great for sequencing setups.