Introducing Cherry Audio's Memorymode Synthesizer!

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KVRist
291 posts since 1 Oct, 2018

Post Thu Jul 15, 2021 9:16 am

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Cherry Audio is excited to announce Memorymode, our newest flagship virtual instrument. Memorymode is based upon one of the very best-sounding polyphonic programmable analog synthesizers of the 80s - the legendary Memorymoog synthesizer. Released in 1982 on the heels of monster analog polysynths from Sequential Circuits, Oberheim, Roland, and others, the Memorymoog raised the sonic bar with its lush, powerful analog sound. Memorymode was expertly modeled upon our meticulously-maintained 1982 Memorymoog originally owned by jazz legend Chick Corea. We've expanded upon the original without compromising any of the sound or functionality that made it great.

The Return of A Fallen Giant
Unfortunately, like other American poly synths of the era, the Memorymoog fell short in a few important ways, and was ultimately doomed to fail in the marketplace. Facing stiff competition from other programmable polyphonic instruments, including the Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 and Oberheim's OB-X series, the Memorymoog was somewhat hastily designed and "pushed out the door" at a time when the Moog corporation was in serious peril. Sadly, it wasn't adequately tested and refined, resulting in frequent tuning and all-around reliability issues.

Cherry Audio’s Memorymode makes all reliability, maintenance, and tuning issues a thing of the past, and greatly streamlines and simplifies the user interface, updating the original instrument’s numeric-keypad-and-command-numbers with fast, simple-to-use pop-up menus and an improved value display window.

https://youtu.be/NKc6xRRM3EI

Largesse of Largeness
Unlike the dual-oscillator voice architecture of its contemporaries, Memorymoog featured three oscillators per voice, as well as the famously fat “ladder”-style filter - essentially amounting to a six-voice polyphonic version of the classic Minimoog synthesizer. Cherry Audio Memorymode delivers the goods, with super-accurate replications of the original oscillators and a precise implementation of the coveted ladder-filter circuit, with selectable 12- and 24-dB/octave slopes. Further contributing to its famous hefty sound, Memorymode’s oscillator mixer gently overdrives when levels are cranked, just like the original.

In addition to an expanded LFO modulation bus with eight simultaneous modulation destinations, Memorymode also replicates the powerful Voice Modulation section, allowing oscillator three to act as an independent “per-voice” modulation source with up to six simultaneous destinations. And for the biggest tones around, Memorymode’s detunable unison mode enables stacking of up to 48 oscillators on one key!

Bringing A Classic Into The Future
In addition to all of the voicing and modulation that made the original sound so great, we’ve added a number of creative and convenient features aimed at modern music makers. Memorymode’s LFO, arpeggio, and delay effects all feature one-button tempo sync, allowing super-simple rhythmic synchronization with DAW projects, as well as enabling unique creative avenues when staggered note rates are chosen. The filter and amplitude envelopes add a whole new layer of expressiveness with adjustable velocity sensitivity. A unique Drift parameter allows continuously-variable adjustment of tuning accuracy, from perfectly in tune, to aged and loose, or anywhere in between, and the Modern button brings Memorymode into the present with fattened bass and sparkling highs. Unique chordal and melodic patterns can instantly be created with an improved arpeggio section and “one-finger” chord memory. Comprehensive MPE support is included for expressive controller performances. And Memorymode’s high-quality effects add the final polish to patches, including an earthy stereo phaser, a dreamy stereo ensemble, a flexible tempo-synced echo, and a lush reverb section.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbPaxb9CcCU

All Set With Presets
For those not inclined to program their own sounds, Memorymode includes over 600 stunning presets, including all 100 original factory presets, created by a veritable dream team of industry-veteran synth programmers, and showcasing Memorymode’s immensely flexible voice architecture. Our all-star team of sound designers includes:
  • James Terris, Cherry Audio's lead preset programmer and curator, is a freelance sound designer and musician based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He's worked with Dave Smith Instruments/Sequential, Pioneer DJ, Apple, and Han Zimmer’s Remote Control.
  • Julian "J3PO" Pollack, an accomplished pianist and keyboardist, producer, and audio engineer. In addition to his thriving career as a jazz composer and performer, J3PO has created sound banks and presets for Clavia, Softube, and Dave Smith Instruments.
  • Dave Polich, sound designer, music producer, and songwriter. He’s crafted sounds for major artists including Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, and The Cure, and has created thousands of factory presets for synthesizer giants including Yamaha, Korg, Roland, and Dave Smith Instruments.
  • Huston Singletary, a veteran sound designer, producer, film composer, and podcaster. He's contributed sounds to an endless array of popular products by Toontrack, Izotope, Synthogy, Kilohearts, Roland, Alesis, Spectrasonics, Ableton, and Sequential.
https://youtu.be/mhPPjNnBjdY

Memorymode replicates the incredible sound and feel of the original instrument at a tiny fraction of the cost of a vintage original, delivering all the power and musicality of the Memorymoog at a price anyone can afford. Room-shaking bass, rich pads, searing leads, punchy brass, emotive strings, other-worldly sound effects, and more - it’s all there!

Don't Take Our Word...
Jezz Woodroffe, former keyboardist for Robert Plant and Black Sabbath, tells us, "The more time I spend with Memorymode, the more I like it... in fact it’s becoming quite addictive! It’s probably the most analog-sounding software synth I have ever heard; the depth of it is astounding." Jim Gilmour, keyboardist for prog-rock legends Saga, enthused, "I have the same feeling and excitement as when Moog invited us down to Buffalo and gave Saga three of them! I’m going to enjoy reimagining old songs with this and writing new music also. Amazing! Love it!"

An Unbeatable Value
At the time of writing, restored original Memorymoogs can trade for $15k or more! Cherry Audio's Memorymode replicates the incredible sound and feel of the original instrument at a tiny fraction of the cost of an original, delivering all the power and musicality of the Memorymoog at a price anyone can afford.

Cherry Audio Memorymode is available now at cherryaudio.com, for the super low price of only $39 (List $59). It’s available for both Windows and macOS, in AU, VST, VST3, AAX, and standalone formats, with a free 30-day demo available.

https://youtu.be/12_UsA1YK_Y

KVRian
548 posts since 18 Nov, 2010

Post Thu Jul 15, 2021 9:47 am

Outstanding. That comparo video totally covers it. Bought it, played for 5 minutes before heading back to work, love it! Thanks for this cool instrument.

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KVRAF
2369 posts since 12 Jan, 2019

Post Thu Jul 15, 2021 9:58 am

It sounds great.
"Have you ever noticed how anyone driving faster than you is a [jerk] and anyone driving slower than you is a moron?" - George Carlin

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KVRist
413 posts since 28 Jul, 2003 from Poland

Post Thu Jul 15, 2021 10:39 am

Actually I demoed it and don't like how it sounds.
I understand, it's only $39 ;)

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KVRian
820 posts since 8 Mar, 2004 from Network 23

Post Thu Jul 15, 2021 10:48 am

Once again, Cherry Audio subtly picks my pocket..
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 ---

KVRian
588 posts since 17 Nov, 2015 from Yuma

Post Thu Jul 15, 2021 10:49 am

Roman Wisniak wrote:
Thu Jul 15, 2021 10:39 am
Actually I demoed it and don't like how it sounds.
I understand, it's only $39 ;)
aks cherry audio, if you can get it for 139. maybe it soudns better then

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KVRist
413 posts since 28 Jul, 2003 from Poland

Post Thu Jul 15, 2021 11:07 am

anttimaatteri wrote:
Thu Jul 15, 2021 10:49 am
Roman Wisniak wrote:
Thu Jul 15, 2021 10:39 am
Actually I demoed it and don't like how it sounds.
I understand, it's only $39 ;)
aks cherry audio, if you can get it for 139. maybe it soudns better then
Hahah. :lol:
Anyway, it isn't so funny.
Cherry Audio got simple approach. Let's use building blocks from our modular synth and build lot of epic synths.
It failed just because every synth had different osc.
I've bought four CA synths and stoped when I realized all synths sound sameish.
What's most irritating, every synth sounds harsh, raw in unpleasant meaning.

KVRAF
6138 posts since 15 Sep, 2005 from East Coast of the USA

Post Thu Jul 15, 2021 11:15 am

Great job cherryDan, I think it sounds great! :)

KVRer
7 posts since 10 Mar, 2017

Post Thu Jul 15, 2021 12:58 pm

Not familiar with the Memorymoog at all but I like this as it's own thing. Love the chord mode and that drift knob. Sounds nice!

KVRAF
3208 posts since 25 Mar, 2016 from Seattle

Post Thu Jul 15, 2021 1:02 pm

Does it alias?…
JOKE!
(But it won’t be long before plugin doctors come along to try and piss on Cherry’s parade)

I think it sounds great, congratulations Cherry!

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KVRAF
3427 posts since 22 Aug, 2019

Post Thu Jul 15, 2021 1:19 pm

Roman Wisniak wrote:
Thu Jul 15, 2021 11:07 am
anttimaatteri wrote:
Thu Jul 15, 2021 10:49 am
Roman Wisniak wrote:
Thu Jul 15, 2021 10:39 am
Actually I demoed it and don't like how it sounds.
I understand, it's only $39 ;)
aks cherry audio, if you can get it for 139. maybe it soudns better then
Hahah. :lol:
Anyway, it isn't so funny.
Cherry Audio got simple approach. Let's use building blocks from our modular synth and build lot of epic synths.
It failed just because every synth had different osc.
I've bought four CA synths and stoped when I realized all synths sound sameish.
What's most irritating, every synth sounds harsh, raw in unpleasant meaning.
Frankly, the original already sounded harsh and raw:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uVXbTrUeZE

KVRAF
29986 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Post Thu Jul 15, 2021 1:25 pm

e-crooner wrote:
Thu Jul 15, 2021 1:19 pm
Roman Wisniak wrote:
Thu Jul 15, 2021 11:07 am
anttimaatteri wrote:
Thu Jul 15, 2021 10:49 am
Roman Wisniak wrote:
Thu Jul 15, 2021 10:39 am
Actually I demoed it and don't like how it sounds.
I understand, it's only $39 ;)
aks cherry audio, if you can get it for 139. maybe it soudns better then
Hahah. :lol:
Anyway, it isn't so funny.
Cherry Audio got simple approach. Let's use building blocks from our modular synth and build lot of epic synths.
It failed just because every synth had different osc.
I've bought four CA synths and stoped when I realized all synths sound sameish.
What's most irritating, every synth sounds harsh, raw in unpleasant meaning.
Frankly, the original already sounded harsh and raw:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uVXbTrUeZE
Sure that it isn't the idiot who showcases it?

I mean... I hardly even hear the synth with all that "BE-BOP-DI-DU-DU!!", and all that silly "show your smiling mug on camera" bla.
Plugins and a DAW. On an operating system. Which runs on a computer.

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KVRian
964 posts since 25 Jan, 2017

Post Thu Jul 15, 2021 2:02 pm

It's really nice and it could get even better with some added voice variation.
The DRIFT parameter seems to mainly/only affect pitch (which already helps a lot), but I feel more and more that having variations on the voice cutoff, resonance, envelopes is the way to go for voicecard based polysynth emulations.
I've been spoiled by Repro, Obsession, OP-X Pro, TAL-J-8 and TAL-U-NO, and the latest Arturia poly emus (ob-xa, juno, jupiter), or even the Cherry Eight Voice... and I'm at the point where it's a little hard to go back.

But it's very nice nonetheless. MPE is cool and I like how you can drive the oscillators from the mixer.

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KVRAF
3427 posts since 22 Aug, 2019

Post Thu Jul 15, 2021 2:12 pm

chk071 wrote:
Thu Jul 15, 2021 1:25 pm
Sure that it isn't the idiot who showcases it?

I mean... I hardly even hear the synth with all that "BE-BOP-DI-DU-DU!!", and all that silly "show your smiling mug on camera" bla.
Hehe, I actually like that guy's videos :)
And no, you can hear the synth's character clearly in the video. Due to its 3 oscillators it sounds powerful, but not necessarily pleasant in my view. Then again, I am not a fan of the Minimoog, either. I guess I am just not a Moog person.

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KVRAF
4301 posts since 29 Sep, 2010 from Maui

Post Thu Jul 15, 2021 2:22 pm

I wonder what kind of expert modeling this entails? Component lvl, Circuit Lvl, Function Lvl, Paint Job lvl? Uhe's component lvl modeling seems to be my preference, though mostly I don't get the vintage modeling thing at all. Cool for those that do though.

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