British ‘boutique’ analogue synthesiser and accessory designer/manufacturer Analogue Solutions is proud to announce that bona fide synthpop pioneer Phil Oakey has added a Telemark V2 semi- modular analogue monosynth to the stunning synthesiser collection currently residing at The Human League’s legendary HL Studios in Sheffield…
Human League main man Phil Oakey needs little in the way of introduction. Having co-penned some of pop’s finest musical moments with memorable hits spanning several decades — notably 1981’s chart-topping perennial favourite ‘Don’t You Want Me’ (which sold well over a million copies in the UK alone, making it the 25th biggest-selling single of all time there, then shifted another million copies to secure the coveted US number one spot during the following year), he helped forge a popular music landscape-changing template for pre- programmed, synth-driven song structures that are still reverberating around the world today.
Back in the day, The Human League ‘Mk I’ co-founder Ian Craig Marsh wasn’t adverse to rhythmically riding a mid-Seventies-vintage Roland System 100 semi-modular analogue synthesiser’s resonance and filter faders to create a track’s Model 104 Sequencer-driven bass and snare drum on the fly! No need to do that today, of course, for HL Studios is packed floor to ceiling with old and new synths to die for. Indeed, it’s fair to say that what Phil Oakey doesn’t know about synths simply isn’t worth knowing!
Now something of a connoisseur, Oakey owns a considerable collection of synths, sequencers, and drum machines at HL Studios, many of which are analogue. Which is exactly why he has taken delivery of an Analogue Solutions Telemark V2, a dual-VCO, rack-mountable, semi-modular analogue monosynth with multimode VCF featuring lowpass, highpass, bandpass, and notch filter types, which will be perfectly at home there since the healthy socket selection dominating the right-hand side of its spacious control panel means it can comfortably be patched to work with other modular systems and analogue sequencers for added flexibility. Features like those, combined with a generous helping of modulation routing options, provide the Telemark V2 with an extraordinarily diverse range of sound possibilities, including leads, basses, effects, and percussion, as well as being able to be used as an effects processor thanks to its audio inputs (feeding audio signals directly into its mixer).
Another distinguishing feature of the Telemark V2 is its 100% analogue voice and modulation circuitry formed from discrete components. Nothing travels through digital circuitry here, so turning a knob directly affects the associated analogue circuitry to produce a characteristic sound straight from the Seventies/early-Eighties — albeit reliant on today’s reliable technology!
Improvements to Telemark V2 over and above the original version of the instrument include adding an octave divider (SUB-VCO/DIVIDER) — for creating a fuller, fatter sound or for use as a clock divider designed to be a source of lower frequencies (particularly suited to rhythmical usage) — and a ring modulator (RING MOD), typically used for fashioning metallic-type sounds (although it has other uses).
Little wonder, then, that the original Telemark and now its V2 successor are so sought after by those in the know. Chances are the characteristic sounds of Phil Oakey’s new and improved Telemark V2 — in limited-edition black, no less! — could well be being heard on some more memorable musical moments from The Human League in the not too distant future. We wish them well.
Telemark V2 is available to order online directly from Analogue Solutions (http://www.analoguesolutions.org.uk/concussor/telemark.htm) for £749.00 GBP (excluding VAT and delivery) or through one of their dealers. Alternatively, the keyboard- equipped Telemark-k V2 is available for £1,099.00 GBP (excluding VAT and delivery).
Here are a couple of Analogue Solutions Oberkorns working together.
Oberkorn 1 is performing the duty of clock source and divider while Oberkorn 2 is stepping at a divided rate and controlling transposition of all CV synths — hands free in real time.
Multiples are used for CV Pitch.
EKG sequencer is the primary sequencer controlling the pattern while Oberkorn 2 is governing pitch changes.
Synths heard: Roland System 100m, Analogue Solutions Telemark x 2
Quick video demonstrating some gating f/x via the Defibrillator and Oberkorn sequencer. Some Leipzig-s is thrown in for good measure.
Utilizing the Oberkorn + Defibrillator can create some really interesting gate f/x when used with the AS Spring Reverb module.
No processing other than the spring reverb is used.
Synths: Telemark, Leipzig-s
Background video description:
Short clip: Two Telemarks side-by-side tweaked live.
Oberkorn is modulating the filter.
Nothing fancy, but look at that white!
This is bass — so headphones required!
Here’s a little bass jam put together with 2 Studio Electronics ObieRacks, an Analogue Solutions Oberkorn analogue sequencer, and a Telemark V2 semi-modular synth. A five voice!
The Telemark (under the ObieRacks) is providing the backing pitchy, swooshy f/x, and you’ll see the binary inputs of the Oberkorn being patched — which creates new patterns on the TM in binary fashion.
The ObieRack has a master filter cutoff (for both SEMs) that is adjusted during the video. Additionally, the SEMs are switched to bandpass mode for some variety in the sequence.
No overdubs, no FX, no frills — just a quick recording of the dry/raw juicy analogue sounds.
just for fun!
Here’s a quick video demonstrating an 8-step sequence using the Analogue Solutions Oberkorn analogue sequencer. Sequence reset is triggered via Gate X out.
Bass provided by the new Telemark-K keyboard while the filter is opened and closed by Oberkorn. Transposition is done via the TM-K (keys).
AS Quantiser also featured between the Oberkorn and TM-K.
Dark Energy, a monophonic desktop synthesizer conversant in Volts, MIDI and USB. With a single oscillator, low-pass filter and ADSR envelope plus two LFOs, its feature set looks fairly basic, but to encourage modular fraternisation, it adds a cluster of patch connections. The Dark Energy has three internal sources of modulation: two LFOs and an ADSR envelope. The LFOs offer just triangular or rectangular waveforms and each has a red/green LED, the colours shifting to track the phase of modulation. Low, medium and high frequency ranges may be selected, the latter hoisting LFO frequency to around 5kHz. Modulation at audio rates is your ticket to pseudo-ring-mod atonality, whilst the slowest (“up to a minute”) LFO speed is ideal for those slothful moments. The envelope is entirely conventional, with just one slight twist. It has three operational ranges scoped for precise, short envelopes, envelopes suitable for solos or general performance, and long drone-type settings. Droners everywhere take note: the maximum attack time is almost a minute.
In this video:
Controlling Analogue Solutions Telemark’s filter with Doepfer Dark Energy LFO. Dark Energy has an incredibly high LFO rate and can make for some interesting sounds when paired with the Telemark.
Analogue Solutions Telemark
Doepfer Dark Energy
Vermona DRM1 MkIII
The wonderful Analogue Solutions Telemark filter modulated by 2 Doepfer A-155 sequencers, gate by Telemark, triggered by Cubase 6;
accompanied by a pad from the Roland JX 8-P, bass by A-100 modular and drums by Vermona DRM1 MKIII.
All done with a friendly wink at rezfilter who inspired me a lot …. (still waiting for my Oberkorn)
The new synth from Analogue Solutions – Telemark. I’ve only had it for a couple of days but it’s already made a huge impact on my studio. I don’t know how I’ve got by without having any VCO’s in the past! This thing sounds HUGE.
I decided to make this, my first demo vid, to showcase the Telemark as they aren’t enough demos out there. Keep in mind that I’m only scratching the surface here…
All the sounds you hear in this demo are made on the Telemark. The only FX added were a touch of reverb on the main synth sound.
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*Watch in HQ for best video/audio quality!
Here’s a recreation of the classic bass line from Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence” (Violator!) using DM-style methodologies.
By utilising a step sequencer and a flexible analogue synth (Analogue Solutions Oberkorn & Telemark respectively), you can produce the moving / transitional effects inherent in a complex bass sequence such as this one.
Given the timing of the pattern, the Oberkorn was MIDI-stepped manually (see Midi-Stepping an Analogue Sequencer video for more information) and the pitch transposition was handled via MIDI as well. Alternatively, the pitch could be played live via MIDI.
The key is to take advantage of the precise opening and closing of the filter via Oberkorn CVB.
All settings will ultimately be approximate, as analogue synths will differ from machine to machine. Use the settings as starting points and then tweak away!
Enjoy (the Silence).