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Black Corporation Deckard’s Dream & Expander – The Synth Inspired By Blade Runner

At the 2018 NAMM Show, Black Corporation made their NAMM debut for Deckard’s Dream, a new analog synth design, inspired by the sound of the classic Yamaha CS-80, and the way Vangelis used the CS-80 in his score for Blade Runner.

The Deckard’s Dream is available now, in both DIY and pre-built formats. It offers 16 VCO’s, support for polyphonic aftertouch and MPE, MIDI, a VST/AU editor, analog effects, CV inputs and more.

The Deckard’s Dream Expander adds Chorus, Tremolo, and Ring Modulator effects as well as 16 CV inputs. It is designed to work seamlessly with Deckard’s Dream, but it also works as a standalone audio effects device and a CV to MIDI converter.

See the Deckard’s Dream site for details.

For a point of comparison, here’s another video, featuring an original CS-80:

At the NAMM Show, Yamaha had a mint CS-80 in their booth. Yamaha’s Nate Tschetter gave us a quick demo of the rare synthesizer, an overview of the CS-80’s architecture, and told us the story of rediscovering the instrument.