Category Archives: Synthesizers

Free Oberheim OB-X Emulator VST for Mac and Windows

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I recently stumbled across this amazing free softsynth and thought I’d share. If you love those thick Oberheim sounds (who doesn’t?) this is an absolute necessity.

Download it for free here

“Obxd is emulation of famous ob-x, ob-xa and ob8 synths.
While not copying originals , some of the features were taken to a better point.
Continuous blendable multimode filter (hp-notch(bp)-hp in 12 db mode and 4-1 pole in 24 db mode).
VAM button is last played note allocation mode.
32 and 64 bit versions included.”

OM-1 Synth uses a real portable cassette recorder for voices

I love how much innovation smaller musical instrument companies have these days. This is just one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while!

“The OM-1 Cassette Synthesizer is an analog musical instrument built around the concept that when a continuous tone/note is recorded to tape, its pitch will change as the tape’s playback speed is increased or decreased. Individual notes are playable via the 8 buttons (keys), each with a tuning knob directly above it. The volume of the notes can be articulated by using the pressure sensitive volume control – the harder its pressed, the louder the note. A three position switch controls attack/release response of the audio output – Short, Medium, and Long. CV/Gate inputs allow control over the cassette’s pitch and volume from a linear (non-quantized) voltage sequencer.”

the pre-orders are already sold out for this beauty, but you can sign up for the waiting list here http://www.ondemagnetique.com/shop/om-1

Behringer to release analog polyphonic synthesizer!

I’ve been a Behringer fan since they first started, and one of the reasons was their knack for making cool gear at a lower price point than most other companies. I was a little surprised to see this news though. Details are still mostly hidden, but Behringer has decided to get into the Synthesizer game and is releasing their own poly-synth.

I still don’t know the model name, price, or when it will be released, but judging from this video it seems to be in a nearly complete, or fully complete stage. This could be something quite awesome!

Video of the first digital additive synthesizer

This video was thought lost until last week when the Bell Labs engineer and inventor Hal Alles uploaded the clip to YouTube. The Bell Labs Digital Synthesizer, also known as Alice, is considered the worlds first true digital additive synthesizer.

This video was made as an backup accompaniment to a live demo done on the stage at the Palladium in Hollywood in 1977.

Built in the 1970s Alice used 72 computer controlled oscillators to instantly create the different timbres and sounds. This synth gave the user the opportunity to store banks of preset patches and autonomous accompaniment, which at the time was unheard of.

 

The demise of Alice is quite a sad story, after only four years the the synthesizer was dismantled as it was far too expensive too be commercially viable. In it’s short life it only had one full composition written on it…

Watch Laurie Speigal play it below to hear more of this unique synth!

Awesome old technology! VODER (1939) – Early Speech Synthesizer

Considered the first electrical speech synthesizer, VODER (Voice Operation DEmonstratoR) was developed by Homer Dudley at Bell Labs and demonstrated at both the 1939 New York World’s Fair and the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition. Difficult to use and difficult to operate, VODER nonetheless paved the way for future machine-generated speech.

A friend of mine showed me this video on youtube and I had no idea speech synthesis was this old! Too cool not to share with my readers!