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thought bout this topic for a while.
Could we make a list of Hardware Emulations modeled on legendary instruments:

I'll set this off:
Mellotron  -->>  GForce - M-Tron/Pro   ~ 2 Gb





A Mellotron is a tape replay keyboard. This means that under every key is a length of magnetic tape that is moved past a playback head whenever that key is pressed. Each piece of tape has a sound (for example, a sustained flute note) whose pitch corresponds with the keyboard note that it is under. After a key has been pressed and then released, the tape is pulled quickly back to its starting position by a spring. Since each sound is produced by a linear piece of tape rather than an endless loop, the sound can faithfully reproduce the attack phase and then the decay phase of a percussive instrument such as a piano.

While the designer's goal was probably to make it sound exactly like the original instrument that was recorded, the quality of a Mellotron's sound is, perhaps accidentally, distinctly its own. It has been called a 'mutant organ' and its sound is often described as moody and warm. It gives a song a haunting, lonely quality.

The M-Tron captures all of the character of the original instrument by sampling every note of every key and adhering to the eight second limit of each note The principle of the Mellotron was simple - take a 35 note keyboard and have a piece of tape for each note containing real recordings of real players. In this way it was arguably the world's first sampler, with recordings varying from single notes (as in the Flutes sound used on the legendary Strawberry Fields Forever) or entire musical motifs (as in The Beatles' Bungalow Bill)

This instrument was manufactured in various guises between 1963 and 1986 and was used by artists including The Beatles, The Moody Blues' Mike Pinder, Black Sabbath, Rick Wakeman and Genesis' Tony Banks. The instrument faded into semi-obscurity during the 80's and early 90's, but due, in part, to its evocative and unique nostalgic sound, it was rediscovered and used by artists including Oasis, Radiohead, Kasabian and countless others.

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The Grand VST - Concert Piano for the Virtual Studio



Steinberg is proud to present The Grand VST. This is no digital piano or ROM player. "The Grand" is a real concert piano based on an intelligent VST engine, and sets new standards in sound quality and playing characteristics. The Grand offers the unique and exciting experience of playing a grand concert piano. The sound quality and playing characteristics are not degraded by any loops or audio compression techniques. The Grand captures every last nuance of musical expression. Steinberg's sound design partner Wizoo has made this possible by painstakingly building this virtual instrument using sounds from an excellent acoustic grand piano -- including dynamics, damper and hammer action as well as sustain and sostenuto pedals. All samples were done in an anechoic chamber maintaining the highest possible quality

Using The Grand is easy thanks to perfect integration into the VST system. The Grand is as easy to use as a concert piano should be -- just sit down, open it and start playing. In addition, The Grand allows individual settings including freely programmable velocity curves, four different sound characters (Natural, Soft, Bright, Hard), a choice between well tempered and concert grand scale tunings as well as control over the amount of ambience.

The Grand VST comes with over 1.3 GB of samples and the samples are streamed from the hard drive. The Grand VST really is the ideal concert grand piano offering stunning sound and musicality for the discerning musician.


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Wwwwow M-Audio's Ozone and O2. Its what Bin Laden attaks wit. 8)


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Ain't u talkin 'bout hardware?..
The topic mainly 'bout those nice Rack Units and Real Instrument virtual tools.
whether it be Signal Processors, GM ROMplers, Killa Synthz, Sound Racks, VSTz that can load hardware presets (SYSEX),
DSP solutions etc..
anything that might have a virtual counterpart.. Don know bout the Virus or the Nord Lead though..

Anybody got a Killa Synth suggest...
« Last Edit: April 14, 2008, 01:34:57 PM by daliq »


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i think the moog is the best example, there are many emulations of it. Dont have any images, but u can google it. By Dr. Moog. It started as a big a** computer, to a little one that you could buy and place somewhere in your bedrrom studio, to a synth u could carry on your flash. Lots of ba** sounds on it.