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Roland is proud to announce the arrival of the 24-track V-Studio. The VS-2480 24-track Digital Studio Workstation is the first self-contained hard disk tabletop recording workstation to offer 24-track/24-bit digital recording, user-selectable sampling rates up to 96kHz, an integrated 64-channel digital mixer with 17 motorized faders, and up to eight onboard stereo effects processors. And for the ultimate in ease-of-use, the VS-2480 features Mouse and ASCII keyboard inputs for software-style editing and control. An external VGA monitor can also be used as an "Information Display" for viewing several of the most common LCD screens.

First and foremost, the VS-2480 is a professional-quality 24-track hard disk recorder with 384 Virtual Tracks for massive recording space. Up to 16 tracks can be recorded simultaneously, making it possible to capture live performances in a single take. 24-bit converters and 56-bit internal processing ensure the highest sound quality possible. In addition, users can select sampling rates up to 96kHz* for more critical recording applications. Other useful recording features include 1000 markers, 100 locators and 999 level of Undo.

Bridging the gap between hardware- and software-based recording, the VS-2480 includes Mouse and ASCII keyboard inputs for more intuitive operation. By connecting the included PS/2 mouse, users can copy audio phrases using familiar "drag-and-drop" techniques or "highlight" data to be edited on the LCD. Using an optional ASCII keyboard, songs and phrases can be named by typing information rather than scrolling through letters. A VGA output makes it possible to connect an external monitor for "Information Display" purposes, giving users a graphic representation of the most common LCD screens. The VS-2480 is the first stand-alone tabletop hard disk recorder to offer this type of computer-style control.

In addition to its recording capabilities, the VS-2480 includes a 64-channel, 34-bus digital mixer derived from Roland’s 7000-Series V-Mixing System. These advanced mixing features include 17 motorized faders, 100 mixer Scenes, full dynamic automation, 16 rotary encoders for direct control over pan or other channel parameters, plus onboard dynamics and 4-band EQ per channel. The VS-2480’s multi-purpose faders can be used to control inputs, tracks, auxes and effects returns—even MIDI information when used in the assignable "V-Fader" mode.

The VS-2480 includes two onboard stereo effect processors offering everything from studio-quality reverb and delay to COSM Guitar Amp, Microphone and Speaker Modeling, plus a Mastering Tool Kit. These onboard effects can be expanded using up to three optional VS8F-2 Effect Expansion Boards, yielding a total of 16 mono or eight stereo effects processors when fully expanded. After mastering, audio CDs and data backups can be burned quickly and easily using the optional VS-CDRII CD Recording System.

Connections to the VS-2480 include a total of 36 inputs and 32 outputs. Analog inputs include 16 balanced inputs (eight combination XLR/TRS with phantom power and eight dedicated TRS) and a guitar/bass Hi-Z input. Analog outputs include Master and Monitor outputs, four Auxes and dual Headphone jacks. Digital connections include coaxial and optional I/O, Word Clock input, plus two R-BUS ports for an additional 16 channels of analog or digital I/O using optional interface boxes. An onboard SCSI port provides easy connection to the optional Roland CD Recording System or external hard drives, while SMPTE and MIDI connections (In, Out/Thru) permit easy synchronization. Other connections include the aforementioned Mouse and ASCII keyboard inputs, and VGA monitor output. The VS-2480 can also use the optional MB-24 Level Meter Bridge and the VE-7000 Channel Edit Controller, which provides knobs for every channel edit function as well as a joystick for surround mixing.

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