Time machine: Synthesizers I YAMAHA AN1x

February 2, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Time for a new time machine session:

A voyage into the heart of the Yamaha AN1x virtual analog synthesizer from the year 1997.
Exploration by Marko Ettlich (RetroSound)

10 voices
2 oscillators per voice saw, square variable pulse width, fm, sync, edge
resonant filter 12/18/24dB/oct low/band/hi pass filter, notch
61 keys (velocity and aftertouch), ribbon controller
arpeggiator, step-sequencer

In my opinion the virtual analog synth with the most analogue sound.

used by Yes, Depeche Mode and many more

The Yamaha CS-50- The Sub-Oscillator (L.F.O.)

January 21, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Here is a demonstration of the sound and functionality of the low frequency oscillator of the Yamaha CS-50.

The Yamaha CS-50 Part 2 – The Filter

January 14, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Here is a demonstration of the sound and functionality of the Yamaha CS-50′s filter section.

The Yamaha CS-50 – The Oscillator

January 8, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Here is part 1 of a series of demonstrative videos regarding the Yamhaha CS-50. This is a demonstration of the oscillator section of the Yamaha CS-50.

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The CS-50 was released just one year before its famous big brothers, the CS-60 and CS-80. The CS-50 looks like a scaled-down version of the monstrous CS-80, and it is! This will benefit those who crave the famous classic Yamaha synth sound without the struggle of lugging around the 215 pound CS-80! The CS-50 weighs in at about 100 pounds. The CS-50 is also just 4-voice polyphonic, and lacks the quality weighted 61-note keyboard of the CS-80. The CS-50 has just a 49-note standard keyboard. It does feature pressure (aftertouch) sensitivity route-able to several destinations, however.

The CS-50′s sound is unmistakably related to other classic CS-series synthesizers. At just four voices with one osc. per voice and lacking warm filters (at just 12dB/oct) the CS-50′s sound can be thin. There are 13 preset sounds of various instruments and synth sounds but, unfortunately, no on-board memory storage for your edited presets. At its low street price, the CS-50 makes a great way to get your hands on these classic sounds without going broke! It’s too bad their tuning is just as unstable as the other CS-series synths. It’s housed in a built-in travel-case like the other (big) CS-synths.

Vintage Legends | Official trailer UVI©

December 21, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Six brand-new soft synths with the brilliant depth and character of classic hardware. Instantly call up inspiration from : the Yamaha CS-70M, CS-40M and CS-20M, the crazy Italian Elka Synthex, the Rhodes Chroma, the king of FM – the Yamaha DX1, the rare DK Synergy and the classic K250 revisited.

From modern prog and pop to dance, electro, hip-hop and experimental, Vintage Legends is a deep and versatile sonic resource that’s sure to inspire artists working in any style.

Special introductory price : $299 instead of $349

❐ UVI Official Website : http://www.uvi.net
❐ Buy Vintage Legends : http://bit.ly/uvi_vintage-legends

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Take 6 iconic vintage synthesizers, carefully restore them, create a massive array of presets and deeply multi-sample them, professionally process and master the sounds, infuse them into the industry proven UVI Engine — giving you endless sound shaping options, then wrap the results in immaculately prepared GUIs and you’ve got UVI Vintage Legends.

At UVI we’ve been producing sound for over 20 years and designing our own software for over 12.

We’ve found that virtual instruments with a foundation in sampling have a more defined character and distinct sound quality than those based on digital modeling. The trouble with sample-based instruments is that they’re typically lacking in expression and flexibility; one sample, one sound.

UVI hybrid instruments are more flexible than a conventional ROMpler and more authentic than a simulation, giving you the best of both worlds. Vintage Legends integrates over 30,000 samples from classic synths into the acclaimed UVI Engine, giving you the distinct character of hardware with the added control, convenience and power of a modern digital instrument.

Taking these classic tones into new sonic territory, the UVI Engine delivers massive unison spreads, abundant polyphony, thick-modeled filters, drive, reverbs, modulation, FX and much, much more. These instruments will never need to be serviced or go out of tune, and they’re far easier to lug around than hardware.

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SIX POWERFUL VINTAGE MACHINES REVISITED

Vintage Legends comes packed with over 800 presets expertly crafted by our sound design team, giving you a huge library of unique sounds and textures.

Each instrument features an intuitive and evocative GUI with a versatile and easy-to-navigate control set helping you to quickly shape sounds to fit your needs, transform them for wild inspiration or crack open the unit and design your own.

Timeless sounds. Infinitely customizable. Compatible with everything.

◆ UVI CS-M – Vintage Japanese Power
◆ UVI SYNTHOX – The Real Italian Stallion
◆ UVI KROMA – Premier Analog Synth
◆ UVI FMX1 – The Gem of FM
◆ UVI U1250 – Dawn of the ROM Age
◆ UVI ENERGY – Additive Fury (bonus only available in Vintage Legends)

CS-M, SYNTHOX, KROMA, FMX1 and U1250 are available as individual instruments for $99 each.

More info & screenshots : http://bit.ly/uvi_vintage-legends

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COMPATIBILITY

With the free UVI Workstation 2.0.8 (required version), UVI Vintage Legends can work:
• as a stand-alone instrument, compatible with Mac & PC
• as a VST, AudioUnit, RTAS and MAS plug-in.

With MachFive 3 – make the most of all editing features included!

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* Yamaha, Elka, ARP, Rhodes, Kurzweil, D.K, CS70M, CS40M, CS20M, DX1, Synthex, Chroma, K250, K1000 and Synergy are trademarks of their respective owners and are not affiliated, endorsed, connected or sponsored in any way to UVI or any of our affiliate sites; therefore do not be confused between UVI and these brands.

Propellerheads announces the PX7 FM Synthesizer – Rack Extension

December 12, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

For more information: http://shop.propellerheads.se/product/px7-fm-synthesizer/

The PX7 FM Synthesizer is a six operator FM synth for the Reason rack. As a faithful recreation of the popular DX series keyboards, it provides a wealth of new sounds, ranging from classic 80′s bass and brass to modern textures, leads and growls.

Propellerhead has announced the immediate availability of PX7 FM Synthesizer, a new six operator FM synth for Propellerhead’s Rack Extension format. As a recreation of the popular DX series keyboards, PX7 provides a wealth of new sounds to the Reason rack, ranging from classic 80′s bass and brass to modern textures, leads and growls.

Propellerhead has improved on the original too, with macro controls for easy tweaking of sounds and stereo panning as notable new introductions. PX7 is fully integrated with the Reason rack, allowing users to create layered sounds, combining it with effects, and even control operator levels through CV.

Included with the Rack Extension is a set of new patches for PX7 and Reason’s Combinator, from “talking” bass sounds to evolving pads. Additionally, the PX7 FM Synthesizer is patch-compatible with the Yamaha DX7, and includes hundreds of patches originally created for the DX7. Propellerhead also provides an online patch converter that takes patches in Yamaha DX7 format and converts them to PX7 patches, giving users immediate access to tens of thousands of presets for PX7 covering all styles of music.

Features:

  • Six operator classic FM synthesis for the Reason rack
  • 32 selectable algorithms
  • Advanced envelope generator
  • Includes tons of classic and vintage presets, ranging from 80′s bass to keys and brass
  • Comes with a set of new, exclusive patches for modern music productions
  • PX7 does not require a full understanding of FM synthesis–the macro controls make tweaking sounds fast, easy and fun.
  • Propellerhead’s online patch converter lets you convert any Yamaha DX7 patch to PX7 format.
  • CV control of operator levels lets you apply modulation from any device in the Reason rack.
  • Combine two PX7 synths with the Combinator to easily create layered sounds that never was possible with the hardware it’s based on

Pricing and Availability:

PX7 FM Synthesizer is available for immediate purchase in the Propellerhead Shop, at a price of USD $99/EUR €79. Reason and Reason Essentials users can download a free, fully functional trial version for 30 days to try PX7 FM Synthesizer in their music.

More information

Yamaha CS-50 demo featuring the Terminator main theme and Equinoxe 5

December 8, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The CS-50 was released just one year before its famous big brothers, the CS-60 and CS-80. The CS-50 looks like a scaled-down version of the monstrous CS-80, and it is! This will benefit those who crave the famous classic Yamaha synth sound without the struggle of lugging around the 215 pound CS-80! The CS-50 weighs in at about 100 pounds. The CS-50 is also just 4-voice polyphonic, and lacks the quality weighted 61-note keyboard of the CS-80. The CS-50 has just a 49-note standard keyboard. It does feature pressure (aftertouch) sensitivity route-able to several destinations, however.

The CS-50′s sound is unmistakably related to other classic CS-series synthesizers. At just four voices with one osc. per voice and lacking warm filters (at just 12dB/oct) the CS-50′s sound can be thin. There are 13 preset sounds of various instruments and synth sounds but, unfortunately, no on-board memory storage for your edited presets. At its low street price, the CS-50 makes a great way to get your hands on these classic sounds without going broke! It’s too bad their tuning is just as unstable as the other CS-series synths. It’s housed in a built-in travel-case like the other (big) CS-synths

“Just got hold of a Yamaha CS-50 and was blown away. Although several live videos await editing, and I usually don’t do synth demo videos only, I couldn’t help myself. Just playing this thing brings back a lot of memories…

Recorded to computer with reverb & delay. No EQ or mastering processors. Quick and dirty.”

Yamaha CS01II Plays BIG MUFF by Depeche Mode – Cubase Screen Capture

December 5, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Youtube alias peahix has uploaded this DM cover of Big Muff, details below:

I’ve had several skeptics weigh in on my various Depeche Mode covers done all on my Yamaha CS01II synth, so I thought I’d make a screen-cap video showing the Cubase session for my rendition of “Big Muff.” Here’s the mastered version I posted previously: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IiZlvr7fXs

In this version, you can see all my parts, and I solo all the different bits throughout so you can hear how it all comes together. Note that for several sounds there are actually two different tracks that play together to form a composite sound. The CS01II is a pretty limited synth, and in order to more accurately achieve certain sounds, I had to split things into their component parts. The channels that remain muted throughout are just the MIDI parts, which aren’t outputting to anything here, since each MIDI track was recorded one at a time via the CS01II to an audio track. Anyway, hopefully this is useful or interesting to someone!!

Yamaha CSo1 II:

The CS01 is a very old but classic analog monosynth from Yamaha. Although originally designed for use by novice musicians or first time synth-buyers, the CS01 has been recognized by today’s electronic musicians as one fat little bass machine with simple controls. In a nutshell, the CS01 is simple to use and edit but still has some great features for any situation. It’s tiny and portable, it has baby-sized keys and it can run on batteries, and there is a built-in amplifier and speaker which is quite fun.

As for sounds and synthesizing, the CS01 is the perfect monosynth for bubbly and growling bass! It features a very nice 12dB resonant VCF filter. In addition to the oscillators’ sine and square type waveforms there is PWM and noise. There are also LFO controls, glissando (like portamento), a typical ADSR envelope generator, pitch & mod wheels and even a breath controller input. A CS01 mkII (pictured below) was later released by Yamaha soon after the original. It featured an improved 24dB resonant VCF (filter) with adjustable slider control over resonance instead of switchable on/off resonance as found on the original. The CS01 mkII is also identifiable by its black case with green letters.

Drum and Bass “Catching Sound Waves” with vintage Instruments

December 4, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Pearl Drum-X ( Kick, Snare, Tom ), Roland TR-808 ( open/close Hihat ), Roland TR-707 ( Master Clock ), Oberheim OB-1 ( Noise ), OSCar ( Bassline ), OSCar ( Funny Sound ), Roland Juno-60 + RE-201 ( Pad ), Elka Synthex ( Pad + Space Sound ), Minimoog ( Space Sound ), Roland Jupiter-4 ( Space Sound ), Fender Rhodes + Yamaha NE-1 + Electro Harmonix vintage Bass Micro Synthesizer playing ” Catching Sound Waves ” :-))

Creating a remix in no time: Sonote beat re:edit

November 22, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Based on Yamaha’s innovative sonote technology, sonote beat re:edit lets you create remixes of your beats in next to no time. Extracting characteristic beat slices from an audio loop and swapping them with similar sounds from other audio files, sonote beat re:edit helps you to change the character of your grooves in the most creative and fun way.

More details
www.steinberg.net/sonote

Key features:

  • xchange the sounds of your beat with sounds of your own music.
  • Create your own sonote database out of your favorite drum sounds and tracks
  • Seamless import and export of audio material from and to Cubase
  • MIDI support to control nearly all parameters via external devices
  • Out-of-the-box factory library included
  • Available as download for Windows and Mac OS X Intel

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