A unique time- warped optigan / string hybrid ! "Perhaps the strangest RR instrument ... for fans of the weird and dusty, it's a must-have" Computer Music Magazine Vinyl-based 3-oscillator synthesizer with switchable 1960s or 1970s waveforms and 35 preset patches crackles for authenticity at 78 rpm. • Remember the aura of Birotron, Optigan and other playback instruments from the Mellotron era. Perhaps our roughest and most uncouth instrument to date, the Platter is a hybrid of a string synthesizer, taking as its starting point a variety of synthesizer waveforms but reimagining them as being built into a vinyl-based reproducing machine. If Solina and Optigan were left in the attic for fifty years and had children, it might sound like this ... The basic premise is pretty simple: we took a lot of synthesized waveforms, but with a big bias towards the synth end of the spectrum, and applied them to dubplates in our local vinyl studio. We have deliberately not followed the standard saw, sine, square route for this; instead there are a couple of "basic synths" as well as a set of more orchestral sounds taken from older string synthesizers and other more sophisticated instruments. So instead of choosing Pulse or Saw, you have things like Symphonic, Baroque, Choral, and Elegiac. Not sure how it will sound? Try it and see 🙂 We then reproduced those vinyl waves on two vintage machines: a 1960s Dansette and a 1910 portable 78 with a steel needle and built-in horn. The result of this process is two completely different sets of waves, one more or less matching the original sounds (but with a little crackle and wobble), and the other a tightly band-limited, all-vintage tone that sings merrily. whenever you hit the Vintage Oscillator switch.
Rhythmic Robot - Platter (KONTAKT)
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