by DSK
3.9 / 5     (104 votes)
  • 2 layers, 22 waveforms.
  • Octave select and micro-detuner.
  • Effects (Delay, flanger).
  • Assignable Automation Capability.
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Nkeng-Dirk Apr 21 2022
(5 / 5)
Apr 21 2022
Can you all just appreciate the fact that the plug-in is great? You citizens as though you could produce something better
Noname Sep 23 2021
(5 / 5)
Sep 23 2021
ESTÁ INCREIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
John Burns Oct 20 2020
(3 / 5)
Oct 20 2020
A bit thin cold, cheap, naff and out of tune. Not a horrible sound overall though. Might be ok for artificial, atmospheric sounding pads and things. Not very convincing as an actual string section though.
Anonymous Feb 25 2019
(1 / 5)
Feb 25 2019
It's a good plugin, but after exported to wav or ogg format there is no sound of this plugin.
Andrei Feb 19 2019
(4 / 5)
Feb 19 2019
Nothing extraordinaire. No issues when working in LMMS under Windows. Better turn off all the built-in effects as advised lower in this comments' section.
Foxtrot Feb 02 2019
(4 / 5)
Feb 02 2019
good ;-)
Pieter Jul 09 2016
Jul 09 2016
I run into several problems using the DSK strings plugin in LMMS: - When exporting a song with the violin from DSK strings loaded in a VeSTige instrument, the pitch of the instrument is completely off. The pitch seems to be at least two octaves too high and sounds totally false. It happens both with WAV and OGG export. When playing the song within LMMS it sounds fine and LMMS shows a CPU usage between 10% and 25% when playing the instrument. - LMMS sometimes crashes when the plugin is saved as a preset and then clicking the preset in the presets window which should play a single note. - The volume of the plugin instrument is sometimes about two times lower, a workaround for me is to close the project and re-open it.
Ableton User Jan 13 2015
Jan 13 2015
This plugin crashes Ableton Live 9!
Noah Jan 11 2015
(3 / 5)
Jan 11 2015
It is a fantastic VST, yet the crashes are extremely frustrating. I hope this will be fixed soon. It happens with the DSK Brass VST as well.
Mayrtyx Dec 22 2014
(5 / 5)
Dec 22 2014
This is a good orchestra vst. But it always crashes FL Studio whenever I want to export. And when it does export, it has no sound! Can you please fix this?
bams Nov 17 2014
Nov 17 2014
I am happy to find this vst. It's really awesome especially on the full strings. But when the entire notes played, it's crashed all the times and the size is too big for a 4 bars notes. It takes 500 MB.
lasantha - srilanka Nov 06 2014
Nov 06 2014
This is a great vst pluging. I finished lot of church music with it. Thanks for DSK...
Tim May 05 2014
(1 / 5)
May 05 2014
These string instruments are very synthetic sounding and basically sound like an organ. I would not recommend this plug-in unless you are looking for something that does not sound like string instruments.
Anonymous Sept 11 2013
(4 / 5)
Sept 11 2013
Fantastic out of all the free strings plugins I've tried, this is really great. Although as another anonymous poster mentioned, it seems to cause a lot of clipping regardless of which software it's hosted in. Great selection of sounds, and I feel any post effects are best done through your mixer as opposed to using the built in delay and flanger as they seem to muddy things up more than compliment the sound. Overall it's great but as suggested you may be better to export clips into your DAW as opposed to running it straight through, because you will most likely experience clipping regardless of how well tuned your audio settings are and how powerful of a system you're working with. Great job to DSK, I doubt you'll find a better free strings plugin out there.
Anonymous Jun 06 2013
Jun 06 2013
Most of the DSK causes clipping in most DAW, despite how powerful your cpu is, I use various limiters and compressors to over come this, I have mixed result from in track midi recording, so I use a stand alone VST host to record the tracks, then export into my DAW, in the DAW, I have no more clipping issues, I can then quantize and match the 'wav' file to the rest of the tracks BPM or tempo and key. This way, makes your music sound so much more Live, human feel, not all technical and automated sounding.
phatkatz4 Apr 18 2013
Apr 18 2013
Love this string plug in, I seem to have no problem with it in lmms, great sound.
Fraxinus Feb 10 2013
(0 / 5)
Feb 10 2013
At first it sounded pretty good, but then i lost an entire project due to its constant & relentless crashing in Ableton Live (even when i try to remove the VST from the project). DO NOT DOWNLOAD IF YOU ARE USING ABLETON
Ezra Fike Feb 21 2012
Feb 21 2012
There are some fairly good sounds in here that I really like, although I had to adjust some of the ADSR settings so that there wasn't so much flanger in the mix. I also have to hold down the sustain pedal while I am playing, or else I get an ugly clicking cut-off sound. Nice stuff, though! Get my music at
R-SiN Oct 17 2011
(5 / 5)
Oct 17 2011
Very good, lots of possibilities, nice sound, making a beat using mostly this.
KevRAW Jul 14 2011
(5 / 5)
Jul 14 2011
When using the presets in my scores, I found that there are better VSTs for strings. Fortunatly I gave DSK Strings a chance and cut the FX of the presets to hear the raw sounds. I was positively surprised. Best free Strings ever, but FX / presets make it sound crappy. Seems to be the weak point of DSK: Good presets ;) But in the end, the raw sounds are brilliant. Well done guys!
Trance-Canada Aug 03 2010
Aug 03 2010
Very nice, I like the sound it has; However, the volume on it is pretty low and I have to crank up my channel mixer just to get a decent volume but other then that I love the quality sound it has, good job
BoredMuso Jun 24 2010
(4 / 5)
Jun 24 2010
Additional comment: When you consider how much money software-instrument suites cost, I think DSK Instruments are doing a brilliant job. The only downsides, for me, are that they are pretty unstable (in Ableton Live), frequently causing it to crash - and they don't support multiple-instances. But I use them too much to stop using them, or untill I get around to buying a couple of VSTi-suites.
Amazing May 25 2010
(5 / 5)
May 25 2010
Great! This is the best string plugin ever. 5 stars!
Boredmuso Feb 26 2010
(5 / 5)
Feb 26 2010
Short of actually buying an expensive,orchestral D.A.W.,DSK are providing the best there is. Used in conjunction with DSK Virtuoso,this is unbeatable. Won't support multiple instances,though(using it more than once in a live set). I've tried it,and Ableton - and Windows - crashed and had to be rebooted.Still deserves 5/5 for being such a polished product,though.
Aves Nov 23 2009
(2 / 5)
Nov 23 2009
Does not work with Ableton Live unfortunately :(
Wow Jul 31 2009
(3 / 5)
Jul 31 2009
Realy easy to use, amazing sound, and cool. I've got only one complain which prevents the VST from being perfect: the CPU consume. It realy takes a lot of CPU, which sucks...
mwstakyle Jul 07 2009
(5 / 5)
Jul 07 2009
Another awesome DSK vst.... Strongly recommend DSK keyz, it's the only piano vst I use now :)