Shut Up & Play: The Rare ArmonConcert Synthesizer

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Synthesist Alberto Napolioni shared this 100% blah-blah-blah free demo of the rare Armonconcert, a vintage Italian paraphonic synthesizer from 1974.

It’s not just a great demo of the possibilities of the Armonconcert, but also a great demo of the performance possibilities of paraphonic synths of the ’70s.

Timings:

0:00 Ice Waterfall
0:09 Creamy
0:17 Funky Clav
0:28 Rubber Piano
0:41 Chamber Strings
1:27 Stranger Feet
1:34 The Escape
2:06 Funky Brass
2:15 Purple Sunset
2:35 Jazzy Snippets
2:47 Ennio’s Pad
3:10 Plucked Beauty
3:37 Filter
3:49 Dance of Mosquito
4:38 Ascension
4:58 God is in da house
5:14 Say Goodbye
5:51 Brass Tinto
5:59 Permutations
6:04 Harpsichord Stairways

Technical details:

Some patches are dry and other with FX used on it:

OTO Bim delay
OTO Bam reverb

Sequential Prophet VS Vector Synthesizer – The Best Digital Synth Ever Made?

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In his latest video, Espen Kraft takes an in-depth look at the Sequential Prophet VS (Vector Synthesizer) from 1986.

A hybrid synthesizer, the Prophet VS features digital waveforms paired with analog VCFs and VCAs, and offers 8 voices of polyphony, with velocity and after touch.

Here’s what Kraft has to say about the VS:

You make a sound by basically choosing four waveforms, assigning them to the four oscillators (vector points), and then moving the VS’s trademark joystick around freely until you hear something pleasing. Movements, or ‘vectors’ can then be saved, and the sound played back. You can also apply the recorded vector path to another sound altogether and see what happens.

Separate programmable panned voices and a stereo analog chorus completes the output.

It can sound very lush and smooth while at the same time, crude and digital. Often at the same time. Stellar arpeggiating and everything you do, including moving the joystick, goes out MIDI.

Check it out and share your thoughts on the classic Sequential Prophet VS in the comments!

Crumar Orchestrator / Multiman-S Vintage Synth Review

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This vintage synth review, via synth4ever, takes a look at the Crumar Multiman-S, aka the Crumar Orchestrator, a vintage synth from 1977.

The Orchestrator/Multiman-S is one of the more sophisticated string synths of the 70s, offering classic string synth sound, but also letting you create a wide range of sounds, with the immediacy of front panel switches and sliders. Using these controls, you can play and mix bass, brass, piano, clavichord, cello and violin. Additional functions, like the filter, can also be controlled via custom foot pedals.

Topics covered:

00:00 – Intro
01:01 – Overview
02:56 – Left-hand instruments – Bass, Brass, Piano, Clavichord, Cello, Violin
06:17 – Right-hand instruments – Brass, Piano, Clavichord, Cello, Violin
07:51 – Vibrato
08:37 – Sustain
09:00 – All instruments together
09:54 – String timbre (bright to dark)
11:05 – All instruments together again
12:03 – Pitch control
12:48 – Final thoughts / conclusion

Check out the video and share your thoughts on the Orchestrator / Multiman-S in the comments!

Microtonal Tuning On Vintage Analog Synthesizers

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The latest Musician Paradise video takes a look at playing microtonal music using a vintage analog synthesizer.

This approach should work with any vintage analog synth that offers a self-resonating filter with filter tracking. It requires learning new keyboard fingering, though, and is limited to equal temperaments.

Check out the video and share your thoughts on this approach in the comments!

Vintage Synth Review Of The Roland Jupiter-6

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The latest mylarmelodies video is a vintage synth review of the Roland Jupiter-6.

“Even by today’s standards it’s still amazingly powerful,” he notes, “full of options, with its own unique voice, killer oscillator and filter combo, as we get into in this vid!”

If you’ve used the Jupiter-6, leave a comment and share your thoughts on it!

Topics covered:

00:00 Intro SuperMontage!!
04:00 What is the Jupiter 6 and what is it not?
05:31 Oscillator Section Explained
06:55 The 2 LFOs!
08:00 Oscillator Crossmodulation
09:40 Oscillator Sync
11:17 The Filter!
17:08 Arpeggio
18:22 Unison!
21:00 JAMS BEGIN: 880/Keystep/JP6 Jam ElectroArpz
23:09 ElectroArpz V2
24:53 So Electro Bluegrass is a thing?
27:02 Bi-Chord Aphexy Fatpad
27:53 Righteous Polystuff
28:55 Crossmodpadzing
30:16 Impression of my Arturia Jupiter 8V video from 2008
30:52 Squitty SupaBlerps
31:59 Spacebased Binkletinkles
32:33 Ultrapad Ambient Works
34:04 A Serious Arpeggio
34:36 Two Chord Padberg
35:19 Very Roland Very Emotimes
37:42 The Super Jupiter

Crumar Orchestrator / Multiman-S String Synthesizer Hands-On Demo

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In his latest video, Alex Ball takes an in-depth look at the Crumar Multiman-S, an Italian string synthesizer from 1977, also known as the Crumar Orchestrator.

Along the way, Ball also tackles string synths in general, divide-down oscillators, paraphony and some of the unusual features that make the Multiman/Orchestrator a classic.

Topics covered:

0:00 – Opening demo
0:35 – The String Synthesizer
2:44 – Paraphony
4:11 – The Crumar Multiman-S
4:32 – Basic Strings Demo
5:42 – Low Strings Ensemble Demo
6:07 – Phased Strings Demo
6:34 – Brass
7:46 – Piano
8:17 – Clavichord
8:31 – Bass
9:01 – The Multiman
10:11 – Outro Disco Bonanza

Gear used in this video:

Crumar Multiman-S (1977)
ARP Avatar (1977)
ARP Odyssey 2813 (circa 1976 – 77)
Roland SH-1000 (1973)
Roland System 100m (1979)
Roland Juno-6 (1982)
Roland CR-78 (1978)
Simmons SDS-3 (1978)
Ibanez RM-80 (early 80s)
Seekers Voice Spectra Vocoder (circa 2000)
Hylight Phazer Mk II (2019)

Casio CZ-1 Phase Distortion Synthesizer Vintage Synthesizer Demo

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In this video series, synthesist Joe Evans takes an in-depth look at the Casio CZ-1, the flagship of its 80’s CZ line of Phase Distortion synthesizers.

Most of the discussion in this series applies to the Casio CZ-101 and other CZ synths. The CZ-1 is distinguished by offering a full size keyboard with velocity sensitivity and aftertouch.

If you’ve used any of the CZ synths, leave a comment and share your thoughts on them!