Cherry Audio releases massive new Eight Voice synthesizer!

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KVRist
269 posts since 1 Oct, 2018

Post Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:35 am

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Cherry Audio is thrilled to announce the release of Eight Voice, our most ambitious instrument to date! Eight Voice is a carefully-crafted emulation of the mighty Oberheim Eight Voice synthesizer, originally released in 1977. This massive-sounding, back-breaking behemoth helped define the sound of rock, dance, and pop music in the 1970s and 1980s.

https://youtu.be/XpK5utIhIqQ

The Heart and Soul of The '70s

Eight Voice is a carefully crafted emulation of the mighty Oberheim Eight Voice synthesizer, originally released in 1977. It began life in 1974 as a simple, keyboardless mono synth called the Synthesizer Expander Module, or “SEM.” The SEM module was intended as a companion to the Oberheim DS-2, one of the earliest digital sequencers. Oberheim soon realized they could interface a digitally scanned keyboard, mount the whole mess in a big box, and create polyphonic synthesizers, beginning with the Two Voice, followed by the Four Voice, and finally the beastly Eight Voice.

Unlike later analog polysynths, the Oberheim Eight Voice lacked computer control and parameter storage. This meant that each of its eight synthesizer voice modules contained individual controls for every parameter. If you wanted to adjust the filter resonance, for example, you’d need to change the resonance control on every one of the eight synthesizer voices, otherwise every note played would sound different. This allowed varying timbres for different notes, a potentially musically useful and interesting effect, but not much fun if you wanted every note to sound the same.

These early Oberheim synths sounded fantastic, and today, they are highly prized, wildly expensive, exceedingly fragile, and incredibly rare.

An Analog Renaissance

The Cherry Audio Eight Voice retains the original synthesizer's remarkable sound quality and flexible feature set, including a detailed emulation of the original instrument's multi-mode filter, created by award-winning synth designer Mark Barton (MRB). As always, we couldn't resist adding a few modern touches - a sub oscillator and noise source have been added to each voice, greatly expanding the instrument's sonic potential, and velocity controls have been added to both envelopes for expressive control over filter and amplifier dynamics.

Eight Voice's unique Voice Link section lets users link the controls of voice modules, eliminating the need to individually set every module’s controls when “homogenous” poly sounds are desired. Additionally, the tool bar Focus buttons allow any section of Eight Voice to instantly “zoom in” to a much larger size, greatly simplifying editing (especially on smaller displays). Each voice also contains easy-to-use Key Range zone selectors, for endless layering and zoning possibilities.

An expanded version of the Oberheim eight-step Mini Sequencer is also included, featuring switchable step gating, adjustable gate length, pitch quantization, and more. We’ve also thrown in a powerful mod delay and a lush reverb section. Finally, both Classic and Black themes are available! All in all, we’ve done everything possible to transform the original instrument’s daunting user interface into a fast, fun, and most of all, creative musical experience, and we think you’re gonna love it!

https://youtu.be/KWh9vMPAifg

That Unmistakable Rasp

"I bought one of the first Four Voice Oberheims when it came out - it looked amazing, sounded absolutely huge, and recorded great, but it was incredibly big and a nightmare to move," recalls Jezz Woodroffe, film composer and former keyboardist for Black Sabbath and Robert Plant. "Even so, I have always regretted parting with it until now! This new beauty is the epitome of what a soft synth should be - it does everything my brain and ears need! Gorgeous. At this price it's a gift every synth enthusiast should get immediately - if it was massively expensive I'd still buy it!"

"Eight Voice totally has that unmistakable OB warm rasp. I couldn't stop playing the pads," says Christian Matthew Cullen, former keyboardist for Night Ranger. "You can hear those classic textures from the early Prince records in there. Brilliant job capturing the nuances and vibe of such a complex instrument. Kudos!"

Fred Bensi, keyboardist for Missing Persons, beams, "This Eight Voice is amazing - you nailed it so hard! I’m definitely gonna use it onstage with Missing Persons for the 'Walking In L.A.' riff. Super love it!"

A Mind-Blowing Price

Once again, Cherry Audio is shattering expectations by offering an unparalleled synthesizer for a truly unbelievable price.

Cherry Audio’s Eight Voice Synthesizer is available now at cherryaudio.com, for the insanely low price of only $29. It’s available for both Windows and macOS, in AU, VST, VST3, AAX, and standalone formats, with a free 30-day demo available.

Plus, owners of Eight Voice receive 20% off of Cherry Audio's brand-new Synthesizer Expander Module Bundle for Voltage Modular!

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KVRAF
20385 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

Post Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:42 am

Okay, this was my absolute FAVORITE synth growing up in the 70s. It could be heard on countless prog rock albums. Listen to Starcastle's "Fountains Of Light".

Nothing sounded like it.

So I gotta ask...$29?????

What's the catch?

KVRist

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269 posts since 1 Oct, 2018

Post Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:45 am

wagtunes wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:42 am
So I gotta ask...$29?????

What's the catch?
No catch at all. This is just what we do at Cherry Audio. And we're just getting started..!

- Dan @ Cherry Audio

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KVRAF
4248 posts since 8 Jul, 2009

Post Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:46 am

wagtunes wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:42 am
[snip...]
So I gotta ask...$29?????
What's the catch?
Nothing. That's the way Cherry rolls.

Will be interesting to see how the OB-E kids react to this!

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KVRAF
20385 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

Post Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:51 am

plexuss wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:46 am
wagtunes wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:42 am
[snip...]
So I gotta ask...$29?????
What's the catch?
Nothing. That's the way Cherry rolls.

Will be interesting to see how the OB-E kids react to this!
I remember when this beast was released and I went to my local Sam Ash (Rondo Music didn't stock them) and I heard it and then saw the price tag ($8,000) and my jaw dropped to the floor and I'm sure I had the saddest look on my face.

I never owned one. It is one of the few things, to this day, that I regret. That and the polymoog, which was just too unstable and unreliable to even consider getting.

40 something years later looks like the wait is over.

KVRAF
7005 posts since 2 Dec, 2004 from North Wales

Post Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:02 am

Ahhh- download demo for 'windows' and I'm off! :-)
Supper small file, super fast and easy install (stand alone and VST 3) - now the fun begins!
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KVRAF
3008 posts since 25 Mar, 2016 from Seattle

Post Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:04 am

plexuss wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:46 am
wagtunes wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:42 am
[snip...]
So I gotta ask...$29?????
What's the catch?
Nothing. That's the way Cherry rolls.

Will be interesting to see how the OB-E kids react to this!
OB-E is better ;)

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KVRAF
32448 posts since 14 Sep, 2002 from In teh net

Post Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:07 am

simmo75 wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:04 am
plexuss wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:46 am
wagtunes wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:42 am
[snip...]
So I gotta ask...$29?????
What's the catch?
Nothing. That's the way Cherry rolls.

Will be interesting to see how the OB-E kids react to this!
OB-E is better ;)
Oh-B-have! ;)

KVRAF
7005 posts since 2 Dec, 2004 from North Wales

Post Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:13 am

Sounds fabulous to me (of course I cant try the OB-E as the lazy sods couldn't be bothered to make it cross platform ;-))
Definite BUY for $29 & Love the black version option! Filter sounds very nice and lots to play with, back to it- end of early report :-)
(PS - little graphic glitch to the left of the top bar reset button?)
PC, Studio One, BWS, Live, FL Studio, Renoise, X32 Desk, Hardware Synths, Grove Boxes + Eurorack, TD27 V Drums, Guitars & Basses

KVRAF
3008 posts since 25 Mar, 2016 from Seattle

Post Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:15 am

Can you enlarge the GUI in each of the voice sections like in OB-E?

KVRAF
7005 posts since 2 Dec, 2004 from North Wales

Post Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:19 am

simmo75 wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:15 am
Can you enlarge the GUI in each of the voice sections like in OB-E?
Yes, and the sequencer section.
PC, Studio One, BWS, Live, FL Studio, Renoise, X32 Desk, Hardware Synths, Grove Boxes + Eurorack, TD27 V Drums, Guitars & Basses

KVRian
711 posts since 8 Mar, 2004 from Network 23

Post Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:24 am

Installed. It's very good.
We shall see orchestral machines with a thousand new sounds, with thousands of new euphonies, as opposed to the present day's simple sounds of strings, brass, and woodwinds. -- George Antheil, circa 1925 ---

KVRAF
3008 posts since 25 Mar, 2016 from Seattle

Post Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:47 am

SLiC wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:19 am
simmo75 wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:15 am
Can you enlarge the GUI in each of the voice sections like in OB-E?
Yes, and the sequencer section.
Cool!
I’m eagerly awaiting an honest comparison, I’m heavily leaning towards the $29 version ;)

KVRAF
7005 posts since 2 Dec, 2004 from North Wales

Post Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:49 am

SLiC wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:13 am
Sounds fabulous to me (of course I cant try the OB-E as the lazy sods couldn't be bothered to make it cross platform ;-))
Definite BUY for $29 & Love the black version option! Filter sounds very nice and lots to play with, back to it- end of early report :-)
(PS - little graphic glitch to the left of the top bar reset button?)
PPS -the little graphical glitch is just on the demo (obviously to shove in the word 'demo'!), once bought it is PERFECT :tu: :D
PC, Studio One, BWS, Live, FL Studio, Renoise, X32 Desk, Hardware Synths, Grove Boxes + Eurorack, TD27 V Drums, Guitars & Basses

KVRAF
7005 posts since 2 Dec, 2004 from North Wales

Post Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:53 am

simmo75 wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:47 am
SLiC wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:19 am
simmo75 wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:15 am
Can you enlarge the GUI in each of the voice sections like in OB-E?
Yes, and the sequencer section.
Cool!
I’m eagerly awaiting an honest comparison, I’m heavily leaning towards the $29 version ;)
I cant try the MAC version, but I would 'guess' (as the eight voice sounds fantastic) that the OB-E wont be worth 6 or 7 times as much money to most people (it was £20 for the eight voice, it would be closer to £150 for the OB-E in the sale!!)
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