Back in the 70′s, leading keyboard designers around the world attempted to reproduce orchestral string sounds through analog synthesis. The results were far from their original intent but were in no way failures. Used on countless cult records and engrained in our collective memory to this day; these ‘String Machines’ bore an analog soul on their own.
At UVI, we are obsessed with this, having spent countless hours working on ways to capture this analog soul and present it as an accessible, expressive, fully editable digital tool. So was born String Machines; a hybrid instrument, forged with the analog imprint of the 11 most musical string synthesizers ever built.
We’ve painstaking recorded thousands of samples with the very best analog and digital gear available, putting in everything we’ve learned in order to bring you this comprehensive instrument at an unbelievable price.
UVI String Machines is your doorway to a grand collection of analog gems from some of the most esteemed synth pioneers of our time.
• Authentic sounds of character reproduce the analog grunge and warmth of yesteryear
• Instant access to tons of presets and preset layers; find sounds you love and get inspired quickly!
• Dual layers. Select the machine and the associated sounds.
• No loading time when switching machines and sounds.
• Shape your sounds using authentic analog-modeled filters, envelopes, and LFOs
• Experiment with the step modulator and take your sound out of this world!
• Samples recorded in 24/96 khz with Prism convertors, mastered to perfection and converted to 16/44.1 kHz.
11 machines wonderfully grungy and full of character
Korg Poly Ensemble PE2000
Heavy synthesizer widely used by the pioneers of 70′s electronic music
Also called “the italian analog string processor”
Orchestral synthesizer with 4 tweakable presets: Brass, Strings, Organ and Piano
Excelsior Strings Synthesizer K4
Pretty rare string keyboard, introduced in 1975 by Elettronica Excelsior of Castelfidardo
Logan String Melody
Pure string synthesizer with great sound and three basic sounds: ‘Violin’, ‘Viola’ and ‘Cello’
Solid and fully polyphonic analog Strings and Brass machine
Violin, Cello and Strings with that classic and unique shimmering ensemble effect
Solina String Ensemble
No doubt, this is THE String Machine
Dual-oscillator classic string synthesizer full of wood
Very famous machine combining strings, a basic polysynth and a bass section
Known as a vocoder, it contains excellent sounding strings and choirs
String Machines retails for $$99 USD
It’ll be interesting to see how this stacks up against GForce Software’s Virtual String Machine instrument which I adore! I’m hoping that UVI will be supplying me with a review copy very soon, so I’ll be able to let you know!
In the meantime, have a look & listen to the demos…