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Studio Strings in Logic Pro X

Logic Pro X’s new Studio Strings instrument brings a new level of realism to virtual string arrangement. Mark Cousins picks up his bow…

Achieving a realistic string sound isn’t easy or cheap, often necessitating dedicated third-party string libraries, like Spitfire Audio’s Symphonic String, as well as the know-how on how to construct and program your DIY string arrangement. Logic Pro X’s new Studio Strings virtual instrument makes string arrangement both affordable (or free, assuming you have Logic 10.4 installed!) and surprisingly accessible. Studio Strings is designed to be easy-to-use, creating realistic sound string parts with the minimum of fuss, yet deep and flexible enough to keep pro users happy.


At its heart, Studio Strings is a sample-based virtual instrument dedicated to strings. What’s particularly interesting, though, is how you negotiate the sound of the string section – from different articulations, like pizzicato and legato, through to the various ensemble sizes and the individual instruments themselves. This all has an impact on your workflow, which we’ll be exploring in more detail in the workshop.

The uppermost level on Studio Strings is the instrument selection found towards the top of the interface. Here you can switch between the individual instruments – Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello and Double Bass – as well as the various ensembles patches – including String Ensembles, Small Section, Disco Strings and Singer Songwriter – that layer multiple instruments as part of a whole section. Within each instrument selection you’ll also find a set of articulations (the precise set varying between the instruments) covering a range of different playing styles.

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