If you’re pressed for time or if you already know the basic concepts behind STRIIIINGS, then this Walkthrough may be all you need for now, and you can come back later to look up deeper explanations as you need them.
We will take a quick tour across all controls of Symphonic Elements STRIIIINGS. After this, you will have a good basic understanding of the instrument and how to use it.
We assume you have Symphonic Elements STRIIIINGS opened in your DAW. Ideally, you have a MIDI controller connected, otherwise use the interactive keyboard.
Make A Sound And Learn About Chords
- With Player Mode selected, play C#3 or a higher note. Your STRIIIINGS player will start playing. Play a few notes or chords and get a feel for how it works.
Try The Presets
- At the very top of the Symphonic Elements STRIIIINGS window, you can load presets. A preset is always a complete setting of STRIIIINGS, i.e. it will change the performance as well as the strings and effects.
- At this point, just go through different presets to get an impression of the musical and sonic palette of Symphonic Elements STRIIIINGS.
Tell Your Player What You Want
- Activate the Latch button right next to the Player Range. Now Symphonic Elements STRIIIINGS will keep playing even if you don’t hold a note. Let it keep playing.
- Now play a note in the correspondingly labeled STYLE PHRASES range of the keyboard, C1 – A1. Go upwards and notice how the phrasing gets more intense. Try black keys, C#1 to G#1 while holding white keys to throw in riffs. You can replace all these phrases by loading different Styles. Let’s do just that now:
- Load different styles by clicking a Style name or the arrows left to the interactive keyboard. You will notice that your player masters a vast range of playing techniques and musical genres.
- Now try keys in the C2 – B2 range, labeled Bass Notes. These bass notes will always be there no matter which style you’ve loaded, and can be freely combined with the style phrases.
- Try the KEY parameter and notice how it “locks” your keyboard into a certain scale. This is a nice helping hand if you’re not too familiar with keyboard playing.
- Now stop your player by pressing or clicking the stop key (B1).
More Performance Tweaking Fun
- Have Symphonic Elements STRIIIINGS keep playing. Open the Micro Timing menu by clicking the icon in the bottom right corner of the interactive keyboard.
- The speed switch lets you set Symphonic Elements STRIIIINGS to half time or double time – this comes in extremely handy when you like a particular style that plays half- or double-time relative to your existing arrangement.
- Click on Microtiming right next to the interactive keyboard and slowly turn up the Swing control. As you will notice, this will delay the off-beats until the phrasing resembles a ternary feel that is common in Swing music (hence the name), often also called Shuffle or Groove depending on your DAW.
Find Your String Sound
Let’s look at the Low and High Strings settings of the Symphonic Elements STRIIIINGS. Here you set up the Low and High strings and you can shape the sound in almost any way you like.
- Activate Player mode and Latch and keep playing while you tweak controls.
- First, mute the High Strings section or turn the Crossfader towards the Low section.
- Now, select a preset from the Character menu in the Low Strings section and play with the Character knob. Notice how it changes the character of the STRIIIINGS sound. Try more presets.
- Now experiment with the Motion knob. Motion offers animated effect types such as Tremolos, Gates, Filter, and more to add movement to your signal.
- Turn the Focus EQ knob to find out how you can go from boosting bass to low-mids to neutral to making the high mids silkier to boosting treble.
The Finisher is a creative wonderbag that lets you mangle and twist the sound of STRIIIINGS in a lot of ways – from subtle adjustments to total craziness. Let’s try it:
- While having STRIIIINGS playing, click through the Finisher Presets by using the arrow buttons underneath the Mode bar (or turning the knob, or selecting presets from the menu that opens when you click the Preset name)
- In every Preset you try, turn the Finisher knob up and down and listen for the alterations in the sound! A complete guide to Finisher Presets is included in the Reference section.
By now, you have a pretty good first impression of what STRIIIINGS can do! Keep playing and experimenting. There’s nothing to break. When you’re done, just start laying down tracks or continue to the Reference Guide for more detailed information.
PreSonus Chord Track and Key Track Integration
Note: These features are only visible and accessible in Presonus Studio One 5
Descriptions of styles and phrases are displayed on the piano roll to help you find the right styles and phrases faster and easier for your track. The play range and the style/common phrases are divided into red (general key switches) and blue (play range) on the piano roll.
The chord track feature in Studio One automatically follows the chords and automatically changes the MIDI notes for you.
We recommend activating the “Follow Chords” toggle above the “Key” menu on the user interface. When Studio One interprets a wrong chord, the “Follow Chords” feature will correct it. Of course, the chord track feature will also work with turning off the “Follow Chords” toggle.
Note: Changing styles or common phrases won’t affect or change the chord tracks, but the harmonic input. Not all chords that are possible in the PreSonus Chord track are recognized in our instruments, but any chord will be mapped to the closed, musically “not wrong” interpretation.