The Stringer concept
The main idea of the Stringer was to make available the best sounds of these three string
machines in an easy to use plugin - with the option to layer or split two sounds of choice
for rich textures. The chosen presets furthermore should be really 1:1 to the original, so
every key (49 in the logan and the omni) was sampled using hiend converters in 24bit depth,
with exeption of the Welson (61 keys), where every second (brass) and four keys per octave
(strings) were sampled because the sound does not alter that much from key to key as it is
the case in e.g. the logan.
The leght of one sample is about 4 seconds to capture the typical movement in the tonal structure
over the axe of time.
The Stringer has got two sound engines - an upper (A) and a lower (B) one - both of them
provide all six presets and can be layered or splitted in two keyboard zones, which can partly
overlap if wished. This allows you to e.g. play an organ chord with the left hand and some
solina strings with the right hand. In old days, keyboards were stacket to towers fur such purpose.
Besides individual attack and decay knobs there detuning and panning options to get rich and broad
layering sounds. Furthermore, a new generated sawtooth mode and a built-in effects unit expand the
plugin's sonic capabilities.
The chosen presets
The presets chosen are the ones we anyway have used most of the time in the hardware units.
The great thing about the chosen sounds is that they have each a quite different tonal charachter
which is a good thing for layering. The logan sounds are fat and
middy, the omni ones bright, shining
and silvery and the welson ones warm, flat and well balanced.
The Logan presets:
Sampled: O (Triple Chorus Strings) and ORGAN
The Omni presets:
Sampled: Violin with and without chorus (without: SYN)
The Welson presets:
Sampled: Brass (Horn&Trumpet) and Violin
The new "Pure" mode
In the new all-buttons-off "Pure" mode the engine doesn't use any samples anymore but
produces a pure generated sawtooth wave, the same as most original vintage string machines
did as base. The typical rich string sound then was achieved by sending this pure sawtooth
wave through an ensemble effect.
For this Stringer 3.0 offers a switchable fixed ensemble effect (ENS button) which is pre-effects.
The modulation section of the effects unit furthermore offers another ensemble effect but here
offering full parameter control. And both can be used in series if needed! Furthermore, in "Pure"
mode the rarely used OVER knob acts as filter cutoff control for the generated sawtooth wave in
order to make it duller and warmer if needed.
This lets you design your own string machine from ground up using the same basic components as
the old originals did (sawtooth wave -> ensemble effect -> amplifier) and this in two separate pannable
engines. And you can mix them with the sample based engine. This gives Stringer a tremendous range
of possible sounds.
We tried to show off these new possibilities in the 54 new presets starting at preset 45 up to
preset 98. Check it out! Also check the audio demos!
The new effects engine
The new effects unit offers a reverb and a modulation section. The modulation section offers these modes:
Chorus, Double Chorus, Ensemble, Flanger, Chorus-Flanger, Phaser
Furthermore, as already mentioned in the "Pure" mode section on the left, there's also a globally switchable fixed
parameter Ensemble effect (ENS button, formerly SP OUT) which is pre-effects and so can be used in
combination with other modulation effects.
Since the modulation section of the effects unit
offers another fully editable ensemble effect you even can have two ensemble effects in series!