Analog Strings by Output
Review by Damien Walsh
Analog Strings is a new virtual instrument from Output. The basic concept takes real string ensembles, soloists, old synths and some strange instruments samples into the Analog Strings engine, and gives the user a a huge amount of flexibility to mangle and morph them into something new and exciting.
Analog Strings comes with 500 really great sounding presets and a 39GB sound library. The real fun comes when you spend some time going through the source, edit, effects, rhythm and arp menus to really define your own sounds.
Before we get into the details lets take a listen to what it sounds like.
In this section you have a multitude of options, the top menu offers One Shot, Pad and Tape samples which are then broken down into Orchestral, Synth and Creative. You have the ability to mix sound of bank A & B together. Within bank A & B there are also the options for Loop, Reverse and Tape Loop Rate.
The edit section gives you volume/amplifier ADSR envelope, pitch ADSR envelope, pitch flutter, stereo pan field, tuning, and playback settings. You can also enable/disable monophonic and legato modes from the Edit Page. In the Advanced Features section there are even performance and key range options.
The effects section gives you access to a number of great effects and also the flexibility to have those effects on a single layer or global channel.
Let there be rhythm!
Both layers in Analog Strings support two different independent rhythm generators that you can set to LFO or Step Sequencing. The rhythm generators can be used to modulate layer volume, layer pan, filter cutoff, filter resonance, tube saturation, distortion drive amount, lo-fi distortion bits, and lo-fi distortion sample rate. The top section of the page also offers controls for setting the rate of modulation and dialing in the amount of modulation being sent to either of the eight available modulation destinations
Analog Strings’ offers twelve arp types with a host of controls for adjusting the speed, duration, gate time, swing, octave, and velocity. As you can see from the image below it is an extremely comprehensive system and very user friendly.
I am always excited when Output release a new product. Their ideas and excecution is always of the highest quality and Analog Strings does not fall short at all. As a composer I am always looking for new and inventive ways to create soundscapes and interesting noise combinations. Analog Strings allows me to do that experimentation easily with sounds that may not have been readily available to me and that makes me very happy! If you like sound manipulation, and you like stringesque noises....be sure to check out Analog Strings.
You can purchase Analog Strings for just $199 and it runs in the Free Kontakt player which is available from Native Instruments.
Written by Damien Walsh
Damien is the editor, software reviewer and founding member of Audio Dexterous. He also composes music for Film, TV, Advertising and Games.