Production Tip: Distort Your Strings

1930's School Orchestra
This morning, we woke up to a Facebook post from Music Marketing Inc. in which YouTube user Everyonestalking (Dani from the duo Everyone’s Talking) played a virtual instrument string patch on his MIDI controller. Sounds pretty normal, right? After all, everyone from the most obscure electronic musicians to the most noted mainstream artists use string patches in some way, shape, or form. But, something about this video was different..

After playing a few lines, Dani decided to throw some distortion on the strings. Normally, some tremolo, reverberation, or delay would be an understandable approach to getting your stringed instruments (whether live or virtual) to a specifically sculpted sound for your song. Distortion though? Distortion is used to crush things, to make them sound more warped and demonic than the stock warped instruments that come in Logic Pro. Why in the name of all that is musical would you DISTORT STRINGS?!

To answer your question: watch the video. Dani applies an AmpliTube plugin (which emulates the sound of amplifiers normally used for recording guitar instruments) with the preset setting disappoint. Dani then states, “..let’s see if it does that” and plays a few notes, detuning the instrument a bit.

The end result is extremely positive! Though the string patch has quite a heavy decay on it, you get an understanding of what’s sonically going on and the power it has to create an extremely powerful, gritty sound that emulates a sort of unique synthesizer lead.

Playing “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin with the end result in the video also put a little smile on our face. Sound strange? Check out the video below and let us know what you think! Also, if you decide to use this plugin, give us a shout on FacebookTwitter, or Soundcloud with the track so we can listen and share the results.

PS – Do you know how many results for G-Strings we received while searching for a picture for this post?

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