User Library Spotlight: Serenade by Chet Singer
In this video, I show how to use Chet Singer’s wonderful Serenade ensemble, a physical modelling synth for string instruments capable of producing very organic and realistic sounds.
Serenade is fairly unique as far as I know, in that it has a fader in the center that mimics the movement of a bow across a string instrument. This fader can be controlled with the mouse, via a MIDI controller, or using automation from a DAW such as Ableton. Using automation requires some simple editing of the ensemble, as detailed in the video.
Serenade makes use of Viva la Convolution, a convolution ensemble designed by Colin Brown. As convolution is mostly used to create reverb effects, Serenade uses it in a very interesting way, to model the sonic space of a string instrument.
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