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Paying homage to the great vintage string synthesizers of the 60s, 70s, and 80s, EastWest's String Machine virtual instrument brings the past into the future. Produced by sound titans Doug Rogers and Nick Phoenix, String Machine includes samples from some of the greats – the ARP Solina, Oberheim OBX, Roland RS-505, and the Roland Jupiter 6 – and allows you to instantly combine them with modern strings, brass, woodwinds, and vocals to create unique vintage vibes perfect for your next pop, rock, or hip-hop masterpiece.
Add final touches to an instrument’s master stereo output (which sums together each of the 4 instrument sections) with volume, pan, stereo field, and filter.
Click the Reverb switches along the top to turn the 4 reverb presets on and off, allowing you to quickly audition the different types, and try various combinations of reverb presets. Use the Send knobs to dial in the desired amount of reverb, which simultaneously sends all 4 instrument sections to the given reverb send effect.
Control the volume of each instrument section, allowing you to blend multi-layered sounds together with ease.
Enable the Chorus and Ensemble Chorus effects on and off. String Machines were well known for their ensemble chorus effects, and the one included in String Machine features 3 modes, each with distinct characteristics. With effect emulations modeled from the ARP Solina, and Roland VP-330 hardware units, along with a ‘Modern’ mode, our Ensemble Chorus effect delivers everything from vintage warmth and thickness, to modern transparency and dimension.
Use the 4-stage envelope (attack, decay, sustain, release) to control the volume of each instrument section over time.
Each instrument in String Machine is made up of 2 layers which you can use the Mod Wheel (MIDI CC 01) to cross-fade between, enabling you to blend together 2 layers, or transform from one to another.
Instruments belong to 1 of 4 instrument sections: string machines and pads (red), section strings (green), solo woodwinds and brass (teal), and choir and soloist. (orange).
A- Use the Instrument switches to turn the instruments within each section on and off, combining them in various ways to produce a variety of timbres.
B- Use the Alternative (Alt) switches above each Instrument switch to swap the main instrument out for an alternative one.
String Machine’s user interface takes inspiration from the design of vintage string machine synthesizers. From the chunky instrument switches adorned along the front panel, to the glide of envelope sliders, and the click of push buttons, String Machine’s form and function is informed by the original hardware units.
String Machines were well known for their ensemble chorus effects, and the one included in String Machine features 3 modes, each with distinct characteristics. With effect emulations modeled from the ARP Solina, and Roland VP-330 hardware units, along with a ‘Modern’ mode, our Ensemble Chorus effect delivers everything from vintage warmth and thickness, to modern transparency and dimension.
String Machine’s use is flexible, owing to its hybrid design of electronic and acoustic instruments. It fits right at home in a variety of genres, electronic or otherwise, but especially suitable for genres heavy on retro nostalgia, like chillwave or pop. Any piece of music that needs a large ensemble string pad would benefit by using String Machine.
String Machine features 4 color-coded instrument sections, including string machines and pads (red), string sections (green), solo woodwinds and brass (teal), and choirs and solo vocals (orange). Each instrument section features a number of instruments and alternatives, giving you countless ways to combine them into a diverse range of timbres, and the ease of mixing the individual instrument sections together to create rich, multi-layered pads.
String Machine comes with a small number of presets that demonstrate the type of sounds possible with String Machine, but we strongly encourage you to use String Machine as it was intended — creating your own presets with the interface controls, sliders, rocker switches, and ALT buttons — make them your own!
With high-quality sampling of vintage hardware units and authentic ensemble chorus emulations, String Machine is the perfect companion to recreate the classic sounds of vintage string machine synthesizers, and much more. Whether you need a synthy string pad heavy with retro nostalgia, or a rich backdrop for a pop track, String Machine gives you the instruments and controls that empower you to deliver.
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Below are the minimum and recommended hardware and software specifications for using Opus on Windows and MacOS systems.
The chart below outlines the MacOS and Windows 64-bit operating systems and sequencers that are officially supported and fully tested with the latest version of Opus. Please note that while most Sequencers / DAWs are VST 2, VST 3, AU and AAX plug-in format compatible, only those listed in the chart below are officially supported.
|Product||Version||MacOS (10.13+)||Windows 10|
|EW Play 6 Stand-Alone||6.0+||-||-|
|EW Opus Stand-Alone||1.0+||YES||YES|
|Apple Logic Pro||10.0+||YES||-|
|Avid Pro Tools||2018.1+||YES||YES|
|Image-Line FL Studio||20+||YES||YES|
|Motu Digital Performer||9.0+||YES||YES|
|Presonus Studio One||4.0+||YES||YES|
|VSL Vienna Ensemble Pro||6.0+||YES||YES|
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