Sound testing: Arturia Prophet V vs. SCI Prophet 5

July 7, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

http://youtu.be/bWYqWMQwYjk

Comparison of the factory sounds of a real hardware Prophet sound demos on the internet recreated with my Arturia Prophet V software synthesizer. Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 was one of the first fully programmable polyphonic analog synths, the Prophet 5 is the most classic synthesizer of the eighties! It is capable of a delightful analog sound unique to Sequential’s Prophet series in which the P5 was King! Five voice polyphony – two oscillators per voice and a white noise generator. The analog filters, envelope and LFO all sound great and are extremely flexible. The P5 had patch memory storage as well, which scanned and memorized every knob setting for storing and recalling your sounds – a desperately needed feature at the time!

The P5 lacked MIDI (a feature that came later on the P5 spin-off, the Prophet 600). But it is still loved even today for its great string sounds, analog effects, and punchy analog basses. Unfortunately the P5 is not immune to the dark side of vintage synths – it has its fair share of analog synth problems such as unstable tuning, it’s difficult to repair, lacks MIDI, etc.

 

Prophet 600 playing by itself in a duet with piano

June 12, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

I hadn’t used my prophet 600 (mid 80′s analog synthesizer) for a long time. When I took it out to a gig it started playing by itself, changing sounds and pitch randomly, it was quite musical I think. I sat down at the piano and improvised together with it while my friend Chris filmed.
Please do comment if someone has a technical explanation on how it could play by itself! The buttons have not been working very well for a while, I think it’s something to do with the computer that scans the settings of the buttons, and also which keys are being pressed down, and this function was obviously not working as it should.
Funny thing is how it stopped at the end of this video at the same time as I stopped.
After I left it plugged in for 48 hours it has gradually come back to normal, so no more music from it.

I’m thinking that maybe one year in a flightcase was to much for it to take, so it had a lot of music inside that just had to come out.

You can hear more from the prophet 600 here (together with also oberheim obx, SEM, arp 2600, jupiter 6, b3 organ and more):
http://soundcloud.com/nickelsen-nylander
- I’m playing the synths there, they don’t play by themself

Moog Voyager and the Vmodular rack running drone sounds and sequences.

May 19, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

In this video:

My first song using East West plugins Voice of Passion. Starts out with the Moog Voyager and the Vmodular rack running drone sounds and sequences. The violin solo is East West Symphony Orchestral played on the Voyager. Filling in is Addictive Drums, Prophet 08 for strings, my newly restored Roland JD 800 and the Fantom G for Orchestral percussion triggered by a Korg Padcontrol. Hope you enjoy it.

Synthporn Saturday – inside Jorge’s studio

May 14, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

http://youtu.be/-pc4F-RQ9Xs

Well you can definately everything you need in this guys studio :-)

One things that caught my eye was the Teisco 110F. In the beginning of the 80′s Kawai began manufacturing synthesizers under the company name of Teisco. Their early designs resulted in synths like the S110-F above. The Synthesizer 110-F is an upgraded S60-F, with dual analog VCO’s and an updated look. It has a small but usable 37 note keyboard. Classic analog sawtooth, square, and triangle waveforms plus noise are on-board and can be mixed with external sounds run through the 110-F’s filters and envelopes. The oscillators can be de-tuned for duophonic textures or phatter leads and bass sounds.

There’s plenty of modulation ability and classic analog effects in the 110-F to really liven up the sound. There’s an LFO which can modulate the VCO and VCF and can trigger the EGs. The VCF resonant low pass filter is great too. There’s also a VCA section with Attack, Decay, Sustain and Release controls and finally there’s a Hi-Pass filter. There is also a portamento effect, a ring modulator, vibrato and sample-and-hold for those classic analog synth effects and tricks! Lots of pretty blinking lights, a sleek and straight-forward layout and very nice analog bass, lead and synth sounds are all a part of the Synthesizer 110-F experience.

But also the Octave Cat. Octave released this analog classic – the Cat – during the era of the Minimoog and ARP Odyssey synthesizers. The Cat is actually very much like the ARP Odyssey, so much so that ARP had sued them in the late 1970′s for cloning their designs. The Cat is a monophonic/duophonic analog synthesizer with 2 oscillators capable of square and sawtooth waveforms. VCO 1 also has a triangle waveform. Each of the waveforms can be played simultaneously and mixed together and there are additional sub-octave oscillators on each oscillator to blend new and interesting sounds.

In this video:

Bob Weigel of http://www.sounddoctorin.com begins his month or so long journey to see former Bozeman residence the Wiest family in Sheriden, WY and former roommate Alfredo Pinto in Denver area. Also quick interview with Jorge about his awesome synth studio featuring a Jupiter 8, Teisco 110F, Prophet 5, Juno 60, Minimoog, Korg MS-20, (I said 10…) Roland SH-5, Octave Cat, etc.

Pimp my Synth

April 29, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

http://youtu.be/RXhIPpRD9cs

Synthesizer modifications (keyboard replacement / aftertouch / card reader as a HD replacement) in the synthesizer studio of Martin Höwner. Music played by Martin and Dietmar Höwner Steinhauer on Prophet V, Oberheim OB-X, PPG 2.3 and Memorymoog.

DSI Prophet ’08 Module: Advanced Sequence

April 11, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

More info below:

DSI Prophet ’08 Module: Advanced Sequence
Audio & video by Arjen Schat

I bought the Prophet ’08 Module back in 2008 but never really used the internal step sequencer to its full potential. In this video I use three layered sequences which were all composed using the internal step sequencers. The first sequence modulates the pitch of oscillator 1 in layer A, the second sequence modulates the pitch of oscillator 2, also in layer A. The third sequence modulates the pitch of both oscillators in layer B.

I use key step triggers to trigger the different steps of the sequences and alternate between three different notes with yet another sequence coming from my DAW (Renoise). These notes transpose the pitch of the sequences at their respective steps and create intricate polyrhythms due to the different lenghts of the internal sequences and the key step trigger sequence from Renoise.
The notes in the trigger sequence are also transposed a few times to keep things sonically interesting.

The audio is routed through a Moog MF-104Z BBD delay, a Maxon AD999 BBD delay and T-Rex Room-mate reverb.

Improvisations with Prophet 5, Oberheim OBX and Minimoog

March 6, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjqVO-oKEpc

we are planning a music-project with only analog synthesizers from the wonderful synth-collection of martin forrest. he owns more than 140 instruments from every synthesizer generation und they are all in perfect condition! You find all the legends from moog, ARP and oberheim over sequential circuits to PPG, EMU, Roland and Yamaha and all the Samplers of Akai, Emu and Roland.

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Free virtual analog instruments for Windows

February 22, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · 1 Comment 

Roberson Audio has updated their site and released updated versions of three free virtual analog instruments for Windows:

  • RA Mowg – The Roberson Audio Synthesizers interpretation of the MiniMoog Model D synthesizer.
  • Oddly-Free – The Roberson Audio Synthesizers interpretation of the Arp Odyssey Mk. II synthesizer.
  • Prophanity - The Roberson Audio Synthesizers interpretation of the Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 synthesizer.

Oddy-Free and Prophanity have been bumped up to version 1.4, and RA Mowg has been updated to version 1.2. The main changes to all have been the filter implementation so that these instruments have a bigger sound to them without being untrue to the original instruments.

About:

Roberson Audio Synthesizers is the premier provider of vintage synth emulations as well as specialty request plugins.

Named after Chris Roberson, the lead designer of said instruments, Roberson Audio Synthesizers aims to build the best possible VST effects and instruments for the Windows PC platform.

Roberson Audio specializes in mimicking analog synth technology, but also builds model-based synths, and is open to specific commissioned requests if feasible.

Chris can be reached for questions about his synths and products, as well as questions pertaining to commissioning specific plugs, at blu_gruv@lycos.com
Spammers WILL be flagged as such and consequently ignored.

Let Roberson Audio Synthesizers fulfill all your VST needs!

MARK JENKINS & The Land of Yrx 1983 “Annus Mirabilis”

February 20, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

“Annus Mirabilis 1983″ MARK JENKINS guesting with The Land of Yrx, Shrewsbury open air 1983. Mark Jenkins (Sequential Prophet 600 & Pro One), David Gate (keyboards, drum machine and MC), Rob Andrews (Bass), guests Ray Gordon (flute), Steve Collins (guitar), drunk audience (shouting). Video by Nick Elborough.

For this improvisation I think we’d been listening to Gong, Can, early Ash Ra Tempel, Guru Guru, Cluster and very early Kraftwerk…

The synthesizer sounds used were also used in my set at the first UK Electronica Festival also in 1983, from which there’s no video. This piece is also otherwise unreleased, but I have similar music from around that period on my CD “Analog Archives” available worldwide through Amazon.co.uk and on the CDR “Live Archives” available through www.markjenkins.co

Chaka Kahn goes Moog

January 29, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · 1 Comment 

This me like :-) I Feel for You To…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JlPP8MuL0s

“How the track was put together:

The original Chakakhan version is extremely over produced, so it took me a while to get the same sort of result.

The machine drums at the start, which keeps on running throughout the whole track, was originally done using a DMX, Linn and TR808. All these can now perfectly be recreated inside Reel Machines by XLN-Audio.
I wasn’t really pleased with Reel Machines initially, but having given it a second chance it’s rather convincing and pleasant to work with.
After the rap intro Addictive Drums kick in, to put another layer of drums ontop and to give it a live feel, which I do with all my tracks.
My aim is always to find the middle between the original recording and a live feel.

I could have left Melle Mel rap out, unless I had the original isolated track, but no one has that luxury, so I did it myself.
Only then I realized how difficult that rap was. Not having an American accent and of course Melle’s deeper voice makes it somewhat sound silly, but it’s effective enough (I hope?).

A lot of Prophet-5 and Jupiter-8 was used, especially all the brass sounds.
The harmonica was another difficult thing to replicate.
I used a sample from my TR-Rack.
The Minimoog is completely unprocessed.”

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