Pardon me for asking, Ekko but what is a string sound? How does it sound. Name me the track and the exact time where i can hear it. ;D
Strings are sorts of instruments which have -well, strings.
Violins/fiddles or mandolins for example are string-played instruments.
Of course Liam isn't standing in his studio, playing the violin to some breakneck-beats, he uses technical equipment for that and plays them in per keyboard.
Strings from the box, if you want.
Knowing this, you should be able to find some strings anywhere on the albums.
Take Break & Enter, time 1:41, there's a warm sound coming in, you might find it sounds like being in the background.
Oh no, sorry, that's a pad, no strings.
Pads are nearly the same and sometimes you can't say whether you hear a pad or a string.
But mostly pads are broader even when played single (to thicken up the athmosphere, you usually layer strings, Climbatize for example has some very broad strings at the beginning, I think it goes up to at least 6 notes played at once. Some lower ones to make the ground and some to fill the height).
And pads are often more interesting, they do not only consist of the main-string/athmo, they mostly deliver some other little sounds and noises as well.
But those strings Liam always used up to the FOTL, they come from the U-220 (not worth a penny nowadays, it has a noise level like the Niagara-falls and is the most silly to be programmed synthie ever... well, at least it comes close).