Vangelis Presets For Deckard’s Dream

Synthesist and sound designer Paul Schilling shared this set of audio demos for his Vangelis-inspired presets for the Deckard’s Dream synthesizer:

The Deckard’s Dream is a modern synth design, inspired by the classic Yamaha CS-80 and Vangelis’s score for Blade Runner.

The sounds demonstrate how close the new synth can get to the classic CS-80 sound.

Schilling has made the patches available via the Deckard’s Dream Facebook group as donationware.

Check out the audio demos and let us know what you think!

16 thoughts on “Vangelis Presets For Deckard’s Dream

  1. These sound fantastic! Not only does the Deckard’s Dream capture the CS-80 sound, but the sound design on these patches nail it, too.

    1. Thanks Torgood. When I was done tweaking the patches, I could hardly believe my own ears. It’s a dream I’ve had for most of my life and I’m glad Synthtopia helped share these sounds

    1. I was using the XILS V+ which is the best VP-330 emulation I know of (better than Roland’s own VP-03 IMO). I wish I had a real VP-330!

  2. Since the CS-80 was inspired by Yamaha’s earlier synth, the GX-1, does this have an LFO to filter cutoff control, like Keith Emerson used at the beginning of “Pirates”?

    1. yes it does. The LFO-to-filter-cutoff can even be set to increase with aftertouch (just like in the CS-80).

      The Deckard’s Dream even has some other features that bring it closer to the mighty GX-1, such as universal Pulse Width Modulation across all synth lines and voices, and you can have 2-voice unison which means 4 synth lines per voice (like the GX-1 in double-manual mode).

  3. Can anyone explain which properties of this machine impart the easily recognizable sound qualities? For example, could the DeepMind make just as good an emulation? If not, what would it need?

    1. First and foremost the CS-80 was polyphonic with velocity and aftertouch and was immensely playable. It had a great oscillator/filter combination – it just had “that sound” which was unique to the CS-80. Everything added up to one great musical instrument.

    2. The DeepMind is a very powerful machine and I would say you can get close to these CS-80 sounds with it. The main thing about the CS-80’s voice architecture, is that each voice is basically two complete 1-VCO monosynths, each of the two monosynths with a high-pass and low-pass filter in series, and each with their own velocity and aftertouch settings! In the DeepMind you would need to set it to 2-voice unison (thus becoming a 6-voice synth), and only use 1 VCO per voice. But I’m not sure if you’d be able to have different velocity and aftertouch settings for each of the voices.

  4. I’ve heard the DeepMind12 do some spot-on Blade Runner brass, and I’m not referring to the GeoSynths YouTube video. I love the concept of the Deckard’s Dream, but it seems incomplete. Hopefully future versions will include a poly aftertouch built-in keyboard with ribbon controller with all of the on-board effects. I’m not digging the DIY add-on rack components, but I’d pay up to $5K for a complete package.

    1. Yes it has a very wide sonic range and much larger feature set than the original CS-80. But many people have been requesting the original CS-80 presets for the Deckard ever since it came out, and I finally completed them, so I wanted to give some quick audio demos

  5. Hey Paul, amazing presets! I’ve been searching for that “Guitar” sound from the Cs80 for a long time! Are those presets included in the synth? If not can you share the settings here?

    1. Hi Volkan, these presets don’t come shipped with the synth but they can be downloaded here:
      CS80 preset bank download:
      Patch list:…/1I0R1xROrd7zPw97PT8OZDsPWNH…/edit…

      Also once you have the patches loaded and your PC/Mac connected to the Deckard, Ti Calsuari came up with an ingenious web app for patch selection that looks just like the CS-80 preset buttons!

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