Ploytec "Pi L 2" PL2 mini synthesizer modular view
PI L SQUARED

2 Oscillators
7 Waveforms
32 Presets
32 Userpresets

Square Wave Synthesis
Digital Filter (LPF, BPF, HPF)
Analog Filter (LPF)
Pulse Width Modulation
MIDI clock synced LFO

PL2 mini synthesizers

"Smaller than your cell phone charger and packed with personality, the Ploytec PL2 brings a big new sound for a tiny price. It’s a definite Key Buy."

(Keyboard Magazine)

"Who gets involved with the unusual concept and is not afraid of MIDI, will be rewarded with a wonderfully full sounding synthesizer. The PL2 produces very nice filter sweeps, at the same time it has nasty digital aliasing sounds to offer."

(bonedo)

"So whether you’re connecting the PL2 Leukos to your computer or iPad, it provides more synth power per square inch than you’ll find anywhere."

(Audiofanzine)

πλ² (black) and πλ² Leukos (white)

The PL2 is an analog synth with a digital (state variable) multimode filter running at 125kHz, followed by an analog lowpass filter. It comes in two versions:

The original black PL2 is MIDI powered via its MIDI Input. It works with almost any MIDI equipped keyboard or MIDI interface. The built-in micro USB connector doesn't contain USB functionality, but can be used for additional power when needed. Here's a list of MIDI devices reported to be compatible: Frequently updated compatibility list

Soundwise identical, the white PL2 Leukos USB only works with computers or iPads® (USB camera connection kit required).

Instead of a MIDI Input, it features a MIDI Output, so you can connect an additonal black PL2 or any other MIDI synthesizer.

Ploytec PL2 (MIDI In) vs. PL2 Leukos (USB MIDI In)

Setting up and using the πλ² mini synthesizer

What does the πλ² sound like?

PL2 mini synth editor


The PL2 gets entirely controlled via MIDI. Here's a list of the MIDI Control messages the PL2 understands: MIDI Control messages

In order to make life easier, there's some software editors:

Editor for Windows (updated for V2.1rev1 firmware)

Editor for Mac (10.6, and above) (updated for V2.1rev1 firmware)

Editor for iPad®

PL2 iPad® Editor

A couple of tracks using the πλ² on Soundcloud

"πλ² sounds and drums" means all sounds are from the PL2, including drum sounds.

πλ² manual and firmware versions

The πλ² Youtube Channel

Click here to download the English πλ² manual

Click here to download the German πλ² manual

PL2 was first released with firmware V1.5. Since then it got a V2.0 update adding drum mode and more waveforms. The V2.1 update, released at Messe 2015, enhances the filter resolution and allows to map MIDI controllers. Here's the release notes for πλ² V2.1 firmware.

At Summer NAMM 2014 the PL2 finally learned to talk, here's the release notes for πλ² PL02.56 alternative firmware. For updating and exchanging firmware, please use the software editors.

Additional downloads

πλ² on Facebook

PL2 mini synthesizer remote programmer

PL2 mini synthesizer Facebook video

(Click the above area twice to see this Facebook video done by Robbie Bronnimann and Andy Hunter.)

Remote Programmer for Native Instruments' Reaktor

Behringer BCR2000, Korg nanoKontrol2, Korg taktile 49, Nord Modular G2, Novation Impulse49/61, Roland A300/500/800 pro, Terrasoniq Area61, TouchAble (iOS), TouchOSC (iOS) & Yamaha KX25/49/61 templates

Optional Windows MIDI driver for PL2 Leukos

Getting a πλ²

The πλ² in 360°

Australia: Rhythm Active

Europe / UK Distributor: Comline, Resellers: DV247 - Juno - justmusic - Musicstore - Musikhaus Thomann

Japan Distributor: Dirigent, Resellers: Music Land Key - Shimamura - Soundhouse

South Korea Distributor: Soundcat, Resellers: Freebud - Kukje Midi - Zound

Switzerland Distributor: Omsound - List of Resellers

Taiwan / Hong Kong / China: Taobao

USA / Canada Distributor: Eleven Dimensions Media - List of Resellers

Worldwide: Ploytec πλ² / πλ² Leukos.

Click here for the assembly kit.

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