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POLL: Would You Buy This New Optigan Disc?

Posted by peahix on August 8th, 2015

We’ve pressed up a prototype of a more experimental Optigan disc called GLITCHEDELICA. It’s basically 57 glitchy loops (ie, each chord button and keyboard key contains a unique loop), mostly rhythmic in nature, that you can combine and recombine in an endless glitchy sonic soup. We like the disc, but we want to get a feel for whether or not y’all like it (and would plonk down $99.99 for a copy) before we decide to go ahead with it. Here’s a demo of the current revision. If we get sufficient interest, we’ll proceed with the final revision and offer it up for sale.


Pea generated and processed all this material from a variety of unique sources. None of these loops are culled from 3rd party sources or are otherwise available anywhere else. If we make the disc available, it will carry the same Creative Commons Attribution license that all of our discs carry, which means that you’ll be able to use the disc in your own work, commercial or otherwise, just so long as you give credit to the source.

Would you buy a copy of GLITCHEDELICA ($99.99)?


14 Responses to “POLL: Would You Buy This New Optigan Disc?”

  1. michael lindner Says:

    hi pea,

    very interesting.

    although i have a hot rodded/circuit bent little yamaha drum machine that spits out a lot of these sounds and riffs.

    i personally am attracted to the more retro sounds for the optigan.

    as well as possibly some mellotron instrument emulations; strings, flutes, horns…

    love the new sitar one.

    all this coming from a native 67 year old northern cal musician/engineer/producer.

    my use of the optigan pretty much starts with the optigan itself as it is pretty hard to time or tune to preexisting tracks.

    like riding a bucking bronco never know which way it will turn; pitch wise and timing wise.

    that’s why i love it.

    it may be my own instrument but that’s how it performs… :)

    thanks for carrying the optigan torch…


    michael lindner

  2. Dieter Says:

    Hi Pea

    I would buy this. I have to be honest and say that this would be a “support” purchase, as I as well prefer “real” instruments on the keyboard. What about Hammond Novachord or Theremin sounds?


  3. David Cilia Says:

    hi Pea,

    i bought many new optigan discs from you.
    but this time, i’m not interested in this disc. to be honest, a bit boring for me.

    Orchestron discs for the Optigan please!
    (i like very much the Orchestron string pack).


  4. Jen anderson Says:

    Hi there, not my kind of thing, sorry. I prefer retro sounds – loving the Wurlitzer disc!

  5. ECM Says:

    Hi Pea,

    Sorry – it’s a no from me I’m afraid. It sounds like lots of fun – and I’d love messing around with it – but I have to be careful where I spend money and, to echo comments above, what I’d really be able to make use of is more discs that have ‘real’ sounds on the actual keyboard (one of the downsides to me about the wonderful Optigan is that most of the original discs all have organ sounds on the keys, which limits its use as a keyboard instrument – a shame as the tonal quality is so wonderful). That’s why I love your strings discs so much, and the surf guitar one. I would love a mellotron-esque flutes disc, and other orchestral sounds.

    Good luck with it, though – I hope you get lots of takers!


  6. Lorne in Canada Says:

    when do you want the money? Now? Okay send me a paypal.

  7. Lorne in Canada Says:

    and I really want mellotron flute & strings retro-style!
    watcher in the sky and early Crimson era

  8. Lorne in Canada Says:

    in short a prog rock disk

  9. peahix Says:

    Thanks for your comments, everyone! Rest assured that we’ve got a disc featuring the Orchestron Flute sound in the works. There was a snag with the prototype we made, and subsequently we have to re-think what to do with the chord buttons, but the flute scale itself sounds great.

  10. Brian W Says:

    This would be very useful in a production environment. The Optigan is very versatile – beyond what it was intended for.
    For my wish list, I’d like to see some more unreleased Optigan masters.

  11. Tony Says:

    I would buy it like people bought John Lennon’s Two Virgins or George Harrison’s Electronic Sounds albums for the curiosity factor. But can’t guarantee I could make a useful musical song with it, I’m not Deadmouse5 or Skrillz.


  12. peahix Says:

    I get alot of requests for mellotron sounds on the optigan/orchestron. Please note that I don’t own a mellotron to make my own recordings from, nor do I have a license to use any mellotron samples from any commercial libraries. The only apparently license-free mellotron samples I’ve seen on the web are of the most basic sounds (ie flute, strings, choir) that are too similar to sounds that already exist on the Optigan/Orchestron. If anyone reading this has a mellotron, or owns the rights to some mellotron samples that are sufficiently unique from sounds that already exist on the Optigan/Orchestron, and would like to discuss contributing your samples, please get in touch with me privately.

  13. tony Says:

    I’ll buy two as usual. put the link

  14. tony Says:

    What about a Heavy Metal / Glam Rock disc?

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