Analog strings from something besides a "string machine

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Analog strings from something besides a "string machine

Post by MrFrodo » Wed Jun 13, 2007 2:33 am

Okay, I'm sure many of you went through a time in your lives when you thought, "Okie dokie, I'd like to play synth strings; better get an Omni." I went through just such a period, but I never sprang for the synth. I'm perfectly satisfied with the sounds I get from my other gear.

What do some of you use for string simulation, other than a "string machine?" I like my JX-10 and 05r w the best.
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Post by wiss » Wed Jun 13, 2007 2:38 am

any decent poly analog should be able to create nice strings sounds.....
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Re: Analog strings from something besides a "string mac

Post by crystalmsc » Wed Jun 13, 2007 4:27 am

MrFrodo wrote:I like my JX-10 and 05r w the best.
I also like my MKS-70 and 01R/W :) the underrated AI engine is actually capable of producing some nice strings, specially the animated one. Other than this, I also love the String Card for the JD-990, the U-220 even the D-50. I love Roland Strings. But the TG500 also provide me with nice strings.
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Re: Analog strings from something besides a "string mac

Post by MrFrodo » Wed Jun 13, 2007 5:20 am

crystalmsc wrote: I also like my MKS-70 and 01R/W :) the underrated AI engine is actually capable of producing some nice strings, specially the animated one. Other than this, I also love the String Card for the JD-990, the U-220 even the D-50. I love Roland Strings. But the TG500 also provide me with nice strings.
As a matter of fact, the last rock band I was in placed a whole lot of emphasis on that AI string sound. Their instrument of choice was the X5, which has the same engine as the 01r/w and 05r/w. Like Mellatron strings to me, almost. And, they used it for nearly every stinking song! :lol:
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Post by sizzlemeister » Wed Jun 13, 2007 5:23 am

wiss wrote:any decent poly analog should be able to create nice strings sounds.....
Totally. I agree. May I also add basically any Roland ROMpler.

Well, this thread is finished at this point. What's next?

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Post by premieklovn » Wed Jun 13, 2007 8:38 am

any pre-90s roland polysynth can make sexy strings.

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Post by mono/noise » Wed Jun 13, 2007 9:20 am

I like to use my Opera 6 for strings most of the time.
But I think the Prophet 5 has the most beautiful synth string sound IMO.

The Opera kinda has a little Prophet tone when you crank up the resonance, but the oscillators are not nearly as aggressive and you only have 1 ADSR to play with.
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Post by TAV » Wed Jun 13, 2007 9:53 am

another vote for the Korg AI range. The Korg romplers seem to excel very well in that department. More wide and atmospheric than the JV/XP line IMO.

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Post by Dirk » Wed Jun 13, 2007 10:03 am

I use the Andromeda for strings a lot.
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Post by gryphon » Wed Jun 13, 2007 11:20 am

Evolver does cool strings with the digi-oscs set to do slight fm for getting the noisy bursts at the beginning of marcato/staccato strings, and the delays help.
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Post by thediscoking » Wed Jun 13, 2007 11:54 am

Playing really bad violin with Autotune... that's what I do :D

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Post by stillearning » Wed Jun 13, 2007 3:11 pm

Yet one more vote for the Korg O1/w line of romplers for strings. As far as analog strings, the Roland JX10 can be nice. Real nice.
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Post by OriginalJambo » Wed Jun 13, 2007 3:30 pm

A KORG PolySix with the ensemble effect.

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Post by calyx93 » Wed Jun 13, 2007 4:19 pm

I've been using the Kawai SX-240 more often than my Omni-2 and Rhapsody as of late. It has the "feel" of a string machine with its ensemble chorus switched on, but it has just enough synthesis options to make it more useful/flexible than just a string machine. The best of both worlds IMO.
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Post by Yoozer » Wed Jun 13, 2007 5:57 pm

Time for dirty words in hardware-land:

Reaktor.

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