XILS-lab has released XILS V+, a faithful emulation of the Roland VP-330 Vocoder Plus.
Here’s what they have to say about XILS V+:
The Roland VP-330 Vocoder Plus is also musically immortalized on celluloid thanks to Greek synth wizard Vangelis’ memorable early-Eighties electronic scores to the Oscar-winning Chariots Of Fire and Ridley Scott’s sci-fi film noir classic, Bladerunner, both of which made much use of the instrument’s signature Strings – ‘emulating’ the sustained portion of orchestral strings – and Human Voice Ensemble ‘choir’ – remarkable and unique – sounds.
Fnding a fully-functional, pristine example of this 30-plus-year-old temperamental hardware has become nigh on impossible. Which is exactly where XILS V+ comes into play, of course, thanks to XILS-lab’s labours.
Here’s a comparison, via gstormelectro, of an upcoming version of the virtual VSP-330 and the original vintage classic Roland VP-330:
For r2.0 I’m re-developing the VSP-330 from the ground up. The VSP-330 VST plugin is based on the vintage Roland VP-330 choirs and strings. This time around my goal IS to provide a faithful emulation replacing the instrument itself.
The difference that sets this emulation apart from all others out there: absolutely no samples are used in this plugin. I have taken great time and effort emulating the exact same synthesis and effects-processing architecture as the original vintage hardware.
The sounds you hear are testing the plugin against a real MKI VP-330. Which is the real one and which is the plugin? You might hear sustaining notes getting robbed….um yeah that would be the MKI (because it is PARAphonic, the whole key range sharing a single envelope) – a problem not encountered on the POLYphonic plugin.
No release date has been announced. See the G-Storm site for more demos.
This demo video, via retrosound, highlights Vangelis‘ secret weapon – The Roland VP-330 Vocoder Plus MK2.
The VP-330 was released in 1979 and featured has featured prominently in Vangelis’ music since. Other artists using the VP-330 include Tomita, Kitaro, Mike Oldfield, Tony Banks, YMO and Laurie Anderson.
IK Multimedia is now shipping SampleTron, a virtual instrument workstation featuring a collection of authentic “Tron” and other vintage keyboards instrument samples.
According to IK, SampleTron includes the most complete “Tron” anthology ever released in one virtual instrument, with over 2 GB of sounds, 640 presets and 260 multi-samples from 17 rare and vintage Mellotrons, Chamberlins, and their derivatives like the Optigan, Rhythmaster and more.
SampleTron’s diverse library was meticulously sampled by Sonic Reality and assembled to showcase the entire sonic palette, with chromatic samples that accurately capture the complete authentic tone of each instrument.
SampleTron is now available for EURO 249.99/$329.99. A crossgrade price of Euro 199.99/$269.99 is available for previously registered users of any lite or full version IK product.