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by d.a.wilson
31/03/2010 - 18:58
Forum: General Conversation
Topic: Free 70 Mbyte Kontakt Multisample of 70 Year Old Polysynth!!
Replies: 2
Views: 1350

Re: Free 70 Mbyte Kontakt Multisample of 70 Year Old Polysynth!!

Just the ticket! Thanks for that. And it's not lost on me that I can fire these samples recorded of an early synth from an early computer with MIDI facilities - my 64. Isn't it great when the true golden oldies can still shine and genuinely impress?! ...Er, Kontakt format you say. Before I download...
by d.a.wilson
28/03/2010 - 17:44
Forum: General Conversation
Topic: Free 70 Mbyte Kontakt Multisample of 70 Year Old Polysynth!!
Replies: 2
Views: 1350

Free 70 Mbyte Kontakt Multisample of 70 Year Old Polysynth!!

Novachord 346 can be seen in all her glory here - this is the UK's only 70 year old 1/4 ton, 163 tube Novachord - the world's first Polyphonic Synthesizer costing $1800 in 1939 - ie. nearly $100,000 in todays money! I have returned this 72 note polyphonic beast tube synth to working order and then w...
by d.a.wilson
03/01/2010 - 18:07
Forum: General Conversation
Topic: Novachord 346 - The Worlds 1st Polyphonic Synth from 1939!
Replies: 42
Views: 10373

Re: Novachord 346 - The Worlds 1st Polyphonic Synth from 1939!

We made a quick, off the cuff, video of the 1/4 ton beast in action on New Years Day:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhx0C-zK4wU

A professional IPTV mini-documentary and a magazine article for two major music magazines are planned later in the year but details are a little sketchy at the moment.
by d.a.wilson
22/11/2009 - 17:47
Forum: General Conversation
Topic: Novachord 346 - The Worlds 1st Polyphonic Synth from 1939!
Replies: 42
Views: 10373

Re: Novachord 346 - The Worlds 1st Polyphonic Synth from 1939!

I've been playing with her "Resonators" today... I just adore the sound of the filters on this ancient monster.... :shock: http://www.last.fm/music/D.A.Wilson/_/Novachord+Filter+Morphing...?autostart You can keep up with the restoration thread here: http://www.vintagesynth.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=...
by d.a.wilson
21/11/2009 - 10:56
Forum: General Conversation
Topic: Novachord 346 - The Worlds 1st Polyphonic Synth from 1939!
Replies: 42
Views: 10373

Re: Novachord 346 - The Worlds 1st Polyphonic Synth from 1939!

Well... is this something you have a part of then? http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2009/11/19/the-hammond-novachord-a-polyphonic-analog-synth-from-1939-goes-virtual/#more-18571 Urm... maybe :) And then if yes; is this why we only get "Chords" from it for free? :lol: Hmmm... some people are never ...
by d.a.wilson
21/11/2009 - 0:01
Forum: General Conversation
Topic: Novachord 346 - The Worlds 1st Polyphonic Synth from 1939!
Replies: 42
Views: 10373

Re: Novachord 346 - The Worlds 1st Polyphonic Synth from 1939!

Because I love this scene so much.... here are a series of chords I made for all you budding Amiga and C64 remixers made on my 70 year old synth!!!..... :shock:

http://www.last.fm/music/D.A.Wilson/_/N ... ?autostart

They will need some tuning following sampling.... have fun :)
by d.a.wilson
15/11/2009 - 10:53
Forum: General Conversation
Topic: Novachord 346 - The Worlds 1st Polyphonic Synth from 1939!
Replies: 42
Views: 10373

Re: Novachord 346 - The Worlds 1st Polyphonic Synth from 1939!

I provided Hollow Sun with the first raw material yesterday evening as a "dry run" to try and determine the best way to approach sampling this beast - they have assembled the first test patch - here is a demo of it :) http://www.hollowsun.com/novachord/Novachord%20demo1.mp3 SAMPLE NOVACHORD "BAIL CH...
by d.a.wilson
14/11/2009 - 22:05
Forum: General Conversation
Topic: Novachord 346 - The Worlds 1st Polyphonic Synth from 1939!
Replies: 42
Views: 10373

Re: IMG I Got A Novachord - The Worlds 1st Polyphonic Synth!!

SOME NEWS THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU ALL!! http://matrixsynth.blogspot.com/2009/11/hollow-sun-novachord-sample-library.html My demo montage has been edited and extended: http://www.hollowsun.com/novachord/Novachord_346_Demo_Montage.mp3 I' m still struggling to come to terms with the shock of hearing a ...
by d.a.wilson
10/11/2009 - 21:56
Forum: General Conversation
Topic: Novachord 346 - The Worlds 1st Polyphonic Synth from 1939!
Replies: 42
Views: 10373

Re: IMG I Got A Novachord - The Worlds 1st Polyphonic Synth!!

The run time is up to around 4 hours now and I've updated my Novachord demo "Montage" with a couple of extra sounds I dialled up with a demo of her filter stages towards the end. http://www.last.fm/music/D.A.Wilson/_/Novachord%2B346%2BDemo%2BMontage%2B%25231c?autostart I really need to address an an...
by d.a.wilson
09/11/2009 - 18:56
Forum: General Conversation
Topic: Novachord 346 - The Worlds 1st Polyphonic Synth from 1939!
Replies: 42
Views: 10373

Re: IMG I Got A Novachord - The Worlds 1st Polyphonic Synth!!

:D THE 70 YEAR OLD BEAST IS BACK IN THE LAND OF THE LIVING!!! :D I am utterly gobsmacked by this 1/4 ton monster from 1939.... here is a quick demo I made only a few hours after powering it up for the first time after roughly tuning it: http://www.last.fm/music/D.A.Wilson/_/Novachord%2B346%2B-%2BDem...
by d.a.wilson
30/10/2009 - 21:33
Forum: General Conversation
Topic: Novachord 346 - The Worlds 1st Polyphonic Synth from 1939!
Replies: 42
Views: 10373

Re: IMG I Got A Novachord - The Worlds 1st Polyphonic Synth!!

The way in which this Novachord is made, it actually is a strange form of an early "stringer machine" like the Solina or Eminent 310 Unique... I bet almost all stringer machines used that octave divider technology back then... the most notable and weird about the Novachord is (to me) that it has fo...
by d.a.wilson
30/10/2009 - 21:30
Forum: General Conversation
Topic: Novachord 346 - The Worlds 1st Polyphonic Synth from 1939!
Replies: 42
Views: 10373

Re: IMG I Got A Novachord - The Worlds 1st Polyphonic Synth!!

This is an absolute gem of a thread, congratulations on purchasing one of the most important pieces of synthesis history, and i wish you the best of luck with it. Btw, those mp3 clips are absolutely divine. Many thanks for this - I've had a load of very positive comments in the last few weeks which...
by d.a.wilson
30/10/2009 - 21:25
Forum: General Conversation
Topic: Novachord 346 - The Worlds 1st Polyphonic Synth from 1939!
Replies: 42
Views: 10373

Re: IMG I Got A Novachord - The Worlds 1st Polyphonic Synth!!

Btw, Wikipedia still says "By 1976, the first true music synthesizers to offer polyphony had begun to appear". This must be mended. OK - I've added a paragraph that should make it pretty clear that the Novachord was the first polyphonic synth :) My new HT transformers are due to turn up on Tuesday ...
by d.a.wilson
28/10/2009 - 21:27
Forum: General Conversation
Topic: Novachord 346 - The Worlds 1st Polyphonic Synth from 1939!
Replies: 42
Views: 10373

Re: IMG I Got A Novachord - The Worlds 1st Polyphonic Synth!!

The Beast arrived two weeks ago (and it really IS a beast!) and generally it's in -amazing- condition considering it's 70 years old! Just a quick run down on the specs for those who don't know: Worlds 1st Polyphonic Analog Subtractive Synth, built in 1939! 1/4 ton 163 valves (tubes) 72 note polyphon...
by d.a.wilson
03/08/2009 - 12:06
Forum: General Conversation
Topic: Novachord 346 - The Worlds 1st Polyphonic Synth from 1939!
Replies: 42
Views: 10373

Re: IMG I Got A Novachord - The Worlds 1st Polyphonic Synth!!

WOW! I'm pretty amazed about the "device" itself but the sound examples are fantastic, too. Do you know if there's any post processing done to the examples? (The video is pretty impressive and interesting, too) In answer to both RK and LM there were tons of delay, chorus and reverb applied. This is...