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Optigan / Orchestron Disc Back-Catalog Now Available!

Posted by peahix on 28th May 2019

In advance of the official launch of the Panoptigon hardware, Quilter Labs has opened their new disc webstore. will also be offering the same titles soon at our newly revamped website, but for now this is the only place you can get them. Please note these changes: 1. At the moment, discs are only [...]

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PANOPTIGON – Available Soon! Showing Production Units at NAMM

Posted by peahix on 19th January 2019

Happy 2019, Optigoners! We’re happy to announce that the PANOPTIGON – the new Optigan/Orchestron disc-playing hardware developed by our associate Robert Becker & his company Quilter Labs – will finally be available in an initial limited quantity production run of 25 units for US customers in 2019. (The initial run are not approved for Europe [...]

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Orchestron Prototype #1 For Sale

Posted by peahix on 14th December 2018

We have no connection to this sale, but it’s a unique item so it’s worthy of a mention here. Apparently this is David VanKoevering’s first prototype Orchestron. The earliest Orchestrons were basically just converted Optigans, so that’s what this is.  

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Reed & Caroline’s New Album HELLO SCIENCE feat. Custom Orchestron Disc

Posted by peahix on 8th July 2018

Recently we collaborated on a custom Orchestron disc for the synth pop duo Reed & Caroline. They sent over some of Caroline’s vocal textures and we turned them into an exclusive disc called “Caroline.” Sorry- this is a private title and not available for purchase! You can hear the Caroline disc as well as other [...]

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David Van Koevering, 1940-2018

Posted by peahix on 31st January 2018

Sad to report the passing of David Van Koevering, notable to this site as the man behind Vako, who adopted the Optigan and transformed it into the Orchestron in an attempt to market the technology to professional musicians. Pea only talked to David a couple of times via telephone, years ago. He was a character, [...]

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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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