String Studio VS-2 from Applied Acoustic Systems is a virtual synthesizer that replaces the oscillator as the traditional means of generating sounds with a string model, along with various triggering and resonance options including picks, bows, hammers, fingers, frets, dampers, and soundboards. Functioning as a plug-in or standalone under both Mac OS X and Windows, the instrument provides all the regular synthesizer control features, along with effects and a sophisticated arpeggiator.
Over 600 presets are available and VS-1 preset compatibility has been preserved. The software provides a host of performance features along with complete MIDI implementation. The arpeggiator offers various syncing resolutions that include tap tempo and sync to host clock options, playing algorithms, and rhythmic patterns. Adjustment of the string material and how it vibrates, how it is played and its interaction with virtual dampers, frets and fingers and a soundboard, give the instrument great depth for producing interesting and unique sounds.