We were rather taken with Waldorf’s Streichfett – a desktop module that emulated the kitsch vibe of ’70s and ’80s string synths – so we’re pleased to see that its engine is now being used as the basis for this new 49-note keyboard instrument.
The STVC uses the same basic sound engine as its predecessor, which is broken into String and Solo sections. The String section features a continuous rotary that runs through – wonderfully retro, if not entirely convincing – orchestral sounds, from violins and violas through brass, organ and choir. This paired with a 16-voice Solo synth section, which is handy for adding weight and grit to the overall sound. The Animate effect returns, for adding modulated movement to sounds, and is joined here by ensemble/chorus and reverb effects.
The big addition here is the vocoder. This is built around 250 filter bands and features formant modification controls and a freeze function. As with the string section, continuous morphing controls will allow all users to slowly modify the sound.
Control-wise, the STVC features a 49-key velocity and aftertouch-equipped keyboard with pitch and mod wheels, as well as MIDI and USB connectivity. We’ve not had the price officially confirmed, but at the time of writing we expect it to be around $900.