M-Audio Ships Four Authentic Vintage Keyboard Emulations

June 8, 2005

All of GForce's models are incredibly faithful renditions of the originals—with modern enhancements. In previous limited distribution, the M-Tron, Oddity and impOSCar received widespread critical acclaim from both the press and the stars that relied on the real thing. M-Audio's distribution deal also allows these products to come to market at an even more affordable price than previously possible. The new additions to the line feature this same combination of realism, attention to detail, and value as well. These incredibly authentic-sounding software models of classic synths have no peers in either hardware or software.

The Oddity is a meticulous emulation of the classic ARP Odyssey synthesizer popularized by artists as diverse as Herbie Hancock, Styx, Tangerine Dream, Ultravox and Portishead. This legendary 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.

While the Oddity has gleaned critical acclaim from quite a number of pros and publications, perhaps the most telling kudos come from David Friend, the co-founder of ARP Instruments and lead designer of the Odyssey: "You guys did a fantastic job of getting every detail right, including incorporating some features that we couldn't have even dreamed of at the time. Having [an Odyssey] completely emulated in software is really the ultimate! Thanks for this wonderful labor of love."

The Minimonsta is an expert 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 faithfully modeled with stunning realism: 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 improves on 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.

Of course, the Minimonsta also features full programmability, and includes a whopping 6000+ pre-programmed sounds right out of the box spanning the gamut of possibilities. There's even a unique morphing feature called "Melohman" that allows users to map 12 presets to an octave of keys and morph between them in real time by playing that octave.

The Minimonsta also delivers something else that tons of musicians have always wanted from their Minimoogs—polyphony. There are actually 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.

The impOSCar is an authentic reproduction of the classic OSCar synthesizer used by artists including Stevie Wonder, Billie Currie (Ultravox), BT, Keith Emerson and Geoff Downes (Yes and Asia).

Unique for its early digital oscillators with Additive Wave Matrix, dual filters, multiple triggering modes, numerous filter types, and on-board sequencer, this rare and legendary vintage synth has been faithfully reproduced to the last detail—along with some new innovations such as built-in effects, polyphony, automation support, and preset memories.

Not only does the impOSCar have programmability that was never possible on the original OSCar, it comes with over 500 designer patches programmed by world-class musicians who really know their way around this synth—Billy Currie (Ultravox), Mark Moore (S-Express), Rick Smith (Underworld), Lee Groves (Basement Jaxx, Terminalhead), Tim Dorney (Republica) and Paul Wiffen—the original OSCar sound designer and OSCar programmer to Stevie Wonder and Jean-Michel Jarre.

The impOSCar has already won numerous awards including Keyboard's Key Buy, FutureMusic's Platinum, Music Tech's Recommended, Computer Music Editor's Choice and Computer Music's Performance.

The M-Tron is an incredible 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. In fact, its sound still has a cool gritty quality that is highly desired amidst all of today's pristine digital technology. 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, giving the instrument a unique playing characteristic in addition to its already distinctive sound. Original features of volume, tone and pitch controls are supplemented by modern updates in the form of attack and release envelopes and automation support.

For more information, visit www.m-audio.com.

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