Oriental Strings updated – AU support introduced to Crudebyte’s specialist string instrument

Download from iTunes App Storeoriental strings logoCrudebyte caused quite a stir back in August when their iSymphonic Orchestra app was launched. The app’s blurb promised a lot and, while the sounds in the initial release were most certainly very impressive, it perhaps wasn’t until the first update for the app appeared in November, that it perhaps started to deliver on the obvious potential of the sample playback engine.

Crudebyte have obviously put some considerable work into the sample playback engine that iSymphonic Orchestra is built upon and, quite understandably, are keen to make good use of that engine for other sample-based virtual instruments. So, as I mentioned a back in December 2014, Oriental Strings was added to the line up using the same app framework, but featuring a different sample set.

Oriental Stings; the sound of the Middle East - well, a bit of it - in an app.

Oriental Stings; the sound of the Middle East – well, a bit of it – in an app.

Oriental Strings caught me a bit by surprise. It wasn’t quite as ‘oriental’ as I’d imagined it would be. However, it still sounded very good indeed and made for a very good compliment to iSymphonic Orchestra. Indeed, it is a tempting item on its own as, at the time of writing, it can be picked up for just UK£7.99/US$9.99 (although, as I type, the ‘seasonal’ holiday pricing which is 40% off these figures, is still available on the UK App Store at least).

During 2015, Crudebyte added Audiobus to both iSymphonic Orchestra and Oriental Strings as well has bringing support for 64-bit hardware, while back in October, they added Audio Unit (AU) support for iSymphonic. This took a while to settle down, but a further update in December fine-tuned the performance. Anyway, having obviously got their AU support working smoothly, it has now been integrated into Oriental Strings; v.1.4.4 of that app arrived on the App Store today with AU the headline addition.

Crudebyte now have AU support in Oriental Strings, iSymphonic Orchestra and Heavy Brass – good to see :-)

Having given the new version a quick audition, the AU support seems to be solid and it’s great to be able to use Oriental Strings in this way, especially if your iOS hardware is up to running multiple instances of the app. As with iSymphonic, the AU UI is somewhat streamlined compared to the stand-alone app but, on the whole, Crudebyte have done a good job in porting the app to the plugin format.

At UK£7.99/US$9.99, Oriental Strings is a pretty good deal. Both apps do sound impressive though and, if the combined cost is less important to you that having access to the best string/orchestral sounds that iOS can currently offer, then both apps are worth checking out.

Oriental Strings

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iSymphonic Orchestra

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    1. Great! But I’m happy today, because Roland finally announced long-awaited replacement for its great Duo-Capture EX audio interface. The whole new Rubix line is iPad-compatible.
      And, as usually, Roland offers choice for Direct Monitoring mode: Mono | Stereo | Off (hey, Steinberg and PreSonus, learn it!)
      Would like to read review of Roland Rubix22 – my future audio interface for iPad Pro 12.9″ (2nd gen).

      • Hi Oleg, they do look good. It will be interesting to see what price point the various units come in at….. best wishes, John

        • Hello John,
          Thank you for reply! Frankly speaking, after considering this product I’m not so happy anymore. :) I explained why under that Roland’s video (for the moment it looks like my comment is the most popular there, so anybody can see it easily).

          I just can say, that in 2012 Roland Duo-Capture EX looked much more interesting than today’s Roland Rubix22, which doesn’t support batteries supply anymore, much heavier than Duo-Capture EX, doesn’t have marking scale around rotating handles (really strange solution, because most audio interfaces have marking scale around rotating handles). I also don’t like inverted MIDI-ports in the back. Why did they do this? The same with front Line Inputs, but it’s not so critical. Thus, I’m waiting for NAMM_2017 (just one week left) and Musikmesse_2017 (April) with hope to see something more interesting for me.

    2. This is very good news, also I saw that Crudebyte’s CMP Grand Piano app also just got the AU treatment.

      Oriental Strings weighs in at 1.99 GB, and I thought it was smaller so it made me wonder if the sample sizes were increased; I didn’t see any mention of that in the App Store description. I reinstalled it on my iPad4, and it sounds really good and functioned fine as AU in GarageBand in a quick workout.

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