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String Studio VS-2

Synth by Applied Acoustics Systems

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"String Studio delivers a variety of convincing stringed-instruments emulations, but that's not its real charm - it offers a huge sound palette, as its generous preset library suggests."
Electronic Musician. The ultimate resource for musicians who want to make better music, in the studio or onstage.
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"Being able to create the kind of unique sounds String Studio produces will more then justify the bucks to people who like the sonic equivalent of white-water rafting."
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"Well, just when I thought these guys couldn't out do themselves, they go and do it! Another great product from a great software company."
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A New Breed of Synthesiser

String Studio VS-2 is a string modeling synthesizer plug-in that swaps the traditional oscillator sound source for a string.

With its picks, bows, hammers, fingers, frets, dampers, and soundboards, it is a unique blend of acoustic modeling and regular synth-control features—you won’t believe how crazy you can go with a simple string.

What's New?

We have streamlined String Studio and brought it to a whole new level - it will change your perspective on strings:

  • NEW Factory library - The completely renewed factory library has well over 600 production-ready sounds classified for fast and intuitive exploration.
  • ​​​NEW Sean Divine signature sounds - A collection of 50 inspiring signature presets by producer Sean Divine.
  • NEW Compressor and equalizer - These new additions are perfect to add punch and definition to your sound, letting you cut through any dense mix or stage.
  • NEW Limiter - The new output limiter protects your ears and monitors during experimentation with the synth’s parameters while providing a maximum of distortion-free dynamics.
  • NEW Streamlined interface - Redesigned from the ground up, the new interface now divides String Studio VS-2 into three panels: Play presents shortcuts to the performance and effect parameters including bypass switches for quick edits; Edit lets you tweak and create your sound; while FX supplies equalizer, compressor, multi-effect, and reverb processors for a final sheen.
  • NEW Bank and program manager - String Studio VS-2’s new manager allows simple and efficient organization, backup, and sharing of your sounds.
  • NEAT Backward compatible with VS-1 presets - Simply put your String Studio VS-1 exported presets in String Studio VS-2‘s bank folder to convert them.
  • UPDATED Overhauled effects - Reinvigorated and polished, String Studio VS-2’s multi-effect processor features our best sounding chorus, delay, phaser, flanger, distortion, notch filter, wah-wah, auto-wah, and reverb to date!
  • NEW Microtonal tunings via Scala scale files - String Studio VS-2 now supports the Scala scale file format for microtonal music making.
  • NEW Native 64-­bit AU, VST, and AAX plug­-ins - String Studio VS-2 now runs in native 64-bit on Mac OS X and Windows making it compatible with the latest sequencers.
  • Now NKS ready!

The String is the Thing

A string is a rich sound source at the heart of a multitude of musical instruments. It can be played with a pick or finger for plucked sounds, bowed and produce sustained sounds or hit for chord and percussive sounds.

  • The Play panel presents effect shortcuts and performance parameters as well as the genuinely apt arpeggiator.
  • The Edit panel combines acoustic modelling and classic synth controls
  • The Effects panel hosts the equalizer, compressor, multi-effect, and reverb modules.


String Studio is packed with more than 600 presets from the best sound designers. Performers will be charmed by the acoustic feel and twist of arpeggiator, bass, lead, pad, key, and plucked sounds and find inspiration in the strange resonances, and unusual behaviors of its many ethnic instruments. Sound designers and composers are in for a treat with organic soundscapes that literally become instruments and with growling, twisting and evolving emotion carrying ambiences that will move any film score.


String Studio is packed with premium performance features: keyboard modes, unison, portamento, and a complete set of MIDI features. And for even more action, String Studio provides a user programmable pattern arpeggiator and shortcuts to the high quality effects. 


String Studio combines innovative acoustic modelling parameters and classic synth features in a unique way. You will be inspired by the new sonic possibilities yet feel at ease with the familiar approach to sound design.


The Effects panel wraps up String Studio VS-2 as an all-inclusive package with awesome polishing tools. 

Everything you need from Start to Finish

With more than 600 presets spread into 11 categories, String Studio VS-2 packs everything you need to create all the parts of your productions.

  • Arpeggiator - 124 presets
  • Bass - 46 presets
  • Synth - 61 presets
  • Ambient - 37 presets
  • Signature Sean Divine - 50 presets
  • Plucked - 76 presets
  • Bowed - 34 presets
  • Pad - 32 presets
  • Effect - 58 presets
  • Signature Harm Visser - 25 presets
  • Plucked - Electric - 46 presets
  • Keys - 77 presets
  • Ethnic - 48 presets
  • Signature - Martin Walker - 16 presets


Direct Access to FX Shortcuts, Performance Settings and the Arpeggiator


String Studio VS-2 will match your playing style or musical context with ease thanks to the tap tempo and sync to host clock options; poly- or monophonic with note priority keyboard modes; up-to-4-voice unison; glide and legato functions; and the flexible vibrato.


Ready, willing, and able, String Studio VS-2’s arpeggiator offers various syncing resolutions, playing algorithms, and rhythmic patterns that will spruce up any chord progressions into percolating melodies or pulsing sequences.

How Crazy can you Go with a String?

A Unique Blend of Acoustic Modelling and Regular Synth Features


A string module lies at the heart of String Studio. Adjust the material to control its tone and how it vibrates. From nylon to steel, from short to long decaying sounds. Listen to it bare naked, through the distorted ear of a pickup or via the filter of a soundboard.


The exciter module is where you choose how the string is played. Select a pick for plucked sounds, play it with a bow for sustained sound or use a hammer for chords and percussive sounds.

Felt, Quirks, and Buzzes

As in a real instrument, strings interact with dampers, frets and fingers. This controls decays and dynamics breathing life into sound with natural noises, grain and warmth.


Use soft or steep low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, notch, or formant filters to sculpt your sound. Animate their action with a rich LFO and snappy envelopes.

Body Shopping

The soundboard of a string instruments radiates vibrations from the strings. Choose a body type and size to colour the sound with specific resonances and add acoustic character.

Bare Naked - All Suited Up

You’ll love the pure raw sound of String Studio VS-2, but the built-in effects will bring it to so many places that you’ll enjoy having them on hand. And you have a chock-full of them to choose from: compressor, equalizer, delay, distortion, phaser, chorus, flanger, wah wah and notch filters, and reverb.

Neat Features:

  • Standalone operation for quick jams and experimentations
  • Real-time control over any parameters via your MIDI controller knobs, faders, and switches
  • MIDI clock, tap, and host tempo synchronization for effects and modulations
  • Relaxed editing with unlimited undo/redo capability

The benefits of physical modeling:

  • Sound manipulation at the source core
  • Presets load in a flash
  • Super smooth dynamics—no velocity layers!
  • Small memory footprint

System Requirements:


  • Mac OS X 10.7 or later - 32 & 64-bit Capability
  • Intel Core processor or later
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 70 MB of free hard drive space


  • Windows 7 or later - 32 & 64-bit Capability
  • Intel Core or equivalent processor
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 70 MB of free hard drive space


  • VST
  • AU
  • RTAS
  • NKS
  • String Studio VS-2 is compatible with nearly all DAWs

Neat Features:

  • Standalone operation for quick jams and experimentations
  • Real-time control over any parameters via your MIDI controller knobs, faders, and switches
  • MIDI clock, tap, and host tempo synchronization for effects and modulations
  • Relaxed editing with unlimited undo/redo capability

The Benefits of Physical Modelling:

  • Sound manipulation at the source core
  • Presets load in a flash
  • Super smooth dynamics—no velocity layers!
  • Small memory footprint—less than 256 MB of RAM per instance
  • Installs in less than a minute—less than 24 MB on disk

Please note: The minimum system requirements mentioned above are for standalone usage. For plug-in usage, please refer to your DAW software requirements (Sonar, Pro Tools, Cubase, Live, Digital Performer, Logic Pro, etc.).

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