Ich bin von elektronischer Musik und Synthesizern infiziert seitdem ich mit ca. 6 Jahren die Begleitmusik von Vangelis in der TV Serie COSMOS gehört habe. Die außergewöhnlichen elektronischen Klänge begleiteten mich auch später durch die 80er Jahre (Synthipop, Wave). Aber erst Mitte der 90er Jahre ergab es sich, dass ich mir einen Synthesizer kaufen konnte – ab dann gab es kein Halten mehr. ;) In der Zwischenzeit entstanden einige Soundsets für Synthesizer, aber mein liebstes “Baby” ist der RetroSound – Vintage Synthesizer Channel auf YouTube.
I’m excited about synthesizers and electronic music since I’ve heard the TV music COSMOS by Vangelis at the age of 6. Those unusual electronic sounds accompanied me through the ’80s (the era of Synthpop and Wave). But it was not until the mid-90s when I bought my first synthesizer. Since then there is no turning back – I’m infected by the electonic virus! My favorite project is the RetroSound – Vintage Synthesizer Channel on YouTube.
This is one of my favorite videos. In this example Korg’s Polysix sounds like a string machine and that is what I like a lot about it. There are not many synthesizers capable of producing this kind of sound in such a quality.
As usual, what you hear is a multitrack recording. Korg’s Mono/Poly offers excellent and fat Bass sounds. By using Crossmodulation and Oscillator Sync you can get interesting EFX sounds. The Mono/Poly can be challenging and is a programmer’s instrument. Without tweaking it is very likely that you end up with a flute ;D. What I want to say by that is, that it can sound quite boring as well.
In this track I experimented with the wavetables of the PPG. Especially in the second part one can hear the rhythm that is generated by the wavetables. Their sustain is unique and aliasing in this case even adds character to the sound.
I did not use any presets. For each track a new sound was programmed and of course not saved. ;) I usually do not save any sounds as this forces me to create always new sounds for new tracks. Although this takes a while but makes fun and makes every program sound unique. Roland’s TR-808 triggers the Arpeggiator and the Sample/Hold frequency of the JP-4.
The demo track shows the enormous acoustic range of the Sequential Circuit Prophet VS Vector Synthesizer of 1986. Everything is there, from the digital sounds typical of PPG to warm analogue expanses that you would rather expect from a Prophet-5.
The VS served as a model for the Korg Wavestation, however the two instruments are acoustically very different from each other. The VS takes a fundamentally more raw and brutal tone, whilst the Wavestation generally moves on a more gentle terrain.
Today, the VS is very sought-after, precisely because its sound is very self-contained and is still fresh. A true classic and milestone of synthesizer history.