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Composition for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

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Chapter 11. Writing for Strings

Strings are one of the most popular and versatile instruments used in modern electronic music. Everybody loves the sound of strings, and unlike with some other instruments, our ears never tire of the richness, quality, and warmth of the string sound. Indeed, they have been (and still are) one of the best ways to infuse your music with warmth and emotion.

The computer musician will probably use synthesized or sampled strings, which are quite a different proposition from the real thing. Generally, there are two ways you can use these string patches. You can simply select a string patch at random and audition it to see whether it offers the string sound you are looking for. Alternatively, you can spend some time getting ...

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