Syflex has released Sylfid-f2, a virtual instrument plug-in that generates sounds by hitting “virtual strings” with “virtual hammers”, computing the propagation of the waves on the strings, and converting them to sounds.
Sylfid-f2 doesn’t use any samples: everything is computed in real time. This allows to create sounds that exhibit real-life properties like rich tones and long decays, without any samples, no loops and no reverb.
Another benefit of the simulation is that there are no discontinuities between the notes, or between different velocities. The same note played at a higher velocity will have a different sound, with more harmonics, as you would expect with a real string.
The model used for the strings includes its material: from metallic to plastic. This changes the harmonics and tone.
- 88 keys.
- 2 strings per key, a total of 176 strings, for a more natural and lush sound.
- 1 hammer per key.
- Damper as on a piano (sustain pedal.)
Sylfid-f2 is available to purchase as an instrument plug-in for PC and Mac (VST), priced at $20 USD.