Gear and synth pictures form Vince Clarke’s studio

August 8, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The I Dream of Wires crew checkod out Vince Clarke’s new Brooklyn studio in July 2012. Above: Vince Clarke and Jason Amm (Solvent) contemplate The Roland System 700…check out the huge sequencer!

Vintage Emu Modular on the left and ARP 2500 in the background

Oberheim SEM wall, OB-1, Xpander, Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 & more in the background.

Remaining pictures can be found here >>

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.

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 >>

Pure Analog with the Oberheim OBXa + Roland SH-101

June 17, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background details:

I made this track in the mid 80′s with the Oberheim OBXa on a 4-track analog tape recorder Tascam 144.
Everything was played by hand, without a sequencer or MIDI.
The remastering is made with SONAR 8.0
This piece was also featured on our national radio called BRT-2 in 1987 in a special program “maneuvers in het donker” for home made electronic synthesizer music

Matrix-12 (Xpander) Tutorial 1: Intro, Programmer, Primary Pages

June 10, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment

This is the first tutorial in a series dedicated to editing sounds on the Oberheim Matrix-12 and Xpander synthesizers. In this video I will cover the basics of creating and saving a SINGLE-mode patch. If you already know how to get around in the programming interface you might want to skip this video. Having a basic knowledge of editing synthesizers, oscillators, filters, LFOs, and envelopes will help get the most out of programing this beast.

0:12 Introduction
0:58 The Programmer
1:47 Primary Pages
1:55 VCO1 Page
2:47 VCO2 Page
3:17 FM/LAG Page – LAG
4:06 FM/Lag Page – FM
5:30 Tracking Generator
6:27 VCF/VCA Page – Filter
7:44 VCF/VCA Page – The Amplifiers
8:21 Envelopes Page
8:39 LFO Page
8:58 RAMP Page
9:48 Name Page

Oberheim Matrix 1000 demo

May 31, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

It’s time for a second short demo from the Oberheim Matrix 1000. Maybe a good alternative for a cheap and good sounding polyphonic rack synth.
As always a multitrack recording with some FX.

The analog Matrix 1000 is essentially 1,000 Matrix 6 patches in a single-space compact rackmount MIDI module. It has the same synth architecture as the Matrix 6. Each of its 6 voices have two DCO’s (digitally controlled analog oscillator), a low pass filter, 2 VCA’s, 3 envelope gens, 2 LFO’s, and 2 ramp gens. The sounds are plentiful and good enough, however sounds can only be edited via MIDI, so you’ll need an external MIDI editor (such as MOTU’s Unisyn) or Access’ Matrix Programmer to edit parameters. You can also load sounds from the Matrix 6 via SysEx or software.

The Matrix 1000 provides an excellent source of pads, textures and ambient sounds. It has 195 “keyboard” sounds, 118 “strings”, 130 “woodwinds & perc”, 239 “synthesizer”, 119 “bass”, 74 “lead” and 125 “effects”. For the price, there is no better way to find genuine analog Oberheim Matrix sounds in a compact and very in-expensive rack module that is loaded with more sounds than you’ll ever need! The older versions of the Matrix 1000 have a black front-panel. The newer models in the ’90′s have a cream colored face-plate.

Synth demos: Oberheim Matrix12 and Arturia Wurlitzer V

May 30, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Oberheim’s Matrix 12 is a legendary analog synthesizer from the mid-eighties that is still the king of analog sounds. One of the fattest, roundest, pleasantly analog synthesizers around! It’s long been known for creating some of the thickest and best analog pads, sweeps, buzzes, basses and textures. It features Matrix Modulation for extremely wild virtual patching for almost unlimited range of sounds and modulation capabilities!

The Matrix 12 is similar to the Xpander and the lighter Matrix 6. But the Matrix 12 is much fatter and more programmable than either. Every control can have an effect on some other parameter thanks to Oberheim’s flexible design. For example, there are 15 types of LFOs and VCAs per voice! And there’s plenty of diagrams drawn out on the front panel of the synth to help you figure out some signal routing.

The Wurlitzer V is a high end software recreation of the classic Wurlitzer 200A electric piano.

Unlike sample libraries, its physical modeling engine reproduces the very acoustic properties of reeds, key action and amplification, bringing you high realism while offering maximum flexibility on sound.

As most producers know, the legendary bright and overdriven Wurlitzer sound heard on classic records also comes from the use of fine amplifiers, micing and processing. This is why the Wurlitzer V goes further by putting you in command of a studio from the 70’s, filled with vintage stompboxes and classic tube amps… everything you need to get a true classic vibe!

If you are looking for a lively electric piano combined with inspiring studio tools, the Wurlitzer V is the ultimate package.


Oberheim DX modified for double sounds

May 21, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This DX has a toggle switch for each voice, allowing choosing between two different samples for each. The regular 2764 EPROMs were replaced with 27128 types. Some relatively minor circuit board mods were required.

The DX was a lighter version of the classic DMX drum machine. In fact its look, features and programming method are basically the same as the DMX. The DX has individual tuning knobs for the drum tones and an external trigger input. Its sounds are sampled recordings of actual instruments. The DX only has 18 drum sounds and the DMX has 24. Both drum machines have a number of human like feel effects such as a great swing function, rolls, flams and other weird time signatures and grooves. Best of all it’s easy to operate. There are also 6 individual outputs like the DMX for easing studio use.

Xplorer – an Oberheim Matrix-12 and Xpander editor – realtime demo

May 14, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Apart from the stupid synthetic voice in the beginning of this video, the demo is pretty cool :-)

In this demo, you will see that while playing an arpeggiator in FL studio, the parameters of the Xpander can be changed on the expander itself, with the keyboard controller, or directly on the touch screen. Whatever the input mode is, everything is synchronized.
Xplorer is more that an simple editor, it can acts as a real time controller too.
Enjoy the demo !

More info, technical specification, buy link:

OP-X PRO-II: Platinum Bank Demo

May 6, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment

Demo of the new Platinum bank for the SonicProjects OP-X PRO-II virtual Oberheim VSTi synth plugin. No external effects or any other treatment are involved. All sounds are coming directly from OP-X PRO-II which was played live and recorded directly to disk.

The bank features 82 stunning patches capturing the magic and the special character of some of the most sought after early voltage controlled polyphonic analog synths including:

- Oberheim OB-X
- Oberheim OB-Xa
- Oberheim OB-8
- Oberheim Matrix-12
- Roland Jupiter-6
- Roland Jupiter-8
- Elka Synthex

If you know these synths and their special sound and character you will immedialtly recognize which sounds are dedicated to which godfathers.

The bank can be downloaded here:

Here’s the reference of the featured patches:

00:00 01 Clear OB Brass
00:08 02 Clear OB Brass II
00:14 03 Matrix-12 ResoPad II
00:39 79 OB-X SL Upsweep
00:58 80 OB-X Space Sweeps II
01:34 29 OB-X Fullanalog Strings
01:57 32 OB-X Slow R-Sweeps
02:11 31 OB-X PWM DS VL
02:25 30 OB-X PWM D-Sweeps
02:31 04 Matrix-12 NR Cembalo II
02:47 53 Matrix Outerspace
02:57 05 FM Midnight Bell
03:05 51 Matrix Strange Tones
03:15 14 MM DL Arpeggio
03:25 15 MM DL Arpeggio FM
03:33 16 MM DL Arpeggio FMS
03:52 55 OB-Xa Sweep Chords
03:57 56 OB-Xa Porta Chords
04:03 57 OB-Xa Slow Upsweeps
04:25 26 OB-8 Superwarm Strings
04:43 58 OB-Xa Warm Sawsolo
04:48 64 OB-Xa P-Sync Solo II
04:54 66 Prophet-5 Lead
05:01 67 Prophet-5 Sine Pad
05:10 68 Prophet-5 Full Brass
05:19 70 Prophet-5 Mod Strings
05:30 72 Prophet-5 Mod Strings L
05:48 73 Prophet-5 Sync Lead
05:55 74 Prophet-5 Wah Chords
06:06 75 Prophet-5 Reso Chords
06:17 76 Prophet-5 LFO Pad
06:31 78 Prophet-5 Upsweeps II
07:16 17 JP-8 Perc Chords
07:22 18 JP-8 Power Chords
07:25 19 JP-8 Power Chords DB
07:33 20 JP-8 Resonant Brass
07:43 21 OB-8 Slow Fullbrass
07:53 22 OB-8 Superfull Brass
08:05 25 OB-8 Warm Perc
08:14 46 Ujiie Matrix Brass
08:20 06 Jupiter-6 Octave Brass
08:28 07 Jupiter-6 HP Brass II
08:33 35 SEM Fat Bass II
08:41 09 Jupiter-6 Sinesync Bass
08:50 49 Ujiie Matrix Clav II
08:53 48 Ujiie Matrix Clav
08:57 40 Synthex Double ARP
09:03 41 Synthex Speed ARP
09:23 45 S-Pulse ARP ST PM

Note that the youtube audio compression takes away a lot of depth and smoothness and makes the sounds small. Played in real using good d/a converters is like night and day.

The download page features a better sounding high quality mp3 demo of the same. For a real reference the bank can be checked with the demo version of OP-X PRO-II:

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