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Resounding Hits. Chromaphone 2 strikes in full dynamics with acoustic sharpness and precision.
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Resounding Hits.  Chromaphone strikes in full dynamics with acoustic sharpness and precision. 


They have brought Chromaphone to a whole new level, it is now an incredibly versatile instrument.

  • NEW Factory library

    The completely renewed factory library has well over 600 production-ready sounds classified for fast and intuitive exploration.

  • NEW Drumhead resonator

    This new model reproduces precisely how a real drumhead vibrates resulting in super realistic and responsive drums and percussions.

  • NEW Envelope mode

    The envelope generator for the noise source is now equipped with an AHD mode for carving precise one-shots.

  • NEW Noise filter bank

    The noise source spectrum can now be tailored with a 10-band filter bank for fine control of the tone.

  • NEW Low-cut filter

    Resonators have been complemented with a low-cut filter to control the clarity of an instrument response.

  • NEW Arpeggiator

    Add motion and give a new perspective to sounds with the new built-in arpeggiator module.

  • NEW Source mixer

    Fine control of the mallet and noise sources to shape the attack and sustain phase of sounds with precision.

  • NEW Compressor and equalizer

    These new additions are perfect to add punch and definition to your sound, letting you cut through any dense mix or stage.

  • NEW Limiter

    The new output limiter protects your ears and monitors during experimentation with the synth’s parameters while providing a maximum of distortion-free dynamics.

  • NEW Streamlined interface

    Redesigned from the ground up, the new interface now divides Chromaphone 2 into three panels: Play presents shortcuts to the performance and effect parameters including bypass switches for quick edits; Edit lets you tweak and create your sound; while FX supplies equalizer, compressor, multi-effect, and reverb processors for a final sheen.

  • NEW Microtonal tunings via Scala scale files

    Chromaphone 2 now supports the Scala scale file format for microtonal music making.

  • UPDATED Overhauled effects

    Reinvigorated and polished, Chromaphone 2’s multi-effect processor features our best sounding chorus, delay, phaser, flanger, distortion, notch filter, wah-wah, auto-wah, and reverb to date!

NEAT Backward compatible with Chromaphone 1 presets

Simply copy your banks from Chromaphone 1 in Chromaphone 2‘s bank folder to convert them.


Chromaphone uses acoustic resonators to create drums, percussion, mallet, string, and other unique instruments. They get sparked into life by a mallet and a flexible noise generator.

  • Chromaphone 2 Synbiosis Bundle

    The Play panel presents effect shortcuts and performance parameters as well as the genuinely apt arpeggiator.

  • Chromaphone 2 Synbiosis Bundle

    The Edit panel combines acoustic modelling and classic synth controls

  • Chromaphone 2 Synbiosis Bundle

    The Effects panel hosts the equalizer, compressor, multi-effect, and reverb modules.


Chromaphone 2 is packed with more than 650 presets from the best sound designers. Instruments span from warm and mellow pitched percussions for melodies to punchy one-shots and kits for rhythm tracks. Twisted, they generate unique textures and soundscapes that will move any film score. Whether real, other-wordly, or with an ethnic touch, Chromaphone will fill your music with rich and organic tones. 


Chromaphone 2 ships with premium performance features: unison, vibrato, and a complete set of MIDI features. And for even more action, Chromaphone provides a user programmable pattern arpeggiator and shortcuts to the high quality effects. 


Modeling based synthesis gives you access to all source and resonator parameters. Customize instruments to perfectly fit your project or follow your inspiration and build entirely new ones for really creative and innovative sound design. 


The Effects panel wraps up Chromaphone 2 as an all-inclusive package with awesome polishing tools.


With more than 650 presets spread into 19 categories, Chromaphone 2 packs everything you need to create all the parts of your productions.

  • Mallets—49 presets

    • Fairmount Marimba
    • Markemeer Marimba
    • Soft Marimba
    • Airy Marimba
    • Tricky Marimba
    • Bouncy Marimba
    • Live Vibes
    • Royal Vibe
    • French Vibe
    • Kiss & Run Vibe
    • Rubber Mallet Xylo
    • 49 TOTAL…
  • Percussions—72 presets

    • Snappy Percs 1–2
    • Arabian Perc
    • Brush Tam
    • Bongo High
    • Bongo Low 1–2
    • Multi-Bongo
    • Tama Tama
    • Davul
    • Ground and Sun
    • Drum from a Lost Tribe
    • African Drum
    • 72 TOTAL…
  • Kicks—40 presets

    • OCD Kick 1–6
    • Léa's Kick
    • Clark Kick
    • Plain Bass Drum
    • Jazz Kick
    • Jazz O Kick
    • Kick Jazzet
    • Kick Day
    • Tambour Kick
    • Kick Medium
    • Graphic Kick
    • 40 TOTAL…
  • Snares—84 presets

    • Session Snare 1–3
    • Big Kit Snare
    • Big Kit Rimshot
    • Big Kit Electro Snare
    • Big Kit Electro Rimshot
    • Expressive Snare 1–3
    • Camembert Snare 1–4
    • Léa's Snare 1–3
    • Broue Snare
    • OCD Snare 1–7
    • Jam Snare
    • 84 TOTAL…
  • Toms—27 presets

    • Clark Tom High 1
    • Clark Tom Middle 1
    • Clark Tom Low 1
    • Clark Tom High 2
    • Clark Tom Middle 2
    • Clark Tom Low 2
    • Léa's High Tom
    • Léa's Middle Tom
    • Léa's Low Tom
    • High Tom Jazz
    • Med Tom Jazz
    • 27 TOTAL…
  • Hi-Hats—25 presets

    • Hi-Hat Trick 1–9
    • Big Kit Closed Hi-Hat
    • Big Kit Open Hi-Hat
    • Big Kit Open Hi-Hat (Gated)
    • Big Kit Pedal Hi-Hat
    • Big Kit Splashable Hi-Hat
    • Sharp Hi-Hat
    • Hi-Hat Basic
    • Hi-Hat Trax 1–3
    • Hi-Hat Foot
    • Hi-Hat Natural 1–2
    • 25 TOTAL…
  • Cymbals—27 presets

    • Big Kit Crash 1–3
    • Big Kit Splash
    • Big Kit Ride
    • Big Kit Ride (Velo Bell)
    • Short Ride
    • Rigid Ride
    • Dirty Ride
    • Small Gong Ride
    • Medium Gong Ride
    • Large Gong Ride
    • Cymbatic 1–6
    • 27 TOTAL…
  • Chromakits—25 presets

    • Snare Kit
    • Destructo Kit
    • Clap Kit Four
    • Clap Kit Two
    • Heavy Duty Kit 1–2
    • Electroacoustic Kit 1–4
    • Snare Plate Kit
    • Analog Kit 1
    • Analog Kit 2
    • Street Corner Kit
    • Street Corner Kit (Gated)
    • 25 TOTAL…
  • Chimes and Bells—29 presets

    • Home Alone
    • Smooth Carillon
    • Barbell
    • Amimba
    • Metallica
    • Glasses
    • Chimophone
    • Chorused Glock
    • Vapourous Beam
    • Clockworks
    • For Whom the Bell Tolls
    • 29 TOTAL…
  • Plucked Strings—34 presets

    • Beauty in Numbers
    • Electric Contemplation
    • Sleepless Nights
    • Double-String Flange
    • Bell Guitar
    • Purple Nights
    • Chorused Driven
    • Lead GT
    • Howling Electric
    • Electric Acoustic
    • Pizzy
    • 49 TOTAL…
  • Basses—33 presets

    • Slappy
    • Woody E. Bass 1–3
    • Friday
    • Godsend
    • Bold Bass
    • Boa Bass 1–2
    • Plump Bass
    • Elliptic Bass
    • Hard Lacquer Bass
    • Bin Bass
    • Soft 4 String
    • 33 TOTAL…
  • Keys—26 presets

    • Ultranet Full
    • Ultranet Full Body
    • Ultranet Full Funk
    • Ultranet Full Short
    • Ultranet Mellow
    • Ultranet Mellow Not
    • Ultranet Bright
    • Ultranet Bright Octaver
    • Ultranet Bass Snap
    • Ultranet Bright Funk
    • Chromafunk
    • 26 TOTAL…
  • Strings and Pads—20 presets

    • Frozen in Time
    • Wutherings
    • Materializing
    • Scintillator Strings
    • Growling Chroma
    • Guitar Pad
    • Strat Pad
    • Bathtub Pad
    • Uberstreich
    • Interesting Hollow Effect
    • Mellowtron
    • 20 TOTAL…
  • Synths—25 presets

    • Vintage Tubes 1–2
    • Sample & Hold & Noise
    • Nirvana
    • Chiff Delay
    • Bouncy Chiff
    • Timber
    • Tube Love
    • Tranzy Pluck
    • Club Tubes
    • Polyester
    • Winter's Bone
    • 25 TOTAL…
  • Organs and Pipes—11 presets

    • Flute 8' + 4'
    • Big Pipes
    • The Circus Is in Town
    • Old Rusty
    • Organ Attack
    • Insane in the Membrane
    • North Wind Organ
    • Steelpan-Organ Hybrid
    • 'Tron Flute
    • Aerophone
    • Machu Flute
  • Soundscapes—41 presets

    • Carpetry
    • Eery
    • Esoteric
    • Ethereal Sweep
    • Grain Pad
    • Outer Reaches
    • Chroma Realms
    • Fractal Pad
    • Horror Harp
    • Underground Wind
    • The Deep
    • 41 TOTAL…
  • Effects—33 presets

    • Submariner
    • Shallow Halo
    • Baudelaire
    • DBZ Drama
    • Gong of Doom
    • Hollow Plates
    • Ultimate Motor Sound
    • Safari
    • Water Filled Pan
    • Falling Gongs
    • Falling Metal Percussion
    • 33 TOTAL…
  • Arpeggiators—39 presets

    • Magical Bell Arp
    • Floating On Waves Arp
    • Aquarius Arp
    • Harpy Arpy
    • AK Analog Arp
    • Nost Mallet Arp
    • Slightly Analog Arp
    • Cinematic Guitar Player
    • Scene
    • I Would Go to That Party
    • Noce Psy Trance Bass
    • 39 TOTAL…
  • Arpeggiated Percussions—34 presets

    • Disturbing
    • Weather
    • Plate Grooves
    • Tech Crystals
    • Auto Conga
    • Extreme Six
    • LFO Pandeiro
    • House or Not
    • Cinematic Drums 1
    • Cinematic Drums 2
    • Cool Tech Song
    • 34 TOTAL…

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.


Direct access to FX shortcuts, performance settings, and the arpeggiator.


Chromaphone 2 will match your playing style or musical context with ease thanks to the tap tempo and sync to host clock options; up-to-4-voice unison; and the flexible vibrato.


Ready, willing, and able, Chromaphone 2’s arpeggiator offers various syncing resolutions, playing algorithms, and rhythmic patterns that will spruce up any chord progressions into percolating melodies or pulsing sequences.


Chromaphone is an atelier for musicians and producers. At the turn of a few knobs, become an instrument maker, shaping metal, carving wood, and stretching skins. Craft and play expressive and responsive instruments that have a real-life presence.


Instruments are created by combining acoustic resonators. 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. A drumhead combined with a cylinder becomes a bass drum, snare, conga or bongo. Mix and match strings, plates, drumheads, membranes, beams, bars, and tubes to reproduce real-life instruments or create original ones.

Perfect couples

Chromaphone is the first synthesizer that takes into account the effect of coupling between resonators. Bringing together acoustic objects, for exemple the string and soundboard at the bridge of a guitar, changes the way each of them vibrates. A proprietary technology models precisely how objects interact and exchange energy thereby capturing key acoustic behaviours of musical instruments and resulting in sounds that have a real-life presence.

The perfect stroke

Shape the attack with the Mallet module which provides the triggering impact. Use the Amplitude and Stiffness controls to craft different type of sticks, mallets, and beaters, and the Noise parameter to bring texture to the hit. All can be modulated by keyboard velocity and pitch to provide great playing dynamics.

Get noisy

Sustain is provided by a flexible noise source. An envelope generator and filters provide tailored excitation to complement impacts from the mallet. A density parameter controls the rate at which noise samples interact with the resonators from random individual particule-like hits to a fully continuous flow. Loud or quiet, bursting or evolving, dense or porous, broadband or filtered, this noise source is the key to unusual and creative effects.


You’ll love the pure raw sound of Chromaphone 2, but the built-in effects will bring it to so many places that you’ll enjoy having them on hand.

And you have a chock-full of them to choose from: compressor, equalizer, delay, distortion, phaser, chorus, flanger, wah wah and notch filters, and reverb.


Neat features

  • Standalone operation for quick jams and experimentations
  • Real-time control over any parameters via your MIDI controller knobs, faders, and switches
  • MIDI clock, tap, and host tempo synchronization for effects and modulations
  • Relaxed editing with unlimited undo/redo capability

The benefits of physical modeling

  • Sound manipulation at the source core
  • Presets load in a flash
  • Super smooth dynamics no velocity layers!
  • Small memory footprint less than 256 MB of RAM per instance
  • Installs in less than a minute less than 44 MB on disk

Product Details

Product Details

Platform Hybrid (Mac and PC)
System Requirements (Windows)

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
  • The minimum system requirements mentioned above are for standalone usage. For plug-in usage, please refer to your DAW software requirements (Sonar, Pro Tools, Cubase, Live, Digital Performer, Logic Pro, etc.).
System Requirements (Mac)

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
  • The minimum system requirements mentioned above are for standalone usage. For plug-in usage, please refer to your DAW software requirements (Sonar, Pro Tools, Cubase, Live, Digital Performer, Logic Pro, etc.).
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