PLOYTEC PL2 Synthesizer

PLOYTEC PL2 Synthesizer

PLOYTEC PL2 Synthesizer

B&H # PLPL2 MFR # PL2
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Product Highlights

  • Palm-Sized Duophonic Synthesizer
  • Two Oscillators
  • Four Waveforms
  • Square Wave Synthesis
  • Digital Filter
  • Analog Filter
  • 5-Pin MIDI Input
  • MIDI or USB Powered
  • 32 Factory & 32 User Presets
  • Use With PL2 Leukos & Other MIDI Gear
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PLOYTEC PL2 overview

  • 1Description

The Ploytec PL2 is a compact duophonic mono analog synthesizer that is powered and controlled via 5-pin MIDI. Alternatively the device can be powered by 5 VDC 100 mA using the included USB Micro-B port. The device can generate a wide variety of sounds using two square wave oscillators that can be connected together to create saw, sine, and pulse waveforms.

The synthesizer can be controlled and sequenced using your favorite DAW or hardware sequencer. You can program and store up to 32 sounds in the device's built-in memory. The device utilizes subtractive synthesis whereby the generated waveforms are routed through low-, high-, and band-pass digital filters to edit the frequency spectrum and amplify resonance.

The unit includes LFO modulation, PWM, ADSR envelope, and various play modes such as mono on, dual on, dual/detune, dual/octave, note priority, aftertouch, breath control, sustain hold, key-off attack, portamento, portamento time, all sound off, and all notes off. You can sync the LFO and envelope speed to an external MIDI clock. Future synthesizer extensions and new features can be updated via firmware and MIDI system (SysEx) transmission.

Physically, the device features one MIDI in jack, one RCA audio jack, and one Micro-B USB (for power only).

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PLOYTEC PL2 Synthesizer
  • Limited 6-Month Warranty
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    PLOYTEC PL2 specs

    Connectors 1 x MIDI in
    1 x Micro-B USB Jack
    1 x RCA out
    Current Consumption 10 mA max
    Output Level 580 mV RMS (nominal)
    Filter Digital State Variable Filter - Sample Rate: 125 kHz (Waveforms), 50 kHz (Bassdrum Mode)
    Dimensions 1.83 x 1.08 x 2.04" (46.5 x 27.5 x 52.0 mm)
    Weight 1.3 oz (36 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.05 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 2.1 x 1.9 x 0.9"

    PLOYTEC PL2 reviews

    PL2 Synthesizer is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A real synthesizer! I've used it on everything I've written since I got it. No marquee sounds, just bread-n-butter and analog squeaks and bleats. The 2.0 upgrade went well for me and adds some kick drums and wobbly basses to the preset section. Which brings me to why no 5 star rating - the downloaded editor won't save presets to program numbers 33-64 as advertised. Maybe I'm doing something wrong or maybe it's something they need to update on Ploytec's end.
    Date published: 2014-05-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I thought it was broken! I returned the first one because it would randomly click (sounds like it is rebooting), wouldn't accept most MIDI messages and sounded bad.� The replacement does the same!� I picked a controller from their list, the K4.� When that didn't help, I picked another from the list, a Bass Station... still out of control. I tried an external USB power supply, too. I have been using the editor that goes with it, and it, too, barely seems to be able to make this thing behave.� If you want the physical experience of trying a free VST you will never visit again, this is for you.
    Date published: 2018-04-11
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Little documentation, could be usefull in the right hands There is little instruction on how to successfully use this device. If you're wanting to use this purely in a hardware setup (no laptops or audio interfaced desktop) you should look around to see if anyone has had success using the machines you currently have with this device. Many midi-outs are not powerful enough to run this device, and even with successful midi connections, getting anything other than a square wave will take some more forum digging. good luck.
    Date published: 2015-10-07
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