Analog Strings by Output
Whether you are a seasoned sound designer, or an aspiring musician, analog strings could be an interesting new addition to your library. Through this review, I hope to leave you with an in-depth understanding of this software, and the answer to the impending question: What is life? I mean… Should this be apart of your sound library?
The first thing you should know about Analog Strings, is that it is not your basic string library. This beast covers the full spectrum of possibilities; giving you the ability to sculpt a basic signal through a multitude of different processors.
Let’s get technical for a second. The signal flow starts with 2 choices of sounds, with 3 libraries to choose from – one shot, pad, and tape. These libraries are various sampled sources that are then broken down into 3 subcategories: orchestral, synth and creative sounds. The orchestral category is your basic string library, recorded using various techniques. The synth and creative category’s are uniquely designed sounds ranging from altered 8 bit noises, to swells, and more modern sounding synths. You then have the ability to sculpt the attack, decay, sustain and release of these sounds like your typical synthesizer, and run them through the following: a filter, an equalizer, a distortion, a compressor, a chorus, a phaser, a delay and finally a reverb. All that, followed by a rhythmic sequencers and a complex arpeggiator. Phew! Did you get all that?
If you didn’t, you’re in luck, because this beast comes with over 400 carefully designed presets that already sound great. Just a little tweak here and there, and you might end up with sound that may not have ever thought of before.
So where do I find this software being most applicable? Well if you’re looking for your basic, run-of-the-mill, string library, this isn’t for you. There are definitely better string libraries out there that nail the authentic orchestral, ensemble or solo string sound. I can see this software shining best in more hybrid scoring situations, where both real strings are combined with innovative, synthesized strings. I can also see this as a unique record production tool, producing interesting pads, lead lines or decorative melodies that expand beyond generic instruments. With the ability to control every minute facet of the sound, you’ll be sure to discover something new.