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Virtual String Machine (VSM)

Strings / Synth / String Machine Plugin by GForce Software
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Virtual String Machine (VSM) by GForce Software is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, an RTAS Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
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VSM – The world's greatest Vintage String Ensembles wrapped into an intuitive synthesiser user interface

The Virtual String Machine v3 ( VSM) is an intuitive but highly powerful virtual string machine which captures many of the sounds from this genre of instrument, containing a wealth of sounds from a small mountain of classic and rare string machines.

VSM comes with 1000+ patches yet enables you to craft your own unique strings from the 208 individual sets of meticulously sampled machines helping confirm VSM as the go-to instrument for this wonderful family of instruments.


The modern, polyphonic string synthesizer was invented in 1970 by Ken Freeman, a British keyboard player and engineer who discovered that if you layered a note with another detuned and slightly modulated version of itself, a pleasant 'chorused' sound resulted.

Even though Ken's invention wasn't the first instrument of this genre to be commercially released (That honor fell to the Eminent organ company with their 310 Unique organ) there's little doubt that Ken's vision contributed immeasurably to electronic music over the next few decades in the guise of over 100+ different models that followed from a huge variety of manufacturers.


The VSM is an intuitive but highly powerful Virtual String Machine which affords the user many of the sounds from this genre of instrument, and contains a wealth of sounds from a small mountain of classic and rare string machines. These range from the first commercial string ensembles (Eminent 310 & Freeman String Symphonizer) through to the highly lauded Solina, Elka Rhapsody, Logan String Melody, Korg PE2000 and many more.


With the sheer amount of instruments captured within the VSM, its simplicity itself to recreate those golden string machine tones from yesteryear. However, with the VSM's comprehensive, yet intuitive feature-set, plus a two-layer option it's now possible to create your own hybrid instruments taking these sublime vintage tones into hitherto unchartered territory.

VSM, the go-to String Machine instrument.

VSM Key Features:

  • The sounds from 21 classic and rare string machines.
  • 1000+ curated Patch library.
  • Over 9.5GB of data.
  • Stereo playback.
  • 200+ individual sample sets.
  • 49 note range, each note individually sampled & looped.
  • Dual Layer & Split Keyboard capability.
  • Vintage style Ensemble & Phaser effects.
  • Lowpass, Bandpass & Highpass Resonant Filter Section.
  • Two Envelope Generators.
  • Pitch & Filter LFO.
  • Dynamic control including filter aftertouch.

VSM Full Instrument List:

  • ARP Omni.
  • ARP Quartet.
  • Crumar Multiman.
  • Elka Rhapsody.
  • Eminent 310.
  • Freeman String Symphonizer.
  • Junost 21.
  • Korg PE-2000.
  • Logan String Melody.
  • Oberheim OB-8.
  • Oberheim Xpander.
  • Moog Opus 3.
  • Polymoog.
  • Roland Juno 106 Stereo.
  • Roland RS202.
  • Roland RS505 Stereo.
  • Solina Stereo.
  • Yamaha CS-60 Stereo.

  • Yamaha CS-80 Stereo.
  • Yamaha SK-15.

  • Yamaha SS-30.

Essential String Machine:

  • Jean Michel Jarre: Oxygene (Eminent 310), Equinoxe (Elka Rhapsody).
  • Duran Duran: Rio (Crumar).
  • John Foxx: Metamatic (Elka Rhapsody).
  • Beck: Midnight Vultures (Opus 3).
  • Morrisey: You are the Quarry (Opus 3).
  • Jeff Wayne: War Of The Worlds (Freeman String Symphonizer).
  • David Bowie: Low (Solina).
  • Roy Ayers: Everybody Loves the Sunshine (Solina).
  • Herbie Hancock: Chameleon (Solina).
  • Steve Hackett: Spectral Mornings (Logan String Melody), Voyage of the Acolyte (Elka Rhapsody).
  • Genesis: Lamb Lies Down on Broadway album (Elka Rhapsody layered with Mellotron).
  • Air: Moon Safari album (Solina).
  • Ultravox: Vienna (Elka Rhapsody & Yamaha SS-30), Artificial Life - (Elka Rhapsody).
  • Lonnie Liston Smith: Expansions (Solina).
  • Gary Wright: Dreamweaver (Solina).
  • Goldfrapp: Number One (Roland RS505).
  • Vangelis: Heaven & Hell (Elka Rhapsody).
  • Joy Division: Love Will Tear Us Apart (ARP Omni).
  • New Order: Blue Monday (ARP Omni).
  • The Cure: In Between Days (Solina).
  • Pink Floyd: Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Solina).
  • Kraftwerk: Trans Europe Express (ARP Omni).

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