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Vintage 1970s T-124 & T-125 Diagnostic Discs on eBay

Posted by peahix on July 1st, 2019

I almost never sell Optigan stuff on eBay, but thought I’d give a couple of vintage/original diagnostic discs a shot, since I don’t recall having seen any listed there before. Click on the images for the auction links.

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Optigan / Orchestron Disc Back-Catalog Now Available!

Posted by peahix on May 28th, 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 shipping within the USA. International shipments will be available in the near future.

2. New price point is $89.99 per disc.

3. Optigan discs that previously featured printed jackets no longer include printed jackets. All discs include a plain white jacket with label featuring a small version of the original jacket artwork (where applicable) and a bit of descriptive text. This is due to the need for streamlining the process to keep the discs available on a continual on-demand basis.

4. Discs previously only available in bundles are now only available individually. This is due to the need for streamlining the process to keep the discs available on a continual on-demand basis.

Thanks again for your continued interest, and watch this space for the official launch of the Panoptigon hardware, available in June 2019!

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Case Study: Optigan’s BOSSA NOVA STYLE Disc

Posted by peahix on May 21st, 2019

I was recently made aware via some comments that the Optigan BOSSA NOVA STYLE disc was used years ago as the basis for two different pieces of music from video game soundtracks:

What made me smile especially was that this last one was covered by the London Philharmonic Orchestra:

Funny to think that a bossa nova groove improvised in the early 70s by some German session musicians, and transferred to a scratchy optical disc, would later be transcribed for orchestra.

Oh, and there’s this transcription too:

I suspect if I dug around I’d find other cover versions.

Anyway, if you want to learn how to play the Optiganally Yours song that uses this disc on iOptigan, here’s how:

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Posted by peahix on April 22nd, 2019

Hi all- Just a quick note to say things have been a little slow at lately because the site is currently getting a makeover. The new look will debut soon!

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Panoptigon OSCILLATIONS Disc Demo

Posted by peahix on March 12th, 2019

Here’s a demo of the very first disc in the new PANOPTIGON disc format! Oscillations will be included in the basic “starter set” of discs that comes with each Panoptigon. Panoptigon format discs will only be playable on Panoptigon- not on vintage Optigans or Orchestrons! We wanted to make a very basic, broadly-applicable sound akin to the Optigan “Big Organ & Drums” disc. This seemed a good opportunity to present a simple analog synthesizer type sound, since the Panoptigon disc format features 60 tracks, and is mapped to allow for a full 60 keys of chromatic tones. Think of it as a “Super Orchestron” disc with essentially 5 octaves instead of 3. Various typical raw analog waveforms are mapped across the keys, with the notes slowly pulsing in and out in different phases, producing a breathing, organic effect that’s particularly well-suited to all of the Panoptigon’s onboard effects. Apart from the Panoptigon’s hall reverb, no other effects or EQ were applied in this demo.

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Optigan Article in Electronic Sound Magazine

Posted by peahix on February 19th, 2019

Happy to have lent a hand with this article about the Optigan by Mat Smith in the latest issue of Electronic Sound Magazine! ES50_DIGITAL-optigan-article

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Laurie Anderson – Optigan / Panoptigon 2010 One-Off Disc Demo

Posted by peahix on February 11th, 2019

This is a historical oddity that was never intended for public consumption, but in honor of Laurie Anderson’s Grammy Award for LANDFALL (which prominently features Robert Becker’s heavily modified “Optigan Pro”), we thought it’d be fun to share this and get in a quick Panoptigon demo at the same time. When we lent Laurie the Optigan, we thought it’d be fun to put some of her own sounds on a one-off disc for her to mess around with. We pulled drums & musical loops for the chord buttons, and short spoken phrases for the keyboard. This demo is just some spontaneous noodling, which was recorded in multiple MIDI passes and then dumped live to audio. The video was shot during the actual audio recording, so you can see the disc speed up, slow down, and go into reverse in time with the audio. Maybe not Grammy material (OK, decidedly not!), but a geeky curiosity nonetheless! Congrats, Laurie & Kronos!

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Laurie Anderson’s LANDFALL, feat. Optigan, Wins Grammy Award

Posted by peahix on February 11th, 2019

Big congrats to Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet on their Grammy Award! We had a tiny hand in the creation of Landfall, having lent Laurie one of Robert Becker’s heavily customized Optigans which she used prominently in the piece, including our own original Sitar disc! The Optigan was in Laurie‚Äôs studio at the time of Hurricane Sandy. It managed to survive, because it was upstairs. Many of her other keyboards and archives were down in the basement, and were destroyed.


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Panoptigon @ NAMM 2019 Coverage

Posted by peahix on January 27th, 2019

Robert Becker has been holding down the fort at the Quilter Labs NAMM booth all weekend (Pea joined him on Friday) showing off the new Panoptigon! has included us in their “best in show” list, and overall folks are really digging it! will be taking pre-orders for the first limited run of Panoptigons very soon (MAP $3999), so send us an email if you’d like to get in on that. Here’s a couple videos from NAMM- thanks to SonicState & Reverb for stopping by!

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PANOPTIGON – Available Soon! Showing Production Units at NAMM

Posted by peahix on January 19th, 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 due to additional requirements that will be addressed on the next build.) Click on the thumbnails above to see the official flyer and photos of one of the first production units. We don’t have a release date yet, but it will be in the coming months. An official demo video will be ready soon, but in the meantime you can view a demo of the prototype unit from last year:

Quilter Labs will be showing the first two production units at NAMM this year, so if you’re attending, be sure to stop by their booth – number 4144 Hall D.

We’d like to encourage all of you to purchase the Panoptigon from this site ( when it does become available. The Panoptigon was developed with Pea acting in an informal advisory role, but will only be a dealer, rather than a partner, which means the only way we earn any cut is via sales commissions. In other words, if you hear about it from us, and decide to buy it based on our involvement/endorsement, but end up buying it direct from the factory, we will receive no commission. Either way, the price, delivery time, and service will be the same. MAP for the Panoptigon is $3999.

To this end, we will be offering an informal pre-sale for folks who are keen to reserve one of the initial batch of 25 units that will be offered for sale (14 of the initial run are already spoken for as of this posting date). Please send us an email if you’re interested in placing a pre-order, and we’ll get the ordering details to you as soon as we’re ready.

Along with the public launch of the Panoptigon, our entire back-catalog of discs will become more readily available on demand, so no more waiting around for bulk order deals as we’ve had to do in the past. The Panoptigon will play all vintage Optigan/Orchestron discs as well, but we’re also likely to remaster the vintage Optigan disc titles in order to add the strobe patterns that unlock additional features for discs that have them.

OK! That about covers it for now. See you at NAMM!

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