Precisionsound has announced the release of D-85 in HALion, Kontakt, EXS24 and SoundFont compatible formats.
The Yamaha Electone D-85 is the source of sounds in Precisionsound's fourth volume of the Vintage Keyboard Collection. The D-85 was released in 1980 and designed as a home organ, a grandmas organ, for the "loaded" grandmas though, cause the price tag was around $10,000.
The D-85 is completely analog and uses a technique called PASS (Pulse Analog Synthesis System) developed for the legendary Electone GX-1 and later used in other Electone organs like the flagship of home organs of the time, the D-85. The sound of the D-85 is rich, warm, big and very much analog-synth and not so much typical organ'ish. The Gothic choir sound of the D-85 is unique and "Kraftwerk"-sounding. The strings and pads are rich and warm.
Precisionsound also programmed additional sound variations for EXS24, HALion and Kontakt by layering, filtering, etc. Based on the core sounds of the instrument, the already fat and organic sound becomes even more multi-textured and rich.
The built-in drum machine has a clearer more thin sound than, for example, the Ace Tone/Rolands, and the programming is a bit more progressive and odd in Precisionsound's opinion. All grooves were sampled at low tempos and with different mixes so you have hihats and cymbals separated from kick, snare, etc. All grooves and fills comes in both A, B and Mixed versions.
The D-85 SampleSet contains:
- 511 24-bit mono WAV samples of the instruments.
- 208 24-bit mono WAV grooves.
- 208 Rx2 files.
- 52 programs for Logic EXS24.
- 67 programs for HALion 1.1+.
- 71 programs for NI Kontakt 1+.
- 28 programs for SoundFont (16-bit) compatible software.
D-85 costs $39 (+$11 if you want it on DVD). All formats are included when you buy the SampleSet.