Reason Studios Intros Friktion Physical Modeling String Synthesizer

Reason Studios has introduced Friktion Modeled Strings, a new string synthesizer that’s based on physical modeling.

Because it’s based on physical modeling, Friktion can be used to create the sounds of real-world instruments, or be used to create sounds that go beyond what’s possible with real-world instruments.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“Friktion is a physical modeling string instrument from Reason Studios. Instead of relying on gigabytes of samples, Friktion is a synthesizer that actually models real string instruments. With clever control keys you can easily play it in a way that simply sounds real. Whether it’s a violin or an imaginary space harp is up to you.”


  • Advanced physical modeling string synthesizer
  • Way beyond samples—full control over every aspect of the sound and performance
  • Control keys for realistic expression using just a MIDI keyboard
  • Comprehensive articulation including bowing, pluck, tremolo, legato, vibrato and much more
  • Tweak your sound to perfection, or go beyond what a real instrument could
  • Comes with 140+ patches, from classic instruments to brand new sounds

Audio Demos:

Pricing and Availability:

Friktion Modeled Strings is available now for $99 USD.

8 thoughts on “Reason Studios Intros Friktion Physical Modeling String Synthesizer

  1. I really love this kind of synthesis. Sculpture does it pretty well.

    This seems even more full featured. I really like the pitch related features.

    I’m not a Reason user, so I’ll need to miss this one. But it looks quite cool.

      1. Ah. Well, that’s cool news.

        I have AAS String Studio, which is cool. But it doesn’t depart as successfully from the Karplus Strong kinds of tones as this seems to.

        1. That is a reasonable option (sorry!). But I’d strongly prefer the a la carte approach. Though there might be other things I’d find interesting in Reason, it might not be worth it for me.

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