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EastWest String Machine - A Spectacular Vintage Keyboard

STRING MACHINE

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BACK TO THE RETRO FUTURE

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.

String Machine Mixer

Global Main Controls

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.

Global Send Controls

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.

Volume

Control the volume of each instrument section, allowing you to blend multi-layered sounds together with ease.

Effects

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.

Envelopes

Use the 4-stage envelope (attack, decay, sustain, release) to control the volume of each instrument section over time.

Mod Wheel

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

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 Interface

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.

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String Machine Mixer

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 Interface

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 Mixer - Front

INSTRUMENT GROUPS

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.

PRESETS

String Machine comes with 17 presets programmed by Nick Phoenix. These presets demonstrate the type of sounds possible with String Machine, but we encourage you to use String Machine as it was intended -- creating your own presets!

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.

String Machine Interface
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MANUAL

    SYSTEM
    REQUIREMENTS

    Below are the minimum and recommended hardware and software specifications for using Opus on Windows and MacOS systems.

    MINIMUM SYSTEM

    • CPU: Quad-core (four cores), running at 2.7 GHz (or above)
    • RAM: 16 GB
    • OS: macOS 10.13 (or later); Windows 10 with ASIO sound drivers
    • Drive: HDD (7200 rpm, non-energy saving)

    RECOMMENDED SYSTEM

    • CPU: Octa-core (eight cores), running at 2.7 GHz (or above)
    • RAM: 32 GB or more
    • OS: macOS 10.13 (or later); Windows 10 with ASIO sound drivers
    • Drive: SSD (SATA or PCIe)

    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
    Ableton Live 10.0+ YES YES
    Apple Logic Pro 10.0+ YES -
    Apple Garageband 10.3+ YES -
    Avid Pro Tools 2018.1+ YES YES
    Bitwig Studio 3.0+ YES YES
    Cockos Reaper 6.0+ YES YES
    Image-Line FL Studio 20+ YES YES
    Motu Digital Performer 9.0+ YES YES
    Steinberg Cubase(1) 9.0+ YES YES
    Steinberg Nuendo(1) 8.0+ YES YES
    Presonus Studio One 4.0+ YES YES
    VSL Vienna Ensemble Pro 6.0+ YES YES
    Notation Software(2) Version    
    Avid Sibelius 2018.1+ YES YES
    MakeMusic Finale 25.0+ YES YES
    Steinberg Dorico 3.0+ YES YES
    • (1) VST3 usage is recommended
    • (2) Sibelius / Finale / Dorico notation programs work with Opus, but do not support the full feature set of some Opus/Play Libraries, such as those that use WordBuilder. Please contact support for details.

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    • 13 GB of meticulously sampled vintage analog string machines and synths including some of the greats like the ARP Solina, Oberheim OBX, Roland RS-505, and the Roland Jupiter 6
    • An Ensemble Chorus effect that emulates classic hardware units, delivering everything from vintage warmth and thickness, to modern transparency and dimension.
    • Create presets with a diverse range of possible timbres by tweaking an array of controls across 4 color-coded instrument sections including strings, woodwinds, brass, and vocals
    • Includes 17 instantly gratifying presets programmed by producer Nick Phoenix
    • Works well in a variety of genres, but especially shines in genres heavy on retro nostalgia, like synthwave, electropop, rock, and hip-hop
    • Check out the walkthrough videos to see String Machine in action