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String Machines 2

Warm Vintage Sounds Revived
String Machines 2 - Warm Vintage Sounds Revived
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Over 60 string synthesizers spanning 50+ years of design innovation from around the globe have been carefully collected, restored and recorded to create one remarkable instrument: String Machines 2. A multi-year effort, String Machines 2 greatly expands on the original, including many rare sounds and machines exclusive to this collection as well as a completely updated architecture and interface. Now you can create stunning keys, pads, brass, bass, voices, piano sounds and more with the warm analog tones of vintage string synths. 355 hand-crafted presets have been designed to get you started, built on a foundation of 46,000 samples, while a versatile dual-layer architecture lets you easily combine the sounds of multiple machines together to create new hybrids with creative freedom.


In the 1970s, commercial keyboard designers began an attempt to reproduce orchestral string sounds through analog synthesis. The results were far from their original goal, and while niche at the time, the sounds of these machines have become timeless, not for their similarity to orchestral instruments but for their place in our collective memory and nostalgia. Today these synths are mostly gone, broken with age and discarded, the threat of many of them disappearing completely becoming a reality.

Expanding the Archive

6 years ago we released String Machines, which captured 11 of the most iconic of these synths. Now we're back and we've added 51 more machines to the list. Explore classics like the Solina, Freemand String Symphonizer and Elka Rhapsody as well as extremely rare models including the Yamaha SK-50D, Logan Vocalist, Jen SM2007 and more. Many of these machines were very hard to track down and most of them came to us in non-working condition, needing to undergo serious repair and restoration. The result was well worth the effort, as String Machines 2 has grown into both an important archive and an inspiring instrument.

Sound Signature

Each of these old string synths was meticulously inspected, tested and calibrated to ensure as close to factory functionality as possible. After spending time with each machine to identify signature sounds, unique qualities and natural strengths, our sound designers captured them in the highest-quality possible with premium DI boxes, hardware processors and converters. Each sample was hand-trimmed and processed to bring out the best sound with a mastered finish. A diverse assembly of instruments, some made decades and continents apart, the sound of String Machines 2 is vivid and soulful, rich with the subtle character and quirks of aged components.

Dual-Layer Design

String Machines 2 is designed with two discrete layers so that you can easily choose from and stack any of the 842 included synthesizer sounds. Having been originally designed to emulate acoustic strings, the sound of these machines often layer and modulate in very pleasing ways, naturally lending themselves to work in ensemble. With String Machines 2 you have full control over amp ADSR, multi-mode filter, voicing, stereo, LFO and step modulators and arpeggiator for each machine, allowing you to modify presets or create new sounds from scratch in any way you like. A capable effect bus adds the finishing touch, including EQ, Drive, Thorus, Phasor, Delay, Sparkverb and an authentic ensemble effect modeled after the Roland RS-505.
With the authentic sound of 62 string synthesizers, String Machines 2 is a sonic archive reinvigorating these warm, charactered timbres in a singular creative instrument.





Product Details:

- 62 string synthesizers in a single instrument
- Choose from 842 hardware sounds, layering machines together to create your own hybrids
- Powerful modulation and built-in effects
- 51 new synths
- 355 new patches
- Updated voice architecture including new modulations
- Master effect section with EQ, Drive, Thorus, Phasor, Delay, Sparkverb and authentic Ensemble
- Faster load times
- Sleek unified interface design


Size: 16.83 GB (FLAC lossless encoding, was 29.39 GB in WAV) Content: 46,311 Samples, 355 Presets
Sample Resolution: 44.1 kHz. Recording at 88.2 kHz

License: 3 activations per license on any combination of computer hard drive or iLok dongle


- Runs in UVI Workstation version 3.0.1+, and Falcon version 1.5.4+
- iLok account (free, dongle not required)
- Internet connection for the license activation
- Supported Operating Systems:
- Mac OS X 10.8 to macOS 10.13 High Sierra (64-bit)
- Windows 8 to Windows 10 (64-bit)
- 17 GB of disk space
- Hard Drive: 7,200 rpm recommended or Solid State Drive (SSD)
- 4GB RAM (8 GB+ highly recommended for large UVI Soundbanks)


Supported Formats: Audio Units, AAX, VST, Stand-alone

Tested and Certified in: Digital Performer 8+, Pro Tools 11+, Logic 9+, Cubase 7+, Nuendo 6+,
Ableton Live 8+, Studio One 2+, Garage Band 6, Maschine 1 & 2, Tracktion 4+, Vienna Ensemble
5, Reaper 4+, Sonar X3, Main Stage 3, MuLab 5.5+, FL Studio, Bitwig 1+, Reason 9.5+

Download Sizes

Version Compressed Download Size
Plug-in/UVI Download includes
  Product Download and Registration:  Website
  UVI Workstation User Guide:  2 MB
  UVI Workstation for Mac OS X:  306 MB
  UVI Workstation for Windows:  302 MB
  UVI Workstation for Windows (x64):  302 MB

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License Agreement

The Following End User License Agreement is included with String Machines 2. This License is only valid for the individual who has purchased an unopened, new and lawfully made copy of String Machines 2 from a dealer or distributor authorized by Big Fish Audio.


This copy of the Sounds & Software (the Product) are licensed to you as the end user. Please read this Agreement carefully.

You cannot transfer ownership of these Sounds and Software they contain. You cannot re-sell or copy the Product.


1. License Grant. UVI, brand (UVI) grants to you, subject to the following terms and conditions, a non-exclusive, nontransferable right to use each authorized copy of the enclosed Product.

The enclosed product is the property of UVI and is licensed to you only for use as part of a musical performance, live or recorded. This license expressly forbids resale or other distribution of the sounds and software included in the Product or their derivatives, either as they exist on disc, reformatted for use in another digital sampler, or mixed, combined, filtered, resynthesized or otherwise edited, for use as sounds, multisounds, samples, multisamples, wavetables, programs or patches in a sampler, microchip or any hardware or software sample playback device. You cannot sell the Product content or give it away for use by others in their sampling or sample playback devices. In the event UVI terminates this Agreement due to your breach, you agree to return the original and all other copies of the software and documentation to UVI. UVI reserves all rights not expressly granted to you.

2. Protection of Software. You agree to take all reasonable steps to protect this product and any accom- panying documentation from unauthorized copying or use. You agree not to modify the enclosed product to circumvent any method or means adopted or implemented by UVI to protect against or iscourage the unlicensed use of copying of the enclosed Product.

3. Ownership. As between you and UVI, ownership of, and title to, the enclosed digitally recorded sounds (including any copies) will be held by UVI. Copies are pro- vided to you only to enable you to exercise your rights under the license. Only this license is purchased by you.

4. Term. This Agreement is effective from the date you open this package, and will remain in full force until termination. This Agreement will terminate if you break any of the terms or conditions of this Agreement. Upon termination you agree to destroy and return to UVI all copies of this product and accompanying documentation.

5. Restrictions. Except as expressly authorized in this Agreement, you may not rent, sell, lease, sublicense, distribute, transfer, copy, reproduce, display, modify or time share the enclosed product or documentation. THE SOUNDS IN THIS INSTRUMENT ARE GUARANTEED TO BE 100% COPYRIGHT CLEAN ©

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