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AAS Applied Acoustics Systems Chromaphone 2

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Chromaphone  Creative Percussion SynthesizerA new breed of synthesizer. With its picks, bows, hammers, fingers, frets, dampers and soundboards, String Studio is the perfect blend of advanced modeling and regular synth-control features.Chromaphone
 MusicTech Excellence—10/10 
“Chromaphone is an excellent tool for adding depth to both music and film work.”
—Liam O'Mullane, MusicTech Magazine

Mix and match

Chromaphone combines acoustic resonators to create drums, percussion, string, and synth-like instruments. Membranes, bars, marimbas, plates, strings, and tubes form pairs that get sparked into life by a mallet and a flexible noise source. The resonators' material, tuning, and coupling parameters allow the creation of a wide range of instruments and sonic colors. Whether real, innovative, or with an ethnic touch, Chromaphone will fill your music with rich and organic tones.

Melodies and beats

Chromaphone's sound library includes a wide range of expressive and responsive instruments that span from warm and mellow pitched percussions for melodies to punchy one-shots and kits for rhythm tracks. A wooden bar makes a xylophone, turned metallic it becomes a glockenspiel. Adding a tube transforms it into a vibraphone or marimba. Plates shape up in bells and cymbals. Membranes are used for drum skins, combined with a tube they make bass drums, snares, congas and bongos.

One-shot revolution

One-shots are no longer limited to the velocity dimension. Chromaphone uses the entire keyboard range to modulate volume, mallet noise and stiffness, noise filter frequency and density, hit position, and coupling to open a whole world of expressive sounds—and that in a totally stepless fashion.

Creative drum kits

Chromaphone ships with ready-made creative kit patches where each note provides a new sound slightly different from the previous one. Over the entire keyboard range the sound morphs from bass drum to snare to hi-hat. Discover a mixture of electronic and acoustic qualities intertwined to form highly playable, addictive, and always fresh drum sounds.

Together ensemble

A key feature of Chromaphone is a brand-new coupling technology. The coupling refers to the exchange of acoustic energy which occurs in real life between interacting objects. Consider a string bridged to a wooden soundboard, both have their own behavior and characteristics, but when assembled together, they merge into a complex string instrument. In a similar way, a metal bar interacts with the air column from a tube in a vibraphone. Chromaphone is the first and only plug-in to provide control over the coupling of resonators. The result is vivid instruments with unmatched acoustic precision, sharpness and realism.

Neat features

Real-time control over any parameters via host automation
Host tempo synchronization for effects and modulations
Relaxed editing with unlimited undo/redo capability



Solids was created with the Chromaphone 2 acoustic object synthesizer. You can obviously play and edit the sounds in Chromaphone 2, but you can also access and play them via the free AAS Player included with your Solids purchase.


AAS Player—included with purchase

Distraction-free playing experience

More than an hundred free extra presets via Swatches


Chromaphone 2—sold separately

Sound manipulation at the source core

Starting point for new sound design ideas



Chromaphone 2 and AAS Player are 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

SpecialsDec 10, 2019