SH-2 PLUG-OUT

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.

Description

FEATURE

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 / Host Application

See “Information on DAW software compatibility”
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 / Host Application

See “Information on DAW software compatibility”
VST instruments (VSTi) version: VST 2.4/3.6 compatible
* 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.


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.


INTRODUCING
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