New TouchKeys Keyboard Mod Meets Classic CS-80 Synth Sounds

We recently covered a new Kickstarter project that promises to add multi-touch expression to existing keyboards, TouchKeys.

The TouchKeys are capacitive sensor overlays which attach securely to the surface of they keys of instruments with standard keyboards. When you play, the sensors measure the position and contact area of your fingers in real time. This information is sent back to your computer, where the TouchKeys software lets you control any instrument you like.

When we originally posted about TouchKeys, some Synthtopia readers were confused about how it would work with existing software synths. Others were unclear about the benefits of polyphonic aftertouch.

So TouchKey developer Andrew McPherson followed up to us with this new demo video that focuses on polyphonic aftertouch and classic synth sounds. “I think the Synthtopia community might like this particular application,” notes McPherson.  Continue reading

The New Sound Of Music – A View Of Electronic Music From 1979

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The New Sound of Music is a vintage BBC documentary (1979) that looks at the development of recorded music, from the first barrel organs, pianolas, the phonograph, the magnetic tape recorder on to the concepts of musique concrete and electronic music.

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Yamaha CS-80 Synthesizer

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Saturday Synth Porn: If there’s a King or Queen of Synths – the Yamaha CS-80 would probably be it.

New York vintage synth specialists The Analog Lab had this monster synth beast in for repair and shot some video that highlights not only why the CS-80 is such a capable synth, but also why it’s a beast to move and maintain.

Want to know why they don’t make ‘em like this anymore? One look inside will give you the answer:

The Yamaha CS-80

See The Analog Lab site for more shots of this monster.

If Vangelis Played The “Looney Tunes” Theme, It Might Sound Like This. Or Maybe Not.

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If Vangelis played the Looney Tunes theme on one of his multiple rare, expensive, unobtainable Yamaha CS-80 synthesisers, it might sound something like this.

But probably not.

via noddyspuncture:

Messing on my CS80 with the “Looney Tunes” theme – the ‘ribbon’ gave me the idea, as it sounds just like the infamous intro..!

Yamaha CS-80, With Elkorus And Other Chorus Effects

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Video from a test session with Sergio Koval playing his Yamaha CS-80 at Synthoma studio.

The test is a chorus comparison with the CS-80 built-in chorus, a Digitech multieffect chorus, and the élkorus analog bbd chorus. Continue reading

Arturia 10 Year Suite Packs 8 Classic Synths Into One Box

arturia-10-year-suiteArturia has announced the 10 Year Suite, a box featuring 8 of the company’s software instruments.

The set includes:

  • Minimoog V
  • Moog Modular V
  • CS-80V
  • ARP2600 V
  • Jupiter-8V
  • Prophet V
  • Prophet VS
  • Also included the innovative Brass and the powerful Analog Factory.

10 Year Suite is available for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) for $699 USD / 549 EUR.

Details below. Continue reading