Loomer has announced the release of String, a virtual instrument that emulates the classic sound of the polyphonic string synthesizer. Its authentic tone comes from its accurate emulation of the divide-down oscillator technology and bucket-brigade chorus units behind the lush ensemble synths of the 70s.
String has two individual sound generating Layers, each housing three phase-locked oscillator stops at 16′, 8′ and 4′ ranges for Layer 1, and 8′, 4′, and 2′ ranges for Layer 2. Each Layer has its own Voicing Mode from a choice of Monophonic with Last, Low, and High Note Priorities, Paraphonic, and Polyphonic. In Polyphonic mode each voice has its own Attack/Release amplitude modulation envelope. In Paraphonic mode all voices within a Layer share a single monophonic Attack/Release amplitude envelope. The Monophonic Modes produce a single voice, which can be either the Lowest, Highest, or Last note pressed.
String’s Chorus section is modeled on the bucket-brigade device that characterized the sound of the classic ensemble synths. Select from two different Chorus algorithms for either an authentic Ensemble timbre or a more modern, denser sound. A built-in stereo Phaser can be used to add movement, depth, and interest to String timbres.
With optimised audio algorithms that won’t overload your processor, rock-solid stability, and easy integration with any MIDI hardware controller, String is ideal for live work. With a simple and intuitive interface, flexible Bank and Program management, and total parameter automation, String fits right into your studio environment.
String runs as an AU, VST, or RTAS plug-in (for Pro Tools 7 and above) or as a stand alone application. The Mac version of String requires OS X 10.4 or later, a 1 GHz or faster processor, either Intel with SSE or PPC, and 512 MB RAM.
String is available via direct download from Loomer for £50, or approximately $83 as of this writing. An evaluation is available for free download, with minor limitations.
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