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Hideaway Studio Bass Machine KONTAKT

Hideaway Studio Bass Machine KONTAKT

Hideaway Studio Bass Machine KONTAKT

March 18 2017 | 333.28 MB
Bass Machine was in essence an attempt to revisit a commonly used trick of the trade whereby the warm roundness, power and motion of the Minimoog’s bottom end was blended with the bite and clinical accuracy of FM bass. The result is a nice example of where the whole is greater than sum of its parts…

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Hideaway Studio Aliasonix KONTAKT

Hideaway Studio Aliasonix KONTAKT

Hideaway Studio Aliasonix KONTAKT

March 18 2017 | 263.09 MB
An Early Soft Synth… Running on a 30 Year Old Home Computer!?

Most should realise by now that I have a fascination for rediscovering old technologies and combining the best of them in a constant attempt to create something new and unusual. Some of you will also know that I’m a big fan of the retro computing scene and especially the demo music scene that grew up around it during the mid ‘80s and into the ‘90s. Almost all of the time my technological foraging involves trawling up some physical lump of hardware but on recently rekindling my love of ProTracker on the Amiga I got curious one day and wondered if perhaps someone had attempted to not just play back samples as in Karsten Obarski’s pioneering Ultimate Soundtracker (that came close to bringing Fairlight Series II functionality to the unwashed masses on two floppy disks in 1987!) but rather to synthesize them from scratch…

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Hideaway Studio e-Grand KONTAKT

Hideaway e-Grand KONTAKT

Hideaway Studio e-Grand KONTAKT

March 18 2017 | 51.97 MB
The Hideaway e-Grand…

The 1938 Hammond Novachord, 1974 Farfisa Syntorchestra and 1976 Polymoog 203A are all examples of three early polysynths capable of producing piano like timbres. The Novachord was without question the world’s first commercial all electronic polyphonic instrument designed to emulate the piano amongst other timbres. To design something that electronically synthesized anything even remotely sounding like a piano in 1938 is nothing short of miraculous and a huge credit to the incredible ingenuity of Laurens Hammond and his fellow engineers!! If you think I ever overstate this then look up his patents from the era – one of which is pretty much the definition of the basis of the modern analog synthesizer.

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Hideaway Studio Constellation Apollo 203A KONTAKT

Hideaway Studio Constellation Apollo 203A KONTAKT

Hideaway Studio Constellation Apollo 203A KONTAKT

March 14 2017 | 549 MB
Constellation: Apollo 203A was in many ways a celebration of yet another successful resurrection of an old classic saved from the grave… This time it was a 1976 Polymoog model 203A most definitely rescued from a fate worse than death!… she could have become a coffee table! Well ok, maybe not…

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Hideaway Studio 6-Trax KONTAKT

Hideaway Studio 6-Trax KONTAKT

Hideaway Studio 6-Trax KONTAKT

March 12 2017 | 367 MB
In 1984 Dave Smith and his team at Sequential Circuits released the Six-trak which was one of the first instruments not only to feature the then new MIDI control system but was an early multitimbral offering. This was quite a technically advanced feature to be seen on what was a relatively affordable synthesizer in those days. Although we all know Dave Smith as a master of analog synthesizer design, whilst working on his designs, I am often left thinking that in fact he really should be better praised for his programming skills! Fitting a whole multi-timbral synth control system with patch recall, an arpeggiator, a sequencer, a stack facility and an extremely full midi CC implementation into a humble Z80 microcontroller running at 4MHz with its code residing on one tiny 16Kbyte EPROM is really quite accomplishment!

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