Roland VS-100

V-Studio 100 Audio Interface/Digital Mixer/DAW Controller/SD Recorder w/ Included SONAR VS Software

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The Roland SONAR V-Studio 100 is the portable music production studio you've been eagerly waiting for. With this beast, you can create, record, produce and perform your music with or without a computer. If your computer takes a while to boot up, no problem, because you can record straight to the SONAR V-Studio 100's SD memory card whenever that exquisite bolt of inspiration strikes you.

You can even carry the VS-100 along to your live gigs to use its digital mixer, reverb, compression and EQ to mix your vocals and any other backing instruments. You can use the SD recorder to play any backing tracks you might want to throw in the mix, and you can record said mix onto the SD-card, too. Then, simply transfer any recorded audio to your computer, and you're free to edit and mix 'til your heart's content. In case you need to expand the I/O capacities of the V-STUDIO 100, you can pick up an OCTA-CAPTURE interface and have up to 12 more tracks! For information on how to accomplish that, see this support document here: OCTA-CAPTURE w/ VS-100 & VS-700

Whether you're using a Mac or Windows, the VS-100 can control a variety of DAW software through Mackie control protocol including Logic, GarageBand, Ableton Live, Cubase, Digital Performer and SONAR (obviously), among others. The V-Studio 100 provides extended control capabilities over SONAR through the implementation of Cakewalk’s Active Controller Technology (ACT). Plus, you'll be able to take your music to new and exciting levels with the VS Production Pack - a powerful collection of instruments and effects for both Mac and Windows. Once you've finished, be sure to upload it to the web and/or burn CDs to share with the world.

V-Studio 100 is a perfect little digital mixer for small bands or soloists who need efficient control of a few instruments and vocal mics. Any user, beginners and experts alike, can spiff up their live sound with the outstanding on-board effects that are easy to route and are easily accessible. Plus, as stated above, recorded gigs can be easily dumped to the computer from the VS-100’s SD-card for any additional editing, tracking and sweetening you might desire.

VS Production Pack

The Roland SONAR VS-100 Production Pack is a comprehensive suite of instruments and effects including: VX-64 Vocal Strip, Guitar Rig 3 LE, Boost 11 Peak Limiter, Channel Tools, Studio Instruments, Dimension LE and Rapture LE.

The VX-64 Vocal Strip
The mighty VX-64 Vocal Strip is a seven-stage processor designed for sculpting inimitably fantastic vocal tracks. Every individual stage of the VX-64 has been meticulously tweaked to be vocal-specific, so there's no more need to bring up a whole chain of vocal processors. The VX-64 includes a new proprietary Cakewalk technology that minimizes distortion by employing phase-coherent, multi-band saturation; powerful filtering that helps avoid harsh artifacts at very high and low frequencies; and an auto-leveling circuit that prevents the tube saturation from sounding too rough when sharp transients come through it. VX-64 also utilizes a great new de-essing algorithm made with Cakewalk’s LP64 linear phase effect filtering technology that demolishes sibilance without smearing any surrounding frequencies.

Channel Tools
Channel Tools offers control over the placement of both the right and left channels anywhere in the stereo field. Channel Tools is perfect for adjusting gain, pan/width and phase, and also offers stereo widening or narrowing for your recordings through mid-side (M-S) gain adjustments.

Boost 11 Peak Limiter
The Boost 11 Peak Limiter helps your tracks get that radio-ready punch via transparent peak limiting and volume maximization without any unnecessary distortion of the original source material. Boost 11 utilizes a look-ahead function and PDR (Program Dependent Release) to achieve remarkable results through a user-friendly interface.

Native Instruments Guitar Rig 3 LE
Native Instruments Guitar Rig 3 LE was designed after the latest award-winning guitar amp modeler from Native Instruments. It boasts 3 amps and cabinets, 11 effects, a tuner, a metronome and over 50 presets.

Dimension LE
Dimension LE is a lighter version (hence the LE, for "Light Edition") of the critically-acclaimed Dimension Pro software instrument from Cakewalk. Dimension LE packs 400+ sound programs, ranging all the way from organ, bass and electric piano samples to cutting-edge synthesizer sounds, rhythmic grooves and a special edition of Garritan Pocket Orchestra.

Rapture LE
Rapture LE is modeled after the award-winning Rapture wavetable synthesizer. It's crammed with 200+ programs, and hundreds of oscillator shapes. Rapture LE is excellent for performing the modern synthesized sounds that are igniting today’s pop, dance, and electronic music charts.

Cakewalk Studio Instruments
A suite of four virtual instruments that offer an efficient solution to record backing tracks through a photo-realistic user interface. Studio Instruments include a string section, a bass guitar a drum kit and an electric piano.

SONAR VS DAW (Windows only)
An entry level version of the powerful SONAR 8 DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) offering a more streamlined user interface, which means less confusion for beginners. Once you're comfortable with it, be sure to upgrade your DAW to take fuller advantage of what Cakewalk and the V-Studio 100 has to offer.

Click here for free, comprehensive 178-page PDF guide to SONAR recording software!

What's In The Box?

  1. (1) V-STUDIO 100 Unit
  2. (1) USB 2.0 Cable (B Type)
  3. (1) AC Adapter
  4. (1) CD-ROM w/ Drivers for Mac & Windows
  5. (1) Getting Started Guide
  6. (1) Owner's Manual
  7. (1) VS Production Pack + SONAR VS DVD-ROM:
    • SONAR VS Getting Started PDF
    • VX-64 Vocal Strip
    • Native Instruments Guitar Rig 3 LE
    • Boost 11 Peak Limiter
    • Channel Tools Stereo Processor
    • Cakewalk Studio Instruments
    • Dimension LE Virtual Instrument
    • Rapture LE Synthesizer
    *SD Memory Card is not included

Product Features:

  • V-Studio 100 Audio Interface
  • Lightning fast USB 2.0 audio interface
  • ASIO, WDM, WASAPI, ReWire, VST, V-Link & Core Audio supported
  • Universal DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) controller - control any DAW via Mackie Control protocol
  • SONAR VS digital audio workstation included (Windows only)
  • Interface includes advanced control of SONAR software through proprietary Active Controller Technology (ACT)
  • Features VS Product Pack suite of software instruments and effects for Mac and Windows
  • 100 mm motorized, touch-sensitive fader for writing automation
  • 5 rotary encoders, 11 buttons and transport control included
  • Use V-Studio 100 as a digital mixer - perfect for mixing small bands, soloists, DJs or for home studios
  • Two mic preamps w/ phantom power, Hi-Z guitar input and MIDI I/O included
  • 8 in + mix / 6 out, 24-bit/96 kHz quality
  • Four distinct types of reverb & 6 channels of EQ and compression
  • Includes SD WAV recorder - no need for a computer
  • 2 channel wave recording and playback - play and record to backing tracks
  • Built-in metronome to keep recordings tight
  • Insert markers during recording and playback for better organization
  • Loop regions for practicing or jamming
  • Also found as: VS100, V-S100, V-Studio100, V-Studio-100
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's warranty

Optional Accessories:

V-STUDIO 100 Specifications:

  • Audio Interface/Digital Mixer:
    • Number of Input Channels: 8
    • AD/DA Conversion:
      • Sample Rate: 44.1/48/96 kHz
      • Bit Depth: 24-bit
    • DSP Processing: Compressor, Equalizer, Reverb
    • Number of USB Audio Record/Playback Channels (Full Duplex):
      • Record: 10 channels
      • Playback: 6 channels
    • Frequency Response:
      • 96 kHz: 20 Hz to 40 kHz (+0/-3 dB)
      • 48 kHz: 20 Hz to 22 kHz (+0/-3 dB)
      • 44.1 kHz: 20 Hz to 20 kHz (+0/-3 dB)
    • Residual Noise Level (IHF-A, typ.)
      • -96 dBu (MAIN MIX knob = U, CHANNEL VOLUME knob = -∞)
      • -81 dBu (MAIN MIX knob = U, CHANNEL VOLUME knob = U)
    • Nominal Input Level:
      • Mic Input Jacks 1-2: -60 to -16 dBu
      • Input Jacks 1-2: -40 to +4 dBu
      • Input Jacks 3-4: +4 dBu
      • Input Jacks 5-6: -10 dBu
      • Maximum Input Level: Nominal Input Level +18 dB
    • Input Impedance:
      • Mic Input Jacks 1-2: 1.5 k ohms
      • Input Jacks 1-4: 15 k ohms
      • Input Jacks 2 (Hi-Z): 500 k ohms
      • Input Jacks 5-6: 18 k ohms
    • Nominal Output Level:
      • Output Jacks 1-4: +4 dBu
      • Output Jacks 5-6: -10 dBu
      • Maximum Output Level: Nominal Output Level +18 dB
    • Output Impedance:
      • Output Jacks 1-4: 2 k ohms
      • Output Jacks 5-6: 1 k ohms
    • Recommended Load Impedance: 10 k ohms or greater
    • Connectors:
      • Mic Input Jacks 1-2: XLR type (balanced/phantom power +48 V)
      • Input Jacks 1-4: 1/4" TRS phone type (balanced)
      • Input Jack 1: Lo-Z/Hi-Z
      • Input Jacks 5-6: RCA pin type
      • Output Jacks 1-4: 1/4" TRS phone type (balanced)
      • Output Jacks 5-6: RCA pin type
      • MIDI Connectors: Input/Output
      • Digital Input Connector: Coaxial type
      • USB Connector: B type
      • Headphones Jack: Stereo 1/4" phone type)

  • DAW Controller:
    • ACT Mode: OFF
      • Fader: 100 mm Motorized Fader
      • Fader Encoders: 1
      • Buttons: 10 Transport
    • ACT Mode: ON
      • Fader: 100 mm Touch-Sensitive Motorized Fader
      • Fader Encoders: 5
      • Buttons: 11 Transport
    • FULL-ASSIGN Mode: ON
      • Fader: 100 mm Touch-Sensitive Motorized Fader
      • Fader Encoders: 5
      • Buttons: 16 Transport
      • Volume: 8

  • Wave Recorder:
    • Channels:
      • Record: 1 Channel Stereo
      • Playback: 1 Channel Stereo (NORMAL MODE)
      • Playback: 2 Channel Stereo (REC-ON-PLAY MODE)
    • Data Type:
      • Format: STEREO, WAV
      • Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48/96 kHz
      • Bit Depth: 16/24-bit
    • Recording Media: SD(HC) Memory Card (not included), 512 MB or more
    • Files:
      • Up to 2 GB: 512 files
      • 4 GB or more: 1000 files
    • Controls:
      • A-B
      • REPEAT
      • Marker
      • Metronome
    • Recording Time using 8GB SDHC card:
      • 16-bit/44.1 kHz Stereo: 755 min.
      • 16-bit/48 kHz Stereo: 694 min.
      • 24-bit/48 kHz Stereo: 462 min.
      • 24-bit/96 kHz Stereo: 231 min.
      •    * Recording times are approximate. Actual results may vary.
           * If more than one recorded file exists, the total recordable time will be less than listed.
           * WAVE RECORDER does not function when VS-100 is connected to PC.

  • Others:
    • Display: Graphic LCD 122 x 32 dot (with back-light)
    • Power Supply: DC 9 V (AC Adapter)
    • Current Draw: 1 A
    • Phantom Power: +48 V/5 mA (each input)
  • Size and Weight:
    • Weight: 4 lbs. 4 oz. (1.9 kg)
    • Width: 11-1/8" (282 mm)
    • Depth: 7-1/8" (180.8 mm)
    • Height: 2-13/16" (70.2 mm)

SONAR VS Specifications:

  • 64 audio tracks
  • Unlimited MIDI tracks
  • Includes twelve audio effects
  • Includes five virtual instruments
  • VS Production Pack includes:
    • VX-64 Vocal Strip
    • Native Instruments Guitar Rig 3 LE
    • Boost 11 Peak Limiter
    • Channel Tools
    • Dimension LE
    • Rapture LE
    • Studio Instruments Bass
    • Studio Instruments Drums
    • Studio Instruments Electric Piano
    • Studio Instruments Strings

System Requirements for V-Studio 100:

  • USB Port
  • 1 GB RAM (2+ GB recommended)
  • 8+ GB Hard Disk Space
  • 1024 x 768 Screen Resolution or higher
  • DVD-ROM Drive for installation

  • Windows PC:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows Vista®/Windows® XP Home/Windows® XP Professional SP2 or later*
    • CPU: Intel® Core™ Processor 1.5 GHz or higher
    • Optional: CD-R Drive for writing CDs; Internet Connection and Web Server Space with FTP Access for uploading music via Cakewalk Publisher

  • Macintosh:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.4.11, Mac OS X 10.5.6 and higher**
    • CPU: Intel Core2Duo Processor or higher***
    • Optional: CD-R Drive for writing CDs; Internet Connection and Web Server Space with FTP Access for uploading music via Cakewalk Publisher
* This product does not support Windows XP Media Center Edition or XP Professional x64. When running Vista x64, SONAR VS runs in the 32-bit emulation layer. Macintosh computers running Microsoft Windows are not officially supported.

** Please note that the SONAR VS software does not support Macintosh.

*** If you are using this product with an application that requires a certain level of performance, that application must support the CPU that is installed in your Macintosh.

This product has been tested on representative computers that meet the system requirements, but neither Sonic Electronix nor the manufacturer can guarantee that it will operate on any computer that meets these requirements. Please be aware that even under the same conditions, differences in the operating environment may produce differences in processing capability.

Recommended System Specifications for SONAR VS:

  • Operating System: * Windows 7/Vista/XP (32 and 64-bit)
  • Processor Speed: Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz [EM64T] or AMD Athlon XP 2800+ or better
  • Memory: 1 GB or more
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 x 960, 24-bit color or higher
  • Hard Disk Space: 1 GB
  • Hard Disk Type: EIDE/Ultra DMA (7200 RPM) or SATA
  • MIDI Interface: ** Windows-compatible
  • Audio Interface: *** Windows-compatible
  • Media Drive: **** DVD-ROM drive
  • Webserver Access: ***** Available web server space with FTP access privileges

Minimum System Requirements for SONAR VS:

  • Operating System: * Windows XP (32-bit)
  • Processor Speed: Intel Pentium 4 1.3 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 1500+
  • Memory: 512 MB
  • Screen Resolution: 1024 x 768, 16-bit color
  • Hard Disk Space: 500 MB
  • Hard Disk Type: Any
  • MIDI Interface: ** Windows-compatible
  • Audio Interface: *** Windows-compatible
  • Media Drive: **** DVD-ROM drive
  • Webserver Access: ***** None

* SONAR VS does not support Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, or 2000.

** Required to connect external MIDI devices.

*** Required for audio playback. See for a complete list of recommended audio devices.

**** SONAR VS is presented on DVD media. DVD-ROM Drive required for installation.

***** Cakewalk Publisher requires you to have available web server space with FTP access privileges. An internet connection is required for music uploading. A broadband connection is recommended.

Click here for free, comprehensive 178-page PDF guide to SONAR recording software!


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Roland VS-100

V-Studio 100 Audio Interface/Digital Mixer/DAW Controller/SD Recorder w/ Included SONAR VS Software


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