Sound of the 80s

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563 posts since 27 Mar, 2013

Post Sun May 18, 2014 2:45 am

Hi everybody,

I'm a fan of (good) emulation of 80s synthesizer. And I wonder if there more good synths out there beside the one I own / use ?

I really like and often use this synths:

Datsounds - Obxd
Martin Lüders - PG8X
Siegfried Kullman SQ8L
NI - FM8

Which would you suggest?
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41 posts since 30 Jan, 2013 from Staten Island, New York

Re: Sound of the 80s

Post Sun May 18, 2014 4:13 am

Korg m1 and arturia Jupiter 8v
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Sonar X3, Ableton Live 8, Maschine, Zebra, Diva, Lush-101, DCAM Synth Squad, Synthmaster, Sylenth1, Komplete Ultimate, Steven Slate Drums, Rob Papen synths, Spire, Imposcar 2, Korg Legacy, Diversion, ABL Pro, Z3ta, Poly-Ana

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12043 posts since 21 Mar, 2008 from Hannover, Germany

Re: Sound of the 80s

Post Sun May 18, 2014 4:31 am

- NI FM8 (= DX7 and other FM synths ; could import Sysex files)
- Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V (= PPG Wave 2.2/2.3)
- Xils Lab Synthix (= Elka Synthex)
- TAL U-NO LX (= Juno-60)
- TAL BassLine-101 (= SH-101)
- U-He Diva (= Minimoog, MS-20, Jupiter 8, Jupiter 6, Oberheim, JP-8000 and mixes of them)
- Arturia Prophet V (= Prophet 5 + Prophet VS ; could import Sysex files)
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1709 posts since 10 Feb, 2008 from Berlin, Germany

Re: Sound of the 80s

Post Sun May 18, 2014 4:35 am

Don't forget the Korg Wavestation VSTi.

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BlackWinny
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3753 posts since 17 Jun, 2013 from very close to Paris, France

Re: Sound of the 80s

Post Sun May 18, 2014 4:38 am

You want suggestions up to which price?
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tehlord
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Re: Sound of the 80s

Post Sun May 18, 2014 4:55 am

Any synth with oscillators, filters and envelopes.

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BlackWinny
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3753 posts since 17 Jun, 2013 from very close to Paris, France

Re: Sound of the 80s

Post Sun May 18, 2014 5:14 am

And we are Ok that you talk only of the eighties... until 1990 max?

So... Ok for the M1 (which came in 1988) or the Korg Wavestation (which came in 1990) but... not Ok for synths which promote strongly the supersaw for example (which was publicly released the first time in 1996 in the JP-8000, so far too late)?

We are ok?
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Re: Sound of the 80s

Post Sun May 18, 2014 5:23 am

tehlord wrote:Any synth with oscillators, filters and envelopes.
+1
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435 posts since 17 Dec, 2013 from The Netherlands

Re: Sound of the 80s

Post Sun May 18, 2014 6:28 am

tehlord wrote:Any synth with oscillators, filters and envelopes.
:tu:
This might seem lame, but it's the simple truth.
Generally speaking, in the 80's, all they had was synths from the 70's, the new DX's from Yamaha and later on the PPG. Especially the first half of the 80's, they had to use the 70's machines or developments/improvements based on them, there was nothing else.
Synclavier and Fairlight also showed up in the era, but were impossible to afford for most artists.

So yes, use the OBXD, it's got almost all you need.
For more free ones, check Full Bucket's Mono/Fury, uhe's Tyrell and for FM get the everpresent Synth1.

If you want a commercial product, check out Synthmaster, extreme versatility for a reasonable price.

And make sure you're using cheap sounding drummachines, no realism please :hihi:

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3753 posts since 17 Jun, 2013 from very close to Paris, France

Re: Sound of the 80s

Post Sun May 18, 2014 6:56 am

Ok, so here are those that I know which are essentially focused on the reproduction of the styles between 1970 to 1994 (not after) so that they cover the dreamy years of the two decades of the 70's and the 80's. Synths which are in this list have especially the focus on the emulation of these years. Therefore, you won't find any modern synth focused on the current years even if they can reproduce sounds of vintage analog styles. I have also added a few bunch of emulations of legendary hardware effects of these 70s/80s years.

So here is a quite comprehensive list of works made by developers who are creators especially passionate by the golden age of the 70s and 80's:
  1. 106-Emulation by TubeOhm: emulation of the Roland Juno-106.
  2. Abakos by HERCs Music Systems.
  3. AL D1 by AudioLounge: emulation of Oberheim DX/DMX drum machine.
  4. AL D2 by AudioLounge: emulation of Linndrum LM-2 drum machine.
  5. AL 9000 by AudioLounge: emulation of Linn 9000 drum machine.
  6. Alpha by Linplug.
  7. Alpha-Ray by TubeOhm.
  8. Analog Factory by Arturia.
  9. Analog Lab by Arturia.
  10. Analog Warfare by Angular Momentum.
  11. Angelina by BigTick: string-synth with formant filter.
  12. ARP 2600 V by Arturia: emulation of the ARP 2600 and its ARP 1601 Sequencer.
  13. AudioRealism Bass Line (ABL) by AudioRealism: inspired by the Roland TB-303. There is also a "Pro" version with yet much more fun.
  14. AudioRealism Drum Machine (ADM) by AudioRealism: emulation of Roland TR-606, Roland TR-808 and TR-909 with many expanded controls.
  15. Buchla Easel V by Arturia: emulation of the Buchla Music Easel synthesizer.
  16. Clavinet V by Arturia: emulation of the Hohner Clavinet.
  17. Cheeze Machine
  18. Cheeze Machine 2
  19. CMI V by Arturia: emulation of the Fairlight CMI.
  20. Cobalt
  21. Combo Model F: Emulation of the famous red electric Farfisa combo-organ
  22. Combo Model V: Emulation of the famous grey electric Vox Continental combo-organ
  23. Corona: huge subtractive synth with hundreds of waveforms from classic VA saw, triangle, square, sine, parabola and noise to the included waveforms in two extra DWB banks with 300+ timbres from Aeterphon, ARP 2600, ARP Odyssey, Buchla Modular, Crumar Performer, Elka Synthex, Eminent 310, EMS VCS-3, Fairlight CMI, Farfisa organ, Fender Rhodes, Hohner String, Jen Bass Pedal, Korg Lambda, Korg MS-20, Korg Polysix, Mellotron, Memorymoog, Micromoog, Minikorg, Minimoog, Modulus Monowave, Moog MG-1, Moog Prodigy, Moog Rogue, Moog Taurus, Oberheim Matrix, Oberheim OB-8, Oberheim Xpander, Paia Fatman, Polymoog, Prophet 5, Prophet 600, Rhodes Chroma, Rhodes Polaris, Roland Alpha Juno, Roland Juno 60, Roland Juno 106, Roland Jupiter 4, Roland JX-Series, Roland SH-101, Roland System 100, Theremin, Vox Jaguar, Waldorf Pulse, and Yamaha CS80. SF2 soundfonts can also be used as sound sources for the oscillators. And around 15 additional preset banks are available for 70's and 80's sounds, krautrock, prog rock styles, new wave styles, etc.
  24. Crazy Diamonds
  25. Cromina String Machine (string synth).
  26. CS-80V by Arturia: emulation of the Yamaha CS-80.
  27. CZynthia: inspired by the Casio CZ-series.
  28. daHornet: accurate emulation of EDP Wasp.
  29. deputy Mark II by Full Bucket Music (string synth)
  30. Dexed: excellent emulation of the Yamaha DX-7, with perfect reading of the sysex files.
  31. Diva from U-he.
  32. Drumazon: emulation of the Roland TR-909.
  33. DX7 V by Arturia: excellent emulation of the Yamaha DX-7, with perfect reading of the sysex files.
  34. Electronic Vintage Ensemble (EVE v3)
  35. Element P: emulation of the FM percussion sounds of the mid-80's.
  36. Equinoxe: if you are a Jean-Michel Jarre fan, especially for his works made from 1975 to 1990 (Oxygene, Equinoxe, Chants Magnétiques (Magnetic Fields), Revolution, Cousteau, etc.) and want to make your music sound similar, then this synth is probably one of the most interesting to produce all these sounds in a rather close fidelity by a unique plugin with a very limited budget. Note that three drum machines are offered with Equinoxe : Tiny-Pops, an excellent emulation of the famous Korg Keio MiniPops used by Jean-Michel Jarre (and with all his personal rhythms on this machine are offered also as MID files) plus D-808 and D-909 which are emulations of the Roland TR-808 and TR-909. All that comes in 64-bit and with plethora of presets.
  37. eSline (string synth).
  38. EVOL: inspired by the Roland JX-3P of 1983.
  39. Hugo Portillo - Eminent-V 310 Strings Ensemble for Reaktor
  40. FB-3100 by Full Bucket Music: emulation of Korg PS-3100.
  41. FB-3200 by Full Bucket Music: emulation of Korg PS-3200.
  42. FB-3300 by Full Bucket Music: emulation of Korg PS-3300.
  43. FM8: the most famous emulation of the legendary Yamaha DX-7.
  44. Free Alpha.
  45. HADES XT
  46. Horus
  47. Horus MK2
  48. impOSCar: emulation of the Oxford Synthesizer Company OSCar.
  49. Junglist
  50. Juno 6: emulation of the Roland Juno-6.
  51. Jupiter-8V Arturia: emulation of the Roland Jupiter-8.
  52. Kairatune
  53. Kassiopeia!: inspired by the Casio CZ-series.
  54. Kern by Full Bucket Music.
  55. KXOMNI 600
  56. Kx-Polym-CSE: emulation of the Yamaha CS-70M.
  57. Kx-PolyMod
  58. Kx-Polym-CSE: emulation of the Yamaha CS-70M.
  59. Kx-Synth-X16: excellent synth closely inspired from the EMS VCS 3. A very nice matrix with complex modulations, splendid sounds and huge results.
  60. Lounge Lizard EP-4: an emulation of the Rhodes and Wurlitzer electric pianos
  61. Lounge Lizard Session:slim down version of the product above
  62. LuSH-101: emulation of the Roland SH-101 but with many additional features.
  63. Matrix 12 V by Arturia: emulation of the Oberheim Matrix-12.
  64. M1: emulation of the Korg M1 by Korg itself.
  65. MDE-X: all the software effects created by Korg to fit accurately its Korg Legacy Collection.
  66. ME80: emulation of the Yamaha CS-80.
  67. Memorymoon: emulation of the Moog Memorymoog.
  68. Messiah: emulation of the Sequential Circuits Prophet 5.
  69. Mini V Arturia: emulation of the Minimoog Model D.
  70. Minimonsta: emulation of the Minimoog Model D.
  71. MiniSyn'X: awesome emulation of the Elka Synthex. Even Jean-Michel Jarre himself is a user of MiniSyn'X!
  72. Model-E
  73. ModulAir by Full Bucket Music. A modular synth focused mainly on the sounds of the 70's and 80's.
  74. Modular V by Arturia: emulation of the Moog Modular. Moog began to produce it in 1964 and ceased to produce it... in 1981!
  75. Mono/Fury: emulation of the Korg Mono/Poly.
  76. Mono/Poly: emulation of the Korg Mono/Poly by Korg itself.
  77. MS-20: emulation of the Korg MS-20 by Korg itself.
  78. Hugo Portillo - Multi Ensemble 5500 for Reaktor
  79. Nabla: emulation of the KORG Delta DL-50 Strings Synthesizer from 1979.
  80. Nepheton: emulation of the Roland TR-808.
  81. Night Flight: very accurate emulation of the Eminent 310U and quite good emulation of some other string synths which were famous between 1975 and 1985.
  82. Nithonat: emulation of the Roland TR-606.
  83. Oberheim SEM V by Arturia: hugely enhanced emulation of the Oberheim SEM.
  84. Oddity GForce: accurate emulation of ARP Odyssey.
  85. OP-X: emulation of the Oberheim OB-X series.
  86. OP-X Pro: emulation of the Oberheim OB-X series.
  87. Oxe: inspired by the Yamaha DX-7.
  88. Oxium: A "modern" synth but with an awesome reproduction of the oscillators and filters of the 80s, you can check it with the bank "Vintage Hardware". And it is one of the rare synths to reproduce quasi-perfectly the sounds of the Jupiter-8 with its bank "Inspired by Jupiter-8".
  89. Pentagon I
  90. PG-23P: emulation of the Roland JX-3P (1983) from the PG-200 programmer's interface.
  91. PG-8X: emulation of the Roland JX-8P (1985)
  92. PhadiZ: inspired by the Casio CZ-101.
  93. PhazOsc - Phase Distortion Synth: guitar driven synth designed to use the synthesis of the Casio CZ-series.
  94. Phoscyon: emulation of the Roland TB-303.
  95. Phutura: inspired by the Roland Alpha Juno 2.
  96. PlastiCZ: inspired by the Casio CZ-series.
  97. Plastique: emulation of the Casio HT-700 and the HT-3000 (the difference being only in the size of the keyboard).
  98. Poly 2106 by Synthescience: inspired by the Roland Juno-106 and with some additional features.
  99. PolyKB: emulation of the RSF PolyKobol II.
  100. PolyKB II Player: emulation of the RSF PolyKobol II.
  101. PolyM: excellent emulation of the PolyMoog.
  102. Polysix: emulation of the Korg Polysix by Korg itself.
  103. PPG Wave 3.V: emulation of the PPG Wave 2 by Wolfgang Palm himself.
  104. Pro SoloVst: an old but incredibly accurate emulation of the legendary ARP Pro-Soloist made so famous under the fingers of Tony Banks, all along the first and best decade of Genesis. Watch (and listen):
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNSuLXKlZCQ
  105. Prodigious by Synthescience: inspired by the Moog Prodigy and with some additional features (all the bottom line of the GUI).
  106. Prophet V by Arturia: emulation of the Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 and the Sequential Circuits Prophet VS.
  107. Purity
  108. Rainbow
  109. Ragnarök (Ragnarok) by Full Bucket Music and CrimsonWarlock.
  110. Ravity R
  111. Ravity S
  112. ReDominator by AudioRealism: : emulation of the classic Alpha Juno 1 and Alpha Juno 2 from 1986. Wonderful improvement: this emulation uses not the look of modern buttons but the look of vintage sliders as had the PG-300 programming interface which was made for the Alpha Juno.
  113. Repro: wonderful double emulation of the Sequential Circuits Pro-One and of the Sequential Circuits Prophet-5.
  114. Rez
  115. RMV Drum Addiction
  116. Saurus Analog Synthesizer
  117. Sawer: emulation of the Polivoks which was the famous synth from the Russian Formanta.
  118. Selena
  119. SequencAir by Full Bucket Music: not a synth but a very comprehensive step-sequencer as those which were used by many 70's-80-s musicians as Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream, Peter Baumann, Robert Scroeder, Kraftwerk, Jean-Michel Jarre, Depeche Mode, etc. This one is a kind of enhanced Korg SQ-10 step-sequencer, it will also remind you the Moog 960, the wonderful Doepfer Maq16/3 or the very rare Synthanorma.
  120. Six: simple but powerful 6-operator FM synth with 32 Yamaha DX-7 algorithms and 16 4-operator algorithms.
  121. Solina V by Arturia: emulation of the ARP/Eminent Solina string ensemble.
  122. Solina V-String Ensemble for Reaktor
  123. Sonigen Modular
  124. Sonik Synth: Sonik Synth includes a virtual museum of vintage keyboards covering the widest palette of synth flavors ever assembled into one product. Experience the fat analog sound of Arps, Moogs, Obies, Jupiters, Gleeman, Voyetra, Serge, EMS Synthi, Prophets, Trons, Rhodes, Wurlies, B3s all in one mega plug-in and standalone app. And Sonik Synth is rock-solid in performance so you can use it live, or use multiple instances within your favorite sequencer with confidence. Nearly 6,000 sounds make it largest collection of modern and vintage instruments ever assembled in one workstation.
  125. Spark Vintage by Arturia: drum machine emulating 30 different drum machines from the 70s/80s (Roland TR-808, TR-707, CR-78, Korg KPR 77, Mini Pops 7, LinnDrum, Yamaha RX5, Maestro Rhythm King MRK2, Simmons SDS, ...)
  126. Square I
  127. Stigma by Full Bucket Music: emulation of the Korg Sigma.
  128. String from Loomer
  129. String Synthesizer from Algomusic.
  130. Strings Dream Synthesizer
  131. StringZ2
  132. Strobe
  133. Super-Bruno: emulation of the Roland Juno-106
  134. Synclavier V by Arturia: emulation of the New England Digital's Synclavier.
  135. Syn'X (was previously called Synthix): huge synth deeply inspired (quasi-emulation) by the Elka Synthex.
  136. TAL-BassLine: emulation of the Roland SH-101.
  137. TAL-BassLine-101: emulation of the Roland SH-101.
  138. TAL-Chorus-LX: the chorus effect extracted from the TAL-UNO-LX (see below) and proposed here as a free independent effect.
  139. TAL-DUB-III
  140. TAL-Flanger
  141. TAL-Mod: A modular synth focused mainly on the sounds of the 70's and 80's.
  142. TAL-NoiseMaker
  143. TAL-Phaser
  144. TAL-Reverb
  145. TAL-Tube
  146. TAL-U-No-62: emulation of the Roland Juno-60.
  147. TAL-U-NO-LX: emulation of the Roland Juno-60.
  148. TAL-USEq
  149. TAL-Vocoder: emulation with 11 bands that emulates the sound of vocoders from the early 80s.
  150. Texture
  151. The blooo
  152. The Legend: emulation of the Minimoog Model D.
  153. The scrooo
  154. TimewARP 2600: emulation of the ARP 2600.
  155. Trans Computer Maschine: very close (not total for the features but very accurate for the sound) emulation of the ARP 2600 blended with the ARP Odyssey and with an incredibly good built-in emulation of one of the Synthanorma sequencers which were made famous by Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, and even more by Kraftwerk. The new webpage of the plugin is here.
  156. Transcendental 2000: emulation of the Powertran Transcendent 2000, a DIY kit synthesizer from 1978.
  157. Transistor Bass: emulation of the Roland TB-303 by Image Line.
  158. TS-808: emulation of the Roland TR-808.
  159. Tyrell Nexus 6: emulation of the Roland Juno-6/60/106, but designed mainly on the version 60.
  160. Ultra Analog Session: slim down version of the product below.
  161. Ultra Analog VA-2: excellent multipurpose virtual analog synth.
  162. Uncle SAM: enhanced emulation of Oberheim SEM, which was built between 1974-1979 but still very used during the first half of the 80's. See also the non enhanced version SAMse which is the exact reproduction (even the GUI) of the original hardware without any added feature).
  163. Unifyer
  164. UVI Vintage Corner: a collection of collections! All are vintage emulations from the 70's to the mid of the 90's, presented by bundles! Visit the page and you'll find (for those which are of interest here) packs of samples for UVI Worstation from Sequential Circuits Prophet VS, Yamaha SY22, Roland JX-10, Roland MKS-70, Roland JX-8P, Minimoog Model D, Yamaha SY77, Korg M1, Ensoniq VFX, Roland D50, PPG Wave 2.0 and PPG Wave 2.3, PPG 360 Wavcomputer, PPG Waveterm, Fairlight CMI, New England Digital Synclavier, Yamaha CS-70M, Yamaha CS-40M, Yamaha CS-20M, Elka Synthex, Rhodes Chroma, Yamaha DX1, the rare Digital Keyboards Synergy, Kurzweil K250, E-Mu Emulator II, Roland JX-3P, E-MU Emulator I, E-MU Drumulator, Roland Jupiter 4, Roland Jupiter 8, Roland SH-101, Roland JD-800, Yamaha CS-80, Yamaha CS-60, Yamaha CS-15, Yamaha CS-40M, Yamaha CS-70M, Yamaha DX-1, Yamaha DX-100, Yamaha TX-816, Oberheim X-Pander, Oberheim Matrix 6, Oberheim 4 Voices, Oberheim OBXa, Sequential Circuits Prophet VS, Sequential Circuits Prophet 5, Sequential Circuits Pro-One, Sequential Circuits Prophet T8, PPG Wave 2.0, PPG Wave 2.3, PPG Waveterm B, PPG PRK FD, PPG EVU, PPG HDU, Korg PS-3200, Korg Trident MK-II, Korg MS-20, Korg M1, Korg 01/W, Korg DW-8000, Casio CZ-1, Casio CZ-101, Casio VZ-1 and VZ-10M, ARP Odyssey, ARP 2600, Rhodes Chroma (which was made by ARP), New England Digital Synclavier II, Technos Acxel... All these "emulations" are sample based, and these collections seem very expensive for what are probably good samples... but only samples, and I mention them only to above all let you know links on their real original synths and to hear these awesome original devices. Like all the samples, they have sounds which are not alive between the attack and the release (and the effects can't recover something which is dead at its origin but only add a layer of varnish) and also all the sample "synthesis" requires huge amounts of Gigabytes (we accumulates up to hundreds of Gigabytes for this pseudo-synthesis) on a hard disk while only a few Megabytes are needed for a subtractive synthesis and modelling synthesis with a far better living sound. I strongly recommend you to always prefer real emulations (physically or electronically modeled) instead of samples.
  165. VOX Continental V by Arturia: emulation of the Vox Continental 300 organ (browse down to the mid-height of the page) which was still used in the 80s.
  166. XILS V+: by far the best emulation of the Roland VP-330 String Synth and Vocoder.
  167. VB3: Emulation of the famous Hammond B3 organ.
  168. Vintager: highly inspired by the Roland D-50 without using the ROM of the original hardware.
  169. Virtual String Machine
  170. VirtualCZ: just released in September 2014, a new accurate emulation of the Casio CZ series, very comprehensive and with the complete management of the sysex. It models the flagship CZ-1, but is also compatible with the CZ-101, CZ-1000, CZ-3000 and CZ-5000. A creation by the famous developer Oli Larkin.
  171. VLinn LM1 Drums: accurate electronic modeling emulation of the very famous Linn LM-1 Drum Computer, invented by Roger Linn in 1979 and that he began to produce in 1980. The software can be used with any step-sequencer of your preference.
  172. VOPM: emulation of the Yamaha YM2151 (OPM) 4 operator FM sound chip which was embedded in the Yamaha DX-series.
  173. VSP-330: emulation of the Roland VP-330 String Synth and Vocoder.
  174. VX7: emulation of the Yamaha SY77.
  175. Waldorf Edition: PPG Wave 2.V: emulation of the PPG Wave 2 by Wolfgang Palm himself.
  176. Wasp
  177. Wavelight VMI - SuperWave: a very nice emulation of the Fairlight CMI by Superwave.
  178. Wavestation: emulation of the Korg Wavestation by Korg itself.
  179. Wurlitzer V by Arturia: emulation of the Wurlitzer 200A (and B) electric piano. The 200A was a fetish instrument in the 70s, and the 200B was introduced in 1978 and has traversed all the 80s years. Both, as well as the Rhodes electric pianos, remain intensively used today.
  180. Xhip
  181. Xhip Effects
  182. XILS 3: very enhanced emulation of the EMS VCS 3 and its Synthi Sequencer 256. This famous synth was built from 1969 to... 1994!
  183. XILS 4: very enhanced emulation of two XILS 3 (see just above) with a crowd of added features impossible to numerate.
And I have removed those that I consider totally anecdotical!

There are probably some of those kept in the list which are looked as bad for some of you all, but perhaps not for others. But all those that remain in my present list can't be considered as anecdotical (for my point of view) since they have certain qualities still appreciated by newbies (amongst others).

You will find also some string synths! Yes... Nabla and V+ for example, are emulations of some of the very last String Synths just before 1980 and which were very used in the first half of the decade.

I have carefully taken away the products which emulate very obviously the first years of the 70' without having been any more used later (the Pro SoloVST which is a very good free emulation of famous ARP Prosoloist for example, this synth stopped at 1977 having been no more used after 1979), and you also won't either find at the opposite those which emulate very obviously the years that came with the supersaw which began in 1996 (a key date in the history with the Roland JP-8000). At some very rare exceptions also, you won't find multi-segment envelope generators (the only specimen that I have kept are those related to the first generation of PPG PCM synthesis which was developed in 1978 but went in the market in 1981 and to the FM synthesis which was developed in 1968 but went in the market in 1983). My spread was precisely the music styles between 1977 and 1994 which are the real spread of the 80's styles and I think that I have managed to respect it.

And I have also not put in the list any one of all those modern VST synths which are widely too generalists. They obviously fit for absolutely everything, and yet... for the music of the 70's-80's I largely prefer to use these dedicated synths which are in this list above.

I probably also have missed some important products that I have forgotten in my list. Feel free to make me suggestions...

A little more than 100 in May 2014... Now the number reach 150 today in January 2017. The 70's-80's vintage fashion seems to be extremely active! The music of these two decades was so wonderful! All the musicians who like are me at their 50-60-70 years old remain totally stuck to these extraordinary machines which were not as complex as today (and provided much less methods of modulation) but had an unforgettable organic life in their very warm sounds...
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EDIT : I patiently maintain the list, filling it along the years when come new emulations of vintage hardware keyboards of the 70's and 80's.

If you are aware of any other synth recalling perfectly the 70s and 80s and which are missing in this list, don't hesitate to PM me! Especially if your suggestion is an emulation of a 70's-80's hardware!
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fluffy_little_something
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Re: Sound of the 80s

Post Sun May 18, 2014 7:18 am

What kind of 80s music do you try to emulate? Van Halen or Quincy Jones or A-ha? 8) In my view there clearly was an American sound vs a European/Japanese sound, for instance.

But I am also inclined to say that it is mostly about the way you program and play your synths...
I don't really have aspirations in the music industry, I make music just for myself basically. And I also "live in" the 80s musically speaking. Since my computer is not the fastest I like the Superwave Performer and P80, they can do DX7 pianos as well, there are such factory presets actually (which is good since I never cared about how to program FM).

Phonec is also very nice, unfortunately its tiny gui sucks :P
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fluffy_little_something
KVRAF
12921 posts since 5 Jun, 2012

Re: Sound of the 80s

Post Sun May 18, 2014 7:30 am

Quite a list there Winnie :D But I think it is counterproductive as nobody will check out all those plugins. Makes more sense to recommend just a few in my view...

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BlackWinny
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3753 posts since 17 Jun, 2013 from very close to Paris, France

Re: Sound of the 80s

Post Sun May 18, 2014 7:40 am

fluffy_little_something wrote:Quite a list there Winnie :D But I think it is counterproductive as nobody will check out all those plugins. Makes more sense to recommend just a few in my view...
It depends... Simply there are some probably forgotten names in some minds which will come back as "Gosh! I had forgotten this one!"
:D

And also... sometimes I like to loose a bit of my time to come back myself in my list of oldies...
:D

Many of them had merits. For those having a name which don't talk to someone, it's an occasion to pick at random in them and perhaps discover good products which will interest the picker... It's also the reason why in the links I have used the URL written by the number of the entry in the database index instead of revealing the litteral URL as it appears generally by the mouse flight over.
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Re: Sound of the 80s

Post Sun May 18, 2014 7:41 am

BlackWinny wrote:Ok, so here are those that I know which are essentially focused on the reproduction of the styles between 1977 to 1994 (not before, not after):
Since when 1994 belongs to the "80s"?

While i love the Wavestation it's not a 80s synth for me, opposing to it's predecessor which is the Prophet VS and quite nicely emulated in Arturia Prophet V.

Having a look at that list i don't know why e.g. Circle should be a 80s synth. If we are talking about wavetable synths PPg Wave 2.V and even more PPG Wave 3.V (which is a much better emulation) are proper choices.


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Re: Sound of the 80s

Post Sun May 18, 2014 7:43 am

Ingonator wrote:
BlackWinny wrote:Ok, so here are those that I know which are essentially focused on the reproduction of the styles between 1977 to 1994 (not before, not after):
Since when 1994 belongs to the "80s"?

While i love the Wavestation it's not a 80s synth for me, opposing to it's predecessor which is the Prophet VS and quite nicely emulated in Arturia Prophet V.


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