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# This public beta has been released in the hope to receive feedback, to further improve its sound engine before the official release.
What's new in SDS 2.0
STRINGS DREAM SYNTHESIZER
Strings Dream is able to reproduce the infinite array of rich, analog pads from the most famous string machines in synthesizer history. Emulate the classic Eminent Solina as well as its sister keyboards from Elka, Crumar and even their Japanese cousins.
String Dream does not use samples. Instead the "octave divider" circuitry typical of those early polyphonic synths has been natively emulated, so that all sounds are computed in realtime in true VA fashion.
The fundamental "Ensemble" effect (like the vintage Solina chorus) accurately follows the architecture of its hardware counterpart. However, it has been extended for a wider range of "chorus" effects.
String Dream is easy to use. It's layout and features take their cue from and expand upon the familiar Solina design, with only the necessary controls to achieve the textures of the other strings machines.
We’ve provided a full ADSR envelope generator and Waveform selection (for several strings and organs sounds).
There is a volume fader and switch for each of 6 stops (C.Bass, Cello, Brass, Horn, Viola, Violin). The fader for each stop allows an almost infinite number of mixtures.
A powerful parameter to tune the relative phase of Violin wave against the other voices.
Brightness and highpass filters are also adjustable.
More performance flexibility with MIDI velocity and polyphonic mode selectable.
Note also that the C.Bass and Cello are monophonic with full legato mode and you can select one of eight keyboard split points, allowing you to layer the mono voices with the others.
Beside the chorus "Ensemble" effect, Strings Dream offers a four-stage Phaser for those famous "Jarre pads" and an exclusive reverb with the ability to morph on request to that "trembling" sound of the vintage spring reverb units.
About Strings Machines.
A remarkable number of musicians recognize the desirable sonic character of “string machines”. String machines were unique to the Seventies and nearly every major manufacturer offered some variation on the theme. ARP’s biggest selling instrument was in fact their Omni, an instrument that combined a string machine with a simple synthesizer. Even Moog got in on the act with their Opus 3.
Just as the Rhodes™ piano and Hammond™ organs were intended as portable solutions to musicians who desired the sound of more cumbersome (and expensive) instruments, string machines were seen as the gigging musician’s alternative to the orchestra. Or, at the very least, it was easier to carry around than a Mellotron! Of course, the string machines didn’t sound like an orchestra, but had a character that today’s musicians find quite appealing on its own merits.
What makes a string machine?
This is a polyphonic electronic keyboard based on the top-octave divide-down technology as used in electronic organs to produce a fully polyphonic instrument from a single master oscillator. This means that just a single oscillation is the primary cause of all frequencies of all notes played. There are two main sonic characteristics of instruments that use divide-down technology:
1) The waveforms are all derived from a simple pulse (on, off states) using post filters
2) The relative phase of the waveforms for all generated pitch is locked, more later about why this is so valuable.
Ensemble and/or Chorus effects were perhaps the main contributing factor to the sound of these instruments. Not just any old chorus, either. Only a good old-fashioned analogue BBD-based chorus or ensemble will do. “BBD” is short for "bucket brigade device", a specific sort of analogue (not digital as we are used today) chip used to generate delay in audio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bucket_Brigade_Device.
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