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Features

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-ins. 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

Reminders

Depending on your host application, system exclusive messages contained in MIDI tracks might not be supported with VSTi or AU plug-ins.

The Sound Canvas VA plug-in must initialize its parameters and read various settings when it loads, and this may take about 15 seconds for each plug-in instance. For example, if you’re using four Sound Canvas VA plug-in instances in a project, it may take approximately one minute to load all the plug-ins when you open the file (four plug-ins at 15 seconds each). The actual times may vary depending on your computer’s performance and setup.

No plugin bridge will enable to run 32-bit SOUND Canvas VA on 64bit OS and DAW environments.

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® 8.1, Windows® 10

  • Steinberg Cubase 8.5 Series (32-bit and 64-bit Edition)

macOS™​
OS X 10.10, 10.11, macOS™ 10.12 

  • This software is only available as a 64-bit applictaion
  • Steinberg Cubase 8.5 Series (64-bit Edition)

Due to host application specifications, system exclusive messages cannot be sent from tracks to SOUND Canvas VA in the following hosts:

Windows®​
Windows® 7 SP1, Windows® 8.1, Windows® 10

  • Cakewalk SONAR PLATINUM, SONAR PROFESSIONAL, SONAR ARTIST (32-bit and 64-bit Editions)
  • Ableton Live9 (32-bit and 64-bit Editions)
  • Ableton Live9 Lite (32-bit Edition)
  • Presonus Studio One 3 Professional (32-bit and 64-bit Editions)

macOS™​

  • OS X 10.10, 10.11, macOS™ 10.12
  • Apple Logic Pro X (64-bit Edition)
  • Apple GarageBand (64-bit Edition)
  • Ableton Live9 (64-bit Edition)
  • Presonus Studio One 3 Professional (64-bit Edition)

Due to host application specifications, you cannot use control changes to make correct bank selections and program changes in the following host applications:

Windows®​
Windows® 7 SP1, Windows® 8.1, Windows® 10

  • Cakewalk SONAR PLATINUM, SONAR PROFESSIONAL, SONAR ARTIST (32-bit and 64-bit Editions)


Due to host application specifications, there is a limit to the parameter that can use automation in the following host application.

Windows®​
Windows® 7 SP1, Windows® 8.1, Windows® 10
*Compatible with only parameters that knob is attached.

  • Ableton Live9 (32-bit and 64-bit Edition)
  • Ableton Live9 Lite (32-bit Edition)

macOS™​

OS X 10.10, 10.11, macOS™ 10.12
*Compatible with only parameters that knob is attached.
  • Ableton Live9 (64-bit Edition)

We do not confirm SOUND Canvas VA compatibility with DAW software other than those DAWs previously listed here.

​The Gold Standard in GS Sound Modules

Based on the Roland SC-series hardware modules, the Sound Canvas VA is a GS-compatible software synth with support for VSTi (Windows and Mac) and AU (Mac) plug-in formats. Included are 1,600 popular sounds and 63 drum sets that are ready to play, and a single plug-in instance supports 16 parts with up to 64 notes of polyphony. Multiple instances can be used, with the only limit being your computer’s processing power. The plug-in also comes with SC-8820, SC-88 Pro, SC-88, and SC-55 sound maps, allowing you to replay files that were originally created with those Sound Canvas hardware modules.*

* The Sound Canvas VA is not designed to play Standard MIDI Files (SMF). Depending on the data in your music files and how it’s processed with the host application, the mix balance, tone, and timing may vary slightly from the sound of the original hardware.

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 original 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.

A Wide Selection of Built-In Effects

To enhance your sounds, the Sound Canvas VA comes with 64 types of insert effects, plus global reverb, chorus, delay, and EQ. With the Effect Editor, you can easily adjust them all via an intuitive interface. Many effects parameters support automation through your DAW, and it’s possible to save and recall effects settings in your projects. Each plug-in supports one insert effect , and you can open multiple plug-in instances to use additional insert effects on different tracks as needed.

Specs

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-bit  (Windows® Only) 
VSTi 2.4 64-bit
AU                                                                                                                                                     

System Requirements (macOS™)

Operating System OS X 10.10, 10.11, macOS™ 10.12
Host Application

VST instruments (VSTi) version: VST 2.4 compatible (64-bit only)
Audio Units (AU) version: V2 Audio Units compatible

CPU Intel® Core™ 2 Duo or better
RAM 4 GB or more
Hard Disk 250 MB or more
Display resolution and Colors 1280 x 800 dots or higher, 16.7 million colors or more
Other                                You'll need Internet connectivity to activate this software.                                                                

System Requirements (Windows®)

Operating System Microsoft® Windows® 7 SP1
Microsoft® Windows® 8.1
Microsoft® Windows® 10
* incompatible with Windows® RT, Windows® Phone or virtual machines such as Hyper-V, Virtual PC.
Host Application VST instruments (VSTi) version: VST 2.4 compatible
CPU Intel® Core™ 2 Duo or better
RAM 4 GB or more
Hard Disk 250 MB or more
Display resolution and Colors 1280 x 800 dots or higher, 24 bits Full Color or more
Other                                          You'll need Internet connectivity to activate this software.
You'll need Adobe Reader (available free of charge) in order to read the online help.
ASIO compatible Audio Interface is recommended.

* Although Roland has tested numerous configurations, and has determined that on average, a computer system similar to that described above will permit normal operation of the SOUND Canvas VA, Roland cannot guarantee that a given computer can be used satisfactorily with the SOUND Canvas VA based solely on the fact that it meets the above requirements. This is because there are too many other variables that may influence the processing environment, including differences in motherboard design and the particular combination of other devices involved. 

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