Roland releases SOUND Canvas VA Software Synthesizer

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  1. statik

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    Please let us introduce "SOUND Canvas VA Software Synthesizer" from Roland.
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    First introduced in 1991, the Roland Sound Canvas series has long been the de-facto standard in GS sound modules. With the Sound Canvas VA, you can now use this classic sound source with your DAW music productions as a VSTi or AU plug-in. It comes with over 1,600 high-quality sounds, plus 64 different insert effects, global effects like reverb and EQ, and extensive sound editing capabilities. Also included are sound maps to perfectly play MIDI music files created on the SC-88 Pro and other hardware Sound Canvas sound modules. Combining classic sounds with current technology, the Sound Canvas VA is the modern evolution of a long-running benchmark.

    • GS-compatible virtual instrument plug-in with support for Windows and Mac
    • Includes 1,600 high-quality sounds and 63 drum kits that cover nearly every musical genre
    • Each plug-in instance supports 16 parts and up to 64 notes of polyphony
    • Tone Editor and Effect Editor functions enable you to fine-tune sounds in great detail
    • Supports host DAW automation for a variety of parameters
    SOUND GENERATOR
    Number of parts
    16 parts
    Maximum Polyphony
    64 voices
    MIDI Format
    Conforms to GS, GM2, GM
    Sound Maps
    4 types (SC-8820, SC-88Pro, SC-88, SC-55)
    Preset Instruments
    1,600 tones
    Drum sound sets
    63 drum sets
    Effects
    Reverb (8 types)
    Chorus (8 types)
    Delay (10 types)
    2 Band Equalizer
    Insertion Effect (64 types)
    Plug-In Formats
    VSTi 2.4 (32 bits, 64 bits)
    AU



    Supported Host Applications

    The following host applications (DAW) have been verified to work properly with the plug-in version SOUND Canvas VA Ver.1.0.0.

    [Windows]
    Windows® 7 SP1/Windows® 8/Windows® 8.1/Windows® 10
    - Steinberg Cubase 8 Series (32-bit Edition/64-bit Edition)
    - Steinberg Cubase 7 Series (32-bit Edition/64-bit Edition)

    [Mac]
    OS X 10.8.5 or later/OS X 10.9/OS X 10.10
    - Steinberg Cubase 8 Series (64bit Edition)
    - Steinberg Cubase 7 Series (64bit Edition)
    - MOTU Digital Performer 9 *Only AU Plug−in

    SOUND Canvas VA Trial Version for Windows
    SOUND Canvas VA Trial Version for Mac OS
     
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  3. thantrax

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    No links (news, demos...)?
     
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    Awesome !
     
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    ah crap i knew i forgot something, it's noon and i haven't slept yet :yawn:
    thank you to the other forum members for providing them
     
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    Visually it's not the most sexy VST... will check some audio demos, that's more important.... but hard (not) to find on website?
     
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    Isn't sound canvas a really crappy gm sound set?
     
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    Nice GUI, easy on the eyes.
    Hopefully the sound will be on par with the GUI.

    EDIT: On Roland's website, it says that 250 MB is needed on the HD... for 1600 sounds!
     
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    Some Users could see all the 'Sound Canvas' Modules this way... BUT don't forget the :


    *** Tone Editor for Customizing Sounds

    Included with the Sound Canvas VA is a powerful Tone Editor for adjusting sounds in fine detail. The graphical interface makes it simple to create by name"> original[​IMG] tones using filters, envelopes, and numerous GS sound parameters. You can also store the sounds you create and quickly load favorites from your custom library when you begin a new project. ***



    At the time, I owned a 'Sound Canvas SC-88' (which was great in its time !), but it's true that without any specific Editor to 'shape' the sounds manually it was a bit boring... then have come specific (Hardware) Synth Editors like 'MidiQuest SoundQuest Pro', and here things changed drastically, believe me ! :yes::wink:
     
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    MIDI sound at it's finest! :disco:
     
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    :rofl:...with which part of "MIDI sound" you don't agree? :rofl:
     
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    added links for the trial versions so you can check the sound
     
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    General MIDI is a set of instructions and by definition is *not* a crappy sound set. GM is a list of numbers (as well as other things) that select the correct tones for playback. Yes, you can get good and bad sound but General MIDI overall is *not* bad. Ignorance of the facts and then spouting off isn't clever. Indeed the Roland SC88 and 88Pro (if you knew what you're doing) were fantastic pieces of kit and I look forward to seeing what this VSTi is like.
     
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    I have this for iPad and a real sc55...
    The real one is much more better indeed.
    With Lógic editor it have his value when clients come with their midis...
    Merry xmas for all!
     
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    It seems like a soft synth for GS or SC-* MIDIs and most likely Roland's MusicData platform. I also guess it's the same thing as the iOS version released a year ago. And like Roland says:
    Exactly, for "playback", but not as a synth for creating non-standard MIDIs (or even audio) in the first place.

    I still have an SC-D70 (equivalent to SC-8820). If this VSTi sounds the same, great.
     
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    download trial zip you can found the demo tracks
     
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    wtf are the roland server slow. 45 minutes for the windows trail version.
     
  20. statik

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    that seems a bit long yeah, maybe too many downloads on their server?
     
  21. n0xin

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    which you hear as a sound... :dunno:

    just to be clear, I'm well used to GM sound banks, so when I tested this particular VSTi, It sounded just like GM... so It sounded preatty nice, for GM (I'm reffering here on sound quality)

    GM bad or good!? ...It's at it is, that's clear
    Quality of GM (sound fidelity), that's another pair of shoes...:yes:

    nevertheless, next time I'm using "GMIDI sound banks at It's finest" :rofl:
     
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