However, their strings synths were exemplary
and rivalled the sought after (and considerably more expensive)
ARP String Ensemble.
The Multiman (also known in some markets as the Orchestrator)
was part of their string synth family and also included brass, piano
and clavichord plus a bass sound. Of course, the latter sounds were
unconvincing on their own but, using a combination of dedicated
panel switches and sliders, could be mixed in with the strings to
produce layered textures.
I owned a Multiman for a while. Impressed with the Crumar
Performer string synth I owned, I bought a Multiman thinking that
this would give more of the same and then some. Sadly, I was proven
wrong - the only really good sound in the ensemble was the strings
and the other sounds remained largely unused. In hindsight, I wish
I had taken samples of combinations of all three sounds layered
but I didn't - all that I took was the string sound.
Oddly enough, despite coming from the same family as
their Performer, the Multiman strings differed in tone and texture
and were somehow 'thinner'. Futhermore, the strings lacked the 'attack'
control offered by the Performer making them less flexible. That
said, they are not without their use and maybe a good alternative
to the more 'full bodied' Performer strings.