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Re: Blade Runner on a JX-8P?

Posted: Thu May 17, 2012 9:34 pm
by nathanscribe
Nice. I'll have to try my JX-10 later and see what I can come up with.

Re: Blade Runner on a JX-8P?

Posted: Fri May 18, 2012 10:55 am
by bytexion
The basic sound is quite easy to reproduce, you just use two sawtooth oscillator, and tune them near unison so you get very slow phasing.

But to play like he does, you need a volume pedal. Most of Vangelis' expression comes from using the full array of expression features on the synth. He said he uses his whole body when performing, not just the fingers.
He uses aftertouch alot, and also volume control with a pedal. It's not all envelopes. The CS-80 has a quite unique feature called Poly Aftertouch. It means every single key has it's own aftertouch circuit, so you can accent single notes while holding down a big chord. On normal synths, you'd accent ALL the keys when pushing hard on one key.
There were very few synths released after that had poly AT, the Ensoniq SQ80 is one of them. I don't know of any MIDI keyboards that have poly AT either.

Can get a similar sound on most synths with more than one VCO.

Also, alot of his early lead sounds were made with one-oscillator synths like the Arp Soloist. He also used the one-VCO CS-60 often due to it's more stable tuning.

Re: Blade Runner on a JX-8P?

Posted: Fri May 18, 2012 11:57 am
by gs
DanDerMann wrote:There is one synth that can do the Blade Runner sounds easily... Yamaha CS-80

the there is Roland JD800/990...and lots of work!

But yes I can do that sound on my JD
Yes I agree JD can do it with some tweaking, and the benefit of the JD800 is that tweaking it is easy!

Also I can double up on authenticity by MIDI-ing it to CS-80V for that wonderful ring modulation effect that the JD doesn't have. Control of the Arturia softsynth (with JD800) can be achieved with Bome's MIDI Translator, which translates the JD's sysex messages into CC's.