G-Force software have released an Optigan® virtual instrument of sorts called the Opti-Tron. Clicking on the link takes you directly to their site, where you can read about what it does. In a nutshell, they’ve sampled a bunch of Optigan® discs and processed the loops to all lock together, allowing for free mixing and matching of loops from across a variety of Optigan® discs. You can also manipulate the loops in other ways not possible on a real Optigan.
An inevitable question is- which Optigan® sample set is better, G-Force’s or Optigan.com’s? The answer depends on what the end user needs and values. Our sample set is meant to be purist and comprehensive, so it includes ALL of the known original Optigan/Orchestron/Talentmaker loops, presented in a straightforward, minimally processed fashion. This obviously allows for great flexibility so that the end user can import and manipulate the samples using whatever software s/he desires. The G-Force product is more of a closed system, though probably capable of much more immediate gratification and tempo-integration into a project. In other words, it works much more readily as a plug-in instrument. I haven’t tried it out yet myself, but it looks to be a quick and easy way to experiment with Optigan® sounds.
February 26, 2010 at 9:26 am
there is a sound for every key flats/sharps major & minor
February 26, 2010 at 11:55 am
A Shure Beta 57 on the right speaker, a Shure Beta 58 on the left, and a condenser mic for room sound, running Garageband, is what I use with my Optigan. Color me a purist.
G-Force has found a way to tap into both existing & new customers who cannot find an actual Optigan® w/ this application to boost sales of their recording software.
February 26, 2010 at 12:21 pm
right, but keep in mind that they did this by digitally pitch-shifting the standard optigan® chords.
February 26, 2010 at 6:48 pm
At least the sh*t is in tune with g-force. Less of a headache, than trying to do that with the real deal using the tempo knob to fine tune…
February 26, 2010 at 6:49 pm
Still waiting for Pea & Korg to come up with the Digital Optigan!
February 28, 2010 at 5:03 am
Cool comment about Pea on the G-Force site.
“More info on the original Optigan® can be found at Pea Hick’s excellent website http://www.optigan.com.
Pea is undoubtedly the world’s foremost authority on the Optigan® and has probably forgotten more than we’ll ever know about the instrument and its history.”
There’s also a funny story about Tom Waits and the Optigan® on the Inside Info section.
February 28, 2010 at 8:53 am
yeah, years ago dave from g-force and i had a conversation about doing a virtual optigan®, but nothing came of it. also, i remember tchad blake telling me that same story about tom waits and optigan®, but i’d totally forgotten it!
February 28, 2010 at 11:59 am
pea why dont you approach korg. they made the new korg sv-1 where they took vintage sounds like the wulitzer electric piano, fender rhodes, farfisa, vox continental and put it into one machine without worries of trademark infringments.