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Nice In-Depth Review of iOptigan

Posted by peahix on January 18th, 2018

Warren Burt has written a great review of our iOptigan app at Sound Bytes!

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Come See the New Prototype Optigan/Orchestron Disc Player @ NAMM

Posted by peahix on January 13th, 2018

Robert Becker will be showing his PANOPTIGON prototype at NAMM, in the Quilter Labs booth (15120, located in the new North Hall), Jan. 25-28.  He’ll have a selection of new and vintage Optigan/Orchestron discs for you to try out, and of course will be answering questions and listening to your feedback and feature requests. Pea will be poking in on Sun, Jan 28th as well. Come on down, say howdy, and try out the machine!

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Nice Series of Optigan Repair Videos

Posted by peahix on December 30th, 2017

We didn’t have anything to do with this series by James Bennett, but it looks to be a nice intro to Optigan repair!

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RIP Ralph Carney

Posted by peahix on December 17th, 2017

Crushed to hear of the sudden passing of our friend and peerless talent Ralph Carney. Ralph lent us his playing on our Bass Clarinet Orchestron disc, which is at least one weird way he’ll keep tooting his horn.

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New Prototype Optigan/Orchestron Disc Player – Sound Demo

Posted by peahix on November 14th, 2017

Robert Becker has been making steady progress (in his spare time) on his new Optigan/Orchestron disc player, which we hope will be put into production at some point. There’s still lots of work to be done, bugs to iron out, things to be fine-tuned, code to be optimized, etc, but it’s currently playable (via MIDI), and the basic sound quality is quite good, so we figured we’d post a few informal/noodly sound clips of it in action. These are direct/unprocessed recordings from the unit, some featuring the onboard reverb. Sorry, no live video of it being played at this time. We don’t cover ALL the features/functions in these sound demos, as some of them aren’t quite working yet, but you can get an idea from looking at the photos what sort of things it will be able to do. Also, currently we cannot field any requests for pricing/availability, so please don’t ask! We know alot of you will be interested in obtaining of one these, but at this time we simply can’t give any estimates on that front.

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iOptigan – MIDI Chord Detection Modes Tutorial

Posted by peahix on November 8th, 2017

Another iOptigan tip, until we finish the user manual: there are three triggering modes for the chord buttons, selectable in the settings.

“MIDI G#0-E2 for Chords” lays out all the chord buttons in a chromatic mapping. Priority was placed on fitting everything with the keyboard scale on a standard 61-note keyboard, so the layout isn’t very intuitive, but it gets the job done. Chords are at the lower end of the keyboard, SFX tabs at the upper end.

“MIDI Chord Detection I” is a more intuitive mode, which allows the user to simply finger the desired chord in the low octave of the keyboard. Playing a C maj triad produces the C maj chord. Playing a C min triad produces the C min chord. etc.

“MIDI Chord Detection II” allows for more extended chords to be played using the time-honored Optigan technique of playing two chord buttons at once to approximate more complicated chords. There’s alot of trial-and-error involved with this, and results vary depending on the disc, but if you finger, say, a Cmaj7 chord on the keyboard (again, in the low octave), iOptigan will play the C maj and E min chords simultaneously. Try fingering other extended chords to see what you get, and you’ll likely stumble upon some unexpectedly pleasing combinations!

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iOptigan – The BIG Soundtest and Tutorial for the iPad

Posted by peahix on November 1st, 2017

Thanks to The Sound Test Room for this nice little overview video!

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Introducing iOptigan! An Optigan for your iPad / iPhone

Posted by peahix on October 31st, 2017

Now available in the iOS app store!
More info at iOptigan.com!

In collaboration with Stefan Stenzel of Waldorf, we’re proud to announce iOptigan! It’s an Optigan on your iPad or iPhone, complete with all 40 original discs (25 included with app purchase, an additional 15 via in-app purchase) and all the scratchy lo-fi character and playability quirks of the original. What we didn’t include is all the headaches that tend to go along with the flaky old hardware!

As shown in the video above, you can setup iOptigan with a MIDI keyboard to approximate the playing experience of a real Optigan (chord buttons on the iPad, keys on the keyboard), but there are also additional ways to control iOptigan via MIDI as well as on screen. iOptigan faithfully emulates the unique playback characteristics of the Optigan, ie the “constant loop” of both the chord section and the keyboard. You also get tempo, reverb and balance controls that also behave as the original hardware.

Specifications and Features:

• Disc loading right-side-up or upside-down
• Spring Reverb (virtual)
• Optical Metronome
• Audio Demo for each Disc
• MIDI in/out
• MIDI chord detection
• MIDI File Import
• Sequencer with Record and Playback
• Sharing for songs as Audio and MIDI File
• iTunes File Sharing
• Inter-App Audio
• Smart background audio
• Help overlay
• Headphone optimised stereo (optional)
• Radio Mode for Chord Buttons or Keyboard
• Comfortable speed control in semitones or BPM

Oh, and for those looking for the definitive library of Optigan and related loops for production work, we still offer that, too!

Legal stuff: You may use the iOptigan audio loop content (“Audio Content”), contained in the iOptigan Software, on a royalty-free basis, to create your own original soundtracks (ie derivative works) for your video and audio projects. You may broadcast and/or distribute your own soundtracks that were created using the Audio Content, however, individual samples, sound sets or audio loops may not be commercially or otherwise distributed on a standalone basis, nor may they be repackaged in whole or in part as audio samples, sound libraries, sound effects or music beds.

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: Behind ‘Phone Call’

Posted by peahix on September 12th, 2017

Nice analysis of our friend Jon Brion‘s Talentmaker work on this soundtrack.

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Spooky “Big Band Beat” Music in Twin Peaks

Posted by peahix on June 28th, 2017

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