I found the coolest software I've ever seen

So, if you have Reaktor, there’s a free instrument called Serenade III. Is’s a solo string instrument for Reaktor, but it gives you the weirdest control over how the midi triggers stuff. Rather than using CC1 to control the dynamics, you use it to control the bowing, which means you bow cc1 back and forth to make it make sound. Using this thing on a normal midi controller is almost impossible. There’s just too much stuff to control.


I picked up a leap motion controller and you can use hand gestures to control the midi CC values. which means you actually play the notes on the keyboard with your left hand, and you bow in the air with your right hand.

Here are a couple of quick improv thingies. I’m just pushing buttons and showing some of it’s range. It’s not perfect, but it shows what it sounds like live, and it’s super fun to play for whatever reason. It’s just kind of cool to bow like you would a real violin or cello.

I’ll try to get a video up next week of how this thing works.


I know what I’m going to be installing in the near future!!

I guess one thing to mention that makes it that much cooler to me is that there are no samples in this thing. It’s all synthesized. The download size of the instrument is 2mb.

The cello does get a little funky down in the low notes, and the bass to me sounds pretty bad. But the violin and cello are definitely fun to play.

Can’t wait to see the video of you doing this! The description sounds wild… :grinning:

Those samples sound really good as far as the bowing technique. I too look forward to the video.

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It sounds great! Is the vibrato preset, or are you controlling it? Almost sounds like you can change the angle of the bow to alter the tone. Very emotive sounding for software.

you can control the vibrato depth and speed separately, although in this I only had it set up to control the depth. I had it set up early to control the speed as well, but that takes a bit of getting used to.

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Awesome! This sounds very interesting and kind of hints at where midi technology needs to be pushing towards.

With so many things that can go wrong or stop the creative flow…it is Awesome that you have found one of them few times when everything seems to align perfectly.

I guess to add, you have control over bow speed, bow pressure, bow distance from the bridge. If you aren’t careful, you can do the harmonic thing like a real string instrument will do. Learning to play it is not easy, but it’s still way easier than learning to play a real violin. Of course you are still limited compared to a real violin, but it lets you do things that you can’t do with samples.

I haven’t tried stacking them to see how they sound playing together.

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boz, dont you play real violin though? surely thats WAY better!

I play the violin… kind of. Enough to get by on a recording if it’s simple. But I’m lazy and I hate breaking out the mics and setting up, and if the kids have gone to bed, it’s pretty much off limits, since their bedrooms are right above my room.

It’s not like I’ll be selling my violins any time soon, but this thing lets me play stuff that I wouldn’t be able to play on a real violin, and sometimes I can play on a real violin what I can’t play on this. Also, the nerd factor makes it that much more fun.


It sounds awesome mate.
If i ever get time in my studio i will check it out.