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Musikmesse 2014: Waldorf Streichfett (Video)

String Synthesizer

Waldorf have based the look of their new Streichfett String Synthesizer on their recent Rocket synth (reviewed July 2013) and 2-pole analogue filter.

According to Waldorf, Streichfett combines the best of the now extinct species of String Synthesizers of the 70s and early 80s. Its dual sound engine features a fully polyphonic strings section and a monophonic solo section, which they say is "essential for recreating how adult movies sounded thirty years ago."  So, if that's your bag, then this could be for you. 

The Ensemble Effect handles lubrication of the String Section, while the Effects section adds adjustable Phaser or Reverb. Alternatively, the Effect section can be used to animate the strings registration, allowing dramatic morphing of sounds.

The Solo Section offers presets named Bass, E-Piano or Clavi, and just like in your typical string machine, the sound has little to do with that name. Instead, these are shimmering and slightly percussive sounds that blend well with the string section.

Although the User Interface is simple and easy to comprehend, it controls a rather complex sound engine which is able to deliver rich and creamy pads. For audio examples, check out our demonstration from Musikmesse, above.

Twelve patches can be stored and selected in the Memory section, and external control is achieved over USB and MIDI connections.

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