Instrument Quotes

Artist feedback on our instruments

Ashley Slater - Oddity

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"I couldn't live without my Oddity and I could bang on about how brilliant the filters are ( I love the way they close at the end of a note) and other boring shit, but the truth is it sounds fat and mental and i love it."

Ashley Slater (Big Lounge, Freakpower, FatBoy Slim)

Richard Barbieri - impOSCar

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"The original Oscar was one of only a few analogue synths that I never had the pleasure of playing but after only an hour or so with the impOSCar it's pretty clear that I missed out on a great synth.

This is a programmer's dream, a real variety of sounds are possible ranging from pure evolving textures to hard driven and modulated lead lines. The LFO section is one of the most natural sounding on a soft synth and the effects are a welcome bonus. A modern classic."

Richard Barbieri (Japan, Porcupine Tree)

Mikey Rowe

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The M Tron Pro and it's expansion packs are completely believable and as authentic as they come. I've used these on many records and on tour  - I couldn't do without them in my arsenal of sounds'.

Mikey Rowe (Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Mick Jagger, Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, Elli Ingram, Bill Fay, FSOL, Amorphous Androgynous, Nas).

 

Billy Currie - VSM

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"Receiving the VSM coincided nicely with the start of my new album and I was looking forward to it because I thought it was a great idea to have all these instruments together. I also felt like working with just the piano and string synth for coming up with ideas. Something I used to do in the past, especially when working with a band.

It was amazing to hear the Elka Rhapsody again and the Yamaha SS-30 but it is also good to hear all the other ones that are in there. I always loved the Oberheim sound so I have utilised the Xpander sounds.

The Solina was an instrument I didn't really get on with in the seventies, too silky, but interesting to go back to now!

I do admit though that I did not have a great relationship with the Yamaha SS-30 initially. Yamaha gave the gear to Ultravox in 1979-80 so I didn't say "No thanks". I must admit it does sound flipping brilliant in the VSM though - Nice One!"

Billy Currie (Ultravox)

Paul Hartnol - impOSCar

"I love the impOSCar it captures the sound of the OSCar perfectly, which is one of my favourite mono synths. I have loads of soft synths but only a handful that I turn to on a regular basis, the imposcar being one of them.

Like the OSCar it is unique, nothing else sounds quite like it, but to have it with the addition of polyphony and all the other modern improvements that the impOSCar has is brilliant."

Paul Hartnol (Orbital & Solo Artist)

MusicTech Magazine - M-Tron Pro

"M-Tron Pro is a virtual instrument that is packed with character and boasts the most comprehensive set of Melly tape banks we've ever seen. If you like your sounds dark, dirty and lo-fi, then the M-Tron Pro is a must." CHOICE AWARD."

MusicTech Magazine

John Foxx

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"From the moment this thing opened it had the sound - all the edge, aggression, shape shifting, traumatic, electronic, miasmatic, destructive, inter-dimensional presence of an Odyssey at its peak. Power, disgrace and cruel, supple beauty. A stupendous ingenious feat of digital programming architecture.

Lots of assets, agents and extras - and true meaty fx for more sonic mutation of the right kind.

A proper instrument. You can ride it like a tidal wave. With confidence. Now these things have become antiques, you'd have to remortgage to assemble the vintage gear to reproduce this sound from its original sources - valve amp, analogue flanger, Space Echo, etc. Then there's ongoing maintenance.

Here it is in transferable digits. Immoral and surreal, like downloading 1979, but less of a liability."

John Foxx (Electronic Music pioneer)

Terry Lawless - M-Tron Pro

"The M-Tron Pro is a vast improvement on the original M-Tron (which I loved)."

Terry Lawless (Keyboardist/Programmer: U2, Bruce Springsteen)

Dave Brinkworth - OptiTron Expansion

"Can be fun & can get you into deep shit .... that's the thing about time machines, and that's what Ilove about the M-Tron Pro with the OptiTron Expansion Pack.....you know when you start to mess with it, you never know where you're going to end up."

Dave Brinkworth (Harmonic 33, Kula Shaker, Azymuth)

Futurecut Productions

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"We use Oddity and M-Tron almost every day on tracks including LDN / Knock-em Out - Lily Allen and Wannabe - Dizzee Rascal"

Futurecut Productions