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Concept 2 by Krotos is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
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2.0.3
2.4 GHz Intel Dual Core Processor
4 GB of RAM
Windows 10 1909 and newer
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2.0.3
Mac Intel computer with a minimum of 2.4 GHz Intel Dual Core Processor
4 GB of RAM
OS X 10.11 or later
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Important Note
This product does not require iLok This product comes with 2 activations This software is a digital download Formats (64-bit only): VST, VST3, AU, AAX Native An internet connection is required at the time of activation Supported host applications: Ableton Live 10 and above, FL Studio 20.7.1 and above, Reason 10 and above, Pro Tools 11 and above, Logic Pro X, Nuendo 8.2.10 or above, Cubase 10 and above, Reaper, Studio One Audio Input is not supported on FL Studio or Studio One
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Concept 2 takes the award-winning Concept synth and supercharges it in exciting and creative ways, making it faster for users to find sounds, make them their own, and Concept 2 is even more satisfying. Krotos summarise this powerful plugin as, "simply powerful, yet powerfully simple"

What's New in Concept 2

New Granular Oscillator
Use anything as a sound source, either from the included library or your own samples.

Advanced Shape Modulator
Offering one of the simplest, most powerful modulation workflows in the synth world.

Improved Workflow
New user folders and the best optimisation techniques have been applied to Concept 2, making it leaner and more efficient than ever before. Reduced CPU = more instances.

Presets. Lots of presets.
Over 700 great sounds, no filler sounds here.

Added and improved Impulse Responses
Massively expanded range of Impulse Responses (IRs) for use in your designs - now over 160 IRs come with Concept 2.

Preset Heaven

With tons of great-sounding presets from top artists, including Roni Size, Richard Devine, and Kayla Painter, there's every chance you'll find a sound that works right out of the box. Cinematic lush pads, organic soundscapes, stirring strings, killer bass synths, screaming leads and more.

Presets Are Just The Start

Presets are a great starting point, but Concept 2 gives you access to almost limitless routing parameters to shape the sound. Use multiple sound sources, or load your own samples into the granular engine and combine with conventional oscillators.

Sound Manipulation Done Right

Routing and controlling modulation is a breeze in Concept 2, it's as easy as dragging and dropping the connections; the creative colour coding means you can see modulation sources at a glance.

Awesome Effects

With three slots and multiple effects, including; convolution reverb, delay and compressors, you can add even more dimension to your sound design. You can even filter stack and have multiple filters applied to the sound with multiple modulation sources applied.

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Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.00 from 1 review
Concept 2

Reviewed By BONES [all]
July 27th, 2021
Version reviewed: 2.0.3 on Windows

Concept 2 is a great synth. The first one was decent enough, but quite expensive in a crowded market. Version 2 builds on the inherent strengths of the original Concept with a new granular oscillator, backed up with really good content. It comes with loads of presets and has to be one of the easiest synths you will ever use.

The brilliance of Concept lies in its unique take on modulation. Instead of cramming the GUI with 5 envelopes and 5 LFOs and 5 MSEGs, Concept has 5 modulation sources that can be any of these. Each is colour coded and you can see at a glance where modulation has been applied. Clicking in the coloured window expands it to reveal controls and a modulation list. I think it is just about as close to perfect as it gets and it makes the GUI so much less cluttered, which leads to the best results in the least time.

As well as the new granular osc, the original V/A style osc is still available and it's actually pretty good. Each osc has two waveforms you can mix together and there are FM ratio and depth controls. The Granular osc takes things to another level. As I said, there is lots of good sample content to throw into it and there are three panels of controls to play around with, including more FM. I don't find it as easy to get good results from as Pigments but you can do plenty with it. The content covers a lot of territory, from a range of sampled synths through to cockatoo and parrot sounds.

The filter doesn't try to model any classic analogue sound, it's a very straight interpretation of what a resonant filter should be. But it is definitely quite useful, with LP, HP and BP modes at 12 or 24dB/octave, as well as a formant mode. There is a pre-filter drive to fatten up the sound, too.

There are 3 effects slots and a choice of 10 different effects. They all do a pretty good job and the reverb is a convolution jobbie and you can drag'n'drop any sample file into it for some pretty interesting/weird effects. The filter effect is exactly the same as the synth filter and all the effects parameters can be modulated, so there is a lot of sound shaping power here.

Overall, this is a terrific synth that is really easy to get great results from with a minimum of effort. The presets are great and plentiful and even after a few weeks I haven't gone through them all because I keep getting distracted by great patches. CPU usage isn't too bad and the resizable GUI is mostly great, although some switches are a bit small. If you're looking at Pigments, you should also check this out. It's not as full featured but I reckon it covers a lot of sonic territory and I think it sounds better.

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