New 2011 Optigan Disc, Vibrascape

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Optigan.com has announced a new sound disk for the Optigan sample playback keyboard, Vibrascape.

Here’s what they have to say about Vibrascape:

Vibrascape presents the sound of the vibraphone in a uniquely Optigan fashion. The keyboard tones are arranged as a series of rhythmic patterns that create hypnotic, pulsating soundscapes when chords are played. (This disc is not particularly suited to melodic playing).

The chord buttons feature sustained bowed vibraphone chords. The special effects switches help keep the groove going with a selection of rhythms from the Maestro Rhythm King MRK-2, an old-school beatbox and technological contemporary of the Optigan. Optigans equipped with a spring reverb will provide the most haunting sound, which is further enhanced by inserting the disc upside-down for backwards play.

LEFT HAND: Bowed Vibraphone.
RIGHT HAND: Vibraphone Rhythms.
SPECIAL EFFECTS SWITCHES: 1. Samba, 2. Rhumba, 3. Bossa Nova, 4. Bolero, 5. Go-Go.

The Optigan Vibrascape Disc is available for pre-order for $99.99 at the Optigan.com site.

Optigan 2-Disc Strings Library

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Optigan has introduced their first 2-disc Style Pak release, STRINGS.

The two discs are individually titled CHAMBER STRINGS and SYMPHONIC STRINGS. This is a very utilitarian sound set for the Optigan, featuring the “Violin” and “String Ensemble” keyboard sounds previously only available on the Orchestron, each with matching string pads on the chord buttons. Continue reading

New Vako Orchestron Disc – Solo Female Voice

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Optigan.com has introduced a new sound disc for the vintage sample playback keyboard, the Vako Orchestron.

The new disc, Solo Female Voice, features the voice of Tara Busch, singing “ahh” across the range of the keyboard.

The disc is available now, in a limited run of 30 discs, for $99. Details below. Continue reading