The Blade Runner Brass Sound – From A Moog Little Phatty

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One of the iconic sounds of synthesis is Vangelis’ Blade Runner brass sound. Originally created on a Yamaha CS-80, it’s been mimicked on just about every synth released.

Here, mik300z, who’s a master at ‘reverse-engineering’ iconic synth sounds, improvises with his take on the iconic sound, recreated on a Moog Little Phatty, with the help of the ‘Hall’ reverb preset on a Behringer mixer.

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Can Any Synth Made In The Last 30 Years Beat The Sound Of The Yamaha CS-80?

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Gavin Curtis is in the middle of a Yamaha CS-80 synth restoration project and took time out to record this demo of the monster synth:

My CS-80 restoration project about 1/3 completed and the instrument’s health bar is finally in the green. Most of the systems are working. Enough to present to you what a properly functioning CS-80 should sound like.

Definitely resides in the category “most complex production electronic musical instrument”. Over 200 lbs of printed circuit board and wiring. Less than 800 CS-80s were made due to high cost and complexity. Serial numbers started at 1000 and ended before 1800. My CS-80 is serial number 1306, the 306th unit off the assembly line.

Signal path is the CS-80 —- Lexicon 224XL digital reverberator —- direct line audio feed into Sony HDR-XR520V HD camera.

Sounds huge, doesn’t it?

What do you think? Can any synth made in the last 30 years beat the sound of the Yamaha CS 80?

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The Studio Electronics CODE Synthesizer, With CS80 Filter, Does A Mean ‘Blade Runner’ Brass Sound

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Vangelis’ Blade Runner brass sound – one of the iconic sounds of synthesis – is a challenge to get right.

This demo of the Studio Electronics CODE, with a Yamaha CS80 filter, nails it pretty closely though, don’t you think?

The Studio Electronics CODE is a unique semi-modular synth that allows you to choose from several filters, including the classic Roland TB-303, ARP 2600 and Yamaha CS-80. The Yamaha CS-80 is considered by many to be the greatest classic keyboard synthesizer of all time, and has been a big part of Vangelis’ sound for over thirty years.

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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.

Pete Townshend’s Synth Jam – Initial Machine Experiments

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Pete Townshend’s Initial Machine Experiments – a vintage synth jam from his 1983 album, Scoop.

Here’s what Townshend had to say about his Yamaha CS-80 improvisation:

This peace was played on my Yamaha CS80 synthesiser to test a TEAC half inch eight track machine. This is very much indicative of the kind meandering I get into when locked away with a synthesizer.

Someone once said that when you play around with a synthesizer you end up suffering from a disease called ‘synthesiseritis’.

I suffer happily.

While Townshend is best know for his guitar work, The Who discography has lots of examples of interesting synth work, too. See our post on Pete Townshend’s Synth Secrets for some video of him explaining how he created some classic sounds.

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.

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

Blade Runner Inspired Yamaha CS-80 Synth Romp

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This Blade Runner-inspired synth romp, Palmer is in the system, features a heavy dose of Vangelis‘ favorite synth, the Yamaha CS-80.

It’s an interesting track – but the pairing with Blade Runner’s images recalls what an inspired collaboration Vangelis work with Ridley Scott was.

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