Artistry in Motion
Synchron Strings Pro represents the next generation of sampled string ensembles, fusing artistic expression, a wealth of detailed articulations, natural note transitions and sonic excellence within a resource-friendly, easy-to-use product. Standard Library and Full Library contain the same articulations. The Full Library adds more microphones for more sonic possibilities.
- Artistic expression
- A wealth of detailed articulations
- Authentic note transitions
- New “agile” legatos for a natural flow
- Additional soft attack and soft release samples
- Legendary VSL legatos with portamento and flautando legato
- Vibrato control & vivid dynamics
- Recorded at Synchron Stage Vienna with multiple microphones
- Resource-friendly & easy to use
- Crossgrade prices for users of Synchron Strings I
Let the musicians play
How notes fade in, develop, transition to the next note and fade out are essential indicators of the authenticity of musical performances. By developing an evolved sampling system, deriving thousands of articulations from beautiful real-life performances, our well-rehearsed team of musicians and engineers at Synchron Stage Vienna have succeeded in preserving the supreme artistry of Vienna’s brilliant string players. The result elevates these string ensembles to the next level of liveliness and expressive potential.
The magic of string ensembles is in the way expert musicians perform note beginnings and releases, and that’s exactly what we captured with long notes, legatos and portamentos of Synchron Strings Pro. The library provides all of the originally played attack and release variants, which are easy to use due to their consistent layout throughout the library. Dial in a marcato attack, a soft attack, or an even softer crescendo – you’ll hear what the musicians performed without having to shape a tone using MIDI controllers. The same goes for espressivo notes where the originally played phrasings exhibit a natural quality that is inherently different from MIDI manipulated notes.
Using a new recording approach, we tested our musicians’ mental stamina as well as their skill. By placing the ensembles in the simulated “pressure-cooker” environment of an actual scoring session while recording several thousand fast phrases, the editing team has been able to extract short elements that are bursting with authentic energy and drive. These “agile” legatos let you play all imaginable runs and figures in all tempos, with the natural flow and authentic note transitions automatically provided by the Synchron Player.
Synchron Strings Pro includes a few articulations from Synchron Strings I (staccatos, legatos senza and molto vibrato, long notes, flautandos, etc.), but most articulations are new recordings. The short notes category includes new spiccatos (shorter, more pointed variants to the staccatos), “bold” staccatos (for slower tempos) and “agile” staccatos (for faster tempos), as well as detachés that can be played as originally recorded or shorter, thanks to the Synchron Player’s evolved release trigger technology.
The flautando playing technique was particularly liked and used for pads by many Synchron Strings I users, so we added legato transitions to make this very soft sound available for melodies, too. Sforzatos, crescendos and diminuendos can also be played shorter than their recorded length, which makes them usable for a wide range of applications. Ponticello (staccatos, sustains, legatos, tremolos), col legno and harmonics round out the rich palette of included playing techniques.
Microphone Setup – Standard & Full Library
The Standard Library and Full Library of Synchron Strings Pro both include the same articulations. The difference lies in the number of provided microphone positions:
|1. Close Mic (Mono)
|2. Mid Mic – Front row of Ensemble (L/R)
|3. Back Mic – Second row of Ensemble (L/R)
|4. Main/Room Mic – Decca Tree Stereo (L/R)
|5. Main/Room Mic – Decca Tree Mono (Center)
|6. Main Surround – Stereo (L/R)
|7. High Stereo (3D) – Stereo (L/R)
|8. High Surround (3D) – Stereo (L/R)
The main surround microphone settings may also be used instead of the main stereo room mics in order to achieve a wider and more ambient mix. Blending surround signals with the other microphone signals creates a denser, more lush overall sound, even in stereo applications.
Room Mix Presets feature an excellent mix-down to stereo from the Decca tree and surround mic positions for a CPU and RAM-saving sound that’s perfectly balanced right out-of-the-box. A host of Mixer Presets is available in the categories of “Decca Tree Multi-Mic”, “Surround to Stereo Downmix”, and “Surround”.
The Standard Library and the upgrade to the Full Library (sometimes referred to as the Extended Library) are separate downloads.
Recorded at Synchron Stage Vienna
Our historical scoring stage in the heart of Vienna offers cutting-edge recording technology and superior acoustics for a wide variety of ensembles and musical styles.
Since its opening in 2015, many international composers and film studio executives were amazed by our facility’s outstanding features and possibilities. Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control Productions recorded a whole slate of productions, including music for the feature film “Inferno” and the Golden Globe-winning Netflix series “The Crown”. Harry Gregson-Williams recorded his score for “The Meg” at Synchron Stage Vienna, Lorne Balfe “Ad Astra”, and BBC’s “Blue Planet II”. What’s more, many orchestral productions for major Chinese, Japanese and South Korean blockbusters were recorded at Synchron Stage. The Wiener Symphoniker and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra were among the ensembles who recently recorded projects here.
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Synchron Strings Pro – Sample Content
The articulations and structure are the same for all instrument groups. For this reason only the 1st violins of Synchron Strings Pro are listed here.
For a comparison of articulations included in Synchron Strings I and Synchron Strings Pro, please click here.