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New ROLI Equator2, a Next-Generation MPE Synth

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ROLI releases Equator2, a next-generation MPE synth that redefines the possibilities of expressive sound design.

ROLI’s new flagship synth marks a coming of age for MPE. The launch of Equator in 2015 pioneered a new approach to expressive sound design — though primarily on the ROLI Seaboard for which it was created. Equator2 offers a vastly expanded range of tools for shaping MPE sounds, and is now part of a much larger MPE ecosystem. 

Expanded and upgraded, Equator2 has an array of new features including: 

• A broader array of synthesis engines

Six fully assignable source slots let you build unique sounds, drawing on a wide range of synthesis engines. A wavetable oscillator with a library of over 240 waveforms combines with a high-resolution multi-sampler, a granular engine, FM and more to provide an infinite palette of sounds and textures. 

• New multi-sampled instruments
Equator2 includes 42 new multi-sampled instruments with over 180 articulations and variations. From vintage synthesizers like the Roland System-100 to world acoustic instruments like the Sitar and Koto, the samples are richly detailed and highly adaptable, opening new possibilities for sound design. Import your own samples easily. 

• A powerful, versatile modulation system
Equator2’s versatile modulation system — evolved from the Cypher2, Strobe2, and Equator engines — makes it easy to add modulation to any parameters. A flexible assembly of envelopes, LFOs, key-tracking sources, and macros animate patches and help you create deeply expressive sounds. 

• An expanded effects section

Equator2 gives you the power to shape sounds with a vastly expanded rack of effects, filters and dynamics processors. It’s easy to arrange and reorder effects with a flexible routing system and drag-and-drop slots. 

An even larger library of MPE sounds, plus new standard MIDI sounds
Equator2 ships with the biggest, broadest library of MPE sounds in existence. With over 1,300 expertly crafted presets — including over 500 new sounds built for MPE and 800 standard MIDI presets for conventional controllers — Equator2 offers a kaleidoscope of sounds for any music maker.

Equator2 will sell for $249. It is now available for a time-limited, launch-period offer of $199. Equator2 is available on Mac and Windows as an AU and VST. Owners of Equator, Cypher2, Strobe2, and ROLI Studio can upgrade to Equator2 for $99, discounted from the normal upgrade price of $149.

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