Hey what’s good fam!
Today I’m back with another product from one of my favorite developers, UVI.
It’s a product I’ve had for a while called String Machines and I’ve been wanting to show it to ya!
So let’s get into it!
What is String Machines?
It’s a library dedicated to capturing and recreating the warm sound of vintage analoge string synthesizer instruments.
This isn’t something for ultra-realistic orchestral strings or violin solos, but if you’re into analog strings then this promises to bring a vast collection to your toolbox.
They sampled 11 different vintage string synthesizer instruments an put them into a nice, neat, sexy interface with plenty of tweaking options to go with it.
They basically set it up as a dual layer system in which you can mix sounds and sound sources from any of the 11 instruments as well as some extra sounds and layering tools.
You can tweak each layer separately or together, and it’s all really well laid out for quick auditioning and manipulation.
- content: 1.28GB
- format: UVI Soundbank (UVI Workstation, MachFive3)
- price: $99
- product page: http://www.uvi.net/en/vintage-corner/string-machines.html
So how does it sound?
Well for starters, I’m a huge fan of UVI, I think their engine really has a nice warm organic sound reminiscent of hardware instruments.
As for the sound of this library, it really sounds like the analog strings and instruments you hear on so many old school funk, jazz, rock, and psychedelic records.
They really captured the sound in pristine quality but not “too clean” so it still has the grit, character, and quirkiness of the original instruments.
Throw in the powerful UVI engine with all of it’s fx and scripting and you really feel like you have all of the goodness from these iconic machines right within your computer or laptop.
I just think it sounds great, organic, warm, and still has a bit of the “cheese” factor found in some of these analog string machines.
Remember these were synthesizers trying to produce realistic string sounds…yet they ended up producing a desirable sound all their own.
So what’s the bottom line?
Do you like analog string synths?
Well if you do…pick this up without question.
Not only do they capture and reproduce the sound quality and character of these instruments but the beautiful interface really invites you to explore, experiment, and come up with your own new legendary sounds.
I give String Machines 4.5 out of 5 subs, I think it’s a great job at capture a vintage sound yet putting it into a contemporary context with a powerful interface and usable fx.
I’m definitely a fan of UVI and their sound engine, ever since I first played with Motu BPM I’ve been hooked.
I also like that not only do they capture the sounds of many vintage machines that most of us would never get a chance to play in person, they also take them and make it into it’s own instrument with their scripting, interfaces, and deep effects engine.
Check it out on their site for sure if you’re into these types of sounds http://www.uvi.net/en/vintage-corner/string-machines.html
leave me a comment below, let me know what you think!