Roland VP-550 : JimboSpins's user review
"It would be nice with more effects"
The Roland VP 550 is a Vocal and Ensemble Keyboard that can be considered a “vintage” synth. The layout of this board is very user friendly. The interface is simple to use and understand, you can almost understand the whole board just by looking at the interface. You will notice right away once you get the chance to actually start playing it, that the keys feel very good and real. They do not feel cheap or toy like.
The VP 550 will let you make all different types and styles of choir sounds. You can even connect your own microphone and use it to create background vocals directly into this keyboard. This board is also portable, you can take it almost anywhere with you if you need to because it is only 49 keys and it is pretty small and light. It is made well too, the casing is solid and made to last a long time and it does not even scratch easily.
There are 3 different types of effects that are basically reverb style effects. They are Hall 1, Hall 2, and Studio Reverb. It would have been nice if they added some more reverb or gave you better control over the reverb presets that it has. I didn’t like the fact that you could not take full control over the reverb like you can on other boards. All of the keys are velocity and touch sensitive; there are 49 of them with the ability to shift up or down octaves so you can have the full range of the keyboard at your finger tips without having to have a full 88 key workstation.
This keyboards specs and features make it worth the money. Only thing that I would change if I could would be to add more effects and let the user go way deep into the effects processing to get the effects the exact way that we want them. But we can always do that once it is recorded or tracked out.