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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 2:30 pm    Post subject: New Tom Oberheim Polyphonic Analog Synth
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http://matrixsynth.blogspot.com/2011/01/tom-oberheim-son-of-4-voice.html

Not mentioned yet on the official site:
http://www.tomoberheim.com/

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

That's pretty cream-your-jeans synth pron right there, buddy, I'm tellin' you what! thumb up
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

One special characteristic of the Oberheim 4 Voice was each note of the chord having its own character, because each note literally had its own oscillator. I wonder if this is possible to model somehow in the Nord Modular G2.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

GovernorSilver wrote:
One special characteristic of the Oberheim 4 Voice was each note of the chord having its own character, because each note literally had its own oscillator. I wonder if this is possible to model somehow in the Nord Modular G2.


If you can describe the special characteristic of a synth voice, then it may be possible to model it in the G2.

By default, each voice of a polyphonic Nord Modular G2 patch has a separate and independent sound source. For example, if you create a four voice patch with a sawtooth oscillator in the “Voice Area”, then there will be four separate oscillators running. The oscillator(s) that you hear when each new note is played will depend on the voice chosen to have its envelope generators triggered by the polyphonic voice allocation scheme of the G2. If you need a more unique sound source from each voice, you can use some creative patching along with the Voice Number output of the Status module to achieve that.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

GovernorSilver wrote:
One special characteristic of the Oberheim 4 Voice was each note of the chord having its own character, because each note literally had its own oscillator. I wonder if this is possible to model somehow in the Nord Modular G2.


You would have loved the large old Allen Organs with their hundreds and hundreds of RLC oscillators -- well, maybe not Laughing

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

varice wrote:
GovernorSilver wrote:
One special characteristic of the Oberheim 4 Voice was each note of the chord having its own character, because each note literally had its own oscillator. I wonder if this is possible to model somehow in the Nord Modular G2.


If you can describe the special characteristic of a synth voice, then it may be possible to model it in the G2.

By default, each voice of a polyphonic Nord Modular G2 patch has a separate and independent sound source. For example, if you create a four voice patch with a sawtooth oscillator in the “Voice Area”, then there will be four separate oscillators running. The oscillator(s) that you hear when each new note is played will depend on the voice chosen to have its envelope generators triggered by the polyphonic voice allocation scheme of the G2. If you need a more unique sound source from each voice, you can use some creative patching along with the Voice Number output of the Status module to achieve that.


Wow, thanks, varice! I'll try your advice at some point in the near future.

One of the most famous Oberheim 4-Voice sounds was the "horn section" in Birdland by Weather Report, which was amazingly full-sounding with just 4 notes. This video, towards the end, has a nice shot of Joe Zawinul playing "horn section" on the Oberheim with his left hand while playing another part on another synth with his right.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg1lRQUbmUE

It might be easier hear it here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ae0nwSv6cTU

Other favorite 4-Voice sounds for me are the two Lyle Mays sounds - the pad and the whistle-like lead sound used on so many recordings with Pat Metheny and his solo stuff. Both sounds are represented at the beginning of this track:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Lfb2qyFOgg

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