"If you don't know what the magic of a proper analog string machine sound is all about, just try this: in GForce's new VSM plugin, load the Freeman/Strings 2 sound in layer A, give it a bit of amplitude envelope attack and release, then...
- 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
- Lowpass, Bandpass & Highpass Resonant Filter Section
- Two Envelope Generators
- Pitch LFO
- Dynamic control including filter aftertouch
- 700+ Patch library
Full VSM Instrument List
- 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
- Roland RS202
- Yamaha SK-15
- Yamaha SS-30
Essential String Machine
- Jean Michel Jarre: Oxygene (Eminent 310), Equinoxe (Elka Rhapsody)
- Duran Duran: Rio (Crumar)
- John Foxx: Metamatic (Elka Rhapsody)
- Beck: Midnight Vultures (Opus 3)
- Morrisey: You are the Quarry (Opus 3)
- Jeff Wayne: War Of The Worlds (Freeman String Symphonizer)
- David Bowie: Low (Solina)
- Roy Ayers: Everybody Loves the Sunshine (Solina)
- Herbie Hancock: Chameleon (Solina)
- Steve Hackett: Spectral Mornings (Logan String Melody), Voyage of the Acolyte (Elka Rhapsody)
- Genesis: Lamb Lies Down on Broadway album (Elka Rhapsody layered with Mellotron®)
- Air: Moon Safari album (Solina)
- Ultravox: Vienna (Elka Rhapsody & Yamaha SS-30), Artificial Life - (Elka Rhapsody)
- Lonnie Liston Smith: Expansions (Solina)
- Gary Wright: Dreamweaver (Solina)
- Goldfrapp: Number One (Roland RS505)
- Vangelis: Heaven & Hell (Elka Rhapsody)
- Joy Division: Love Will Tear Us Apart (ARP Omni)
- New Order: Blue Monday (ARP Omni)
- The Cure: In Between Days (Solina)
- Pink Floyd: Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Solina)
- Kraftwerk: Trans Europe Express (ARP Omni)
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 that followed from a huge variety of manufacturers.
The VSM is an intuitive but highly powerful Virtual String Machine which captures many of the sounds from this genre of instrument, 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.
Despite Ken Freeman inventing the entire String Machine instrument genre, the first commercial String Ensemble was the Eminent 310. This was a effectively a String Ensemble section housed within an organ and while Jean Michel Jarre made great use of this on his landmark Oxygene album, let’s face it, lugging around an organ - even in the super-kitch 70s - didn’t exactly do much for a musicians’ credibility rating.
Nonetheless, everyone wanted ‘that’ sound so enter the Solina String Ensemble, a dedicated String Machine made by none other than the aforementioned Eminent and shortly after release, re-badged as the ARP Solina.
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