Roland VR-09 Combo Organ: NAMM 2013

Announced a couple of days ahead of winter NAMM 2013, the Roland VR09 Combo Organ offers a fantastic selection of sounds in a user-friendly and ergonomic package that’s ideal for playing live, and at a great price.

Retailing at £729, the Roland VR-09 Combo Organ offers three easy-to-access sound engines: organs, pianos (including electric models and a clavinet) and synth, as well as a drum section. Incredibly for an organ at this price, physical drawbars are included, allowing you to quickly alter your sound without having to wade through menus or repeatedly press buttons.

The VR-09 is also well-specified when it comes to effects, with seven effects available including reverb, delay, overdrive, compression, and that all-important Leslie effect. Effects can also be quickly adjusted without extensive menu-diving with dedicated knobs available for controlling effects parameters. There’s even an onboard looper and a range of rhythm patterns for inspirational solo jams and songwriting sessions.

With this much sonic potential, a front-panel that encourages you to explore it, and a great price, it might be worth adding to your ‘should check that out’ list…

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Fynn Callum

producer, guitarist, engineer & dj
From indie guitarist to deep house producer via Northern Soul dj; mix engineer, producer and gear enthusiast. Jaffa Cake aficionado.

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