Planet Botch’s new Ensembletron VSTi
serves only one purpose, but it serves that purpose
extremely well, in an eminently user-friendly
manner. This is a virtual analogue string machine
inspired by classic 1970s beasts such as the Solina
and Roland string synths. However, the Ensembletron
is by no means a copy.
Apart from offering a high quality
yet gritty and slightly rough string sound with a
great balance of fidelity and warmth, the
Ensembletron features a unique three-stage Ensemble
section which animates and adds stereo spatial
spread to the output. As you might expect, there are
adjustments for slow attack, decay and sustain, but
there’s also an advanced yet simple-to-use Tone
Management system which can significantly change the
character of the sound from vintage to modern.
And it’s on simplicity that this
VSTi majors. The whole control set can be explained
in one blog post. If you want to add analogue-type
string pads and melody lines whilst controlling
literally everything from the front panel (and do so
for free), you’ve come to the right place.