This video, via AnalogAudio1, offers a demonstration of a rare Yamaha VL1 – an expressive physical modelling synth (digital waveguide synthesis) from 1993.
All effects are from the VL1. In the last seconds, the VL1 is played along with a vintage Korg Polysix.
The brother of the Yamaha VP1 (just one or two were made). The VL1 is still rare, but available. The sound engine was brand new in 1993 and the synth was quite expensive. Instead of playing samples of real instruments, the VL1 engages a new “physical modelling synthesis” – it calculates models of wood wind instruments. It’s a very complex synthesis technique, so the VL1 is just 2 voice polyphonic. The convenience is, that you can tweak parameters of models, which can give you unique results. In 1995, version 2 was released, which had more features. The VL1 has a little brother – the VL7. The sounds you hear in the video were modified by me.
3 Wheels, velocity and aftertouch 4 octave keyboard. The VL1 is duophonic (2 voice polyphonic).