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G-Force Software releases Opti-Tron

Posted by peahix on February 24th, 2010

G-Force software have released an Optigan virtual instrument of sorts called the Opti-Tron. Clicking on the link takes you directly to their site, where you can read about what it does. In a nutshell, they’ve sampled a bunch of Optigan discs and processed the loops to all lock together, allowing for free mixing and matching of loops from across a variety of Optigan discs. You can also manipulate the loops in other ways not possible on a real Optigan.

An inevitable question is- which Optigan sample set is better, G-Force’s or Optigan.com’s? The answer depends on what the end user needs and values. Our sample set is meant to be purist and comprehensive, so it includes ALL of the known original Optigan/Orchestron/Talentmaker loops, presented in a straightforward, minimally processed fashion. This obviously allows for great flexibility so that the end user can import and manipulate the samples using whatever software s/he desires. The G-Force product is more of a closed system, though probably capable of much more immediate gratification and tempo-integration into a project. In other words, it works much more readily as a plug-in instrument. I haven’t tried it out yet myself, but it looks to be a quick and easy way to experiment with Optigan sounds.

8 Responses to “G-Force Software releases Opti-Tron”

  1. Tony Says:

    there is a sound for every key flats/sharps major & minor

  2. Lance Says:

    A Shure Beta 57 on the right speaker, a Shure Beta 58 on the left, and a condenser mic for room sound, running Garageband, is what I use with my Optigan. Color me a purist.

    G-Force has found a way to tap into both existing & new customers who cannot find an actual Optigan w/ this application to boost sales of their recording software.

  3. peahix Says:

    right, but keep in mind that they did this by digitally pitch-shifting the standard optigan chords.

  4. Tony Says:

    At least the sh*t is in tune with g-force. Less of a headache, than trying to do that with the real deal using the tempo knob to fine tune…

  5. Tony Says:

    Still waiting for Pea & Korg to come up with the Digital Optigan!

  6. Jeff Says:

    Cool comment about Pea on the G-Force site.

    “More info on the original Optigan can be found at Pea Hick’s excellent website http://www.optigan.com.
    Pea is undoubtedly the world’s foremost authority on the Optigan and has probably forgotten more than we’ll ever know about the instrument and its history.”

    There’s also a funny story about Tom Waits and the Optigan on the Inside Info section.

    http://www.gforcesoftware.com/ins_optitron_origins.php

  7. peahix Says:

    yeah, years ago dave from g-force and i had a conversation about doing a virtual optigan, but nothing came of it. also, i remember tchad blake telling me that same story about tom waits and optigan, but i’d totally forgotten it!

  8. Tony Says:

    pea why dont you approach korg. they made the new korg sv-1 where they took vintage sounds like the wulitzer electric piano, fender rhodes, farfisa, vox continental and put it into one machine without worries of trademark infringments.

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