Roland discontinues the Concerto sample playback engine VST plugin and offers the entire Concerto instrument collection for FREE via Roland Cloud.
Concerto is a powerful sample playback engine powered by the Roland Cloud platform. The Concerto project is now discontinued, but you can download the plugin and the compatible libraries for free.
All you need to do to access the entire Concerto collection for free is install the Roland Cloud Manager on your computer and log in to your Roland Cloud account (registration is free). Once installed, you can filter the discontinued libraries and install them on your computer, along with the Concerto plugin.
In your DAW, load the Concerto plugin to access the installed sound libraries.
Here’s how Roland describes Concerto:
“Concerto is a full-featured playback engine that powers a variety of sample-based instrument series in the Roland Cloud catalog, including Anthology, FLAVR, Tera, and more. Operating as a virtual instrument plug-in in your DAW, Concerto allows you to open and combine Roland Cloud instruments, control them with global parameters, apply effects processing, and more.”
And here’s the complete list of Roland Concerto sound libraries you can access for free:
- ANTHOLOGY 1985 VOL1
- ANTHOLOGY 1985 VOL2
- ANTHOLOGY 1986
- ANTHOLOGY 1987
- ANTHOLOGY 1990
- ANTHOLOGY 1993 VOL1
- ANTHOLOGY 1993 VOL2
- ANTHOLOGY 1993 VOL3
- ANTHOLOGY EP14
- ANTHOLOGY ORCHESTRA VOL1
- ANTHOLOGY ORCHESTRA VOL2
- ANTHOLOGY ORCHESTRA VOL3
- ANTHOLOGY ORCHESTRA VOL4
- TERA GUITAR
- TERA PIANO
The available libraries cover a variety of instruments. The ANTHOLOGY collection features some of the most popular hardware synthesizers from the 80s and 90s. Other libraries like TRAPPED and FUNKYFEVER focus on specific music styles. You’ll also find a selection of deeply sampled acoustic instrument libraries, such as TERA GUITAR and TERA PIANO.
Since most libraries are multi-gigabyte downloads (the largest one is 2.73 GB in size), it’s good that you can select which ones you want to install. I highly recommend the entire ANTHOLOGY collection if you’re a fan of vintage synthesizer sounds.
The Concerto plugin lets you customize the loaded sounds by changing the pitch, volume, panning, applying filters and modulation, and experimenting with the built-in effects. The plugin features a flanger, chorus, distortion, stereo doubler, and a stereo delay. Each sound library comes with a set of presets that can be customized and saved for later use.
Concerto is available in VST2, VST3, AU, and AAX plugin format for digital audio workstations on Windows and macOS.
Our reader Ok1 pointed out that the installation process for the Concerto plugin is somewhat confusing, so here’s a quick guide. The Concerto plugin is not a separate download. Instead, it is installed automatically with every Concerto library. So, simply install a library using Roland Cloud Manager and the Concerto plugin should be available in your DAW, ready to play the installed sounds.