At the 2020 NAMM Show, Roland gave us a sneak preview of Zenology, a new synthesis system that lets you create sounds and share them across keyboards, grooveboxes, your DAW and more.
Zenology is based on Roland’s ZEN-Core Synthesis System. ZEN-Core offers multiple synthesis types, combining modeled versions of vintage Roland oscillators and filters with PCM waves capable of PCM-SYNC and cross-modulation. It lets you layer up to four voices in a single tone.
The ZEN-Core platform is a rich platform for synthesizing new sounds and also is designed to let you recreate the sound of many of Roland’s classic synthesizers. But, while most readers will be familiar with Roland’s emulations of classic gear, in both hardware and software formats, Zenology’s capabilities are new.
Zenology puts the ZEN-Core Synthesis System in your DAW (AU, AAX, and VST formats), but promises to let you take sounds that you create to any compatible Roland device, like Fantom keyboards, the Jupiter-X line and the MC-101/707 grooveboxes.
Roland also plans to offer Model Expansions for the platform, based on classic Roland synthesizers like the JUPITER-8, JUNO-106, SH-101 and JX-8P, based on the company’s Analog Behavior Modeling technology.
Here’s a hands-on demo of Zenology in action:
- 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
- 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
Details on Zenology are available at the Roland site.