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Applied Acoustics Systems String Studio VS-2 review by MusicRadar

Classic modelling synth returns.

In our review of the original Applied Acoustics Systems String Studio way back in 2007, we praised its great-sounding physical modelling synthesis but felt that its limited range of sounds would have users quickly tiring of its charms.

Although the new version, String Studio VS-2 (VST/AU/AAX/standalone), includes a wealth of new features, it's based on the same combo of physical modelling and subtractive synthesis as its predecessor.


  • Does excellent plucked strings
  • New effects section is a bonus
  • 64-bit compatibility


  • Limited sonic palette
  • Not great value for money
  • No initialise patch option
  • A lot of panels to flick through

Our Verdict
For plucked strings, String Studio VS-2 is the daddy, particularly with its effects, but it's limited and expensive for what it is.

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