VB-99

V-Bass System

VB-99
Discontinued

Stunning New Possibilities in Bass Recording and Performance

When Roland introduced the original V-Bass System, serious bass players worldwide took notice. Now, we are proud to introduce the VB-99 V-Bass, which delivers three times the sonic firepower of the original model! Based on an all-new custom processing engine and 10 years of research and development, the VB-99 serves up a wide range of inspiring new COSM bass and amplifier models, powerful polyphonic effects, new string modeling technology, dual independent signal paths for blending sounds, and new controllers. It also features a host of thoughtful improvements that bassists demanded, such as bass–to-MIDI converters, streaming audio via USB, and much more.

Audio processing
24 bits + AF method
24 bits + AF method
DA Conversion
24 bits
Sampling Frequency
44.1 kHz
Program Memories
400: 200 (User) + 200 (Preset)
Nominal Input Level
BASS INPUT: –10 dBu
Input Impedance
BASS INPUT: 2.2 M ohm
Nominal Output Level
MAIN OUT: –10 dBu, SUB OUT (XLR): +4 dBu, BASS OUT: –10 dBu
Output Impedance
MAIN OUT: 1 k ohm, SUB OUT (XLR): 600 ohm
Dynamic Range
100 dB or greater (IHF-A)
Top Panel
Controls
Top Panel: OUTPUT LEVEL knob, Function knobs x 6 (F1–F6), BALANCE knob, V-BASS LEVEL knob, V-LINK button, DIRECT PATCH buttons x 5 (1–5), CONTROL buttons x 2 (1, 2), COSM BASS buttons x 2 (A, B), BASS DIRECT button, POLY FX A/B buttons x 2 (A, B), FX buttons x 2 (A, B), COSM AMP buttons x 2 (A, B), MIXER buttons x 2 (A, B), DELAY/REVERB button, DYNAMIC button, CHAIN button, CONTROL ASSIGN button, NAME/KEY/BPM button, Function buttons x 6 (F1–F6), EXIT button, WRITE button, PAGE buttons x 2 (Left, Right), BASS TO MIDI button, SYSTEM button, GLOBAL button, TUNER button, CATEGORY button, PATCH/VALUE dial, Power switch, Rear Panel: Ground Lift switch (SUB OUT)
D BEAM
D BEAM Controller, PITCH button, FILTER button, ASSIGNABLE button
Ribbon Controller
Ribbon Controller, PITCH button, FILTER button, ASSIGNABLE button
Display
240 x 64 dots graphic LCD (with backlit)
Connectors/Switches/others
Top Panel
GK IN connector (13-pin DIN type)
Rear Panel
BASS INPUT jack (1/4" phone type), BASS OUTPUT jack (1/4" phone type), SUB OUT jacks x 2 (L, R) (XLR type), MAIN OUT jacks x 2 (L/MONO, R) (1/4" phone type), PHONES jack (Stereo 1/4" phone type), DIGITAL OUT jack (Coaxial type, conforms to IEC60958-3), EXP PEDAL jack (1/4" TRS phone type), CTL 3,4 jack (1/4" TRS phone type), USB connector (B type), RRC2 IN connector (RJ45 type), MIDI connectors x 2 (IN, OUT) (5-pin DIN type), DC IN jack
Power Supply
AC Adaptor (PSB-1U)
Current Draw
1.3 A
Accessories
Owner’s Manual, GK cable (5 m), USB cable, RRC2 cable, VB-99 Software CD-ROM, AC adaptor (PSB-1U), Knob Bolt x 4
Options
Divided Pickup: GK-3B, MIDI Foot Controller: FC-300, Footswitch: BOSS FS-5U, Dual Footswitch: BOSS FS-6, Expression Pedal: EV-5, BOSS FV-500L/500H, GK Cable: GKC-10/5/3, Unit Selector: US-20, Rack Mount Adaptor: RAD-99, Pad Stand: PDS-10, Footswitch Cable: PCS-31, Carrying Bag: CB-VG9
Size and Weight ( excluding AC Adaptor )
Width
384 mm
15-1/8 inches
Depth
218 mm
8-5/8 inches
Height
94 mm
3-11/16 inches
Weight
2.1 kg
4 lbs. 11 oz.
* EIA-5U rack mount type: optional rack mount adaptor RAD-99
*The specifications are subject to change without notice.

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Support

If you have questions about operating your Roland product, please check our Knowledge Base for answers to the most common questions.
You can also contact our Product Support department by phone or email.
In addition, we have a library of Owner’s Manuals and Support Documents that you can download and reference.

Owner’s Manuals

Support Documents

  • VB-99 Workshop 01: Introduction to the VB-99

    The VB-99 is hands-down the most powerful bass processor ever made, capable of transforming your instrument with sounds both familiar and unreal. This booklet introduces you to the VB-99’s creative possibilities and discusses some of the technologies that are part of it.

  • VB-99 Workshop 02: Pickup Settings

    This booklet gives you the lowdown on using a divided pickup with the VB-99, including the Roland GK-3B and third-party piezo-type systems. Using the normal pickups in your bass is covered as well.

  • VB-99 Workshop 03: On-the-Gig Sound Settings

    The VB-99 makes it easy to tweak its overall sound for different performing environments without changing the sounds stored in the individual patches. This booklet shows you how.

  • VB-99 Workshop 04: Using the Built-in Tuner

    When working with the VB-99, you’ll find the built-in chromatic tuner to be one of its most often-used features. This booklet discusses how to use the tuner and control it with external switches.

  • VB-99 Workshop 05: Working with Patches

    A VB-99 patch stores all the parameter settings that make up a particular sound. In this booklet, we show you how to select, save, and manage your patches in the VB-99.

  • InFocus 02: Roland’s Librarian Software

    If you’re the kind of person who digs into your Roland/BOSS gear, odds are you go way beyond factory patches and settings. It’s for users like you that we include a computer-based Librarian application for backing up and organizing your data. This booklet explains the Roland/BOSS Librarian.