The warm lush sound of a “stringer” synth. If you have ever listened to Jean-Michel Jarre’s Oxygene or Equinox, you’d instant recognise the sound. Originally, Jarre didn’t really use a synthesizer for this sound though, it was an organ, the Eminent 310 with a string patch. When fed through a phaser: instant lush sound was there.
Later came the smaller ARP – Solina String Machine, which could produce the same style of sound. But still, these two organ / synth’s were quite big and are getting rare these days, if they even still can work. These things are already from the early 70-ies !
When looking around for nice free goodies, I stumbled upon AlgoMusic’s StringSynth. Not a rompler or sample based instrument, like most of these (free) emulators of the old string synthesizers. Is it an exact copy ? Probably not, but you can get it to produce very nice sounds, that really come close to these big old huge beasts. And it’s free !
The interface is clean, simple and compact. It’s easy to edit and not too small to have a clear view of the thing. Only possible negative side to it, might be CPU usage, which can get sometimes pretty high when using multiple instances with a lot of polyphony.
To give you an idea what it can sound like, click on the play button below. It’s a little demo with 2 instances of the stringsynth VST.