If you’re an admirer of the dramatic synth harmonies from electronic music masterminds such as Jean-Michel Jarre, Vangelis and Tangerine Dream, this nimble new analogue synth will prove to be a sonic treat. Unveiled this year from the mysterious Black Corporation, the compact ‘Deckard’s Dream’ effortlessly reproduces the warm, glossy analogue sounds that both sci-fi and synth enthusiasts have come to know and love.
Debuting at California’s annual NAMM Show, the Deckard’s Dream, affectionately named after Rick Deckard of Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi epic Blade Runner, derives much of it’s DNA from the classic Yamaha CS-80, a synth used religiously in the eighties by icons such as David Bowie, Gary Numan and Brian Eno. The synth offers polyphony of up to 8 voices, with waveform shaping parameters to help you find your desired tone. In addition, the instrument also offers a variety of software compatibility options, such as MIDI out, USB and a VST/AU editor. Finally, for the most dedicated of synthesists, a DIY kit is available for the synth, allowing the user to get among the guts of the machine.
With such a small instrument emulating some of the fattest sounds from the late 70’s early 80’s, it’s safe to say that analogue enthusiasts are in for a blast. Watch the NAMM demo for the Deckard’s Dream below.