A Classic 60s/70s Synth Lives Again With A Modern Twist!
“Synthophone“ has been accurately sampled to behave just like the original unit, the classic Stylophone, capturing each note in all three registers, including noises for the stylus tap and release, with the ability to mix and choose between MIC input and LINE input sources giving further tonal versatility.
This was just the beginning however!
Sampleso have harnessed the unique power of modern sampling and audio manipulation techniques to take this instrument way beyond it’s original design, including all of the following features:
- A Unique Kontakt engine interface.
- Flat & Intuitive Design.
- Sampleso original and inspiring effects Morpher.
- 2 LFO’s and 2 advanced step sequencers.
- Advanced Key-switch function.
- 128 Factory Presets + Presets easy tags navigation.
- “Light weight” Instrument (85mb only).
- 18 Fx included and many more features.
You’ll find a place for this sample library in retro, chiptune, EDM, sound design and even cinematic tracks!
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A Brief History Of The Original & Classic Stylophone Synth
The Stylophone is a miniature analog stylus operated keyboard and Sampleso’s source for the “Synthophone” was an original 60’s Stylophone.
Invented in 1967 by Brian Jarvis, it entered production in 1968, manufactured by Dubreq. It consisted of a metal keyboard played by touching it with a stylus—each note being connected to a voltage-controlled oscillator via a different-value resistor—thus closing a circuit. The only other controls were a power switch and a vibrato control on the front panel beside the keyboard, and a tuning control on the rear.
Some three million Stylophones were sold, mostly as children’s toys, but were occasionally used by professional musicians including David Bowie, Kraftwerk, Tony Visconti and They Might Be Giants.
The Stylophone was available in three variants: standard, bass, and treble, the standard one being by far the most common. There was also a larger version called the 350S with more notes on the keyboard, various voices, a novel ‘wah-wah’ effect that was controlled by moving one’s hand over a photo-sensor, and two styluses.
In the mid-1970s a new model appeared which featured pseudo-wood on the speaker panel and a volume control. This was shortly before the Stylophone ceased production altogether in 1975.
128 Inspiring Presets & Total Control In One Stylish Package!
The main interface is fixed and is always displayed at the top of the instrument. The knobs and faders on the main interface let you sculpt the basic sound of the Synthophone and give you the following options:
- LO CUT – Sets the low-cut filter frequency for the noise.
- NOISE – Controls the volume of the white noise.
- HI CUT – Sets the high cut filter frequency for the noise.
- TAP – Controls the volume of the stylus tap noise.
- UP – Controls the volume of the stylus release noise.
- REG 1-3 – Control the volume of the individual registers.
- MIC/LINE – This fader controls the volume for the microphone and line input source.
All the controls in the main interface can be assigned a MIDI CC with a simple right-click (The only parameter that cannot be Midi assigned is the Fast/Slow switch).
“Synthophone” comes loaded with 128 presets that Sampleso has created to get you started right out of the box. You can save your own presets into the preset page. Each preset page holds up to 28 presets and the instrument can have up to 50 pages.
A preset is saved with its own user tag and category and while browsing, you can filter the preset list by selecting one or multiple filters. Select one of the tags and/or categories to narrow your preset list. You can also check the buttons beneath the individual parameters (Keys, Glide, LFO, PRG, Step, Morph) to view presets that either feature or don’t feature that parameter.
Synthophone lets you save the state of all its parameters to seven key-switches. This flexible keyswitching system essentially lets you have seven completely different sounds in one preset that you can switch on the fly.
Each keyswitch can be as different or as subtle as you wish, giving you complete control over the interface. The keyswitches are laid out from C -1 to B -1 and can change every parameter in the Glide, ADSR, LFO, Arpeggio, Step sequencer, Effects Morpher, Filter and various FX.
Shape, Sequence & Mangle To Your Hearts Content!
LFO SHAPE PRESETS
The Synthophone features two LFOs. Each LFO features a number of controls that will allow you to alter the following parameters:
- SPEED – This lets you set the speed of the LFO.
- IN/OUT – These three faders let you fade the LFO depth in and out.
- HOLD – Slide the Hold fader to the left to determine how long the LFO will hold before starting to fade out.
- VOL – This lets you control how much the LFO will affect the volume.
- PAN – This lets you control how much the LFO will affect the Panning.
- DIST – This lets you control how much the LFO will affect the Distortion amount.
- CUTOFF/RESO – Click the small On/Off button to enable cutoff and resonance modulation for the LFO.
Synthophone features a flexible yet simple to use arpeggio section featuring the following controls:
- SPEED – This lets you set the speed of the arpeggiator.
- ORDER – You can choose the order in which the arpeggiator plays the notes.
- LENGTH – Drag the length fader to set the note length.
- STEPS – This lets you determine the length of the sequence.
Synthophone features two independent step sequencers that much like the LFO section, let you modulate Volume, Pan, Distortion amount, Cuttoff, and Resonance. However, as apposed to the LFO, it modulates them using steps.
The Effects Morpher lets you create movements in your sounds by controlling various parameters with an editable modulator shape. Each of the six available modulators can control one of the following parameters:
- Filter Cutoff
- Filter Resonance
- Formant Filter Frequency
- Formant Filter Sharpness
- Lo-Fi Bit Depth
- Lo-Fi Bit Frequency
- Stereo Enhancer Pan
- Delay Input Gain
- Reverb Input Gain
- Distortion Drive
- Chorus Dry/Wet
- Rotary Dry/Wet
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So What Exactly Can I Do With “Synthophone”?
The classic Stylophone is of course best remembered as a well loved children’s toy, but it’s cultural influence has been felt ever since thanks to it’s use in iconic tunes from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s by artists such as David Bowie, Kraftwerk, Tony Visconti and They Might Be Giants!
This modern update by Sampleso takes the original instrument and extends it’s capabilities beyond recognition. The sheer amount of possible shaping and FX combinations that are possible within this Kontakt based library will lend it to many interesting and varied musical uses including:
- Alternative Rock/Pop
- 8-bit chip tunes
- Sound Design
The possibilities are almost limitless!
Note: Requires the Full Retail version of Kontakt 5.5.1 or above (NOT compatible with the free Kontakt Player)
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- Absolute no-brainer at 71% off the normal price (normally €35)!
- 87mb installed.
- 199 Samples.
- 128 Factory Presets + Presets easy tags navigation to get you started right out of the box.
- A unique Kontakt engine interface with a Flat & Intuitive Design.
- Sampleso Effects Morpher – Create crazy movements in your sounds by controlling various parameters with an editable modulator shape.
- 2 LFO’s and 2 advanced step sequencers for unparalleled sound manipulation.
- An advanced Key-switch function that lets you have seven completely different sounds in one preset that you can switch on the fly.
- 18 high quality effects including Lo-fi, Distortion, Stereo Enhancer, Chrus, Phaser, Delay, Compressor and Reverb.
- Note: Requires the Full Retail version of Kontakt 5.5.1 or above (NOT compatible with the free Kontakt Player)
- Perfect for Electronica, Pop, Alternative Rock, 8-bit chip tunes, Sound Design and much, much more!
What People Think About 71% off “Synthophone” by Sampleso
"Overall, a very impressive emulation that captures a unique sounding miniature instrument with the functionality of the Kontakt engine and effects. With Synthophone’s unique sound generation, it works really well for retro, chiptune-style sounds but could blend in quite nicely with some EDM or hybrid cinematic sounds."
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