Jean Michel Jarre – Rendez-Vous IV (performed live by Kebu)

August 3, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Kebu on stage performing a classic Jarre song, here’s what he has to say about it:

This tune by Jarre is one of the most joyful tunes in the world and always makes me smile. Therefore, I picked this one as of the very few covers I performed at my mini-tour in May 2012. This video was recorded live at my show in Doo-Bop Club, Vaasa, 12th of May 2012.

The song was performed using only analog synthesizers, either played live or sequenced. The performance was recorded line in to one of the cameras. The ambience in the club was recorded using the built-in microphones on two of the remaining cameras and mixed together with the line signal.

Equipment used in this song: Arp Odyssey Mk II; Korg Polysix, Poly 61, Mono/Poly, Micro-preset M500; Roland TR-808, Juno 60, Alpha Juno 1&2; Moog Source, Touched-by-sound DRM1, Oberheim Matrix 6R, Yamaha RM1x (only for MIDI sequencing), Behringer DDX3216, Lexicon MPX500, as well as a midi patchbay and additional preamps for my mixer. Cameras: Canon HF100 (x2), HF200 and HF406.

Time machine: ARP Odyssey

July 19, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A voyage into the heart of the ARP Odyssey from the year 1972.
Exploration by Marko Ettlich

2 Osc per Voice I Saw, Pulse; PWM, FM, Sync, Noise
Filter – 24dB lowpass
static highpass filter
sample/hold

It has been used by Ultravox, Gary Numan, John Foxx, Vangelis, Elton John, Jethro Tull, Tangerine Dream, ABBA, Herbie Hancock and many more.

The Odyssey essentially gives you a simplified hard-wired ARP 2600 in a much smaller and affordable package. The Odyssey is a 2-oscillator analog synth (with duo-phonic capability) and it sounds really nice; the Minimoog has three oscillators and is capable of thicker sounds. The Odyssey comes well equipped with all the tweakable features and analog goodness you’d expect: a resonant low pass filter, ADSR envelopes, sine or square wave LFO, and a sample-and-hold function.

The Odyssey also added a few new features such as a high pass filter that could be used in series with the low pass, oscillator-sync capability, and pulse-width modulation. It is a very professional and expressive machine that can create nice analog basses, interesting leads, great effects and sweeping sounds straight out of a Tangerine Dream album!

There were many versions of the Odyssey over the years, each a little different. They can be broken down into 8 models spanning 3 Mark “Mk” versions

Analog – new soundset for the Saurus software synthesizer.

June 22, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Tone2 has announced Analog, a new soundset for the Saurus software synthesizer.

Taking you on a journey through an analog world, the Analog soundset digs deeper into Saurus’ offerings with a strong emphasis on authentic vintage sounds.

A collection of 200 classic synth sounds including emulations of the Moog, Oberheim, Jupiter, Arp Solina, Clavinet and many others that suit almost every style of Electronic music. Let Analog take you back to a time when these machines were at the center of every studio and now be the source for your creative productions

Enjoy its warm strings, expressive brass, dirty leads, squelchy basses, screaming synths, vibrant pads and just let it inspire you.

Analog for Saurus is available to purchase for 39 EUR.

More info here >>

Punk synth – feature of the legendary ARP Odyssey synthesizer

May 31, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A GForceSoftwareTV feature on the legendary ARP Odyssey synthesizer.

While the Minimoog proved to be a runaway success as the first compact studio synthesizer, ARP responded with a compact and user-friendly studio synthesizer of their own with the Odyssey in 1972. An almost equally legendary machine itself, the Odyssey was ARP’s highest selling synth back then, and still is to this day in the second-hand market.

The Odyssey essentially gives you a simplified hard-wired ARP 2600 in a much smaller and affordable package. The Odyssey is a 2-oscillator analog synth (with duo-phonic capability) and it sounds really nice; the Minimoog has three oscillators and is capable of thicker sounds. The Odyssey comes well equipped with all the tweakable features and analog goodness you’d expect: a resonant low pass filter, ADSR envelopes, sine or square wave LFO, and a sample-and-hold function.

The Odyssey also added a few new features such as a high pass filter that could be used in series with the low pass, oscillator-sync capability, and pulse-width modulation. It is a very professional and expressive machine that can create nice analog basses, interesting leads, great effects and sweeping sounds straight out of a Tangerine Dream album!

There were many versions of the Odyssey over the years, each a little different. They can be broken down into 8 models spanning 3 Mark “Mk” version.

ARP Omni-2 – the classic Joy Division keyboard

May 21, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

“When I was a teenager in the mid-1980s, like many of my teenager friends I was very fascinated by Joy Division, in particular by their album “Closer”. I remember that in those days I used to put Closer on the turntable, turn off the lights in my room, and fall asleep to the music. The music from Closer was very beautiful and hypnotic, and left a big impression on me. In particular I loved the synth strings used in that album. It was the ARP Omni-2, also used in other songs by the band. A great album, a great performance by the band, a masterful production by Martin Hannett, and a big influence for my music since those days..”

The Omni is an analog synth with preset Orchestral String sounds. It has polyphonic Violin and Viola waveforms as well as monophonic Bass and Cello waveforms. It is split into 3 sections: Strings, Synthesizer, and Bass synth – all simultaneously available. It has traditional and simple VCA, VCF, and LFO controls for contouring your sounds as well as a nice chorus that really thickens up the string sound. It has no program memory.

ARP later released the Omni Mk 2. It was basically the same machine as its predecessor, except for a few minor enhancements and a cosmetic Orange & Black color-scheme upgrade. And it did have a much more advanced triggering system for the VCF and VCA for more expressive results.

ARP Quartet Multi-Timbral Polyphonic Vintage Analog Synthesizer 1979

May 16, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

http://youtu.be/_UMQjNU0Ins

“Brass, Strings, Organ and Piano sounds can be played individually or layered on top of each other in any combination (although, I can’t hear Brass when added to Piano)”

The ARP Quartet is identical to the Italian made Siel Orchestra. In fact, it is the Orchestra! ARP bought, relabeled and sold it as the Quartet without changing it much. It’s a 4-part orchestral synthesizer with 4 sections: Brass, Strings, Organ and Piano. These 4 tone color families can be played individually or two can be simultaneously played. They are also individually tweakable. Selected presets will light up LEDs to show you which sliders and buttons can be used to modify the current section. The synth itself is very limited however, and there’s no external control, no pitch/mod wheel and few edit parameters. But it sounds very good and it is, after all, a classic analog synth.

The Brass section creates Trumpet and Trombone sounds with independent attack and sustain controls. The String section creates Cello and Violin sounds with independent attack and sustain controls. The Organ section is 2-voice and has a Celeste sound available as well. The Piano section offers two types, traditional or Honky Tonk.

Korg MS-20 + ARP Odyssey MK2 = Analog Improv

May 15, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A little improve with two vintage synths. The MS-20 is also run through an mf-104z and mf-103 moogerfoogers.

Hardware:
Korg MS-20
ARP Odyssey MK 2
Moogerfooger MF-104z Analog Delay
Moogerfooger MF-103 Phaser

Software:
Valhalla DSP Room
PSP Vintage Warmer 2

Synth spotting – Astral Odyssey

April 23, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background data:

BRUNO ENDER LEE – “Astral Odyssey” – composed, arranged & performed by Bruno Ender Lee, April 22. 2012
Pre-recorded live tracks: ARP Odyssey & Doepfer MAQ-sequencer / MiniMoog Voyager OS (bass)
Filmed live tracks: MiniMoog Voyager OS (leads) / Moog Etherwave Theremin / ARP Odyssey (fx-sequence)

2012 Velvet Voyage Productions

DW / New Recording (NightBirds Electronic from France) 2012

April 9, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

“Today, I remade a title that I had written in long ago. I kept notes in my archives of every parameter of my machines but also the programming of all the sequence on the ROLAND MC-4 sequencer. 4 hours of work to achieve this title and again 2 hours of rehearsal before recording in live.”

Recorded with : ARP Odyssey, RSF Polykobol, RSF Kobol, ROLAND System 101 & 102 (x2), ROLAND MC-202, ROLAND MC-4 Sequencer, ROLAND TR 707 (for synchronisation)… Two Mix Table… Effects pedals…

Video creation by NightBirds.
Publication & Copyright by NightBirds Electronic Music – 2012

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Synth jam – Benge in the studio

April 2, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Benge Studios in action. Featuring Moog Modular, ARP 2500, Roland Juno 60, Yamaha CS80

See http://myblogitsfullofstars.blogspot.co.uk/ for more info

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