SH-2 PLUG-OUT

Software Synthesizer

SH-2 PLUG-OUT
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Complete Replica of the Classic SH-2 Synthesizer

The SH-2 PLUG-OUT Software Synthesizer is a total reproduction of the classic SH-2 Synthesizer from 1979. Renowned for its raw vintage tone, the SH-2’s dual VCO plus sub oscillator configuration dishes out devastatingly fat basses, edgy leads, and wild effects. Designed for SYSTEM-1 as well as Mac or PC hosts, the new SH-2 uses Analog Circuit Behavior technology to faithfully recreate the warm, rich sound of the original with a level of authenticity that can only come from Roland.

Party Like It’s 1979

In the late 1970s, synthesizers were undergoing a significant transition with the development of polyphony and tone memory. As the world’s synthesizer manufacturers raced to develop these new technologies, Roland launched a seemingly basic monophonic synthesizer – the now classic SH-2.

Although it was released around the same time as Roland’s JUPITER-4, a pioneer of polyphonic synthesizers, the SH-2’s functionality was rather conservative compared to that of the JUPITER-4. But its uniquely designed configuration—which consisted of two VCOs and a sub-oscillator that essentially gave it three VCOs—was capable of extremely fat and warm analog synth tones. To this day, many synth aficionados feel it produces the most earth-shaking, bone-rattling synth bass sounds of all time.

Back to the Future

The SH-2 PLUG-OUT Software Synthesizer is an incredibly precise recreation that leverages Roland’s decades-old expertise and deep knowledge of the original analog units. Like other products in the AIRA series, this new SH-2 uses Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) technology to faithfully capture the fine details of the SH-2’s sound, right down to the behavior and interaction of the individual analog circuits.

Everything has been reproduced exactly, from the VCF which is capable of self-oscillation to the attack and long decay characteristics of the steep envelope. The unique harmonic makeup and pitch wavering are present as are the complex interactions between parameters that result from the original analog circuit design. Even behaviors that occur only in analog circuitry are accurately reproduced, like the subtle effect on tonality when the user tweaks parameters unrelated to the actual tone being produced.

There are even some new features that were not available on the original. This new SH-2 has a VCO range that is expandable to 64', two envelopes, reverb, delay and crusher effects, Autobend with support for reverse actions, and a tempo-syncable arpeggiator.

PLUG-IN and PLUG-OUT

While multiple instances of the SH-2 plug-in can be used in any compatible DAW, the SH-2 PLUG-OUT Software Synthesizer offers seamless integration and unique capabilities for SYSTEM-1 owners. Connect a SYSTEM-1 and it becomes a dedicated controller, only lighting the appropriate knobs and sliders pertinent to the SH-2.Transfer sounds back and forth between the DAW and SYSTEM-1 and even use the SYSTEM-1 as a high-quality audio and MIDI interface. Or break free entirely and PLUG-OUT directly to the SYSTEM-1, creating a stand-alone, hardware SH-2 with real physical controls that can go anywhere and doesn’t require a computer.

Maximum Polyphony
1 voice
Modulator
LFO Rate
Delay Time
Waveform (SIN, TRI, SAW, SQR, RANDOM(S/H))
VCO
Auto Bend Depth
Modulation Depth
VCO-1
Range (64, 32, 16, 8, 4, 2)
Waveform (SAW, SQR, SIN)
Pulse Width
PWM Mode switch (MANUAL, LFO, AUTO BEND, VCF ENV, VCA ENV, VCO-1 SUB)
Bender Depth
VCO-2
Range (64, 32, 16, 8, 4, 2)
Waveform (SAW, SQR, NOISE)
Pulse Width
PWM Mode switch (MANUAL, LFO, AUTO BEND, VCF ENV, VCA ENV, VCO-1 SUB)
Fine Tune
Coarse Tune
Audio Mixer
VCO-1
VCO-2
VCO-1 SUB
VCF
Cutoff Frequency
Resonance
ENV Depth
Modulation Depth
Keyboard Follow
VCF ENV
Attack Time
Decay Time
Sustain Level
Release Time
VCA
VCA Mode (GATE, A.ENV, F.ENV, HOLD)
Tone
Crusher Depth
VCA ENV
Attack Time
Decay Time
Sustain Level
Release Time
VCF/VCA ENV
Gate-Trigger switch (GATE, LFO, GATE+TRIG, LFO+GATE)
Effect
Reverb Level
Delay Level
Delay Time
Controller
Volume
Portamento
Bend Range
Tempo Sync switch
Arpeggio
Arpeggio Switch
Arpeggio Type (1 Oct Up, 1 Oct U+D, 1 Oct Down, 2 Oct Down, 2 Oct U+D, 2 Oct Down)
Arpeggio Step (1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/4T, 1/8T, 1/16T)
Tune
430 Hz–450 Hz
Sampling Frequency
44.1 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 48 kHz, 96 kHz, 192 kHz
Tones per 1 bank
64 patches
* User can make new user banks.
Plug-In Formats
VSTi 3.6 (32 bits, 64 bits), AU
Plug-Out Hardware
SYSTEM-1
System Requirements (Mac OS)
Operating System
Mac OS X 10.8.5 or later
Mac OS X 10.9 supported
Host Application
VST instruments (VSTi) version: VST 3.6 compatible
Audio Units (AU) version: V2 Audio Units compatible
CPU
Intel® Core™2 Duo or better
RAM
4 GB or more
Hard Disk
100 MB or more
Display resolution and Colors
1280 x 800 dots or higher, 16.7 million colors or more
Other
You'll need Internet connectivity to activate this software.
You'll need installation SYSTEM-1 driver to plug-out this software to the SYSTEM-1.
System Requirements (Windows)
Operating System
Microsoft® Windows® 7 SP1
Microsoft® Windows® 8/8.1
* This does not work with the Windows® RT.
* This does not work with the Windows® Phone.
* This does not work on the virtual machines such as Hyper-V, Virtual PC, or Boot Camp.
Host Application
VST instruments (VSTi) version: VST 3.6 compatible
CPU
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo or better
RAM
2 GB or more
Hard Disk
100 MB or more
Display resolution and Colors
1280 x 800 dots or higher, 24 bits Full Color or more
Other
You’ll need Internet connectivity to activate this software.
You’ll need Adobe Reader (available free of charge) in order to read the online help.
You’ll need installation SYSTEM-1 driver to plug-out this software to the SYSTEM-1.
* 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 PLUG-OUT SOFTWARE SYNTHESIZER, Roland cannot guarantee that a given computer can be used satisfactorily with the PLUG-OUT 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.
VST
* VST is a trademark and software of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH.
In the interest of product improvement, the specifications and/or appearance of this unit are subject to change without prior notice.

Support

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