Roland Intros ZENOLOGY Software Synthesizer Plug-in

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Roland has introduced the ZENOLOGY Software Synthesizer, an expandable plug-in version of the Roland ZEN-Core Synthesis System for macOS and Windows. ZENOLOGY allows music-makers to create with ZEN-Core directly in their DAWs and introduces new sound compatibilities between software and a range of hardware.

With thousands of sounds available, ZENOLOGY’s browser allows users to filter and organize their sounds, rate favorites, create custom banks, share with friends and collaborators and use sounds from artists and professional sound designers right from their computer. ZENOLOGY can import and export the ZEN-Core single tone with compatible Roland hardware like FANTOM, JUPITER-X, RD-88 and more. As a result, owners can import, edit sounds, create and organize patch banks ready for transfer to their hardware instruments.

In the coming months, ZENOLOGY will add deep editing capabilities and new synth engine expansions. ZENOLOGY will soon support Model Expansions for recreations of classic Roland synthesizers like the JUPITER-8, JUNO-106, SH-101 and JX-8P. Model Expansions use Analog Behavior Modeling to capture the essence of these instruments. They are optimized for high polyphony with an interface inspired by the original but reimagined for modern DAWs.

For creators looking for the deepest editing of ZEN-Core’s synthesis capabilities, the soon-to-be-released ZENOLOGY Pro will include an optimized interface and logical layout. Plus, multiple synthesis types, a deep modulation matrix and eight tempo-syncing step-LFOs will be able to handle everything from classic tones to animated textures and beyond.

ZENOLOGY is available now exclusively to Roland Cloud members. Anyone that signs up for a free Roland Account can also access the new ZENOLOGY Lite for free. Access is granted through the newly updated Roland Cloud Manager app, one of the new Roland Cloud membership enhancements. ZENOLOGY features 3,597 Tones and 80 Drum Kits while ZENOLOGY Lite has 176 Tones and six Drum Kits. The forthcoming ZENOLOGY Pro builds on this with full access to the deep editing capabilities of the ZEN-Core Synthesis System.

Roland Cloud Core Membership ($29.99/year or $2.99/month)

  • Core membership unlocks ZENOLOGY featuring over 3,000 tones, 80 drum kits, and full access to all ZEN-Core Sound Packs and Wave Expansions. Roland Cloud Pro Membership ($99/year or $9.99/month)
  • Pro membership unlocks forthcoming ZENOLOGY Pro with full access to ZEN-Core’s full editing capabilities and Model Expansions and unlocks the D-50 and TR-808 plug-ins. Roland Cloud Ultimate Membership ($199/year or $19.99/month)
  • The ZENOLOGY Lite and ZENOLOGY software synths are accessible now as a benefit to free Roland Cloud Account holders. At the same time, the fully unlocked ZENOLOGY version is available to current and new Roland Cloud paid members. The ZENOLOGY Pro software synth is scheduled for release this fall and will be accessible with Roland Cloud Pro and Ultimate memberships for $9.99 and $19.99 per month, respectively.