WOK has announced that, after more than one year of development, Cromina String Machine, a physical modeling recreation of the electronic strings sound of the '60s and '70s, will be released this month.
Solina, Crumar and Logan were the names which made it possible for bands from the '60s and '70s to bring a string orchestra on stage or into the studio - the sound of these electronic keyboards featured on many songs of this era.
WOK says that the sound-wise peculiarities of the frequency divider circuit and the BBD modulation section can not be successfully recreated by sampling, so they developed a plug-in with the main emphasis on the reproduction of this typical influence on the sound. Though the drawback is a higher CPU load, it gives a much better reproduction of the original sound.
Although this plug-in has its focus on the typical Solina sound (including a phaser and delay effect), it can produce a wide range of typical sounds by using the integrated equalizer, vibrato, envelope variations (including a piano envelope) and other tuning controls.
Cromina String Machine will be released as a VST plug-in for Windows before the end of April 2010 with an estimated price of €39.