has done it again! The Roland VS-1680 sixteen-track tabletop hard
disk recording workstation should really be called a recording workhorse.
Ive always had a small home recording system starting with a
Tascam Sync-Cassette (two-track), to a Tascam Port One (four-track),
and then a Tascam 488 (eight-track): all of which used cassette tapes
as their media. When the new line of hard disk recorders entered the
market, I sold all of my analog recording gear in anticipation of
the next generation of home recording equipment. Now, for under $2500,
I am back in action.
builds on what Roland started out doing with its VS-880. With sixteen
tracks (instead of eight) of hard disk audio recording and 256 virtual
tracks, any musician or band can make professional quality recordings.
The new EZ Routing function allows users to create and save various
recording or mixes for instant recall. Total recording time is an
amazing 808 track minutes which represents an almost 50 minute song.
A large, easy-to-read graphic LCD provides simultaneous level meters,
play list, EQ curves, and effects settings, as well as other information.
going the route of the 1680, I had debated about upgrading my personal
computer and using it as my home recording studio. Now, hard drives
are relatively cheap compared to the Roland, but after looking into
sound cards, I/O cards and boxes, MIDI interfaces, and software solutions,
I began worry about compatibility problems. The out-of-the-box solution
seemed like the logical choice.
the Roland VS-1680 sounds like a perfect tool for musicians, but there
are a few pitfalls. Even with sixteen-tracks, you can only record
eight simultaneously. This is a compromise that bands recording live
will have to deal with. Using an additional mixing board is one solution.
Also, you still need microphones, effects and a monitor system to
make an effective recording as you do with any recording system.
as mentioned above, must be considered when beginning a recording
project. Rolands solution to this is two add-on cards (approximately
$300 each). I recommend adding these to your system as they integrate
seamlessly with the VS-1680. Roland also has a recordable compact
disc attachment that is a great add-on, but not needed by everyone.
next? The Roland VS-2480? A twenty-four-track home recording device
that fits in the palm of your hand? Keep your fingers crossed. But,
for now, the VS-1680 is all you need to get those ideas out of your
head and into a digital format. The rest is up to you
Buy The Roland VS-1680 Now