Sampled Strings..."downstroke"!

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Member Since: May 25, 2004

I'm a Reason 2.5 user and try as I might (up til 3a this morning!) I can't replicate the "downstroke" of a stringed instrument. I understand some users have success with looping the sound foward to backward, but I've tried this. Are other vitual studios out there similar, and if so, how do you get this sound?It's important to me to really give my music an authentic feel. If anyone has advice or a link, I'd appreciate it.


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Since: Jan 18, 2003

May 29, 2004 04:21 pm

there are programs that are set up to duplicate that. but all the ones i know of are very, very expensive, consisting of many GB worth--often over 10 GB--of samples. with these, each stringed instrument and/or string section is individually sampled on the downstroke and on the upstroke. i can't remember the names of any of those programs right now, because the price was just thousands of dollars and i knew i'd never get my hands on one.

i would love to find a cheaper solution. i'm always looking for the most realistic possible string sound. anyone else heard of anything?

Since: May 04, 2003

May 29, 2004 04:41 pm

I know you've got options like that in Fruityloops or am I wrong

and you could probably get it by playing with an arpeggiator

dunno what else:S

Since: May 09, 2004

May 30, 2004 02:16 pm

Fruityloops, at least 3, not studio, doesn't seem to have that function. I've found it to be quite a lot of work to make realistic sounding strings in fruity loops, usually requiring individual sample editing in Cool Edit, and then having about 5 samples of one note after editing each one to sound the way it needs to sound. That is, using one long string sample for each note and working with it. That's the only way I've found to do it, anyway, of course, it could just be because I'm an idiot though......

Since: May 25, 2004

May 30, 2004 04:02 pm

I've taken a look at your's what I've found...yes, Fortymile, those samples are very expensive (the least expensive was around $100, but I wasn't convinced that the "downstroke" sound were plenty. The arpeggiator, Presley 07, basically was good for triggering sounds spaced apart a bit (like strumming a guitar). I don't have cool edit, Audioguru, so I can't comment, but I'd be interested in hearing some samples of what you've done. It sounds like your method works as long as the "downstroke" sound can be achieved. I could do this by manipulating a sample, then importing back into Reason as a multiple samplers then recording each sound I need individually. On play back, this should give the "upstroke, downstroke, upstroke...etc." sound. Yes, lots of work, but I have to try something...this is the most frustrated I've been. Usually, I can figure something out reading the boards (the Reason one is useless, too much prick waving for me). Actually, I 've received more of a response on this board...less ego! Way to go, guys! Anyone else like to chime in?
Cheers! Derek

Since: May 09, 2004

May 30, 2004 05:14 pm

Well yeah, I can't say I've gotten that into the upstroke, downstroke think, but I can say that doing anything with strings can be a royal pain. I think I'll try it, though, Goyago, let you know how it goes.

Since: May 25, 2004

May 31, 2004 03:23 am

Interesting site with disco I haven't checked out the other strings, but with a little processing the disco ones aren't bad...

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Since: Jul 01, 2002

May 31, 2004 03:59 am

thats an ace site, thanks for the link man - and welcome!

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