String Machine inspired by Solina for Reaktor

September 4, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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String machines has been the poor cousin to the proper synthesizers since the late 70s when poly synthesizers emerged. Thirty years later and thousands of softsynths later the charm of having a one-trick pony instrument with alot of character start to make sense again.
Probably the most sought after string machines and also one of the first is probably the Solina by Eminent/ARP. Eminent was the company inventing the ensemble chorus to start with.
ZooTooK has now released a Reaktor ensemble named String Machine MkII inspired by the Solina string machine. The appearance is of the Mk4 but the sound is more similar to Mk1 or 2. To be able to reproduce the raspy wave shaped tones of the divide down oscillators at the highest octave the sample rate is set to 176kHz. As a consequence using the effect both pedals in stereo mode makes this ensemble a real CPU hog. So if you are strapped of horse powers use only one pedal in mono mode.
To imitate the organic vintage sound the Analog Legacy algorithms were used.

Find the String Machine MkII in the Reaktor User Library.

Streichfett – colourful string synthesizer desktop module

July 26, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Waldorf has announced the release of Streichfett, a colourful string synthesizer desktop module.

Streichfett combines the best of the previously extinct species of String Synthesizers of the 70s and early 80s. Its dual sound engine features a fully polyphonic strings section and an eight voice solo section, which is essential for recreating how adult movies sounded thirty years ago.

The Ensemble Effect handles lubrication of the String Section, while the Effects section adds adjustable Phaser and Reverb. Additionally, the Animate Effect can be used to modulate the strings registration, allowing spectacular sound morphs.

Streichfett is available for purchase for SRP 279 EUR (including tax).

More info here >>

Vintage Stringmachines “Streichzart”

July 4, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Vintage synthesizer demo track by RetroSound

used vintage stringmachines:
Logan String Melody II (1979)
Crumar Performer (1979)
Roland VP-330 (1979)

s/h bass: Oberheim OB-Xa (1981)
drums: Roland TR-808
recording: multi-tracking layered without midi
fx: reverb and delay

I used the special functions (human voices, brass filter, lfo, tone colour, chorus…) and you can hear the different sound-character of the stringmachines.

Free VST – Physical Modeling synthesizer

May 14, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Simple physical modelling synth based on Karplus Strong

Karplus–Strong string synthesis is a method of physical modelling synthesis that loops a short waveform through a filtered delay line to simulate the sound of a hammered or plucked string or some types of percussion. Although this technique can be viewed as subtractive synthesis based on a feedback loop similar to that of acomb filter for z-transform analysis, it can also be viewed as the simplest of a class of wavetable-modification algorithms now known as digital waveguide synthesis, as the delay line acts to store one period of the signal.

Alexander Strong invented the algorithm, and Kevin Karplus did the first analysis of how it worked. Together they developed software and hardware implementations of the algorithm, including a custom VLSI chip. They named the algorithm “Digitar” synthesis, as an abbreviation for “digital guitar”.

Free VST – Physical Modeling synthesizer -http://www.vstplanet.com/News/2014/WO…
Developer: WOK
Official audio demo!

Multiman – free Ableton Live library featuring the Multiman-S string synthesizer

April 26, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Cluster Sound has announced Multiman, a free Ableton Live library featuring the sounds of the Multiman-S string synthesizer.

Released in the 1977 by the Italian Crumar, the Multiman-S (called Orchestrator in the USA) is a fully polyphonic orchestral string synthesizer. Used by artists like Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk, this vintage analog machine appears both in ‘70s rock songs and old school electronic tracks.

Multiman is a Live Pack is based on 5 multi-sample recordings obtained by sampling the five preset sounds: Brass, Piano, Clavichord, Cello and Violin. Multiman delivers 25 Live Presets each of which consists of 61 perfecly looped samples (each note of the 5-octave keyboard).

Multiman features

  • 140 MB conent, 24-bits/44.1kHz.
  • 6 multi-sample recordings (332 samples).
  • One sample per note (5 octaves).
  • Perfect loop-points (no crossfading).
  • 25 Live Presets.
  • Sampler/Simpler compatible.

The sound pack is a free download at Cluster Sound. Requires Ableton Live 9.

More info here >>

Freeware: bserrano Horus poly synthesizer

April 4, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Horus is something between a string-machine and a poly synth.
It can generate impressive and inspirative pads.
Full MIDI learn
64 voices polyphonic
FREE

Download link: http://bserrano.free.fr/vsti/Horus.zip

Simulating the KORG Delta DL-50 Strings Synthesizer

March 24, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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The Nabla is a VST™2.4 software instrument for Microsoft Windows® simulating the KORG Delta DL-50 Strings Synthesizer from 1979. Is is written in native C++ code for high performance and low CPU consumption. The main features are:

Paraphonic Synthesizer and Strings sections
Up to 64 voices polyphony
Synthesizer section:
Four band-limited frequency divider-driven signal generators
Additional noise generator
4-pole zero-delay feedback bandpass/lowpass filter
Strings section:
Two band-limited frequency divider-driven signal generators
2-band equalizer
Ensemble effect
Flexible pitch/filter modulation by LFO or noise
Tweaks (not to be found in the original Delta):
“GOD Mode” to provide true polyphony
Panning for Synthesizer/Strings sections
Built-in phaser and delay effects
Double precision audio processing
All parameters can be controlled by MIDI controllers
Plug-in comes in 32 bit and 64 bit versions
Fully compatible with SM Pro Audio’s V-Machine™
On the track “nabla”, the Nabla is the only audio source (plus some delay, reverb and slight compression).
Also highly recommended: Vale de Lágrimas and Kilik where crisch’r uses the Nabla extensively!

On the track “nabla” [above], the Nabla is the only audio source (plus some delay, reverb and slight compression).
Also highly recommended: Vale de Lágrimas and Kilik where crisch’r uses the Nabla extensively!

More info here >>

MESSE 2014: Waldorf Striechfett String Machine Demo

March 13, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Waldorf Striechfett String Machine Demo First listen

Waldorf has announced Streichfett, a new hardware synth that combines the best of the now extinct species of String Synthesizers of the 70s and early 80s. Its dual sound engine features a fully polyphonic strings section and a monophonic solo section, which is essential for recreating how adult movies sounded thirty years ago(!). The Ensemble Effect handles lubrication of the String Section, while the Effects section adds adjustable Phaser or Reverb. Alternatively, the Effect section can be used to animate the strings registration, allowing spectacular sound morphs.

The Solo Section offset presets named Bass, E-Piano or Clavi, and just like in your typical string machine, the sound has little to do with that name. Instead, these are shimmering and slightly percussive sounds that blend well with the string section.

Although the User Interface is simple and easy to comprehend, it controls a rather complex sound engine which is capable to delivers rich and creamy pads unlike any other instrument.

Twelve patches can be stored and selected in the Memory section, USB and MIDI are of course on board.

Specifications:

  • Fully polyphonic Strings Section with Violin, Viola, Cello, Brass, Organ and Choir presets.
  • 2’nd Layer with Violin/Viola Voicing.
  • Ensemble Effect for String Section.
  • Typical String Envelope Generator with Crescendo and Release.
  • Monophonic Solo Section, offering Bass, E-Piano, Clavi, Synth and Pluto sounds.
  • Dedicated Tremolo for Solo Section.
  • Switchable Envelope generator with variable Sustain setting and Attack/Decay (Release) function.
  • Effect Section with Animate, Phaser or Reverb.
  • Layer or Split for Solo Section.
  • Dedicated balance knob for quick adjustment of layered/split sounds.
  • Fully programmable with 3 x 4 memory locations.

Controls:

  • Volume Pot.
  • Strings Section with organic preset select, Crescendo and Release pots.
  • 3-state Octave switch (Base/Both/8va).
  • 3-state 2’nd voice switch.
  • Ensemble Effect push-button.
  • Solo Section with organic solo sound select pot.
  • Tremolo pot.
  • 3 state split switch (split-point low/mid/layer).
  • 2 state sustain switch.
  • Balance pot with center detend.
  • Effect Section with 3 state switch (Chorus/Phase/Animate).
  • Effect Depth pot.
  • 3 state switch for memory bank position (A, B, C).
  • 4 push-buttons for program number (1 to 4).
  • Full MIDI/USB Control.

Connections:

  • Stereo Audio out (Left/Stereo, Right/Mono).
  • Headphone out.
  • USB MIDI.
  • MIDI in/out.

All the details on Waldorf’s new String Synthesizers – Streichfett

March 8, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Waldorf will release a new string synth at MusikMesse but already now the full details have been revealed, read below for all the details:

Streichfett combines the best of the now extinct species of String Synthesizers of the 70s and early 80s. Its dual sound engine features a fully polyphonic strings section and a monophonic solo section, which is essential for recreating how adult movies sounded thirty years ago. The Ensemble Effect handles lubrication of the String Section, while the Effects section adds adjustable Phaser or Reverb. Alternatively, the Effect section can be used to animate the strings registration, allowing spectacular sound morphs.

The Solo Section offset presets named Bass, E-Piano or Clavi, and just like in your typical string machine, the sound has little to do with that name. Instead, these are shimmering and slightly percussive sounds that blend well with the string section.

Although the User Interface is simple and easy to comprehend, it controls a rather complex sound engine which is capable to delivers rich and creamy pads unlike any other instrument.

Twelve patches can be stored and selected in the Memory section, USB and MIDI are of course on board.

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Specifications
Fully polyphonic Strings Section with Violin, Viola, Cello, Brass, Organ and Choir presets
2’nd Layer with Violin/Viola Voicing
Ensemble Effect for String Section
Typical String Envelope Generator with Crescendo and Release
Monophonic Solo Section, offering Bass, E-Piano, Clavi, Synth and Pluto sounds
Dedicated Tremolo for Solo Section
Switchable Envelope generator with variable Sustain setting and Attack/Decay (Release) function
Effect Section with Animate, Phaser or Reverb
Layer or Split for Solo Section
Dedicated balance knob for quick adjustment of layered/split sounds
Fully programmable with 3 x 4 memory locations
Controls
Volume Pot
Strings Section with organic preset select, Crescendo and Release pots
3-state Octave switch (Base/Both/8va)
3-state 2’nd voice switch
Ensemble Effect pushbutton
Solo Section with organic solo sound select pot
Tremolo pot
3 state split switch (splitpoint low/mid/layer)
2 state sustain switch
Balance pot with center detend
Effect Section with 3 state switch (Chorus/Phase/Animate)
Effect Depth pot
3 state switch for memory bank position (A, B, C)
4 pushbuttons for program number (1 to 4)
Full MIDI/USB Control

Connections
Stereo Audio out (Left/Stereo, Right/Mono)
Headphone out
USB MIDI
MIDI in/out”

KORG EPS-1 String Machine/E-Piano 1983

February 17, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Korg EPS-1 with a delay effect from the Roland DEP-5.

EPS comes from “Electronic Piano & Strings”. The fully analog EPS-1 is one of the few touch sensitive string machines. It is a quite long keyboard. It has not only strings – it also has a piano section with several (non mixable) presets. On the piano section you can add a stereo effect (TREMOLO or CHORUS, both with parameters for SPEED and INTENSITY). Both sections have an equalizer.

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