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String Studio VS-2


String Studio VS-2

A new breed
of synthesizer

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.

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§ 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.

§ Try String Studio VS-2 now for free §

Fully functional. Less than 29.0 MB to download. Seconds to install.

§ 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.


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. more…


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. more…


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. more…


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

§ Everything you need from start to finish §

With more than 720 presets spread into 11 categories, String Studio VS-2 packs everything you need to create all the parts of your productions.


  • A Dark Dawn Kit
  • Crystal Guitar
  • Clavtwerk
  • Flashback
  • Saws III
  • Squares III
  • 124 total…


  • Concerto Guitar
  • Flamenco Nylon
  • Damped Comping
  • Real Chord Comp
  • Guitar New Nylon
  • Guitar Old Nylon
  • 76 total…

Plucked – Electric

  • Electric Jazz Guitar
  • Hushed Electric
  • Electric Nylon
  • Electric Guitar Comp
  • Fast Lead
  • High School Vintage
  • 46 total…


  • Contrebasse 1–2
  • Double Bass 1–3
  • I'm a Bass Fan 1–2
  • Nylon Bass
  • A Bass 1–3
  • Mute Bass
  • 46 total…


  • Cello
  • Arco Cello
  • Baroque Cello
  • Cello FX
  • Chamber Combo
  • Quartet
  • 34 total…


  • Pop-Rock Clavinet
  • Clean E-Clav
  • Chrismas Clavinet
  • Clavinet Clean
  • Clavinet Grignoteur
  • Trippy Clav
  • 77 total…


  • Drain Lead
  • Double Uprise
  • Beast 1–2
  • Sitar Guitar
  • Ballad Cheese Keys
  • Chords Bright
  • 61 total…


  • Air Pad 1–2
  • Phased
  • This Will Come True
  • Rise & Sheen
  • Smooth Bouncing
  • Longing Harmonium
  • 32 total…


  • Ancient Twang
  • Zheng Like
  • Desert Queen
  • Arabian Nights
  • Auto Harp
  • Dobro Rez
  • 48 total…


  • Alien Talking Small
  • Alien Talking Big
  • Randomized Soft
  • Ambient Delay
  • Ambient Drops
  • Always Bouncing
  • 37 total…


  • Suspense Cue Keys
  • Tech Hol Down
  • Elastico Bassa
  • Drops of Inspiration
  • Super Interesting
  • Damper Mania 1–3
  • 58 total…

Signature –
Sean Divine

  • Beyond the Pines Arp
  • Take A Stand Arp
  • Slash-n-Grind Arp
  • Wave Racer Arp
  • Grand Case Arp
  • 50 total…

Signature –
Harm Visser

  • Harp Gliss
  • Guitar New Nylon
  • Guitar Old Nylon
  • Guitar Steel
  • Harp Soft and Warm
  • 25 total…

Signature – Martin Walker

  • Ethnic Gliss
  • Intimate Acoustic
  • Chorus 12 String
  • Quartet
  • Melancholy
  • 16 total…

§ Playful §

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.

§ Tutorials §

Learn more on how to use String Studio VS-2

More than one hour of tutorials

A complete video series of tutorials on String Studio VS-2. Learn all about the ergonomics, the modules, and the sound of our acoustic object synthesizer. More soon…

§ Buzzing Around §

The community has good things to say about String Studio…

§ Take it further §

With seven Sound Bank Series titles adding up to more than 800 presets, String Studio VS‑2 looks forwarto spark your imagination—whenever you need it.

In need for even more sounds?

Here is list of third-party sound designers that have joined the String Studio VS-2 synthesis wagon.

WINDOWS · MAC OS X · 32-/64-bit

String Studio VS-2 is compatible with nearly all DAWs.

  • Ableton Live



  • Apple GarageBand



  • Apple Logic Pro


    Logic Pro

  • Apple MainStage



  • Avid Pro Tools


    Pro Tools

  • Bitwig Bitwig Studio


    Bitwig Studio

  • Cakewalk Sonar



  • Cuckos Reaper



  • Image-Line FL Studio


    FL Studio

  • MOTU Digital Performer


    Digital Performer

  • Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol

    Native Instruments

    Komplete Kontrol

  • Native Instruments Maschine

    Native Instruments


  • Presonus Studio One


    Studio One

  • Propellerhead Reason



  • Steinberg Cubase



Mac minimum system requirements*

  • Mac OS X 10.7 or later
  • Intel Core processor or later
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 70 MB of free hard drive space

PC minimum system requirements*

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

*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.).

Neat features

The benefits of physical modeling

§ Ready to buy? §

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What type of copy protection does String Studio VS-2 use?

All AAS instruments use a proprietary copy protection based on a challenge/response mechanism.

Can I re-authorize String Studio VS-2 if I upgrade or change my computer, or have a computer crash?

The license agreement for String Studio VS-2 allows authorization on up to two computers which belong to you. You might need, however, more than two authorizations if for example, you get a new computer or change some piece of hardware such as the hard drive. In these situations, it won't be a problem to obtain additional authorizations.

With your product serial number, you will be able to generate two different authorizations every 90 days directly from our website. Beyond that threshold, you will have to provide an explanation of why you need an additionnal authorization.

Do you offer educational pricing?

We do offer educational discounts on our products to students and teachers. Site licenses, representing a substantial savings on the regular price of the products, are also available to educational institutions. For more information on educational pricing or to order please contact sales by email or phone.

What’s included with my purchase?

  • Links to the Windows and Mac OS X installers (less than 29.0 MB)
  • Serial number
  • License for two computer installations (e.g. a laptop and desktop)
  • Standalone application (runs without a plug-in host)
  • VST, RTAS, and AAX Native plug-ins for Windows
  • AU, VST, RTAS, and AAX Native plug-ins for Mac OS X
  • Manual (PDF)

Are upgrade paths available for String Studio VS-2?

Yes, all the upgrade options are available from your Offers page—the Upgrade button below will take you there.