After four decades, it looks like the legacy of the Optigan optical sample playback keyboard will live on in a new instrument.
Optigan’s Pea Hicks shared this sneak preview of a new Optigan/Orchestron disc player, currently under development.
Here’s what Hicks has to say about the video:
Robert Becker has been making steady progress (in his spare time) on his new Optigan/Orchestron disc player, which we hope will be put into production at some point. There’s still lots of work to be done, bugs to iron out, things to be fine-tuned, code to be optimized, etc, but it’s currently playable (via MIDI), and the basic sound quality is quite good, so we figured we’d post a few informal/noodly sound clips of it in action.
These are direct/unprocessed recordings from the unit, some featuring the onboard reverb.
Sorry, no live video of it being played at this time. We don’t cover ALL the features/functions in these sound demos, as some of them aren’t quite working yet, but you can get an idea from looking at the photos what sort of things it will be able to do.
Since the new player is still in development, details on pricing and availability are still to be determined.