Time machine: ROLAND D-70 Digital Synthesizer 1990

November 16, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Taking a closer look at the vintage synth Roland D-70, video details below:

I played the Roland D-70 without any additional effects or eq. All you hear is coming straight out of the Roland D-70.

The fully digital Roland D-70 employs a LA (Linear Arithmetic) sound engine. It contains samples which can be filtered with lowpass/bandpass/highpass filters. The oscillators can be modulated via DLM (differential loop modulation). This can produce weird sounds, like heard in the video. A pity, that the JD-800 does not have this feature. It also has a multi effect processor built in (reverb, chorus, delay…). It has TONE PALLETE sliders, which help a lot to tweak the sounds.

In my opinion, the D-70 is more a “live performance synth” than a studio synthesizer. That’s the reason why a rack version never appeared.

The D-70 is very complex. But not exactly the synthesis engine – rather the performance functions: splits, MIDI functions, controller maps, master keyboard functions and that sort of things…. but I must admit, sometimes it sounds beautiful.

It was used by Michael Cretu (Enigma, Sandra).

Ghuna X Plays the Philicorda – vintage transistor based organ

November 14, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

From the album: “Ghuna X Plays the Philicorda”
http://ghunax.bandcamp.com/album/ghun…

The Philicorda is a 1960s transistor based organ that has found favour with producers in recent times ; one was used on the album ’19’ by Adele by producer Jim Abiss. The instrument has a built in spring reverb, vibrato and 5 switchable stops. There is also an extra ‘voxchord’ setting, which splits the lower half of the keyboard into single-key chords, for left hand accompaniment. It has a thick, smooth sound that can give just the right atmosphere to certain productions.

Vintage exploration: Roland Jupiter-6

November 10, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The baby brother of the Jupiter-8. Still a pretty great machine, with an awesome arpeggiator and the cool Jupiter sound.

Italo-Disco style live improvisation with JP-6, TR-707, SH-101. Leveraging the power of the JP-6’s sweet sounding multi-mode filter
Roland Jupiter-6 = BPF pad, portamento brass
Roland TR-707 = rhythm
Roland SH-101 = sequenced synth bass

The Roland Jupiter-6 (JP-6) is a synthesizer manufactured by the Roland Corporation introduced in January 1983 as a less expensive alternative to the Roland Jupiter-8. The Jupiter-6 is widely considered a workhorse among polyphonic analog synthesizers, capable of producing a wide variety of sounds, such as ambient drones, pads, lead synthesizer lines, and techy blips and buzzes. It is renowned for its reliability and easy, but sophisticated programmability.

The JP-6 has 12 analog oscillators (2 per voice), and is bitimbral, allowing its keyboard to be “split” into two sounds – one with 4 voices, and one with the remaining 2 voices (either “Split 4/2″ or “Split 2/4″ mode). “Whole Mode” is also available, dedicating all 6 voices to single (monotimbral) sound across the entire keyboard.

The JP-6 was among the first electronic instruments (alongside the Roland JX-3P and the Sequential Circuits Prophet-600) to feature MIDI, then a brand new technology. Sequential CEO Dave Smith demonstrated MIDI by connecting the Prophet to a Jupiter-6 during the January, 1983 Winter NAMM Show.

Europa, a popular firmware replacement available from ‘Synthcom Systems’ adds modern enhancements to the instrument’s MIDI implementation, user interface and arpeggiator, turning the Jupiter 6 into a contemporaneously adaptable machine

Free sample pack from the Roland JD-800 flagship synthesizer

November 8, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Legowelt has released a free sample pack featuring 350 samples from the 1992 JD-800 flagship synthesizer from Roland.

The JD-800 is Roland’s answer to half a decade of hard-to-program synthesizers. Covered in sliders that act as dedicated editors just like a classic analog synth, the JD-800 is an extremely programmable and hands-on digital synthesizer. It is also an interesting and great sounding digital synth with incredible flexibility and control. Internal ROM based waveforms are combined to build your sounds. The sounds are based on Roland’s D-50, but updated for the nineties with multimode filters – uncommon but welcome at the time.

Colossal Juicy Thick Basses, bizarre unearthly pads, uncanny strings, mystifying effects, entrancing chords and lots lots more all ready for u to use in your sampler, DAW, tracker, workstation, MPC, Octatrack or whatever u use Let the creative juices drip from your sampler Rub yourself in the sap of this giant beast and break through the event horizon of music production

The sample pack is a free (203MB) download at Legowelt.

Get it here >>

E-MU Emax – HxC Floppy Drive Emulator

November 8, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Vintage synth tech tutorial
How to install the HxC floppy drive emulator on an E-MU Emax 1

The SD HxC Floppy Emulator can be buy on the Lotharek page. I use the Rev-F Black version. All works of your own risc!

all sounds in the tutorial: E-MU Emax SE sample library

TR-808, Minimoog Voyager, Prophet ’08 et al.

November 6, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Some old-school Electronica with classic machines. Played and edited live (with errors!)

Early ’80s Italo Electro with SH-1000, ARP Omni-2, Juno-60 and TR-808

October 17, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The beauty of analog synthesizers.

In the studio with the classic vintage sampler Emulator II

October 15, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A quick demo of one of ‘SynthMania’s’ “vintage sampler” setups in his studio.

“The E-mu Emulator II is a classic ’80s machine, and one of my favorite samplers. With a Macintosh SE and a Macintosh Classic running Sound Designer. Rhythms by LinnDrum. The effects are Lexicon model 200 reverb and AMS DMX15-80S delay. Tracked on a 1984 Soundcraft Series 1600 24ch. mixing console.”

YAMAHA DX7 II FD perfroming “Chimes”

October 13, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Vintage synthesizer demo track featuring the classic Yamaha DX7

all synthesizer sounds: YAMAHA DX7 II FD FM-Synthesizer (1987)
recording: multi-tracking without midi
fx: reverb and delay

The demo shows typical and not so typical FM sounds. a bit PPG and Fairlight like.

“I like this synth a lot! Yamaha should built a DX7 III with realtime controller like the old PSS FM keyboards, with internal arpeggiator, step sequencer and a fx unit with reverb and delay and chorus. this would be fantastic.

The Celebes Sea (featuring vintage analogue keys)

October 11, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Original music featuring ARP2600, Moog Voyager, Mellotron, D6 Clavinet, Nord Electro 3 and Fender Rhodes

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