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UFO 61 is a vintage five-octave electronic organ from Italian instrument maker Viscount. Built in the 1970s, this simple synthesizer has a smooth, quaint tone with a warm, pleasantly fuzzy texture. Like many early suitcase organs and portable synths that proliferated during the era, it has just a few core instrument voices, a single speaker, simple rhythm box and a basic selection of classic organ controls. The 1970s saw an explosion of dozens of one-off and small label synthesizers coming out of southern and eastern Europe, especially in Italy. These pioneers in electronic musical instruments popularized synthesizers and brought the sound into the mainstream through both popular music and popular television and film soundtracks. While that heyday ended just as quickly by the mid-1980's with a wave of major brand consolidation and a collapse of the analog synth market with the arrival of cheaper and lighter digital keyboards, the golden age of analogue synths has left us with a whole galaxy of unique and rare instruments with a soul and personality that can't (or won't) be replicated any time soon in the modern digital or plugin synthesizer realm. The subtle and not-so-subtle limitations, flaws and exploratory nature of instruments like the UFO 61 make them both essential and uniquely capable of capturing the aesthetics and cultural moment of the 1970s. They're just the ticket for classic sci fi soundtracks, electronic music and anything that needs a hint of mellow retro flavor.
We've packed the GUI with lots of sound-shaping controls that give you the flexibility to warp the sound in many ways. You have control over Volume, Attack, Release, Transient Offset, Vibrato and Octave layering. The "Glide" control slider allows you to play legato and portamento leads. You'll also find an adaptable LFO system, with selectable LFO shape, modulation target parameter, speed, intensity, tempo-syncing and fade-in time. You can also apply your choice of 13 lowpass, high-pass and FX filter, with assignable modulation con-trol options, including velocity, modwheel, expression, after-touch, key position and step-sequencer table control. You can also use our customizable arpeggiator, with a built-in velocity sequencer table and control over arp direction, note timing, swing, randomization and duration.