I recently programmed a synth sound that could be described as a string ensemble. Not the sound of a string machine, but the sound of a group of strings - synthy of course. You might say it has the sound of a "strings" waveform in a ROMpler, but without the artifacts of too-short looping and/or dynamic compression such that it is smoothed-out and semi-lifeless.
The synth patch makes use of PWM for animation within the timbre. For thickness and the ensemble tone, I layered detuned oscs together.
I made a total of 21 samples from C1-C6, sampling every minor third, i.e., C - D# - F# - A, at 44.1KHz, 16-bits depth, in mono. This resulted in a sample set that was ~16MB in size - perhaps a little larger. If so, not using the C6 sample would be the easiest solution for a 16MB sampler.
The files are named as such:
where nn is the MIDI note number for key assignment (36-96), keyname is C, D#, F#, or A, and oct is the octave of the sample (1-6).
And yea, I am sharing them with you.
Download them here:http://rapidshare.com/files/198978380/aeon_strings.zip
You will need to assign these samples to a keymap and assign filter and amplitude envelopes so they properly play as "strings" would. Yea indeed, there is some programming work involved, minimal as it might be. That said, I hope you enjoy these samples and can put them to good use in your music.
Here is a quick demo courtesy of Yoozer:http://www.theheartcore.com/music/aeon_strings_demo.mp3
Setup file for Logic EXS:http://rapidshare.com/files/202438606/aeon_strings_EXS.zip
Setup file for Kontakt:http://rapidshare.com/files/202438607/aeon_strings_Kontakt.zip