The string sounds on the “Single #1” tracks are from the EastWest Symphonic Orchestra virtual instrument. Like the others I have found, this is just fantastic and obviously useful to the home recordist that may not have the budget or space to bring in an entire orchestra. Of course, there’s always a place for cheesy synth string sounds – but these tracks were not it.
The real challenge with the strings is to come up with an arrangement that works. In fact, this is the last thing I need to finish up. I’m very familiar with the great string arrangements on those old Elton John and Neil Diamond records, but my tracks are way more stripped down so I’ll need to do it by feel. I guess I’ll just know when I have it, but I won’t know how I got it. That’s how art usually works.