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NUSofting releases Strings Dream Synthesizer

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NUSofting Strings Dream Synthesizer

NUSofting has released Strings Dream Synthesizer, a virtual string machine, able to reproduce an infinite array of rich analog pads.

Strings Dream Synthesizer is able to reproduce the infinite array of rich, analogue pads from the most famous strings machines in synthesizer history – emulating the classic Eminent Solina as well as its sister keyboards from Elka, Crumar and even their Japanese cousins.

Strings Dream Synthesizer 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, including the BBD chip behaviour for truly rich modulation. However, it has been extended for a wider range of “chorus” effects.

Strings Dream Synthesizer is easy to use. Its 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.

Strings Dream Synthesizer features

  • True analogue sound, VA “Octave Divider” emulation, (no samples used)
  • 43 voices full polyphony, plus mono legato on bass section.
  • Vintage audio effects on board.
  • MIDI learn on every knob.
  • 3 skins included
  • A full ADSR envelope generator and Waveform selection (for several strings and organs sounds).
  • Volume fader and switch for each of 6 stops (C.Bass, Cello, Brass, Horn, Viola and 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.
  • Chorus “Ensemble” effect with “Bucket-brigade device” tone.
  • Four-stage Phaser for those famous “Jarre pads” and other Tangerine Dream sounds.
  • Exclusive reverb with the ability to morph on request to that “trembling” sound of the vintage spring reverb units.

Strings Dream Synthesizer is currently available as a VST instrument for Windows PC, for the introductory price of $59 USD (regular price $79 USD). AU and VST for Mac OS X will be released shortly.

Visit NUSofting for more information and audio demos.

NUSofting announces Strings Dream Synthesizer

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NUSofting Strings Dream Synthesizer

NUSofting has announced Strings Dream Synthesizer, a virtual instrument that is able to reproduce the infinite array of rich, analogue pads from the most famous strings machines in synthesizer history.

Emulate the classic Eminent Solina as well as its sister keyboards from Elka, Crumar and even their Japanese cousins.

Strings Dream Synthesizer features

  • String Dream does not use samples. Instead the “octave divider” circuity 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.
  • Full ADSR envelope generator and Waveform selection (for several strings and organs sounds).
  • 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.
  • 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.

Strings Dream Synthesizer will be released in May 2009 for an estimated price of $89 USD, first as VST plugin and later as AU.

Visit NUSofting for more information.

Zero-G announces Phaedra

Zero-G Phaedra

Zero-G has announced Phaedra, a Kontakt Player 2 virtual instrument featuring over 4 gigabytes of sounds.

Phaedra producer Sam Spacey writes:

Phaedra was primarily born out of two of my frustrations…..

  1. The lack of raw sonic power in virtual emulations of analog synths
  2. Sloppy MIDI timing of external analog synths under modern computer operating systems (all is forgiven Atari ST1040)

Phaedra features 20,000+ individual samples samples and 720 presets!

Over the course of 12 months, Sam hand looped and hand edited each sample he recorded from the following synths:

  • Mini Moog D – Was very hard work to sample due to the fact that if you looked at it, it went out of tune.
  • Welsh Moog – A prototype Re-issue Moog made in Wales, but had a unique PWM mod done to it.
  • Yamaha CS5 – Very snappy and fast attack and surprisingly bass-y oscillators.
  • Yamaha CS-15 – This one was delivered in a terrible and broken state, but sounded great for it.
  • Yamaha CS-30 – Sometimes I stacked all 3 Yamahas up over CV voltage for a huge sound.
  • Korg Monopoly – Still getting to grips with this 4-osc howling beast.
  • Korg MS-20 – Very quirky with a great filter.
  • Studio Electronics SE-1 – Modern rack-mounted Moog that could store presets and stay relatively in tune – hurray!!!!
  • Studio Electronics SE-1 – as above but with filter input. I stacked these two a lot, as the sound combinations were awesome.
  • Roland SH-101 – Wet and squelchy, a really good little workhorse.
  • Crumar Multiman – 70′s string synth with Arp filters, surprisingly interesting palette of sounds.
  • Akai AX-73 – Cheap and nasty but I love it for that fact; evil filter.
  • Analog Phaser – Home-made, based on the Small Stone that was modded and used by Jarre on everything he did :)
  • Roland analog chorus pedal – Subtle but lovely.
  • Ensoniq Esq-1 – 8-bit grungy samples going through complete Curtis analog circuitry – I love this synth (The only thing digital used).

Phaedra for Windows PC and Mac OSX will be available early January for a suggested retail price of $199.95 USD (169 EUR / 114.95 GBP).

Visit Zero-G more information, audio demos and a list of instruments in Phaedra (.pdf)

easy#toolz releases easy-crumar-ms and easy-cembalo

easy#toolz easy-crumar-ms

easy#toolz has released two new VST instrument plug-ins for Windows PC: easy-crumar-ms and easy-cembalo.

easy-crumar-ms is a freeware 12-voice Crumar Multiman S emulation. It features 6 sounds (Bass, Brass, Cellos, Violins, Piano, Clavi), and a Moog-ish Lowpass filter.

With the exception of the Piano and Clavi, all the sounds were sampled from a real Crumar instrument.

easy-cembalo is a donationware 12 voice realistic Cembalo (Harpsichord) synth featuring a Lo+Hi filter, ADSR controls, and tuning. It comes with 16 patches.

You can purchase easy-cembalo for 15 EUR.

Visit easy#toolz for more information and links to download easy-crumar-ms and a demo of easy-cembalo.