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.

Classic string synthesizers comparison

February 9, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

‘gstormelectro’ captures a comparison of three classic string synthesizers – in all their creamy goodness:

  • Logan/Honer String Melody II
  • ARP/Eminent Solina SE-IV, and
  • The Roland VP-330 MKI

Presented for your viewing pleasure are three of the creamiest string synthesizer elite:
Logan/Honer String Melody II, ARP/Eminent Solina SE-IV, and the VP-330 MKI. Behold these heavenly machines in a side-by-side sound comparison. With a special appearance by my hand built JH Triple Chorus ensemble module, auditioned with a dry Solina signal run through. http://gstormelectronica.blogspot.com/

Closer look at 70s Stringensemble Trilogy

September 21, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Vintage gear demo of “70s Stringensemble Trilogy”

0.08 – 1.23 Roland VP-330 Vocoder Plus (1979)
1.24 – 2.32 Crumar Performer (1979)
2.33 – 3.53 Logan String Melody II (1979)
Used the special functions (human voices, brass filter, lfo, tone colour, chorus…) on the stringmachines.
bass: Moog Taurus 1 basspedal (1976)
drums: Keio Minipops Junior (1972)
recording: multitrack without midi
fx: a bit reverb and delay

Time machine: KORG DELTA DEMO

September 11, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Demo from the Korg Delta Vintage analog synthesizer/string machine.

Korg’s Delta is an analog semi-poly synth/string machine, basically a slimmed down version of the Korg Trident. Though limited in the range of sounds compared with other synths of the same genre, the sheer quality of the sound from this little beastie really does make it something of a marvel. It can be found used for cheap and is worth it for the retro synth strings and fat bass synth tones.

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The synth is split into two sections, Strings and Synth, for which there are separate audio outputs along with a combined output for headphones or mixing. Each section has its own controls. The String section has two pitch sliders (16′ and 8′) along with two tone controls (Bass and Treble) and variable Attack and Release controls to modify the sound. The Synth section has four pitch sliders (16′, 8′, 4′ and 2′). There is also a white noise generator along with a very effective 24dB/oct low pass filter (high pass and band pass options are included too) and full ADSR controls. The synth has no memory storage or MIDI, however it does has voltage control and gate ins and outs.

The string sounds are very basic but with its separate outputs and when mixed together with the polysynth you do get that classic ‘layered’ sound which is useful enough on this synth; and it’s fully polyphonic, so you wont be running out of notes! There is a handy joystick to the left of the 49-note keyboard for pitch bending and modulation capabilities. The construction is solid and heavy partly due to the implementation of a wooden base but also because it was designed for heavy usage on the road. Added bonuses: noise modulation, stereo out (strings/synth split), and the ability to combine synth and strings or turn off oscillators in the mixer section.

Time machine: HOHNER STRING PERFORMER String Machine 1977

May 31, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This german early eighties string keyboard was one of the last variations on building a string ensemble keyboard with or without some extras added. The Hohner String Performer is a string machine made in Germany. It has strings in 3 footages (CELLO, VIOLA, VIOLIN), which are mixable via volume faders. Also CLAVICHORD and PIANO presets, all free mixable. Each half of the keyboard has these features. A bass preset can be added to the left half of the keyboard. Like most string machines, the keyboard is split in the middle so that you can adjust the volumes seperately for the lower and upper part of the keyboard. The sliders for adjusting the volume of each basic sound works upside-down, like drawbars, i.e. you pull the slider towards yourself for raising the volume of a sound. Also, each sound can be muted with a corresponding button. The Performer has a minimal amount of control for adjusting the sound: only the release (called “sustain” on the Performer) time can be controlled. Also, the ensemble effect is a part of the string sound and cannot be switched off or variated. Fortunately, the string sound is really good.

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“On the right, there is a simple monophonic preset synthesizer with 4 presets: BRASS, STRING, CLARINET and PLANET. To be honest, I didn’t know that a planet could be a musical instrument – but Hohner should know :-)

The String Performer is fully polyphonic and has a decent analog string tone. It is quite large and heavy.”

The Artemis – A Wind/String Instrument Inspired by the Ondes Martenot

May 10, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Inspired by the Ondes Martenot, the Artemis is a synthesizer whose pitch is mainly controlled by a ring attached to a loop of string.

It uses breath control for dynamics and combinable trill keys for discrete pitch changes. Using these together allow for some interesting musical approaches.

When I made this instrument, I decided to expose the loop on this instrument as it is interesting to watch as the pitch changes.

The sound and control core engine were made by Nyle Steiner (it is simply one of his early analog E.V.I.s.) The Artemis was completed in April of 2013.

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