CES 2019: New Roland VR-1HD AV Streaming Switcher for Vloggers


Roland, famous manufacturer of electronic musical instruments, synthesizers, and guitar products, has announced the new and exciting VR-1HD Streaming Switcher, at CES 2019. With three selectable HDMI inputs, a downstream keyer, multiple audio inputs, and HDMI outputs, as well as a USB streaming port, this switcher is at home on virtually any live production. First to note is that the HDMI inputs are what Roland refers to as “worry free,” which simply means that they each will accept a variety of input formats, from video to computer, and the formats do not need to match. This allows you to mix inputs from cameras, computers, smartphones, and tablets, and switch between them smoothly without the switcher throwing up black frames or glitches. Audio inputs can be prioritized, or set to follow the selected video input, and professional XLR audio and an optional top-mounted gooseneck mic can be attached to the switcher without occupying an extra input.

The simple-looking interface, with analog faders and backlit pushbuttons, belies the power of this switcher, which can output locally through HDMI or stream over USB. It features a built-in keyer and pushbutton selection of PNP and split screens. You can pre-program five preset arrangements of layered sources that you can recall with the push of a button, so you can present a live production that is as polished as a post-production edit. For live music performances, you can let the power of the VR-1HD take over and switch inputs to match the beat of the music, and for those times when an operator can’t be there to control it, the VR-1HD can be set with a variety of automatic switching options.

Despite its small footprint and dedicated video processing power, it features built-in audio gates, equalizers, and compressors that work to provide clean audio with built-in effects, such as Voice Changer, which is derived from Roland’s established VT series. You can sound like yourself or someone else! Storage for sound effects and drops, also known as stingers, can be stored and triggered from the four audio-effects buttons on the control interface. RCS software enables controlling the VR-1HD from your computer via USB, and with or without using the control software you can stream from your computer via USB 3.0 for clear picture and sound that brings the event to your viewers.

For more info on the Roland VR-1HD, and more coverage of CES 2019, check out the B&H Explora website. When you’re in New York, be sure to stop by the B&H SuperStore and experience all the gear on display.