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Bob Moog References Optigan/Orchestron in 1985 Keyboard Magazine Article

Posted by peahix on 4th May 2017

The very first time I heard about the Optigan and Orchestron was in this article penned by Bob Moog for the Sept. 1985 issue of Keyboard Magazine (with Jan Hammer on the cover).

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Vako Orchestron VIOLIN Disc Demo – KRAFTWERK – Franz Schubert

Posted by peahix on 25th April 2017

I transcribed the Vako Orchestron VIOLIN disc parts from Kraftwerk’s “Franz Schubert” and put together a little demo / cover version. I cheated and used samples instead of learning the parts and playing them live on a real Orchestron, but hey, life’s too short. You can get my Orchestron samples here. I put this together [...]

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Optigan / Orchestron Master Tape Vault feat. “Kraftwerk Choir” Tape/Demo

Posted by peahix on 13th April 2017

Since there’s been some interest this week, here’s a quick video of the Optigan/Orchestron master tape vault, ie my library closet. Sorry for my incoherent rambling. Highlighted is the tape containing the famous Orchestron Vocal Choir sound that Kraftwerk used during the mid-late 70s on several albums/songs. Here I demonstrate probably the most recognizeable Kraftwerk [...]

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Servicing Intermittent Orchestron Key Contacts

Posted by peahix on 22nd November 2016

We recently had a query about servicing intermittent Orchestron keys, and Robert typed up this guide, which I thought would be helpful to add to the blog: The Model A is basically a modified Optigan chassis in a different box. Usually these don’t have key contact problems. The other models (Model B, Model C, Model [...]

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New Orchestron Disc – DREHORGEL

Posted by peahix on 26th October 2016

Hi folks, I’ve been out of the loop for awhile since I broke my wrist, which set me back more than you would think. I’m still recovering (well, as much as I’ve got left to recover, which won’t be 100%), but am back to most of my usual activities now, and I’m eager to finish [...]

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Use Of Our Original Optigan/Orchestron Disc Titles

Posted by peahix on 11th April 2016

Since we’ve been authoring new disc titles for the Optigan, our feeling all along has been that these discs (at least the ones with significant musical content in the form of original arrangments and phrases) are sort of like “singles,” ie creative musical products in and of themselves, albeit with an interactive component. We’ve never [...]

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New 2015 Orchestron Disc – HARMONIUM – Now Available

Posted by peahix on 13th July 2015

New 2015 Orchestron Disc – HARMONIUM – Now Available  

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Orchestron Vibraphone Disc Inspires New Song by Belgian Band OSTYN

Posted by peahix on 10th June 2015

Our good friend Dieter Vanmarcke alerted us to this track by the band Ostyn, which was built around an improvisation on our Vibraphone disc for the Orchestron!

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New Orchestron Disc – BASS CLARINET – Feat. Ralph Carney

Posted by peahix on 18th June 2014

We’re happy to announce the latest in our line of all-new discs for the Orchestron! This time it’s BASS CLARINET, featuring the sounds of an acoustic bass clarinet played by none other than Ralph Carney! (Note that the noodling in the demo is not Ralph- he just supplied the basic sound. All blame for noodling [...]

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Hollow Sun Releases OPTOMOTRON – Kontakt Instrument with Orchestron Samples

Posted by peahix on 22nd April 2013

Hollow Sun has licensed our Orchestron samples to  for use in their new Kontakt instrument OPTOMOTRON. Samples from both the discs and the master tapes can be blended with various effects for an expansion of the Orchestron’s tonal possibilities. Good stuff!!

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