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Strings Dream Synthesizer is able to reproduce the infinite array of rich, analogue pads from the most famous strings machines in synthesizer history - emulating the classic Eminent Solina as well as its sister keyboards from Elka, Crumar and even their Japanese cousins.
Strings Dream Synthesizer does not use samples. Instead the "octave divider" circuitry typical of those early polyphonic synths has been natively emulated, so that all sounds are computed in realtime in true VA fashion.
The fundamental "Ensemble" effect (like the vintage Solina chorus) accurately follows the architecture of its hardware counterpart, including the BBD chip behaviour for truly rich modulation. However, it has been extended for a wider range of "chorus" effects.
Strings Dream Synthesizer is easy to use. Its layout and features take their cue from and expand upon the familiar Solina design, with only the necessary controls to achieve the textures of the other strings machines.
- "True analogue sound", VA "Octave Divider" emulation, (no samples used).
- 43 voices full polyphony, plus mono legato on bass section.
- Vintage audio effects on board.
- MIDI learn on every knob.
- 3 skins included.
- A full ADSR envelope generator and Waveform selection (for several strings and organs sounds).
- Volume fader and switch for each of 6 stops (C.Bass, Cello, Brass, Horn, Viola and Violin). The fader for each stop allows an almost infinite number of mixtures.
- A powerful parameter to tune the relative phase of Violin wave against the other voices.
- Brightness and highpass filters are also adjustable.
- More performance flexibility with MIDI velocity and polyphonic mode selectable.
- Note also that the C.Bass and Cello are monophonic with full legato mode and you can select one of eight keyboard split points, allowing you to layer the mono voices with the others.
- Chorus "Ensemble" effect with "Bucket-brigade device" tone.
- Four-stage Phaser for those famous "Jarre pads" and other Tangerine Dream sounds.
- Exclusive reverb with the ability to morph on request to that "trembling" sound of the vintage spring reverb units.
Reviewed By paladium
November 11, 2009
his plugins always sound a little bit extra , he puts a lot o love working
compared to other stringsynths (for instance gmedia virtual stringmachine wich is samplebased , strings dream only takes up 1mb )
strings dreamsynth is a lot more flexible than it first shows, the phaser
fx are a lot better and flexible than that of gmedia .
the octave dividing circuitry is emulated authentically with the lower octaves giving typical buzzy and raspy strings and the higher octaves
smooth and without aliasing .
A selectable splitpoint for the bass part is possible (maybe a seperate fx routing option for the bass and upper part would be nice), in the oscillator 4th foot setting the sawtooth (an analog approximation of it not a perfect digital one)has a phase setting wich gives it a pulsewidth like quality , again very useful. there is no oscillator detune setting but that isnt a problem since slight detune has been added in the octave divider and full control over it is implemented in the ensemble part.
the ensemble fx are built up from two seperate rate settings along with the stereo knob gives movement from gentle to full wide modulated stereo.
Phasing is always difficult to emulate but its really very versatile
how it is implemented here, multiple stages along with the feedback parameter give lots of coloring options, maybe id like some deeper
mod sweeping of the phaser (i like phasing where at the extreme end of the sweep it seems to hang for a moment)
All of the original stringsynths can be emulated with this one , even the
yamaha SS30 that was used with so much effect on the early Magazine and ultravox albums
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Developper Luigi is very responsive to user -ideas (i wish there were more
like him), also checkout dk+ virtual drums wich sound really good and wich is still my main drumvstiRead more