A good all purpose 70s string machine clone VSTi?

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A good all purpose 70s string machine clone VSTi?

Post by Czyszy » Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:31 pm

Hello. I'm looking an authentic sounding vintage string machine VSTi plugin. Something like the string synth heard here for instance would be ideal. What would you recommend? My budget is $30 but I might consider saving up for something pricier if it's really good. :)
I currently only have the EZKeys String Machine library but I think there must be something better out there, right?

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Re: A good all purpose 70s string machine clone VSTi?

Post by madtheory » Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:50 pm

Not for $30.

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Re: A good all purpose 70s string machine clone VSTi?

Post by Czyszy » Fri Jul 03, 2020 9:17 am

Okay. So let's pretend I have an unlimited budget. What would you recommend then?

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Re: A good all purpose 70s string machine clone VSTi?

Post by clubbedtodeath » Sat Jul 04, 2020 12:41 pm

You could try looking into G-Force's Virtual String Machine (VSM). Sound on Sound speak very highly of it:

https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/gf ... ng-machine

Disclaimer: I have a Waldorf Streichfett which I like very much, so I don't have the VSM.

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Re: A good all purpose 70s string machine clone VSTi?

Post by Czyszy » Sat Jul 04, 2020 4:49 pm

Thanks. VSM sounds quite good. I might get it on Black Friday when it's cheaper. Also, from the demos I've been hearing, Arturia's take on the Solina sounds pretty nice as well. Has anybody tried that Arturia plugin?

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Re: A good all purpose 70s string machine clone VSTi?

Post by madtheory » Sat Jul 04, 2020 7:42 pm

I think VSM is great, it's got everything. I've seen people complain that it doesn't have the synchronous clocking that a real stringer would have, but that's dumb because most of the time you're putting it through the chorus as well, which is not synchronous. Stringers are the one thing that it's VERY easy to emulate.

If you have Kontakt, these guys have excellent stringers for cheap:
https://www.rhythmicrobot.com/keyboard-vault

The Korg Lambda is perfection itself.

The Arturia Solina V is great too. Possibly more flexible than samples, but it doesn't quite do the Crumar, Korg or Roland stringers.

NI Reaktor has a perfect Jarre Eminent thru a slowed down Small Stone Phaser, so there's that.

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