Roland VS-2000CD Digital Studio Workstation

Feb 3, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors

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Roland announced the VS-2000CD Digital Studio Workstation, the company’s first V-Studio with plug-in support. The VS-2000CD boasts 20 recording tracks, eight XLR inputs and an optional VGA output with mouse-based graphical editing, as well as a 40GB hard drive, CD-RW drive, USB 2.0 and more. With support for the optional VS8F-3 Plug-In Effect Expansion Board (up to two), the VS-2000CD lets musicians use plug-in effects from Roland and optional third-party plug-ins from Antares, IK Multimedia, Massenburg, Universal Audio and more.

The VS-2000CD offers CD-quality recording at a choice of 16- or 24-bits. An internal 40GB hard drive provides hours of multitrack recording, while 320 virtual tracks give users room to be creative and “comp” the perfect take. Eight XLR inputs with phantom power make recording multiple vocalists or an acoustic drum set a reality, while a hi-Z input handles guitar and a S/PDIF digital inputs lets users connect with digital gear. The VS-2000CD’s 40-channel digital mixer boasts 17 faders and dedicated channel edit knobs. In addition, there are four knobs to control the dynamics and 4-band EQ for any input or track. Onboard effects include necessary studio essentials, plus COSM® Guitar Amp and Microphone Modeling and a new Harmony Sequence function to add realistic harmonies to a vocal.

The VS-2000CD also comes with a new Rhythm Track feature, which lets users program stereo drums on tracks 17 to 18 using high-quality PCM sounds. A variety of preset patterns are included or users can create their own. A chromatic tuner is also included. The VS-2000CD includes Roland’s V-LINK technology to integrate audio and video, plus USB 2.0 for easy data transfer between the VS-2000CD and a computer.

Finally, by adding the optional VS20-VGA Output Board (with Version 2.0 software available later in 2004), users can see their projects on the big screen by connecting an optional VGA monitor and mouse.

Connections to the VS-2000CD include eight XLR/TRS inputs, a hi-Z input, two 1/4-inch TRS outputs, four RCA outputs, a stereo headphones output, S/PDIF digital I/O in coaxial format, MIDI In/Out jacks, a footswitch jack and USB 2.0 port.

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