▶️ Adapt envelope shapes: Amplitude envelope (e.g. Env 1 on Serum) attack should be curved to simulate the action of a bowed string
▶️ Use comb filters to get a less synthetic and more organic sound
▶️ Use velocity to emulate real string bowing: Assign it to volume attack time, sustain level or filter cutoff for instance (Lower velocity would result in a longer attack time, a lower level and a darker sound.
▶️ Chord voicing is an important point to properly emulate the sound of a full string orchestra
▶️ Use Multiband compressor to subtly shape your tone using both upward and downward compression on each band.
▶️ Layer a seamless looping wav file in the Noise oscillaotr to add life and get a more acoustic feel
▶️ Use FM synthesis and stack unison on multiple octaves to create fuller and more detailed tones (Check the thrill on long chords using the modwheel !)
▶️ Add subtle variation to the FM modulator (OSC B on this preset) to add movement
▶️ Create less synthetic sounds by slightly randomizing oscillators phase or pitch using either Chaos oscillators or ‘Note on random’ functions.
▶️ Increased sound quality: The downloadable version of this preset is x2 (Serum normal quality) but if your computer can handle it, try setting it on x4 on the Global pannel.
▶️ Save some CPU by using Macro 3 (‘CPU Friend’) to shorten notes release time but increase reverb decay time instead.