Roland VariOS

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 Roland VariOS
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 Roland Available from 11/30/1999 until 11/30/1999

VariOS is an open-ended hardware/software system that can be customized for different needs. With the bundled V-Producer software, users can create audio-based arrangements while independently manipulating pitch, time and formant. Load the included VariOS-8 and VariOS 303 software, and VariOS can emulate some of Roland’s most popular vintage synths—complete with an impressive array of effects. And since the VariOS module handles all processing, there is no drain on the host computer’s CPU.

Extended information

Open-ended hardware/software bundle consisting of VariOS module and downloadable control software for Mac or PC
Now includes three software bundles: V-Producer, VariOS-8 and VariOS 303
V-Producer offers realtime audio manipulation/construction using VariPhrase*
VariOS-8 emulates vintage Juno and Jupiter polysynths with intuitive onscreen editing
VariOS 303 emulates TB-303 bass sounds with step sequencing and “Slides”
High-quality effects included for each software application; zero CPU drain
Connect VariOS to your computer via USB or use it as a stand-alone module
More VariOS applications to be announced
*VariPhrase technology patent pending.


The Power of VariPhrase in Your PC
Imagine having a software program that allows you to build complete audio-based productions in real time without draining your computer’s processor. That’s the idea behind VariOS. This open-architecture system combines intuitive V-Producer for VariOS software with a 1U hardware module to create the most powerful audio production system ever conceived. Create complete 6-part audio arrangements while freely manipulating pitch, time and formant. VariOS also comes with separate reverb, chorus and multi-effects so you can process and mix your samples in a plug-in like environment. A simple USB connection is all it takes to be up and running.
Easy Audio Encoding and Arranging
Building a song with VariOS is a simple process. First, browse your computer hard drive for .WAV and AIFF files. V-Producer can then quickly and automatically batch encode the data and transfer it via USB to the module. Once encoded and transferred, you can arrange tracks in V-Producer using simple drag-and-drop commands. Best of all, any audio file can be made to work with another, since VariPhrase permits independent manipulation of pitch, time and formant without unwanted artifacts.

Twist Your Loops with GrooveScope
V-Producer’s GrooveScope window takes reconstructing audio loops to new extremes. First, GrooveScope analyzes the audio and time-slices it into separate events. But here’s where things get really interesting: Not only can these events be re-arranged to create new loops, but each event’s pitch and time can be manipulated graphically without altering the original sound quality. All editing is non-destructive, so you’re free to experiment as much as you please—all in real time. And if you prefer tweaking with knobs rather than a mouse, just twist the VariOS module’s dedicated controls while scanning the audio loop, and V-Producer will faithfully capture all your moves.

Technical specifications

Sound Generator VariPhrase
Parts 1 to 6
Maximum Polyphony 14 voices
Internal Memory
Performance: 1
Samples: 128
Wave memory (RAM): 46 MB
Backup memory (FLASH): 32 MB
External Storage Device PC CARD slot (Microdrive, SmartMedia or CompactFlash can be used with PC card adaptor.)
Sampling Frequency 44.1 kHz (Internal)
Data Format 16-bit linear
Signal Processing
AD Conversion: 24 bits
DA Conversion: 24 bits
Internal processing:
Sound generating section: 32 bits (floating point)
Effects section: 24 bits (fixed point)
Nominal Input Level
INPUT (LINE): -18 dBu
INPUT (MIC): -43 dBu
Nominal Output Level
MAIN OUT: +4 dBu
Reverb: 9 sets
Chorus: 1 set (8 types)
Multi: 40 sets
Display 16 characters, 2 lines (backlit LCD)
Connectors USB Connector, Headphones Jack, Main Output Jacks (L/MONO, R), Direct Output Jacks (L, R), Input Jacks (L, R), MIDI Connectors (IN, OUT),
Digital Audio Output: S/P DIF Connectors (COAXIAL, OPTICAL), AC Inlet
Power Supply AC 117 V, AC 230 V, AC 240 V
Power Consumption 10 W (AC 117 V), 12 W (AC 230 V, AC 240 V)
Dimensions 430 (W) x 222 (D) x 44 (H) mm,
16-15/16 (W) x 8-3/4 (D) x 1-3/4 (H)inches
EIA-1U Rack Mount Type
Weight 2.2 kg, 4 lbs 14 oz
Accessories Owner's Manual, CD-ROM (V-Producer, Driver), Power Cord, USB Cable, Rackmount adaptor (two pcs.)
(0 dBu = 0.775 V rms)

* In the interest of product improvement, the specifications, appearance of this unit and/or contents of this package are subject to change without prior notice.

System requirements for Windows
Operating system: Microsoft® Windows® XP Home/XP Professional/2000 Professional/Me
*Windows® XP/2000 recommended
Computer: Windows®-compatible personal computer equipped with a USB port
CPU/Clock: Pentium®, CeleronTM, Intel-compatible Processor / 500 MHz or higher
Memory (RAM): 128 MB or more
Display resolution / colors: 800 x 600 pixels or higher / 65,535 colors or more (High Color 16 bit)

System requirements for Macintosh
Operating system: Mac OS 9.0.4 or later (Currently, this product is not compatible with Mac OS X.)
Computer: Apple Macintosh computer equipped with a USB port
CPU/Clock: PowerPC G3/233 MHz or higher
Memory (RAM): 192 MB or more (256 MB or more is recommended)
Display resolution / colors: 800 x 600 pixels or higher / 32,000 colors or more

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