Roland VS-2480

Roland VS-2480

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VS-2480, Digital Multrack-studio from Roland in the VS series.

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Roland VS-2480 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Roland
  • Model: VS-2480
  • Series: VS
  • Category: Digital Multrack-studios
  • Added in our database on: 11/03/2002

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Roland VS-2480 user reviews

Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 3 reviews )
 2 reviews67 %
 1 user review33 %

Willy_77's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland VS-2480
Well, I will not repeat the technical (but almost), while in the CHARACTERISTICS specially, the big advantage over other mini-studio multitrack solution is:

- 16 or 24 bit / 44.1 kHz or 48
- 24 tracks (16 registration)
- 16 line inputs (including 8 XLR mic switchable 48V + 1 between Hi-Z guitar)
+ SPDIF IN / OUT Optical and RCA auxiliary inputs + 8 numriques
- 24 + exp comp, either on input or on the slopes
- EQ on 24 inputs and 24 tracks continuously
- 1 map VS8F-2 dual processor (expandable up to 4 cards for 8 proc ...)
Divers & ergonomics:
- HDD 40 GB Intgr (removable rack ... not on the VS2480CD!)
- 16 virtual tracks per track
- 17 knobs motoriss
- VGA color! (800 x 600 75 Hz)
- Mouse (for shipping and menus on screen or VGA monochrome LCD Intgr)
- Keyboard (to enter the names of tracks + fast)
- Card slots supplmentaires effects (see above)
- 2 ports RBUS (2x8 IN / OUT numriques TDIF style sauce but Roland)
etc ...


Like all products "monsters", it takes some getting used much sr.
But to say I long hsit between the AW4416 and VS2480, and when I finally
prfr the VS2480, I have waited two months, because a No one told me, qq in Paris, the ergonomics of using layers of knobs near the trs silent flexibility of Yamaha, and as I could approach it that 1 / 2 hours standing in the store, and without the doc (!!!), I could not make myself easily ide same .. phew!
So I'm saying is archi FALSE!
Ds we read the doc, even a little faster ... and it has been a little hand (1 2 months), one realizes that Roland when they m me really well thought out ergonomics of the buttons, knobs layers, complment by menus, shortcuts, etc ...
because I find now that everything is fluid, well located instantaneously (or say 90%)
and I can not work with me to the head with the camera, but mind what I'm doing without "galre" logistics ...
The travial recording and mix is ​​even comfortable, basic functions are empty even without a manual. With information for the VGA screen is a multitrack machine dedicates a PC!
The manual is standard, not too bad nor too good, but do not take a look hsiter
(Well that's true for everything!) Because 'the 2nd reading, once one has a pos becaufe matter is before a bp reading is much clearer, because they have tend to the point ... It is trs nanmoins enough (it is a short guide yammer "Basics of Modern Recording" which gives you the outline of a first recording multi instruments and a tiny first mix, a help when m me!


For the audio converters, I did not know what to do but wait j'tais to "test" qqchose to "see" (ear ...) how could a be even better than that j'tais well convinced sr purchase:
So it's even better!
With my pauv'oreilles amateur, I plugged a headphone output of my EMU sampler (which I love), and I turned a squence noon on acoustic sounds with dtail spaced s of silence ...
Then I recorded and then r-cost: rsultat nickel! I could not believe my ears so it's beautiful. I would say, use, even (very) lgrement, a supper of heat, but certainly NOT dgradation style screaming, cold etc ... for me sounds of hell!
This is for the convertos level line (AD and DA), when the pramplis Intgr convertos micro level and on the voice, as I do not use, I can tell, fawns and all I'd probably bad judge.
For the dynamics, a trs trs trslgere laziness, but I'm not even sr, at least, nothing that can not be ratrapp by the possibility of compression expenssion ...
The effects are probably not the height of good Lexicon, but I think it's all fawns suprieur effects of spars / midrange currents.
Moreover, if we just tried as a card (???), VS8F costs about 2000F-2 but not I / O, no power supply, no case Rack, no buttons or LCD! It's just a 15 cm2 CI full of chips and nothing else ... arithmtiquement, there's no photo.
All effects are trs well, except the reverb lacking some precision late in the fall (when there is no other sounds) and I think acqurir an external effect for later.
"Effects" that kill, it's the preset called "mastering". The again, certainly not comparable pro gear, but I'm nophyte I Russian "polish" a little mix,
which I thought was right even taking a rejuvenating APRS Bricol have 3 hours with this little tool for mastering ...


I use it for 6 months, and I love, love, love!
What I like most is that the sounds that come out are better than what came back (!!!),
Then the ergonomics at the VGA screen, faders motoriss and flexibility of manipulation to record / grate tracks, edit track custom settings (EQ, Comp etc ...)
What I like least is at the shipping door, to calibrate with precision of 1 point and "tinkering" at the waveform, but it may also be the position in my home studio that makes as I chose to have everything at hand, I'm not as comfortable with the mouse than a VS Pc. Can be customized with a shelf to the right place ...
As I mentioned dja j'hsitais between this unit and the AW4416, but this is my Premire use of a mini-studio Hard, if I used Cubase dja, but I had no AIM (by the cons!) the "whole mouse" because I had no surface CONTRL ... ok! But even now, I would not (or not easily) on PC even with a surface like Mackie CONTRL CONTRL or other ...
For me this device is IDAL, even if j'espre that Roland will continue releasing new versions of the OS for "small" dtails.

bacaram's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland VS-2480
Good connection
24 bit 96 khz 8-track
stokage cd
16 tracks simultanbr /> l


Use simple and trs Record I live groups and orchestras,


The converters sound good especially when you record the tip Bourin groups.
the reverbs are the only weak point of vs, I have to buy a map and more vsf8-3,
I fixed the problem it sounds
dynamics and good


The particularity of its 16 channels simultaneously and has 24 track playback.
a quality pro.
I work with vs 2480 for two months on the top.

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland VS-2480
Analog: 16 input jacks and a special guitar input / 8 XLR inputs with phantom power or not
From 2 auxiliary stereo outputs / 1 stereo output monitor / 1 stereo master outputs and 2 individually adjustable for 2 headphones.

Digital Coaxial / Optical / 2 and R-Bus (Roland system can simultaneously accept each 8 grafted and 8 digital outputs as well as start and MIDI sync

SCSI port / Access Worl Clock / SMPTE In Port PS2 mouse and PS2 keyboard port / VGA port for display.


Sampling: 24 bit / 96 kHz

40 gigabytes internal hard drive (can connect an external drive scussi puisue connector on the camera)

Sync: MIDI Clock and MTC

After fréuence sampling:
48/44.1/32 kHZ
Enregistrement/16 16 in reading (48)
16 in registration / 24 read (44.1/32 kHz) 44.1 fréuence being used in CD
Personal opinion: it is useless to record outside the 44.1 frequency as when mastering any CD it will come back automatically.

96/88.2/64kHZ (it is to note that these are applied more fréuences for DVD)
8 in recording / 8 read
8-in registration / 12 read (64khz)
Hether it should be noted there are 24 virtual tracks + 384 (16 virtual tracks per track)


rapid access by the shortcuts and the similarity with the basic functions of a recorder (Rec / Play / Stop /....)
16 motorized faders that store your movements and remember your settings for each song.
A compeseur / expander and gate on each of the 24 tracks individually recallable on the button rises above chau track.
Visualization of the 24 tracks at once.
yes thanks to the big screen: mouse and keyboard that I provided as an option
Yes yes


Roland COSM technology so there are 3 stereo that I provide


1 month
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