There’s been quite a bit of renewed interest in stringers since Streichfett came out, but having compared Streichfett and VSTs to original analog stringers, they really don’t sound the same. Streichfett’s limitation is that it’s ALL digital, no BBD chips in sight, and those were the real key to the stringer sound. A lot of the softsynths use samples as their base, but a single sampled note in a BBD unit sounds quite diff than multiple notes, not to mention the VCA. In my opinion, G-force and UVI’s soft stringers are lacking because of precisely this, in fact, I think Loomer’s String soft-synth does a better job because it starts out as purely digital waves and then puts those into a much more carefully designed BBD simulator.
Of course, stringers back in the day were really limited, but I can’t help wonder what a second generation could do, or why synth manufacturers don’t play around with this to make synths that are stringer-esque.
For example, is it possible to do your divide down digitally, ie: take an analog oscillator, feed it into a DA converter, and divide down there? You’d still get the minor fluctations in pitch of analog, I’d guess, but if you did this with two analog oscillators, divided them down separately, then layered, you’d get fluctuating polyphony, like on the Korg Lambda, only D/A hybrid, right?
Or what if you just took 2 digital waves and detuned them (ie: Audiothingies P6 or PreenFM engine), and connected this to the guts of an Oakley unit for BBD chorus? The problem with something like the Oakley or Elkorus is getting the levels right, but that would all be set internally.