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Optigan / Orchestron / Talentmaker: The Optical Organ Toolkit

The Optical Toolkit

IMPORTANT: This is a downloadable product. Upon payment, you will be sent a download link and code via email. If you don’t receive this email within a few minutes of ordering, please check your spam folder. If you still don’t get the email, let us know, and we’ll get you sorted out manually. Also, please note that this set DOES NOT include any material from any of the brand new Optigan/Orchestron discs we’ve created in recent years. Only material from the original/vintage 1970s discs is included here.

Please note that there are two options for purchasing this set. You can purchase it by itself from this page, but you can also purchase it in a discount bundle with my Optigan Archives Vol. 1.

This definitive downloadable collection of samples recorded directly from the original/vintage Optigan/Orchestron/Talentmaker discs and hardware includes:

  • All the samples from our legacy Akai format CD-Rom (now only available by special request) in .wav format (suitable for use in any DAW)
  • Keyboard-based programs in Native Instruments Kontakt format
  • Additional sample sets covering all known released revisions of each Optigan disc that had them. Some early discs were released in 2 or 3 different versions over time, featuring different drum loops, etc. Often these differences were subtle, but hey, I’m a completist, so shoot me! :)
  • A bonus handful of sample sets made from prototype Optigan and Talentmaker discs that were never released to the public
  • An extra-special bonus sample set of drum loops from my Chamberlin Rhythmate tape-replay drum machine! I know, technically not an optical-disc based instrument, but hey- Optigan bought out the patents for this machine, so it’s more or less in the family…
  • Scans of various catalogs/brochures for all three instruments, and liner notes from the jacket of each Optigan disc
  • The original legacy Akai CD-Rom liner notes booklet in .pdf format
  • Included are all of the chord loop sets for all of the Optigan and Talentmaker discs, and all of the keyboard scales for the Optigan, Orchestron and Talentmaker.

Each sound loop from each disc was individually sampled, including each note on the keyboard, to give the most realistic representation of the original instruments. You get:

Optigan Chord Sets:

  • Banjo Sing-Along (Rev. D & P)
  • Big Band Beat (Rev. A)
  • Big Organ & Drums (Rev. L, P & R)
  • Big Top Marching Band (Rev. C)
  • Bluegrass Banjo (Rev. A)
  • Bossa Nova Style (Rev. D & K)
  • Cathedral Organ (Rev. A)
  • Cha Cha Cha! (Rev. A)
  • Champagne Music (Rev. A)
  • Classic Guitar 4/4 (Rev. J)
  • Country Sunshine (Rev. B)
  • Country Waltz (Rev. A)
  • Dixieland Strut (Rev. A)
  • Down Home (Rev. B)
  • Easy Does It With Vibes (Rev. N)
  • Folk & Other Moods- Guitar (Rev. D & N)
  • Gay 90′s Waltz (Rev. A)
  • Gospel Rock (Rev. A)
  • Guitar Boogie (Rev. A)
  • Guitar In 3/4 Time (Rev. B & J)
  • Hear & Now (Rev. A)
  • Latin Fever (Rev. B, G & H)
  • Majestic Pipe Organ (Rev. B)
  • Mazurka (Rev. A) Movin’! (Rev. B)
  • Nashville Country (Rev. F & M)
  • New Orleans Blues (Rev. A)
  • Organ Sing-Along (Rev. H & K)
  • Polka! (Rev. A)
  • Polynesian Village (Rev. B)
  • Pop Piano Plus Guitar (Rev. N, O & U)
  • Rock And Rhythm (Rev. F)
  • Rollin’ Easy (Rev. B & C)
  • Romantic Strings (Rev. A)
  • Singing Rhythm (Rev. C)
  • Sleigh Ride (Rev. A)
  • Swing It! (Rev. A)
  • The Blues- Sweet & Low (Rev. H & J)
  • Vox Humana (Rev. A)
  • Waltz Time (Rev. E & N)

Prototypes:

  • Mod Rock (Rev C)
  • Bluegrass
  • Big Organ & Drums (special effects tabs only)

Optigan Keyboard Scales:

  • B3 (5 different types)
  • B3 Leslie (5 different types)
  • Combo Organ 1 (3 different types)
  • Combo Organ 2 (2 different types)
  • Choir
  • Marimba
  • Oboe
  • Saxophone

Prototype:

  • Mandolin

Talentmaker Chord Sets:

  • Beguine
  • Bossa Nova
  • Bounce-A-Long
  • Cha Cha
  • Cocktail Piano
  • County Fair 3/4
  • County Fair 4/4
  • Dixieland
  • German Band
  • Guitar 4/4
  • Hawaii 3/4
  • Hawaii 4/4
  • Mambo
  • Marching Band
  • Nashville Organ
  • Polka Band
  • Rhumba Rhythm
  • Skating Rink Waltz
  • Waltz Guitar

Prototypes:

  • Hawaii 3/4 aka Luxury Liner (SFX tabs only)
  • Hawaii 4/4 (SFX tabs only)

Talentmaker Keyboard Scales:

  • B3
  • Clarinet
  • Farfisa 1
  • Farfisa 2
  • Marimba

Orchestron Keyboard Scales:

  • Cello
  • Flute
  • French Horn
  • Organ (Hammond B3)
  • Pipe Organ
  • Saxophone
  • Violins
  • Vocal Choir

Chamberlin Rhythmate:

  • 42 drums loops

 

To hear brief sound clips from these sample sets, and to find out more information about the discs, please visit these pages:

Note that, since it’s impossible to implement the unique playback characteristics of a real Optigan/Talentmaker on any sampler we’re aware of, these programs are not set up to actually emulate the real-time performance experience of the original instruments. Rather, the chord loops and keyboard scales are set up in separate programs, which provide everything you need to re-create the classic sound of these instruments in a recording environment. Of course, the sample sets can be used in a live performance situation, it’s just that they can’t act exactly like a real Optigan/Talentmaker would. (For that purpose we’ll soon be offering a software Optigan emulation- watch this space for details!) Also included is a booklet of detailed liner notes outlining a brief history of the instruments, technical notes on the samples themselves, and performance tips.

LEGAL STUFF: You are free to use these samples in your own musical creations for commercial and/or personal use, without any additional license fee to me, but I maintain the copyright on the samples themselves, and any redistribution of the samples in any form outside your own original musical creations is strictly forbidden. As far as is known, all original recordings were made on a work-for-hire basis, but since the actual contracts no longer exist, and most of the original artists are unknown, I cannot be held responsible for any residual payments owed to any artists who may step forward with a legitimate and verifiable claim to them. To date, this has never happened, and I don’t expect it to, but in theory it could, in which case the end user will be liable for such fees/payments. Note that this would only be an issue in cases where the samples are used commercially. Please respect the amount of work that went into creating this archive, and don’t put this stuff up on a torrent! Any use of this product constitutes agreement to these terms in their entirety.

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One Response to “Optigan / Orchestron / Talentmaker: The Optical Organ Toolkit”

  1. Samuel Horbund Says:

    How soon will you be releasing the Optigan vst emulation? Will it contain sounds not available in the Kontakt version?

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