Applied Acoustics Systems (AAS) has released String Studio VS-2. The original plug-in has been redesigned from the ground up. The interface now divides String Studio VS-2 into three panels:
- Play presents shortcuts to the performance and effects parameters, including bypass switches for quick edits, as well as an arpeggiator — offering various synchronization resolutions, playing algorithms, and rhythmic patterns that will spruce up any chord progressions into percolating melodies or pulsing sequences.
- Edit lets users tweak and create sounds by cleverly combining innovative acoustic modelling parameters and classic synth features in a unique way — be inspired by the new sonic possibilities while feeling at ease with the familiar approach to sound design.
- FX adds all-new Equalizer and Compressor modules — perfect for adding punch and definition to any sound so it cuts through any dense mix or stage setup, as well as an overhauled, reinvigorated and polished multi-effects processor featuring AAS' best-sounding chorus, delay, phaser, flanger, distortion, notch filter, wah-wah, and reverb to date — perfect for adding a final polished, professional- sounding sheen to whatever physically modelled string sounds you can come up with.
Beyond the front panels awaits an array of other new features. For starters, structured organisation, backup, and sharing of sounds has never been easier, thanks to String Studio VS-2's Bank and Program management system. The totally refreshed factory library has well over 600 production-ready sounds already classified across 11 categories — everything needed to create all the parts of any electronic production, including a collection of 50 inspiring signature presets by producer Sean Divine — for fast and intuitive investigation prior to digging deeper when moving on to solo sonic excursions.
Seasoned String Studio VS-1 users can drop exported presets into String Studio VS-2's Bank folder to convert them for continued usage — no need to leave anything behind, while the more adventurous sound designers may welcome Scala scale file format support for microtonal music-making. A new output limiter prudently protects ears and monitors and also ensures distortion-free dynamics at all times.
In addition String Studio VS-2 other features include realtime control over any parameters via MIDI controller knobs, faders, and switches; MIDI clock, tap, and host tempo synchronisation for effects and modulations; and relaxed editing with unlimited undo/redo capability.
Price: $99.00 (rising to $199.00 on July 1, 2014) from: www.applied-acoustics.com/string-studio-vs-2/buy (Note that this time-limited offer also includes the new Frontier String Studio VS-2 and AAS Player sound bank by artist and sound designer Daniel Stawczyk). String Studio VS-1 users can upgrade to String Studio VS-2 for $39.00.
Check out the dedicated String Studio VS-2 web page for more detailed information here: www.applied-acoustics.com/string-studio-vs-2
Watch Brazilian keyboard virtuoso Thiago Pinheiro's introductory String Studio VS-2 video here: http://youtu.be/asJ0IUZ0eDY