Roland VT12 Vocal Trainer
The Roland VT12 Vocal Trainer will go with you in your pocket and on the road so you can warm up and exercise your voice any time! The VT12 trainer has built-in exercises and warm-ups to improve your vocal skills while providing real-time analysis of your pitch while you sing so you can visualize your progress. The illuminated pitch meter displays your pitch, and can even detect two singers simultaneously for two-part harmony training in equal temperament and just intonation.
The VT12 vocal trainer also has onboard vocal guides and backing tracks based on the bundled book from Berklee Press (the publishing division of Berklee College of Music), plus 50 etudes from the world-standard Concone classical vocal lessons. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced vocalist, the Roland VT12 is the perfect accessory!
Roland VT12 Vocal Trainer Features
Visualize Your Pitch
- Visually check your pitch in half-step increments with the illuminated pitch meter
- Detects two singers simultaneously for two-part harmony training in equal temperament and just intonation
- Onboard audio exercises with guide vocals and backing tracks, plus a companion book from Berklee Press; for warm-ups and basic-level exercises, the pitch meter displays your pitch against the internal guide vocal for comparison
- World-standard Concone Op. 9 Fifty Lessons classical voice exercises with piano accompaniment and melody guide tracks; the VT-12 displays the pitch of the guide melody and your pitch simultaneously
- Review function for instant playback to hear your performance
- REC IN jack (stereo mini) for recording songs and other lesson content
- Attachable template for teaching and practicing in the Solfege format with moveable ‘Do’
- Metronome with tap tempo
- Built-in tilt stand for desktop use
- Runs on two AA-size batteries (alkaline or Ni-MH rechargeable)
As you sing, the Roland VT12 tracks your pitch and displays it in real time in half-step increments with an easy-to-see illuminated pitch meter that responds quickly and accurately. The meter brightens as you approach the correct pitch and darkens as you move further away. If the guide tone is being played, the note name of the guide tone is displayed. You can play the guide tone (over a range of 24 semitones) with a button to listen to the correct pitch. This is also a great tool for vocal teachers. Harmony Check
With the Roland VT12 vocal trainer, you can practice with a fellow singer, and the VT12 will detect the two voices simultaneously and display the note names. There are three pitch-detection modes onboard: MONO EQUAL (one voice detected using equal temperament); CHORD EQUAL (two voices detected using equal temperament); and CHORD JUST (two voices detected using just intonation/major). Choir members or a cappella groups can use the Roland VT12 to visually check if their harmonies are correct. Tempo Check
For singers, pitch is essential, but timing is equally important. The VT12’s built-in metronome is a great tool for building timing skills, and it’s easy to use. Just select a tempo manually or in real time with the tap tempo feature. During vocal lessons, the teacher can ask students to clap the upbeat or other rhythm patterns along with the metronome to build their time sense. The tuner feature works at the same time, so you can practice singing the correct pitch while following the metronome. Vocal Lessons by Berklee Press
Bundled with the VT12 is a book and accompanying audio tracks developed by Berklee Press (the publishing division of Berklee College of Music). Vocal Workouts for the Contemporary Singer teaches important physical stretches with illustrations, breath control, vocal care tips, and more. The onboard audio warm-ups include slides, descending fifth runs, and others.
There are also built-in practice songs with guide vocals and backing tracks in a variety of genres. Minus-one backing tracks are provided as well as two- and three-part harmony exercises, from which you can select tracks with muted parts for practice. For the warm-ups and basic-level exercises, the Roland VT12 displays the pitch of the guide vocal and the pitch you’re singing at the same time. Classical Content
The VT12 voice coach is loaded with world-standard Concone Op. 9 Fifty Lessons classical voice exercises. Each of the 50 etudes has guide melodies with real-time pitch display and piano accompaniment for medium voice. If desired, you can turn off the guide melody and sing along with only the piano tracks. There are also selections from the G. Schirmer collection of 24 Italian Songs and Arias distributed by Hal Leonard – essential for classical voice training. Self Evaluation
When you play the onboard warm-ups and songs, the Roland VT-12 automatically records your voice, just sing and review. To listen back, simply press the REVIEW button*. You can also use the Review feature in conjunction with the metronome to check your timing.* ’Review’ recordings cannot be saved. As soon as you play the same song or start the metronome again, the VT-12 will overwrite the previous recording
. Expand the VT Experience
The VT12’s recording feature lets you easily integrate other devices into your lessons and practice sessions. With an MP3 or CD player connected to the REC IN (stereo mini) jack, voice teachers and students can add their own content to the VT12 vocal trainer. Ten memory locations are provided, with up to 10 minutes of recording time for each location.
Recording is incredibly easy: when you plug into the REC IN jack, the VT-12 automatically goes into record-standby mode. Simply select one of the 10 user tracks, press the Start/Stop button, and start playback from your external device. When you’re finished, press the Start/Stop button again. That’s it! After that, you can record your voice along with the user tracks and evaluate your performance with the REVIEW button.
‘The VT-12 is an ideal integration of a tuner, recorder, metronome, and a comprehensive vocal method. The VT-12 contains all of the elements required for vocal training in an easy-to-use, handheld device. There are a lot of different tools for other instrumentalists, but there’s nothing like the Roland VT12 because this is particularly for singers, and I think it’s an indispensible tool for vocal training for teachers and students alike
.’ - Anne Peckham
(Chair, Voice Department, Berklee College of Music)