LAYOUT: A MIDI Controller for the Roland VG-99 V-Guitar System by MIDI Target Manufacturer(s):
When Paul Hanson took the stage to introduce the VG-99 V-Guitar System at the Winter NAMM show 2007, the audience was amazed. That amazement continues even now. For many guitarists, the VG-99 is the guitar system that showed how Roland’s modeling technology could be musically relevant and even mind-blowing.
But this 8″ by 16″ box with a small LCD screen and a bunch of knobs and buttons is not ideal for realtime control. So, when Erik Hauri became a MIDI Designer Pro user in October 2012, his first project was to make a layout for the VG99. The MIDI controller he created is very pleasing to look at, but even more pleasurable to use. Great choice of color palette, spacing, fonts, and extensive use of XY pads are among the smart decisions that make this MIDI controller work.
We’re very lucky to have Erik bring us this welcome addition to MIDI Designer’s presence in the world of guitar.
Here is a control surface for the Roland VG-99 for you MIDI guitarists. This is but a subset of the tweeks available on the 99, I have attempted to narrow it down to the ones that would be most obvious to adjust in a live situation that fit on adjacent pages. Note that the 99 has only 16 control assigns (each one with a secondary assign that is ganged to the first one, for a total of 32), so you need to pick & choose which parameters on the VG you want to assign to a CC# and connect with the control surface.
If you make any cool adjustments to the layout, post them here so we can stay updated.