Yamaha's half-rackspace monophonic Virtual Acoustic Tone Generator delivers rich, resonant acoustic sounds. The VL70-M module features 256 presets in 2 banks, VL-XG mode with effects, BC and WX input,... Read More
Yamaha's half-rackspace monophonic Virtual Acoustic Tone Generator delivers rich, resonant acoustic sounds. The VL70-M module features 256 presets in 2 banks, VL-XG mode with effects, BC and WX input, and more. VA Synthesis unique to Yamaha offers computer-based physical modeling technology which accurately simulates the complex vibrations, resonances, reflections, and other acoustic phenomena that occur in real wind and string instruments to produce high-quality monophonic voices.
The tone generator's effects section includes reverb, chorus, variation, and distortion effects. While many parameters can be edited via the panel controls, Yamaha's website has peripheral voice editing software to extend your capabilities.
The Visual Editor GUI offers easy-to-understand palettes and clickable buttons. The Analog Editor software lets you make selections using familiar analog-style knobs and switches.
An Expert Editor application provides full access to the complete range of physical modeling parameters, ideal for creating entirely new voices.
Designed for compatibility with various types of external devices, a WX In jack lets you connect a Yamaha WX-series Wind MIDI controller. The "VL Extension for XG" feature significantly enhances and expands the musical capabilities of the XG format. A To Host connector lets you connect a personal computer for editing, sequencing, and other musical applications without a separate MIDI interface. Use your VL70-M Virtual Acoustic Tone Generator from a keyboard, a wind MIDI controller, or a guitar MIDI converter.
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The VL70 produces great sounds of real instruments. The clarinet, Oboe, bassoon,french horn, etc. fool many people upon hearing this module perform. It is very reliable and easy to use. I use this with the Akai EWI 4000s (MIDI connection) to play in small bands, ensembles and pit orchestras. For a pit musician this is THE way to cover multiple parts without carrying many real instruments. (flute, clarinet, bassoon, oboe, sax.) Mostly, I like this module. There are some negatives- Not enough custom sound bank storage space ( only has 6). Also, a USB interface would be great so you could connect the Akai EWI-USB directly. Another negative is the amount of reverb on the built in sounds. Almost all of them are too "wet" for performance, so you must edit the desired sound and store it in the "internal" sound bank. I have used this for ~ 2 years, and only once did I have a problem that required changing the sound bank's selection back and forth to restore proper operation. Simply cycling the power ON/OFF/ON did not heal the strange behavior. The last negative is the limited dynamic range for the sounds. A real instrument can change volume from ppp to fff. It would be great if Yamaha could improve this facet of operation. I work around this by adding a volume pedal to the set up and add ~ 10dB more dynamic range when needed. If you want to produce traditional wind instrument sounds that sound great and allow good expression, this is the module to get. Some of the invented sounds are worthwhile, but most are targeted towards rock/distored guitar/ synthesizer sounds and I seldom use these.