SCI-FI STRINGS Ableton Live Pack: Science Fiction Inspired String Synths
One of my favorite things about old science fiction films are the synth-drenched sound tracks. The synth string sounds added a futuristic intensity to the films, and today, they bring strong feelings of nostalgia. This is the motivation and inspiration behind SCI-FI STRINGS, an Ableton Live Pack designed to capture the mood and emotion of the classic science fiction films from the 80s and 90s.
Creating SCI-FI STRINGS...
The process behind the sounds is a big part of what makes SCI-FI STRINGS special. I programmed patches on a number of hardware and software synths; chief among them were the Prophet 6 and Ableton's Wavetable. Depending on the patch, I sent sounds through a variety of guitar pedals, especially the RotoVibe's chorus. Some of the patches were recorded through a Fender Deluxe tube amplifier, and most of them were run through a variety of VST plug-ins, such as Ableton's Echo and Psychic Modulation's Echo Melt.
Building The Instruments...
Once I had all of my samples, I placed them into Ableton's Sampler and then into Instrument Racks. The Racks have both Low and High Pass Filters with a Resonance control that effects both filters. There's a series of Choruses called Extreme Chorus. Next is a Tremolo effect with both Depth and Rate controls (Rate is fun to modulate while playing). Finally is a Delay, with the Delay Time set to Repitch mode to emulate analog tape delays.
The result is 30 Sci-Fi synthesized string instruments for Ableton Live. Each preset is named after Sci-Fi heroes, villains, and other terminology. Enjoy the sounds!