M-Audio is now shipping GForce’s virtual models of four vintage synthesizer classics: Oddity, Minimonsta, impOSCar and M-Tron. All four virtual vintage instruments are Mac and Windows compatible and can operate in either stand-alone mode or with VST 2.0 (including VSTi), RTAS, or AU hosts.
The Oddity is an emulation of the classic ARP Odyssey synthesizer popularized by artists as diverse as Herbie Hancock, Styx, Tangerine Dream, Ultravox and Portishead. This vintage synth has been brought back to life in all of its glory, including dual VCOs with sync and pulse-width modulation, monophonic or duophonic control, noise generator, ring modulation, sample/hold, 4-pole 24dB/octave resonant low-pass filter, high-pass filter, VCA, AR and ADSR envelopes and more. Modern improvements include full programmability featuring 384 pre-programmed sounds, the ability to morph between presets, MIDI Continuous Controller support, automation and host-syncable LFOs. GForce’s unique Flying Slider feature also allows users to throw a slider to the minimum or maximum setting with the flick of a mouse.
Mac requirements for the Oddity are a PowerMac G4, 128MB, and Mac OS X. Windows requirements are Pentium III 300MHz, 64MB, and Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, or XP. The Oddity retails for USD $129.95 MSRP.
The Minimonsta is an emulation of the classic Minimoog that was at the forefront of the analog synth revolution and made famous by artists like Jan Hammer, Rick Wakeman, Keith Emerson, Chick Corea, Gary Numan and Kraftwerk. Every component has been modeled with three VCOs, pink/white noise generator, famous Moog 4-pole 24dB/octave low-frequency VCF, two ADSRs, external input, mixer, glide and more. The Minimonsta sets itself apart from the original with additional ADSR and LFO that can route to just about any parameter and be controlled from any MIDI source. There’s also a built-in delay function for an instant spacey effect on any patch.
The Minimonsta also features full programmability, and includes 6,000+ pre-programmed sounds. There are four trigger modes: mono, poly, unison and legato. All parameters on the Minimonsta map to standard MIDI Continuous Controllers as well, so you can record parameter changes into a sequencer or get your hands on the knobs and switches via hardware for a more tactile experience.
Minimonsta minimum requirements on the Mac are PowerMac G4 1.25GHz, 128MB, and Mac OS X. Windows requirements are Pentium IV 1GHz, 64MB, Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, or XP. Minimonsta sells for USD $199.95 MSRP.
The impOSCar is a reproduction of the classic OSCar synthesizer used by artists including Stevie Wonder, Billie Currie (Ultravox), BT, Keith Emerson and Geoff Downes (Yes and Asia).
Distinctive for its early digital oscillators with Additive Wave Matrix, dual filters, multiple triggering modes, numerous filter types, and on-board sequencer, this vintage synth mod includes built-in effects, polyphony, automation support and preset memories.
The impOSCar comes with over 500 designer patches programmed by musicians such as Billy Currie (Ultravox), Mark Moore (S-Express), Rick Smith (Underworld), Lee Groves (Basement Jaxx, Terminalhead), Tim Dorney (Republica) and OSCar sound designer Paul Wiffen.
impOSCar minimum requirements on the Mac are PowerMac G4, 64MB, and Mac OS X. Windows requirements are Pentium III 500MHz, 64MB, and Windows 98, 98SE, Me, 2000, or XP. impOSCar is available for an MSRP of USD $129.95.
The M-Tron is an emulation of the classic Mellotron that artists such as The Beatles, Yes, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, King Crimson and The Moody Blues relied upon long before polyphonic synths and digital samplers appeared. The M-Tron includes over 2.5GB of strings, choir, flutes, brass, mandolins, oboes, vibes, and more. As with the original, there are no loop points. Original features of volume, tone and pitch controls are supplemented by modern updates in the form of attack and release envelopes and automation support.
Mac requirements are PowerMac G3 with 64MB RAM and Mac OS X. M-Tron carries an MSRP of USD $129.95. Windows requires an Intel Pentium II 300MHz with 96MB RAM and Windows 98, 98SE, Me, 2000, and XP.
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