Cherry Audio Releases VM900 Collection for Voltage Modular!

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cherryDan
KVRist
292 posts since 1 Oct, 2018

Post Thu Oct 14, 2021 9:18 am

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With the sound, look, and feel that started it all, the Cherry Audio/MRB VM900 Collection delivers the audio and visual experience of the legendary 1960s and 1970s-era Moog 900-series modules with spine-tingling impact and accuracy. Every detail has been expertly reproduced, for a virtual window into the halcyon days of early analog synthesis. Award-winning synth designer Mark Barton’s (MRB) proprietary DSP coding reproduces each and every sonic nuance with unprecedented accuracy.

https://youtu.be/d9mEAoWa4e0

The VM900-series designs remain true to the originals, and have not been altered or updated to reflect modern trends. Panel layouts and operation have been preserved in order to present a one-to-one early analog experience like no other. From oscillator drift to warm mixer overdrive to painstakingly reproduced panel art, it’s all there. And with 27 modules, the Cherry Audio/MRB VM900 Collection represents all of the commonly produced 900-series modules, including the early 901-style and later 921-style oscillators, both in single and “ABBB” grouped module versions. The coveted 904 ladder filter is also included in lowpass and highpass versions as well as an “ABC” combo version with the 904C Coupler module for endless filter curve flavors. The famous CP3 Mixer includes both early and later circuit styles for vintage-correct overdrive or purer tones. We’ve also included a unique Keyboard/VCO Interface module that allows three-voice chordal “paraphonic” operation and three highly-adjustable independent glides.

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A classic modular system couldn't possibly be complete without the 960-series sequencer. Originally used by Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream, and Kraftwerk, this is the eight-stage step sequencer that set the standard, and we've replicated it exactly (along with the accompanying 962 Sequential Switch module). Actually, we added one extra feature - a 1/12 V quantized output for each sequence row, which greatly simplifies the creation of chromatic melodies.

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Perhaps the star of the show is the VM1630 Frequency Shifter. Notoriously difficult to properly emulate in software and hardware, Mark Barton's advanced DSP replicates every nuance of this incredible-sounding module. From subtle vibrato, to wild phaser-like tones, to ring modulation-style alien swoops and metallic clangs, the VM1630 absolutely nails the jaw-dropping sound of this rare and desirable classic.

The Cherry Audio/MRB VM900 Collection is simply a “must-have” module set for all purveyors of vintage analog synthesis. It’s a no-brainer for existing Voltage Modular users, and for new users, it’s fully compatible with our FREE Voltage Modular Nucleus Edition, with no operational limitations. The Cherry Audio/MRB VM900 Collection for Voltage Modular includes all 27 modules, plus hundreds of presets and variations, for a fraction of the cost of a vintage Moog modular - just $79 - less than $3 per module! - and it’s available now at the Cherry Audio store! A seven-day free trial of the VM900 Collection is also available.

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plexuss
KVRAF
4727 posts since 8 Jul, 2009

Post Thu Oct 14, 2021 10:19 am

lordy... just saw the utube video thumbnail and went to the store to check it out. $80 eh? ok... started the demo. Looking forward to messing around with VM900... I used to have a Model 15...

Examigan
KVRAF
6370 posts since 15 Sep, 2005 from East Coast of the USA

Post Thu Oct 14, 2021 3:28 pm

cherryDan wrote:
Thu Oct 14, 2021 9:18 am
With the sound, look, and feel that started it all, the Cherry Audio/MRB VM900 Collection delivers the audio and visual experience of the legendary 1960s and 1970s-era Moog 900-series modules with spine-tingling impact and accuracy.
Congrats on the release! :party:

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masterhiggins
KVRAF
2704 posts since 31 Dec, 2004 from People's Republic of Minnesota

Post Thu Oct 14, 2021 3:56 pm

Interested to see a side-by-side comparison to Pulsar Modular P900. If I have time I’ll download the demo. Otherwise, nbd.

briefcasemanx
KVRian
1063 posts since 28 Jul, 2006

Post Thu Oct 14, 2021 4:13 pm

New owners bought the Pulsar and hiked the price by like 500%. A comparison is fine, but it's pointless for most people, as most people aren't spending that amount of cash to buy the Pulsar at that mindblowing price. I'll download a demo of the Cherry modules, since they gave it a price that actually makes sense.

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masterhiggins
KVRAF
2704 posts since 31 Dec, 2004 from People's Republic of Minnesota

Post Thu Oct 14, 2021 4:23 pm

True. I haven’t played with pulsar for a while due to the insane price, but I remember it sounding gorgeous. I wonder how extensive the modeling actually went in the VM900. They’ve been spitting these new synths out like James Patterson puts out books. Even u-he takes a year or so at least.

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Arashi
KVRian
547 posts since 9 Apr, 2005 from Japan

Post Thu Oct 14, 2021 6:15 pm

Played with the VM900 demo for a few minutes and bought it right away. Sounds electric and chunky! At some point I'll do some comparisons with Moog Model 15 (which started out as an iOS app but now runs on Mac too) and Arturia Modular V, but that's really just for fun, as I already know I like the sound of VM900. Try "Fat Velo Bass"!
Stormchild

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Arashi
KVRian
547 posts since 9 Apr, 2005 from Japan

Post Thu Oct 14, 2021 9:11 pm

Tried matching "Fat Velo Bass" with Moog Model 15 (plugin) and Arturia Modular V3. Model 15 sounds pretty close. They're a bit different (could surely be tweaked further), but both sound really good and have a similar overall character. I couldn't get Arturia Modular V3 quite as close. It does sound decent (especially when driving the output with Soft Clip on), but different. Since VM900 and Model 15 sound similar (and are both much newer), it seems likely those ones are closer to the actual hardware.

I appreciate the fact that VM900 and Model 15 both stick very closely to the interface of the real modules. Makes it easier to share patches and understand the signal flow, and I was able to get Model 15 to sound very similar just by matching knob positions. The main differences in Model 15 are the lack of reverb module, and it doesn't seem to be possible to retrigger envelopes when playing overlapping notes (legato only).

Arturia's version takes more liberties with the UI, and lacks certain features like the linear/exponential switch on the amp. The filter is probably the weakest link. It doesn't sound bad, but lacks the oomph and character of VM900 and Model 15.

Anyway, I'll have to spend more time with it, but I really like what I'm hearing so far. Looks like VM900 is a winner.
Stormchild

sacer
KVRian
859 posts since 8 Jan, 2012 from frankfurt, Germany

Post Sat Dec 04, 2021 3:25 am

It sounds really nice, has someone compared it to pulsar ?

sacer
KVRian
859 posts since 8 Jan, 2012 from frankfurt, Germany

Post Sat Dec 04, 2021 3:28 am

cherryDan wrote:
Thu Oct 14, 2021 9:18 am
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With the sound, look, and feel that started it all, the Cherry Audio/MRB VM900 Collection delivers the audio and visual experience of the legendary 1960s and 1970s-era Moog 900-series modules with spine-tingling impact and accuracy. Every detail has been expertly reproduced, for a virtual window into the halcyon days of early analog synthesis. Award-winning synth designer Mark Barton’s (MRB) proprietary DSP coding reproduces each and every sonic nuance with unprecedented accuracy.

https://youtu.be/d9mEAoWa4e0

The VM900-series designs remain true to the originals, and have not been altered or updated to reflect modern trends. Panel layouts and operation have been preserved in order to present a one-to-one early analog experience like no other. From oscillator drift to warm mixer overdrive to painstakingly reproduced panel art, it’s all there. And with 27 modules, the Cherry Audio/MRB VM900 Collection represents all of the commonly produced 900-series modules, including the early 901-style and later 921-style oscillators, both in single and “ABBB” grouped module versions. The coveted 904 ladder filter is also included in lowpass and highpass versions as well as an “ABC” combo version with the 904C Coupler module for endless filter curve flavors. The famous CP3 Mixer includes both early and later circuit styles for vintage-correct overdrive or purer tones. We’ve also included a unique Keyboard/VCO Interface module that allows three-voice chordal “paraphonic” operation and three highly-adjustable independent glides.

Image

A classic modular system couldn't possibly be complete without the 960-series sequencer. Originally used by Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream, and Kraftwerk, this is the eight-stage step sequencer that set the standard, and we've replicated it exactly (along with the accompanying 962 Sequential Switch module). Actually, we added one extra feature - a 1/12 V quantized output for each sequence row, which greatly simplifies the creation of chromatic melodies.

Image

Perhaps the star of the show is the VM1630 Frequency Shifter. Notoriously difficult to properly emulate in software and hardware, Mark Barton's advanced DSP replicates every nuance of this incredible-sounding module. From subtle vibrato, to wild phaser-like tones, to ring modulation-style alien swoops and metallic clangs, the VM1630 absolutely nails the jaw-dropping sound of this rare and desirable classic.

The Cherry Audio/MRB VM900 Collection is simply a “must-have” module set for all purveyors of vintage analog synthesis. It’s a no-brainer for existing Voltage Modular users, and for new users, it’s fully compatible with our FREE Voltage Modular Nucleus Edition, with no operational limitations. The Cherry Audio/MRB VM900 Collection for Voltage Modular includes all 27 modules, plus hundreds of presets and variations, for a fraction of the cost of a vintage Moog modular - just $79 - less than $3 per module! - and it’s available now at the Cherry Audio store! A seven-day free trial of the VM900 Collection is also available.
I don’t see hundreds of presets

briefcasemanx
KVRian
1063 posts since 28 Jul, 2006

Post Sat Dec 04, 2021 5:56 am

I also would like to see a comparison with pulsar

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