I finally got a VL-Tone!

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I finally got a VL-Tone!

Post by Analogue Crazy » Sun Jul 15, 2007 2:07 pm

One of my friends has 5 of them and i convinced him to part with one. This little thing sounds great, the fantasy voice is a wonderful sound. Im having great fun programming the ADSR voice. Some of the waveforms are really interseting. And of course those rhythms are nice and cheesy.

Call me silly but....im thinking of gigging it. I am finding the buttons easy to play so im tempted. I might as well gigg it because its so tiny and adds a different sound to my live rig.

Anyone have any cool tips or techniques?
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Post by DX » Sun Jul 15, 2007 2:20 pm

Hey, you did good getting one of these. I had mine forgotten, and a year ago I rescued it. Display doesn't work, but just a problem for the ADSR input codes. Even I can program it without disp.

I am planning to sample the rythm parts for adding retro sound to several songs (think TRIO's Da Da Da ;)

Here it is an example I did a year ago about how the VLTONE can sound cool :)

http://www.4shared.com/file/19922992/cf ... tone1.html
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Post by Analogue Crazy » Sun Jul 15, 2007 3:21 pm

Wow, thats a really nice demo.
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Post by elmosexwhistle » Sun Jul 15, 2007 3:29 pm

i gig with one all the time...make sure you eq the fecker because it lets out a bassy hum from its output :) x

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Post by madtheory » Sun Jul 15, 2007 4:35 pm

Mine doesn't hum at all- are you using an unregulated power supply?

For live, program something into the sequencer. That's fun. You can play the notes back with any rhythm you like using the the two blue buttons.

Ages ago I sampled the basic waveforms into my ESI4000. Using the filters and mod I got some very cool sounds. The waveforms are good.

So I don't use the actual VL Tone at all. It's just lying idle at the bottom of the percussion drawer in the studio.

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Post by Tyler2000 » Sun Jul 15, 2007 5:45 pm

VL-1 is soooooo great! Good score! Easy to program and play, considering. I used to gig with mine. The only reason I dropped it was because I wouldn't need a mixer without it. Some of the basses you can program really rip. I wish it had portamento and it would be perfect.
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Post by chamomileshark » Sun Jul 15, 2007 8:37 pm

I sequenced mine and then put it through a Roland SH2 either seq or with a square wave LFO on the VCA to chop up the rythym.

Also I would sometimes stick it under my chin and play it.

What a wild and wacky guy I used to be...I was just so rock and roll.

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Post by JSRockit » Sun Jul 15, 2007 8:44 pm

madtheory wrote:Mine doesn't hum at all- are you using an unregulated power supply?
Oh man, how can anyone use this thing with anything other than batteries.
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Post by RedSky » Sun Jul 15, 2007 9:49 pm

[quote=" Some of the basses you can program really rip.[/quote]
you are kidding! I also didn't know about the envelope programming. I'd always overlooked it thinking that the DaDaDa preset was the only thing going for it. So, it does more than that little ting sound?? Seems worth investigation. :D

Woah spoke too soon. Those are impressive demos.
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Post by JSRockit » Sun Jul 15, 2007 9:49 pm

I've been wanting one for years...and keep putting it off...
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Post by chamomileshark » Sun Jul 15, 2007 10:07 pm

I still have mine here somewhere.

They are great, I believe they are the only synth you can play on stage while working out how much money the organiser should hand over to you after the gig.

Edit: No wait, I think you could do that with the PPG Realizer too.

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Post by tom Cadillac » Sun Jul 15, 2007 11:03 pm

I;v got a pt30 and a mt65. Is the VLtone better than these? Don:t know. I always considered it a cult thing because of its historical place. Anyway if its better I:ll look out for one.

As to playing one live - I gigged the mt65 with an alesis bitrman a while back. It was evil! But I got a good bass sound to batter back at the aggressive bass player. I
These old casio love to meet the effect boxes and I;m sure there:s some much more lovely and delicate things to achieve than what I described...........
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Post by chamomileshark » Sun Jul 15, 2007 11:08 pm

Hitting sensible mode: Isn't the mt65 polyphonic, small kb..I seem to remember borrowing one. If so, that's better than the VL-tone in my opinion, better sounds and easier to play properly.

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Post by Brando » Sun Jul 15, 2007 11:13 pm

I found a crusty old VL tone at a thrift store for 1 dollar so I bought it cleaned it up, and circuit bent the c**p out of it. Also there is now an ultrabright LED cuz I'm a sucker for glowing....It certaily is a fun little unit
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