REMAGEN, GERMANY: having
opened many eyes and ears when being premiered at Musikmesse 2014 in
Frankfurt, Germany, high-quality synthesizer developer Waldorf is proud to announce availability of the Streichfett String Synthesizer —
successfully bringing back to life the extinct string synthesizer
sounds of yesteryear with a modern-day musical twist — as of July 25...
in the Seventies and early-Eighties, keyboard players wishing to create
(not necessarily authentic-sounding) string sections often turned to
so-called string machines making use of top octave divider technology to
produce polyphonic pitching for each key played. Popular in their
heyday, these distinctive-sounding string synths can be heard all over
classic recordings by both electronic music innovators, prog rockers,
and pop acts of the time — think French synth showman Jean-Michel
Jarre’s multi- million-copy-selling Oxygene, or even adult movies of a similar vintage — think German synthmeister Klaus Schulze’s soundtrack to Bodylove, but died a death when more authentic-sounding sampling technology took hold. However, now Waldorf has
successfully brought back to life those extinct string synthesizer
sounds of yesteryear with a modern-day musical twist thanks to the Streichfett String Synthesizer, a colourful desktop module that surely stands out far from the musical crowd!
better qualified, then, to touch upon the whys and wherefores of string
machine revival (with a cultural culinary knowing nod and a wink) than Waldorf Music CTO Stefan Stenzel: “We
had a string machine in our office, and, although it was
malfunctioning, we enjoyed playing it. Everything sounded like it could
serve as a soundtrack to an Eighties ‘sensual’ movie! We thought it
would be fun to create something similar, so we listened to many
different string machines to figure out the sweet spots of each
individual machine. Quickly the name ‘Streichfett’ stuck, and we decided
to revive the extinct species of string synthesizers.”
As such, Streichfett brings
the distinctive string synth sounds of those now-much-missed machines
to today’s discerning musicians by cleverly combining the best of
yesteryear’s classics with today’s technological advances — all neatly
squeezed into an attractive compact and cost-effective package with
everything to play for. Indeed, its dual sound engine features a
128-voice polyphonic STRINGS section (with Choir, Organ, Brass, Cello, Viola, and Violin presets) and an eight-voice polyphonic SOLO section (with shimmering-sounding, slightly percussive Bass, E-Piano, Clavi, Synth, and Pluto presets that blend well with the STRINGS section)
— essential for creating those velvety smooth sounds with high-fat
content! Essential, even, for creating ‘vintage’ adult movie soundtracks
— Parental Advisory Explicit Lyrics optional! The Ensemble effect handles lubrication of the STRINGS section while the EFFECT section adds adjustable Phaser or Reverb. Alternatively, the EFFECT section can be used to Animate the STRINGS register, resulting in spectacular sound morphing effects.
those presets bear little resemblance to their real-world instrument
namesakes, that’s not the point here. Just like yesteryear’s classic
string synthesizers, Streichfett delivers
distinctively rich and creamy pads unobtainable on any modern-day
instrument and succeeds in doing so with a simple and easy to comprehend
user interface that belies the somewhat complex sound engine that lies
beneath. But despite being blessed with relatively few controls, quite
an array of sounds can quickly be dialled in, so it’s just as well that Streichfett can store 12 user-programmed patches in its MEMORY. More reasons to be cheerful and take it on stage, surely?
Streichfett’s robust, roadworthy casing matches its cheerfully-coloured Rocket Synthesizer and 2-Pole Analog Filter siblings, and, of course, comes complete with MIDI In and MIDI Out plus USB connectivity for equally easy integration into any modern-day DAW- based recording setup. Left/Stereo and Right/Mono Audio Out and a headphone output ensure that the outside world can clearly hear its distinctive sounds in all their ear-opening glory.
Go check one out at an authorised Waldorf dealer today. To see and hear Streichfett is to surely want one... velvety smooth with high- fat content for sure! So why not spread some Streichfett all over your tracks today. They deserve to sound rich and creamy, don’t they?
Streichfett is available to purchase from Waldorf dealers worldwide with an SRP of €279.00 EUR (including tax). Check out the dedicated Streichfett webpage for more detailed info here: http://www.waldorf-music.info/streichfett-overview