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Reason Studios Friktion Review - Incredible String Modeling at a Fair Price

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Friktion, the new String modeling synth from Reason Studios just blew me away. The rich string sounds are expressive yet modern, and the variety of tones you can get from Friktion is inspiring! I was able to quickly start creating my own patches, and got carried away making a dope hip hop beat with Friktion.

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Friktion's Shortcomings

That said, Friktion isn't for everyone - it definitely doesn't compete with a sampled string library (click here to hear a shoot out between Friktion and Spitfire Studio Strings) for creating classic music where all the focus is on the strings.

The biggest downside is the built in reverb, which I found vague and dull. I'd recommend going with a third party reverb on an effects send, like Valhalla Room, to really bring your music to life!

Why I Loved Friktion

Still, for $99, I was very impressed with what I could accomplish, and the lovely sounds created, with Friktion. It is the type of string synthesizer that is perfect for hip hop and EDM. The highly tweakable string and bowing controls allow you to dial in a sound perfect for your mix in minutes.

Moreover, Friktion was a ton of fun! Once you understand the interface, you can start making your own unique sounds, creating complex orchestrations on the fly!

Conclusion - Friktion is a Great String Synth for Modern Producers

I really enjoyed using Friktion - it inspired me to create - and finish - a great song in just a couple hours. 

What do you think? Does Friktion sound good to you? Or is it overpriced?

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