We also decided that we’re going to do something a little different and instead of using it as an opportunity to flog our plug-ins, we’re going to do a show and tell of an iconic instrument. And we want you to decide whether that’s the Oberheim 8-Voice, Roland Jupiter-8, Yamaha CS-80 or the Sequential Circuits Prophet 10?
To let us know which one you’d like to see and hear in the flesh, vote here and we’ll bring it with us and give a couple of walkthroughs.
Finally, Dave is hosting a VIP roundtable at 1700 with some rather cool guests. We suspect the topic will be synthesisers.
Bright Sparks Documentary - the Sound on Sound review
“The result is a documentary that isn’t merely well informed, it’s definitive.” Read the full review here.
Dave Spiers shares some history, both company and personal, with Rob Mitchell of Sound Bytes Mag. Read here.
Roland Jupiter 8
GForce Software's Dave Spiers takes an in-depth look at Roland's last flagship analogue polysynth.
The Streetly Tapes - Vol 3 for M-Tron Pro.
The final part of our Streetly Tapes trilogy is now released. As per the previous Vol 1 & Vol 2, all the sounds here were curated by Martin Smith from the Streetly archives and then recorded via the Skellotron, full details here.
Sounds: 15 Choir, Alto Sax, Bradley Orchestra 2, Celeste, Cello Viola Mix, Clarinet, Classic Strings, Fairlite Swanee, Female Choir, Hammond Organ, Hammond C3 Clean, Layered Choir, Mixed Brass B, MkII Brass, Moogy Whoosh, Muted Brass, Piano, Pump Organ, Sad Strings, Trumpet, Vibes No Vibrato, Violin, Watcher Mix, Wine Glass and Woodwind 2. Full details can be found here.
Bright Sparks - the album and documentary
While this isn't a GForce product, we're very proud of our contribution to the Bright Sparks Archive Project. Consisting of an enlightening documentary and amazing album the project aims to tell the human stories behind a group of synthesizers pioneers.
Full details can be found at Bright Sparks.
More Oddity2 action is in. Firstly MusicTech Magazine kindly bestowed the Best Analogue Classic Award in a recent Six Of The Best roundup here.
Secondly, Jerry Kovarsky’s Herbie Hancock Chameleon solo piece for Keyboard Magazine has hit the virtual shelves and uses Oddity2 as the sound source for what is a truly iconic synth solo. Check out the full piece here.
Finally, Failed Muso (aka Rob Puricelli) has now posted an in-depth Oddity2 review in which he claims “I’m willing to wager, if ARP were still in business today, and they had moved into the world of software synths, Oddity would be what they came up with.” Interestingly, MusicTech’s 10/10 review said “if ARP had carried on as a company, this is the synth it would have made now.” Read the full review here.
The Streetly SFX Console Expansion for M-Tron Pro
In collaboration with our friends at Streetly Electronics, we are delighted to bring you the original Mellotron® MKII SFX library in all its unique glory.
For those of a certain age these sounds will be part of your psyche!
Additional information can be found here.