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Roland VG-99 with a bass guitar..?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by giovabass, Mar 17, 2008.


  1. giovabass

    giovabass

    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Has anyone tried a Roland VG-99 with a MIDI equipped bass, does it work? Just curious... if yes it would be cool for doing "guitarist gigs" with a bass :eek:
    Crazy idea, i know. I have to stop with drugs... :bag:
     
  2. Swimming Bird

    Swimming Bird

    Apr 18, 2006
    Wheaton MD
    Not sure. It probably shouldn't work well, but it may matter less than you'd think as it isn't a synth. Dunno exactly what the GK is doing on these. Give it a shot and let us know.
     
  3. giovabass

    giovabass

    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    If I have an occasion I'll do it for sure.
     
  4. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    Of course it would work, and I'm sure it would be extremely cool. I've used the other guitar units with bass, and it was quite a bit of fun.

    It's not a synth in the sense that it's triggering sounds - it's merely applying an algorhythm to the original signal and warping it beyond all recognition. That said, it doesn't matter if it's a bass or a guitar being used.
     
  5. Marcus Willett

    Marcus Willett

    Feb 8, 2005
    Palm Bay, FL
    Endorsing Artist: Bag End - Dean Markley - Thunderfunk
    According to Roland (I've contacted them on this) the V-Bass pickups (GK2B/3B) are not compatible with the VG series.
     
  6. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    That's hogwash. I've used them and they work just fine. The only issue I can see in not being compatible is how the strings correspond to the models, which can be easily rectified with a bit of programming.
     
  7. Marcus Willett

    Marcus Willett

    Feb 8, 2005
    Palm Bay, FL
    Endorsing Artist: Bag End - Dean Markley - Thunderfunk
    Just telling you what they said. It's true that the parameters for string length and whatnot would be wrong but it might not matter too much.

    You're saying you actually used the output of a GK2B/3B into a VG99?

    If so, perhaps letting Roland know might be in order so they can increase their market for these products. That would be a win-win all around.
     
  8. giovabass

    giovabass

    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Cool, did you use stuff like the VG-88 with bass? If so perhaps even the VG-99 with some adjusting (e.g. setting string parameters) can be used... let us know what guitar hardware you used with bass and what you did to make it work :hyper:
     
  9. elros

    elros

    Apr 24, 2004
    Norway
    Proprietor, Helland Musikk Teknologi
    This is the thread for you:
    roland vg99 with bass guitar?

    In summary: the VG-99 will work with bass guitar, sort of. But it still models guitars, not bass guitars.

    Although Roland says that bass won't work with the guitar synths.... it sort of will. The GK system is the same for bass and guitar. It's just that the algorithms in the VG-88 and VG-99 are made for guitar and won't work correctly with bass.

    And, the GK system is NOT a MIDI pickup!!! I'm not angry. :)
     
  10. giovabass

    giovabass

    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Thank you elros, in fact i suspected that... Of course it doesn't have all the bass sounds that the V-bass has so it wouldn't be a substitute of it, but i think that it would be very cool to use for "guitar-like" stuff, like this (yes he is playing a bass :eek:):



    this guy has an 8-string bass, but i think that a 6-string tuned EADGCF you could have the same "guitar-like" effect... perhaps useful for recording purposes too (guitar tracks).
     
  11. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    Yeah, I've used the VG-8 and the VG88 with a bass. I was using a Yamaha midi pickup - same as the Roland, just a tiny bit smaller. It didn't take much to make it work; just some parameter adjusting to make up for missing two strings.
     

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