Virtual string machine
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 by a huge variety of manufacturers.
After all, what would the intro to Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here have sounded like without those moody intro chords? Can anyone imagine Oxygene without the swirling tones imparted by the Eminent 310 and Small Stone Phaser? Likewise, what would Lonnie Liston Smith’s Expansions have sounded like without that effervescent Solina?
The above are just a few examples of how, over the last few decades, the evocative sound of the string machine has significantly contributed to an almost endless array of tracks from artists as diverse as Air, Pink Floyd, Stevie Wonder, The Cure, Parliament, Herbie Hancock, Joy Division, Jean Michel Jarre, Thomas Dolby, Genesis and more recently Kasabian and Goldfrapp.
The VSM is a simple but highly powerful Virtual String Machine which captures many of the sounds from this genre of instruments, containing 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 it's simplicity itself to recreate all 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.
The sounds from 17 classic and rare string machines
Over 2.5Gb of data
66 individual sample sets
49 notes, each individually sampled and looped
Dual Layer & Split Keyboard capability
Vintage style Ensemble & Phaser effects
Filter section with Lowpass, Bandpass & Highpass modes
Two Envelope Generators
Dynamic control including filter aftertouch
500+ Patch library
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 RS202, Solina, Yamaha SK-15, Yamaha SS-30
Audio Demos here: http://www.gmediamusic.com/gforce/Strin ... html#Demos
This I can't wait for!
Looks like a killer instrument!