Equipment highlight - Waldorf Streichfett

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Introduction

Back in May 2021 we ran a social media campaign for the excellent mental health charity https://www.youngminds.org.uk. To promote the campaign we released a song called Make Me Beautiful, and we had a number of remixes done by various Stick Up Boys Associates (TM) including fellow Hivians @ambrosechappel and @gribbles which are all collated into a playlist here:

This song heavily features a synthesizer by the German company Waldorf called Streichfett, which Google translates as "fat spread". Mmmmm.......

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Spread that fat wide

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The Waldorf Streichfett (https://waldorfmusic.com/en/streichfett-overview) is a digital homage to the String Synthesizer, a type of synth manufactured in the 70's and early 80's. Remember the classic riff in the chorus of Joy Division's Love Will Tear Us Apart Again? That is a string synth. Anyone with a penchant for vintage adult cinema will also be very familiar with the sound!
You can hear the Streichfett in action at the start, and throughout, Make Me Beautiful. It is in fact the cornerstone and star of the whole song. We created the sound with some random knob twiddling (smirk), which is one of our favourite things to do. The big stereo sound stage was created by maxing out the depth of the "Animate" effect which is on the bottom left of the machine, as well as engaging the "Ensemble" button in the middle of the panel.
At the mixing stage there was no further processing, except a little bit of sidechain compression from the kick and the lead vocal.

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Fatal Attraction

This little pink beauty is a lot of fun. The available controls are sensibly labelled and invite experimentation, and it is quick and easy to get a good sound, which for us is very important (we are lazy and impatient - a terrible combination!) For lush, vintage-esque strings/pads/soundscapes this thing is great. It can go very stereo and wide without sounding phasey when collapsed to mono, which is a real bonus, especially for a digital synth of this price.

So. We sold it! Despite it's lovely lushness and gorgeous pink lettering, the 'Fett, as we liked to called it, had a fatal flaw: a constant USB ground hum/buzz. We tried everything to get rid of this but we never succeeded. Those of you with a decent monitoring system may be able to hear it very faintly in the song, when the Fett is playing. Whilst there are some types of atonal noise, such as tape hiss, which can be good in some circumstances, the buzz from the Fett was not of this type, and thus we parted ways. I guess spreadable fat is not as great as it sounds after all.
Sorry Fett, it's not you, it's us.
But really, it is you.

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Do you think the noise was related to your system or an issue with the synth? It's a shame it didn't work out. I really have little idea of where technology stands in that area, but I get the impression there are lots of options in hardware and software. I think it could be financially dangerous to get into that. I have enough going on as it is.

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It was a lovely thing ....we had it in my studio then Brains took it to his to try and get rid of the horrible USB hum ...but alas....it had to go. I now feel sad reading his blog as there really is nothing that I have ever played that sounds quite like it! We own a lot of different hardware....it is a financially dangerous rabbit hole as you said!

It was the synth itself. We used it in a three different houses and it exhibited the same behaviour. Such a shame!

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Aww this has made me feel sad.....it was such an interesting synth....but the noise.....!PIZZA


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