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FTM String

Strings / Orchestral Plugin by LMS
FTM String
FTM String by LMS is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for macOS, Windows and Linux. It functions as a VST Plugin.
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Within the scope of a student project under the supervision of Stefan Petrausch, Daniel Maaß programmed FTM String, with which it is now possible to test the algorithms for digital sound syntheses via physical modeling, developed at the laboratory, in practice. In doing so, a model of an oscillating string in terms of a partial differential equation was solved with the Functional Transformation Method (FTM).

FTM String provides a simulation of an oscillating string which is excited at a certain point by plucking or striking. However, due to the generality of the string model, it is possible to simulate any kind of one-dimensional oscillating object with this plugin. This includes a number of string instruments, like guitars, basses, and the Cembalo, but also several percussion instruments, like the xylophone, the vibraphone, and chimes. The type of simulated instrument is determined alone by the physical parameters of the model, which can be adjusted both continuously variable and on the fly. Hence, the advantage of the plugin, and in consequence the advantage of the Functional Transformation Method (FTM), is more the variability and the flexibility of the synthesizer, rather than the exact reproduction of real instruments.

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FTM String
Reviewed By SpaceWhaleNG
May 13th, 2010

This is a very functional and reliable VST. It is very good at making things like Bells, Organs, and basses. Sadly, though, it is not very good at making violins, the thing it is supposed to be making. I have yet to experience and problems with this VST (in FL Studio) and I am currently making a little house song that requires bells, and this VST fits that category. This VST doesn't have a very good interface, though, and can sometimes be hard to use. Its compact-ness, though, sort of makes up for this problem. One idea that I have is to divide this VST into sections. This VST has a multitude of knobs, which I think are supposed to model what an actual String instrument would suppose to be like. The reason I like this VST if because it is very versatile, it has a decent user interface, it doesn't ever overload my CPU, and it basically does whatever I want it to do. Even though it doesn't make very good string instruments, it is good at other things. If you want a Sakura-esque VST, then this VST is for you.
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