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Image line has announced the release of Sakura (v1.0.2), a string physical modelling instrument. It costs $99 and is available for Mac OS X and Windows in VST and AU instrument plug-in formats. Also, Image Line has updated most of its range of VST plug-ins to bring them in line with their counterparts in FL Studio.

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Like the transient beauty of Sakura (Japanese for Cherry Blossom), the sound of stringed instruments blossoms and fades. Image-Line brings you 'Sakura', the string physical modelling instrument, to express the delicacy and beauty of stringed sounds.

Virtual modelling in Sakura follows a 5 stage "hanami-process":

  • Contact: An impulse, the mechanical contact with the string, is first generated then shaped to simulate plucks, picks, scrapes, hammers, taps or humble fingers.
  • Vibration: Sakura's dual string model then gives the operator control over a wide range of parameters such as damping, tension, positioning and string properties.
  • String interaction: The dual strings are then mixed, panned and enveloped to simulate interactions.
  • Resonance: The string/s vibration then interacts with an 8-resonator 'body simulator' to create the size, material and shape of the instrument
  • Acoustics: Virtual acoustic space is then simulated with chorus, delay and reverberation effects.

Sakura can reproduce the delicate pluck of a single string, a violin's bowing or the sonorous resonance of a grand piano. Most importantly, the curious musician can take control of every aspect of the simulation to create fantastic instruments. Ever wanted to know what a 20 foot guitar sounded like? Or a bowed piano? Now you can find out, Sakura opens up a world of string modelling possibilities.

Other Updates
These are the plug-ins that have been updated:

  • Autogun (v1.1.4)
  • DirectWave (v1.4.8)
  • DrumSynth Live (v1.1.15)
  • DX-10 (v1.1.10)
  • Edison (v2.2)
  • Gross Beat (v1.0.4)
  • Juice Pack (v2.1.4)
  • Maximus (v1.0.7)
  • Ogun (v1.1.4)
  • SimSynth Live (v1.1.13)
  • Slicex (v1.0.5)
  • Sytrus (v2.6.5)
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