Roland introduces Zenology Pro Collection: 5 Classic Synths for your DAW or Roland hardware.

ZEN-Core goes hardcore – Zenology Pro packages five classic Roland synths together for the first time to use on ZEN-Core hardware and software.

Roland ZEN-Core system is a brilliant idea hiding behind some often confusing terminology. The Zenology Pro Collection effectively throws five classic Roland synths at it, and all you need to understand is you get access to these vintage wonder synths through the ZEN-Core system, so can use them on ZEN-Core hardware or within the Zenology Pro software in your DAW.

ZEN-Core is indeed another beautiful Roland concept, but it’s trying to pack 50 years of Roland ideas into one idea, which might explain why it can be difficult to get your head around. It is essentially one big synthesis engine – with Zenology Pro as the synth in your DAW – that sits in all compatible Roland hardware. It allows you to transfer sounds created on one system – be it hardware or software – to another.

Create sounds in Zenology Pro and spread them around the ZEN-Core ecosystem which includes hardware Roland gear like the MC-101, MC-707, Jupiter-X, Jupiter-Xm, Fantom and RD-88.  Roland says “your favourite sounds are ready when you are”.

Zenology Pro is the sound design core of the system that sits in your DAW.

It essentially comprises a huge and powerful synth with four partials, each of which basically acts as an individual synth with its own oscillator, filter, amplifier, dual LFOs, and effects. You can mix different synthesis types, combining classic analogue styles with Roland’s famous PCM system, or do whatever you want and create vast, complex sounds.

Zenology Pro has various ‘Model Expansions’ which are based on classic Roland gear and the new Pro Collection has five of the best Roland synths in one. You get the Juno-106  with its “gut-punching basses, delicate plucked sounds, and shimmering pads”; the Jupiter-8  with a lush and complex sound that’s “been on more hit songs than you can count”; the SH-101  with its fat, monophonic sound now transformed into a fat, polyphonic sound; the JD-800 monster waveform synth; and finally the JX-8P  and the hands-on editing functions of its sister programmer, the PG-800.

All that would cost you about 20,000 of any currency if you bought the original synths, and all with easy access from Zenology Pro or whatever Zen-Core gear you have. It is the first time they have been bundled together and you get a significant saving over buying them individually.


  • ZEN-Core Synthesis System plug-in and five Model Expansions for Mac and Windows
  • Thousands of tones and drum kits, easily expandable to over 10,000 selections
  • Clear, intuitive interfaces for free-flowing production
  • Increased polyphony over the original hardware on some models
  • Extended parameters, advanced arpeggiator, onboard effects, and more
  • Works in compatible ZEN-Core hardware
  • Swap Model Expansions and load sounds instantly
  • VST3, AU, and AAX compatibility and native support for Apple silicon

The Roland Zenology Pro Collection is available now for $599.

Find out more on Roland website.

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