M-Audio Unveils GForce Virtual String Machine

M-Audio, a leading manufacturer of creative tools for computer-centric musicians, is proud to announce the new Virtual String Machine software instrument developed by partner GForce. This virtual instrument brings the evocative tones of over a dozen of the finest vintage string synthesizers to today’s Macs and PCs.

The Virtual String Machine brings back string synthesizers both ubiquitous and rare, including emulations of the Freeman String Symphonizer, Eminent 310, ARP Omni II, ARP Quartet, Crumar Multiman, Polymoog, Elka Rhapsody, Korg PE2000, Logan String Melody, Eminent Solina, Roland RS202, Yamaha SS30 and more. These are the same instruments that changed the face of music in the hands of Pink Floyd, Stevie Wonder, The Cure, Parliament, Herbie Hancock, Air, Joy Division, Jean Michel Jarre, Thomas Dolby, Genesis, Lonnie Liston Smith and many others. More recently, these vintage sounds have seen resurgence with artists like Kasabian and Goldfrapp.

M-Audio development partner GForce created the Virtual String Machine using techniques that have garnered critical acclaim from reviewers, artists and even the original instrument inventors. As such, it follows in the footsteps of GForce’s popular Minimonsta:Melohman, The Oddity, impOSCar and M-Tron. Users of the Virtual String Machine will find the same attention to detail and accuracy in every aspect of this incredible creative instrument. For example, the software manifests in over 60 different Sample Sets spanning the many different settings of these venerable instruments—over 3,200 meticulous samples in all.

Far more than a preset device, the Virtual String Machine does not stop at simply emulating the best string machines of all time. It allows users to layer any two Sample Sets and apply synthesizer parameters to each layer—creating different envelopes, filter settings, pitch LFO, pan positions, fine-tune amounts and more. The master output stage then provides a vintage-style phaser and/or ensemble to the final patch. While fully programmable, this exciting software instrument also ships with over 500 factory presets.

The Virtual String Machine can function as a stand-alone instrument in conjunction with a MIDI control. It is also a plug-in compatible with most popular host applications including Pro Tools LE™, Pro Tools|HD®, Pro Tools M-Powered™, Ableton Live, Cubase, Logic, GarageBand, SONAR, Digital Performer, and ACID. Compatible formats include VST 2.0 (Mac/PC including VSTi), RTAS (Mac/PC) and Audio Units (Mac).

“GForce software has given the industry incredibly realistic emulations and enhancements of vintage instruments,” says Adam Castillo, marketing director at M-Audio. “The Virtual String Machine goes beyond merely bringing the seminal sounds of the 1970’s back to life—it combines them into new sonic treats the world has never heard before. M-Audio is proud to be the worldwide distributor for the Virtual String Machine and other great software instruments from GForce.”

The Virtual String Machine is expected to ship in early 2007 and carries an MSRP of $149.95 US.

About M-Audio

M-Audio, a part of Avid Technology, Inc., is a leading provider of innovative tools for today's computer musicians and audio professionals.

Founded on the belief that cost should never stand in the way of creativity, the company's products deliver the latest production and performance technology at accessible price points. M-Audio has received numerous industry accolades, including Music Trades' "Company of the Year" and "Fastest Growing Company" distinctions. The company's award-winning and comprehensive product line includes PCI-, FireWire- and USB-based audio interfaces; USB/MIDI keyboard controllers, stage pianos, microphones and preamps, reference monitors; and DJ tools. M-Audio was acquired by Avid Technology Inc. in August 2004 and is now part of the Avid audio division along with Digidesign and Sibelius.