Software Synthesizer

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Be one with your sound

Synthesizers are in just about every style of modern music, so you need something versatile, authentic, and forward thinking. ZENOLOGY embodies nearly 50 years of synthesizer research and development. Its roots go back to the dawn of synthesis. Its future will reshape your relationship with sound.

+ Standard Features

  • ZEN-Core Synthesis System plug-in for Mac and Windows
  • Thousands of sounds including 80 drum kits
  • ZEN-Core tones have four partials, each with flexible oscillator, filter, amplifier, dual step-LFOs and equalizer. Each ZEN-Core tone is also provided with a lush effect
  • Layer multiple synthesis types including advanced virtual analog and modern PCM
  • Legendary effects including JUNO-106 and CE-1 choruses and SDD-320 Dimension D
  • Advanced tone browser to explore sounds, find favorites, and create custom banks
  • Compatible with Sound Packs and Wave Expansions
  • Share sounds between ZENOLOGY and compatible ZEN-Core hardware
  • Upgrade to ZENOLOGY Pro (coming soon) or use ZENOLOGY Lite for free
The Power of ZEN

The power of ZEN

For decades, Roland sounds have had a massive influence on music. A string of legendary instruments defined genres like techno, house, rap, trap, and hip hop, and deeply influenced pop, rock, and film music. This experience has culminated in the ZEN-Core Synthesis System. It’s the most advanced sound engine we’ve ever made, powering our professional synthesizers like JUPITER-X and FANTOM, used on stages and in studios around the world.

Classic Analog. Vintage Digital. Modern Hybrid.

Classic analog.
Vintage digital.
Modern hybrid.

ZENOLOGY is an expandable plug-in version of the ZEN-Core Synthesis System. ZEN-Core is based on discrete synth voices—each containing a flexible oscillator, filter, amplifier, dual step-LFOs, and lush effects. It mixes multiple synthesis types, combining vintage Roland oscillators and filters with PCM waves capable of PCM-SYNC and cross modulation. Layer up to four voices in a single tone for rich, complex sounds, both classic and modern.

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Highly Effective.

Highly effective

Roland effects processors are as revered as their legendary instrument counterparts. Sweeping JUNO-106 and CE-1 choruses, spacious delays, and unique effects like the SDD-320 Dimension D are just some of ZENOLOGY’s 90 effects that can shape and color your sound.

Sound That Knows No Bounds

Sound that knows no bounds

With ZENOLOGY you have access to an ever-expanding, always-evolving universe of sound. Driven by the powerful ZEN-Core Synthesis System, a steady stream of new sounds and expansions focus on specific genres and instrument types, or feature sounds from leading artists.



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Find your way

With thousands of sounds available, ZENOLOGY’s friendly and informative browser helps you find exactly what you’re looking for. Filter and organize your sounds, rate favorites, and even create custom banks—so no matter how you work, your sounds are never far away.

Hardware and software in harmony

ZENOLOGY works seamlessly with compatible Roland hardware like FANTOM, JUPITER-X and the RD-88. Use the same sounds in your DAW and in your hardware instruments, create custom banks, share with friends and collaborators, and use sounds from artists and professional sound designers.

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ZENOLOGY puts the ZEN-Core Synthesis System in your DAW

The future of ZEN

ZENOLOGY puts the ZEN-Core Synthesis System in your DAW, and provides access to a universe of amazing sounds—but this is only the beginning. In the coming months, ZENOLOGY will get new synth engine expansions and grow into a sound designer’s dream with deep editing capabilities.

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ZENOLOGY will soon support Model Expansions

Model perfect

ZENOLOGY will soon support Model Expansions for perfect recreations of classic Roland synthesizers like the JUPITER-8, JUNO-106, SH-101, JX-8P and more. They use Analog Behavior Modeling to capture the essence of these legendary instruments and are optimized for high polyphony with an interface inspired by the original—but reimagined for use in your DAW.

ZENOLOGY will soon support Model Expansions

Model perfect

ZENOLOGY will soon support Model Expansions for perfect recreations of classic Roland synthesizers like the JUPITER-8, JUNO-106, SH-101, JX-8P and more. They use Analog Behavior Modeling to capture the essence of these legendary instruments and are optimized for high polyphony with an interface inspired by the original—but reimagined for use in your DAW.

A Study in Sound Design

A study in sound design

With the upcoming ZENOLOGY Pro, you’ll soon be able to dive deep into ZEN-Core’s synthesis capabilities on your computer. Sound design is quick and easy with the optimized interface and logical layout. Multiple synthesis types, a deep modulation matrix, and eight tempo-syncing step-LFOs handle everything from classic tones to animated textures and beyond.

A Study in Sound Design

Shaping the future?
No time like the present.

Try ZENOLOGY for free as part of any Roland Cloud 30-day trial membership—and keep it for less than a few bucks a month. And even if you don’t keep a paid membership, you can continue to use hundreds of incredible ZEN-Core sounds with ZENOLOGY Lite—completely free of charge.

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Specifications
Parts
1 part
Tone Memory Type
2 Types (Tone/Drum Kit)
Effects
Multi Effects: 90
Sampling Frequency
44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz
Tones (ZENOLOGY)
3,597 Tones
80 Drum kits
Tones (ZENOLOGY Lite)
176 Tones
6 Drum kits

*ZENOLOGY Lite cannot save or write user data
*ZENOLOGY Lite cannot Import or Export User Tone/Drum Kit data
Tones Per Bank
Up to 2,048
Number of User Banks
Unlimited
Plug-In Formats
VSTi 3.6 (64 bit)
AU
AAX
System Requirements (macOS™)
Operating System
Mac OS X 10.13
Mac OS X 10.14
Mac OS X 10.15
Host Application
VST instruments (VSTi) version: VST 3.6 compatible
Audio Units (AU) version: V2 Audio Units compatible
AAX compatible
CPU
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 or better
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 or better
2 GB or greater
Hard Disk
700 MB or greater
Display Resolution and Colors
1,280 x 800 dots or higher, 16.7 million colors or greater
Other
You'll need internet connectivity to authenticate this software.
System Requirements (Windows®)
OS
Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 8.1
Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 10

* This does not work with the Windows(R) RT.
* This does not work with the Windows(R) Phone.
* This does not work on virtual machines such as Hyper-V, Virtual PC, or Boot Camp.
Host Application
VST instruments (VSTi) version: VST 3.6 compatible
AAX compatible
CPU
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 or better
RAM
2 GB or greater
Hard Disk
700 MB or greater
Display Resolution and Colors
1,280 x 800 dots or higher, 24 bits Full Color or greater
Other
You'll need internet connectivity to authenticate this software.
* Although Roland has tested numerous configurations, and has determined that on average, a computer system similar to that described above will permit normal operation of the ZENOLOGY Software Synthesizer, Roland cannot guarantee that a given computer can be used satisfactorily with the ZENOLOGY Software Synthesizer based solely on the fact that it meets the above requirements.

This is because there are too many other variables that may influence the processing environment, including differences in motherboard design and the particular combination of other devices involved.

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Support

If you have questions about operating your Roland product, please check our Knowledge Base for answers to the most common questions.
You can also contact our Product Support department by phone or email.
In addition, we have a library of Owner’s Manuals and Support Documents that you can download and reference.