Roland VR09 / VR730 V-Combo EDITOR v1.12 (Windows, MacOSX, Linux)

Roland VR09 / VR730 V-Combo EDITOR v1.12 (Windows, MacOSX, Linux)

Panel EDITOR for Roland VR09 and VR730 V-Combo stage organs

08/2018: MAJOR upgrade v. 1.12(8) : redesign, increased timbrality, ‘hidden’ controls for synthesizer/VR-sounds/GM2- sounds/D-BEAM/configuration, consolidation of ‘hidden’ sounds, RHYTHM sound control, external program launcher, builtin sequencer, quality update:  SEE DOWNLOAD section 

INFO: see also new panel V-Combo SYNTH: optimzied usage of VR-synthesizer for large monitors

Video tutorials on youtube:  [EDITOR  setup, usage]   [EDITOR  GeneralMidi setup]   [EDITOR  v1.12(8) update]

Documentation (from Raymond)  :   [V-COMBO EDITOR MANUAL]

  • Access to more than 1000 ‘hidden’ sounds of the VR09/730 not accessible via the keyboard:
    • Roland ATELIER concert organ sounds (ca. 500)
    • ‘hidden’ keyboard sounds (> 100 accoustic instruments and synth sounds)
    • standard GM2 sounds (ca. 250) + additional GM-sounds (> 500  accoustic + synths)
    • save of ‘hidden’ sounds to VR-registration banks for use without laptop/tablet
  • Increased timbrality (polyvoices) from 2 (keyboard without app) to 7 parallel voices and 24 (!) with GM2 (upgrade in v1.12.8)
  • Editor/organizer  for VR registration sets using VR *.upg-files from usb-stick  (new in v1.12.4 )
  • Software synthesizer (like Roland SH-01 GAIA /  iPad app)
  • Builtin rhythm sound control  (new in v1.12.8)
  • Additional ‘undocumented’ sound controls for software synthesizer, keyboard sounds and GM2-sounds (new in v1.12.8)
  • EDITOR registration for sounds edited with SYNTHESIZER and/or EFX (new in v1.12.7)
  • Hammond style organ with 2 drawbar sets and (customizable) presets (new in v1.12.7)
  • Live-play of the GM2-sounds using a midi-toolchain or 2nd keyboard
  • Direct access of parameters instead of menu-diving on the VR keyboard
  • Tutorial in English and German. Video tutorial on youtube
  • Compatible to Roland keyboard firmware v.1.12 (VR09, VR09B, VR730)
  • Recommended software: Windows + CTRLR v5.4.29 (not v5.5.x !), OSX + CTRLR v53.198, Linux: (?)
  • Documentation (from Raymond)  : V-COMBO EDITOR MANUAL   (new in v1.12.8)

This is the continued development of Mauros initial VR-Combo panel (mille grazie Mauro!) . There will be regular feature and bugfix updates . Check this site from time to time.

Bugreports and ideas/wishes/change requests etc are highly appreciated 🙂


Download  EDITOR v1.12.8  (08/18): EDITOR panel for CTRLR + soundexamples

[V-ComboEditor.exe] : standalone EDITOR for Windows-64bit (needs no installation of CTRLR platform)

Download   : instrument definition files for CUBASE
Download   : instrument definition .ins-file for V-ARRANGER
Download  : EDITOR v1.12.7  (05/18): EDITOR panel for CTRLR + tutorials + soundexamples

Version history:
v1.12.8 08/2018: Timbrality, 'hidden' sounds and controls, rhythm control, program launcher +performance&bugfixes
v1.12.7 05/2018: EDITOR registration, SYNTHESIZER upgrade, V-ORGAN "Hammond style",  +performance&bugfixes
v1.12.6 04/2018: new Look, enhanced upg/registration editor, added controls, improved performance, bugfixes
v1.12.5 02/2018: HOTFIX for wrong registration order in upg-editor. UM1/UM2 VCE/SYN now fully parallel
v1.12.4 02/2018: added: upg/registration editor, drumsets, improved workspace, bugfixes
v1.12.3 01/2018: added: patch registers, selector for VR-Key sounds, controls. Improved workspace.
v1.12.2 12/2017: modified panel surface, del. KBD/GM2-Tabulator, moved GM2 to main-tabulator
v1.12.1 12/2017: initial beta version
planned: -


what you’ll never experience sans V-Combo Editor 🙂

KEYBOARD (main) section:



ORGAN section:


ATELIER section:


GM2 section:

UPG-Editor section:


KBD-CONFIG section:


27 thoughts on “Roland VR09 / VR730 V-Combo EDITOR v1.12 (Windows, MacOSX, Linux)

  1. Sorry for the newbie question, butI am trying to use CTRLR for the first for my VR-09. I have a MAC, and the general CTRLR instructions say that I need to download the .APP file for the MAC. Where can I find the .APP file? I can’t find it in the Downloads section of the website.

  2. Hi higgy
    I just created an account here to thank you for this nice job.
    What you have done is really appreciated.
    It opened new beautiful doors to all Roland VR owners. I’ve benefited a lot from all your released versions.
    You did and still do a great job, man!
    I’m sure that all Roland VR community, including me, are appreciating your work.
    Thank you.
    You are proud of you. and you should be proud of yourself.

  3. Keep up the good work. Every new iteration of this panel (and the standalone) just gets better and better! Looking forward to the 1.12(7) update, the new features sound awesome.

  4. Hi. Thank you for your work and efforts.
    I’m starting to really enjoy my VR09 as I use it with your Panel Editor.
    Wish we shall be able to have current parameters displayed when loading a synth sound, with slider and pots in their actual position (instead to reach the value to edit it): do you think is it feasible?

    • Hello, sorry for the long silence.
      the actual situation: in the SYNTHESIZER tab, all controls are automatically set to the values of the selected partial. As for the other parameters (EFX etc) it’s complicated: when you change the sound on the keyboard, efx controls are adjusted in editor, but when you select a sound from the editor, they are not changed – and it’s not possible to make them change (I tried, but it caused repeated VR freezes).
      So would you like that the sliders stay untouched when changing a sound?

      • Hi higgy. Thank you for your reply.
        I think I must spend ore time digging into the Synthesizer tab before bother you with FRs. 🙂
        Would you please help me understand the use of customizable drawbar presets? Do they work offline?
        You did a great job — the UPG manager itself it’s worth it!

        • Hi
          sorry for the delay, I was offline, off course I help
          for the dbs: yes, you can set the presets without having the VR connected:
          on ‘preset part’ (lower part of the editor V-Organ tab):
          select A or B (for Lower/Upper Manual)
          draw the drawbars to the position you want.
          push the little ‘save’ button (starts flashing) and then push the preset (R1-5) of you choice (Rn flashes 2 times and the ‘save’ button stops flashing).
          That’s it 🙂

  5. Hi higgy,
    as you may know, the VR09 / VR09b / VR730 use the Roland’s SUPERNATURAL synth engine. Well, I’ve noticed that other synths with the same engine (like JD-Xi) share almost every synth options with the VR09, BUT those synths have even more settings to edit (LFO Pan Depth, Analog Feel and others).

    After trying to initialize some patches in VR09 (I was creating new sounds with the deep edit iPad app) I have seen that some of the VR09 sounds have some of those “unaccesible” settings modified… so the sounds can’t be fully initialized (try with FX5).

    I’m not a MIDI expert, so maybe I’m going to ask something silly but here I go: Is there any way to change those synth values via SysEx messages or something? Because if it’s possible, in any way, you could add lots of functions to your panel (an aditional HPF, Analog Feel, LFO…).

    Thanks for your great work!!!

    • Hi, actually every sysEx parameter given in the Midi specification of the VR09 is modeled in the Editor. What we could do by trial and error is to see there any ‘hidden’ sysEx commands NOT specified in the VR midi manual. I’ll cross-check this with the JD-Xi/XA midi manual.
      Thanks for this idea 🙂

      • just tried sysEx from JD-Xi specification for LFO-pan and Anlog-Feel – my friend, you had a glorious inspiration : it works!
        I thought that the development of the VR-Editor would come to an end one day but with this amazing user participation and idea finding there’ll be work for next 10 years 🙂
        I’ll announce your discovery on the music player forum 🙂

  6. Hello – This is great. Thanks so much for making this. I’ve been enjoying accessing the other sounds (GM etc…) and using the Editor for synth sounds as a plugin in Logic Pro X.
    However, I seem to have a problem with using the Filter Envelope in the Synthesizer section. Specifically the Attack Control in the Filter Envelope doesn’t seem to have any effect. Is this a bug?
    Or am I doing something wrong?

    • > Attack Control in the Filter Envelope
      you eventually have to play with ENV depth, example:
      JP8 Brass, switch all partials on, select them all, do not touch parameters but Attack: there should be a decent effect.
      JP8 Strings1, partials 1+3, filter LFO, cutoff to 3 o’clock, resonance to 12 o’clock, ENV depth to – (minus!) 40, play with ADSR – should produce very nice sweeps.
      Please report if you do (not) experience any change.

      If you like you can download 1.12(8) beta/preview version :
      it has new features (there’s no change at the ADSR though) and the fix of the awful GM2 sound name bug (all sound names were wrong because of a stupid arithmetic “+1” error :/)

  7. Hi again Higgy,
    I’m glad to read that those parameters are editable via SysEx messages!!!!

    in this page –> <-- you will find an editor for JDXi. Obviously you cannot use it with VR09, but you will see all the editable parameters in the JDXi's SuperNATURAL tones. There's the Analog Feel, Pan LFO Depth, LFO Key Trigger, an aditional HPF, some Keyfollow options and much more... Of course, if they all are editable via SysEx and you add those features to your panel this editor would achieve a higher level, at least in synth edition. There's also another options related to the effects processor... for example, you can chose the type of distorsion in the "distorsion" ("type 0" is especially good) so if the VR09 and the JDXi shares the FX processor maybe some of the effects coud have some more variables and options to chose... You can take a look and test it, if you want 😉 Thanks friend. I can't wait for your next update!! ^___^ Lloyd.

    • Hello Loyd,

      As discussed on music player, most parameters from Gaia, JDXi/XA , Integra7 … are now implemented in next version 1.12(8).
      some did not work on the VR (e.g. pitch range up/down) – instead 1.12(8) got a few effects from the Atelier organs 🙂
      Thanks for the link to the JD-Xi manager, very nice work, really like the surface (the VR editor follows another philosophy… 😉 I’ll take a deeper look at it to see if there’s something that could be adapted to the VR.

      Unfortunately each time one request a sysex-dump of the sound-engine of the VR to verify modified parameters the VR freezes, which makes discovering by trial and error very annoying 😉
      Btw the EFX section of the VR is no engine on it’s own but part of the (Atelier) sound engine, so (hidden) effects cannot be derived from the JD-Xi/XA.

      To say it with Miss Fitzgeralds words: thank you for your inspiration 😉

  8. Hi Higgy,

    Like “Mikinova” I created a User Account, just to post this message and say 3 things to you:
    1. Thank you!!!!
    2. Thank you!!!!!
    3. Thank you!!!!!!
    LOL 😉

    I have 3 things to say about this panel:
    1. WOW!!!!
    2. WOW!!!!
    3. WOW!!!!
    LOL 😉

    This is FANTASTIC! I REALLY love this panel! It opens up so many new opportunities for the Roland VR-09, that I never even realised were possible on the keyboard! And all the updates since January 2018 are BRILLIANT!!!!

    Thank you for all the hard work, and please know that I SERIOUSLY appreciate every line of code and every component that has been put into this panel.

    All the best from South Africa!

  9. Add me to the list of users who created an account simply to say… THANK YOU!!!!

    Amazing, this is phenomenal work and makes this keyboard many times better than it is stock… unreal!

    Sooo appreciated 🙂

  10. (repost, since immediately after posting it realised it was not done on the right place: and I did not know how to delete 🙁 )

    Hi Higgy,

    I just checked out your latest version: I love it. Thank you for the great and inspiring work.

    Something popped up in my head. Would it not be wonderful to have 4 adjustable parameters added in a smaller letter size inside each of the sound tabs on top:

    (1) with the MIDI-channel number (which can be adjusted ranging from 1-16),

    (2) with the note range:

    2a) The first letter-number combination for the lowest key that allows triggering that sound with choices between A0-C8 ;

    2b) The second letter-number combination for the highest key that allows triggering that sound with choices higher than the first letter-number combination and C8,

    (3) with the velocity range:

    3a) The first number for the lowest velocity force that allowes triggering that sound (with a number ranging between 0-127),

    3b) The second number for the highest velocity force that allowes triggering that sound (with a number higher than the lowest velocity force and maximum 127).

    4) the amount of transpose showing the amounts of half notes the keyrange will be transposed
    4a) to the left side of the keyboard with a ‘-‘ in front of a number smaller than or equal to: the lowest number of the lowest keyrange,
    4b) or to the right side of the keybard with a or a ‘+’ in front of a number smaller than or equal to: the 88 minus the number of the highest keyrange.

    If these four features could be added inside each of the sound tabs above the screen (and maybe even for the two sets available GM2 soundtabs) ,with the sound name still being in the biggest letters and located in the centre and the other four parameters spread around it, your creation would be easily used in a multi tier setup (in my case a VR09 driving my second 88 manual and a 25 note pedal board),
    with different zones, easily being able to create complex layered sounds.

    I am allready very pleased with your creation, these features would make something excellent even better in my opinion. I hope it does not sound to fuzzy, and the maths behind the range and velocity may not be enterily correct, but I hope you get the picture 🙂

    But first and foremost many, many thanks for the excellent work allready done.



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