Advice on string machines please

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kevvvvv
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2207 posts since 24 Oct, 2000 from skelmersdale, west lancs, uk

Post Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:40 am

I love that divide-down saw sound that made the early string machines so great. Fabulous.

But all the ones I've seen are pricey, like UVI or Syntronik.

Do you know any lower cost alternatives?

I know syntronik only charge for the string module, but I'm waiting for a good deal from IK Multimedia before I get Syntronik, then I'd like to get the lot.

Love to hear your suggestions

thanx = kevvvvv :)
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Stefken
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591 posts since 9 Nov, 2016

Re: Advice on string machines please

Post Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:59 am

If you find these too pricey, you're not going to find much.
I would not call these pricey.

But if you have Reaktor, there is the free "Eminent-V310 String Ensemble".
There is also a free Reaktor player.

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e@rs
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3682 posts since 15 Dec, 2011 from Bucharest, Romania

Re: Advice on string machines please

Post Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:02 am

GForce VSM. But not exactly cheap at $119.

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Burillo
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3031 posts since 15 Nov, 2006 from Hell

Re: Advice on string machines please

Post Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:08 am

the old DCAM Synth Squad had a string machines emulation, and it can be had for pretty cheap when on sale.
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Etienne1973
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293 posts since 8 Feb, 2013 from Switzerland

Re: Advice on string machines please

Post Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:52 am

I've recently bought Puremagnetik String Machines XL bundle for $9.99 when it was on sale.

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31 posts since 9 Sep, 2012 from Vancouver BC

Re: Advice on string machines please

Post Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:06 am

Yesterday I tried accessing the mellotron library I bought from IKMM a few years back. They asked for a $10 fee to allow downloads for me from their site for the next 180 days.

I'd think twice before buying anything from a company that does that, even on sale.

onerob
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214 posts since 28 Oct, 2014

Re: Advice on string machines please

Post Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:02 pm

This is free / donationware:

https://www.fullbucket.de/music/deputy.html

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kevvvvv
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2207 posts since 24 Oct, 2000 from skelmersdale, west lancs, uk

Re: Advice on string machines please

Post Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:45 am

puremagnetik samples sound great.

Price is still v reasonable, around what I wanted to pay.

Thanks Etienne :)
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tapper mike
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4801 posts since 20 Jan, 2008

Re: Advice on string machines please

Post Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:30 am

Yikes, sorry I'm late for the party.

Stringer by sonic projects $55USD

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fmr
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7832 posts since 16 Mar, 2003 from Porto - Portugal

Re: Advice on string machines please

Post Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:56 am

I think that the best sound you get for a string machine is from a real emulation, not a sample pack.

Currently, you have Solina V, from Arturia (part of the Arturia Collection), Poly-M and Xils V+ from Xils-Lab, and the Eminent-V 310 Strings Ensemble (a Reaktor Ensemble). You also have Full Bucket Nabla (an emulation of the Korg Delta). Both the Reaktor ensemble the Full Bucket emulation are free.

There were older emulations I also liked, from Wok (Cromina) and Night Flight (but these are 32-bit only).
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zzz00m
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1336 posts since 17 Sep, 2016

Re: Advice on string machines please

Post Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:08 am

I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned the Solina Redux from Sonivox. :hihi:
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202 posts since 6 Mar, 2004 from Massachusetts

Re: Advice on string machines please

Post Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:28 am

fmr wrote:I think that the best sound you get for a string machine is from a real emulation, not a sample pack.

Currently, you have Solina V, from Arturia (part of the Arturia Collection), Poly-M and Xils V+ from Xils-Lab, and the Eminent-V 310 Strings Ensemble (a Reaktor Ensemble). You also have Full Bucket Nabla (an emulation of the Korg Delta). Both the Reaktor ensemble the Full Bucket emulation are free.

There were older emulations I also liked, from Wok (Cromina) and Night Flight (but these are 32-bit only).
Another worthy contender: Loomer String

http://www.loomer.co.uk/string.htm

seangm
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Re: Advice on string machines please

Post Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:25 am



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bharris22
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1400 posts since 3 Mar, 2010

Re: Advice on string machines please

Post Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:31 am

I have been playing around with these a lot lately, and have just purchased the upgrade to UVI String Machines 2. I haven't had a chance to really put it through its paces yet, but can second the recommendation for Loomer String - it really is excellent.

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