Waldorf will be introducing a new synth at Musikmesse 2014, the Streichfett String Synthesizer.
The 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, according to Waldorf, is ‘essential for recreating how adult movies sounded thirty years ago’.
Here’s what they have to say about the Streichfett:
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 spectacular sound morphs.
Here’s an unofficial audio demo, via GearJunkies:
The Solo Section offset 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 capable to delivers rich and creamy pads unlike any other instrument.
Twelve patches can be stored and selected in the Memory section, USB and MIDI are of course on board.
- Fully polyphonic Strings Section with Violin, Viola, Cello, Brass, Organ and Choir presets
- 2nd Layer with Violin/Viola Voicing
- Ensemble Effect for String Section
- Typical String Envelope Generator with Crescendo and Release
- Monophonic Solo Section, offering Bass, E-Piano, Clavi, Synth and Pluto sounds
- Dedicated Tremolo for Solo Section
- Switchable Envelope generator with variable Sustain setting and Attack/Decay (Release) function
- Effect Section with Animate, Phaser or Reverb
- Layer or Split for Solo Section
- Dedicated balance knob for quick adjustment of layered/split sounds
- Fully programmable with 3×4 memory locations
- Volume Pot
- Strings Section with organic preset select, Crescendo and Release pots
- 3-state Octave switch (Base/Both/8va)
- 3-state 2nd voice switch
- Ensemble Effect pushbutton
- Solo Section with organic solo sound select pot
- Tremolo pot
- 3 state split switch (splitpoint low/mid/layer)
- 2 state sustain switch
- Balance pot with center detend
- Effect Section with 3 state switch (Chorus/Phase/Animate)
- Effect Depth pot
- 3 state switch for memory bank position (A, B, C)
- 4 pushbuttons for program number (1 to 4)
- Full MIDI/USB Control
- Stereo Audio out (Left/Stereo, Right/Mono)
- Headphone out
- USB MIDI
Price and Availability
The Waldorf Streichfett will ship in late Springtime, with a list price of 235 Euro (excl. VAT). See the Waldorf site for more info.
Note: Google translates ‘Streichfett’ to ‘spreadable fat’. Let us know if you’ve got a better translation!