Just wanted to tip you guys about this lovely free string and pad processing gem from Acustica Audio. The Stradipad Free Swedish Strings – developed by Acustica Audio in collaboration with AlexB – is a an Acqua plugin (VST) powered by Nebula technology (you don’t need to own any version of Nebula to use this), and on the right sources it can sound really nice. It’s great for adding depth, mojo and life to a pad or string sound, and I also find that sounds processed with this thing sit in the mix easier. On some rather two-dimensional sounding softsynth generated pads the Stradipad Free can be a bit of a life changer: the sound spectrum kinda opens up into a more textured 3D image, and things instantly become a bit more interesting to listen to. I’m loving it. According to Acustica Audio this particular version of the Stradipad series was made to give you that classic ‘ABBA’ string sound, but I’m finding that its potential uses go way beyond just that. I can see myself using this on lots and lots of stuff, particularly softsynth pads.
As with all Nebula powered plugins this thing does add a considerable amount of latency, so this is not something you would use for real time playing. Pull it out when you’re ready to start mixing, however, and you might just find yourself amazed at what it does.
While I’ve got a bunch of purely algorithmic plugins that are capable of making things a bit more 3D sounding, very few of them seem to do that particular job as well as a good Nebula program – and that’s one reason why I’m incorporating more and more Nebula powered stuff into my mixing. There’s also some serious albeit undefinable mojo that can be had with this type of technology – check it out for yourself if you haven’t done so already. I’m sold.
As far as I can see this is a Windows only plugin, so it’s the old “no soup for you” if you’re a Mac user, unfortunately – at least at this point in time.
To download Stradipad Free at no charge go to Acustica Audio online, where you can also purchase the Stradipad Platinum Collection, something you might find yourself inclined to do once you’ve given this freebie a good test run. Enjoy!