Video: Haz Mat Live Manipulates Vocals with the Roland System-8, VT-4, and TR-8S

Here at Reverb, we recently welcomed Haz Mat Live into the studio to perform on some Roland gear that we've been excited about. In the video above, his rig includes the Roland System-8,VT-4, and TR-8S, which he's using to manipulate live vocals.

At the heart of Haz Mat's setup is the Roland System 8 synthesizer, which is built on Roland's Analog Circuit Behavior engine and features three oscillators over eight voices, with plenty of tweakable filters, effects, and modulation in tow. It also includes built-in synth models Roland calls "plug-outs" for the Jupiter-8 and JUNO-106. But, importantly, Haz Mat is also able to create a talkbox patch within it.

Supporting the System-8 is the TR-8S, which is one of the brand's most performance-focused drum machines. The TR-8S takes as its base the classic 808, but adds modern-day functionality, feature set, and controls. You can add your own samples or draw from Roland's vast library of sounds.

For more vocal transformations, Haz Mat then uses Roland's newest voice transformer, the VT-4, in conjunction with the System-8 to modulate his live vocals on the fly. As he explains, it has an auto-pitch correction, the ability to select a key, and other functions the VT-3 doesn't have. Check out the full video above to watch his performance and hear some of the vocal effects the VT-4 is capable of, and click any of the links above to shop for your own Roland gear on Reverb right now.

For more info on Haz Mat Live, check out his website here.


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