MATRIXSYNTH: ConBrio ADS200 lightshow

Monday, November 05, 2007

ConBrio ADS200 lightshow



ConBrio ADS200 lightshow II

YouTubes via bdufdiskc. via Brandon Daniel in the comments of this post.

"Control panel lightshow on a ConBrio ADS200 digital FM/Additive synthesizer, taken at the 10th Vintage Computer Festival" Listen closely and you will hear that it has 64 notes of polyphony with 16 oscillators per note. This means you could have up to 1024 oscillators at once back in 1978 or shortly after. :)

For those that want real audio, word from an anonymous reader is that it is not 100% yet, so there was no audio actually coming from the synth - just recordings playing in the background.

Update via Devo in the comments:
"Just wanted to clarify... The sound that was heard of the Con Brio at the VCFX this weekend WAS indeed coming from the synth itself. It is true that the synth isn't 100% functional (yet), but the parts that need to be made "whole" still, are the connection from the keyboards to the "brain" (mostly), which will be sorted out soon, hopefully. The sounds that were heard consisted of existing sequences on the original 8" floppys, coupled with existing sound-patches from the same orig. disks (of which, the OS is derived). BTW: the Con Brio sounds as good (or, dare I say, BETTER) than it looks. Awesome! I hope this info helps. Much kudos to all (past and present) involved! "

6 comments:

  1. actually, that's 64 voice polyphony, 16 operators/oscillators per voice. It's massively multitimbral too, though I don't recall the exact number of simultaneous timbres.

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  2. Thanks brandon, I thought something wasn't quite right when I was typing that.

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  3. I wish John Bowen would have modeled his new synth UI after the Con Brio.

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  4. It looks like it belongs in Dr. McCoys medical lab. Sweeeet damn synth!

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  5. Just wanted to clarify... The sound that was heard of the Con Brio at the VCFX this weekend WAS indeed coming from the synth itself. It is true that the synth isn't 100% functional (yet), but the parts that need to be made "whole" still, are the connection from the keyboards to the "brain" (mostly), which will be sorted out soon, hopefully. The sounds that were heard consisted of existing sequences on the original 8" floppys, coupled with existing sound-patches from the same orig. disks (of which, the OS is derived). BTW: the Con Brio sounds as good (or, dare I say, BETTER) than it looks. Awesome! I hope this info helps. Much kudos to all (past and present) involved!

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  6. There was even live sound coming off the synth, but MOST of the demos (to save time) I had prerecorded the best of the sounds and sequences we found on the disks. However we did sometimes load stuff off the disks and play it in real time at the show. Hopefully, we'll meet up again and get the keyboards and screen running perfectly later this month. Sound files and stuff coming soon, I wanna do a whole Con Brio webpage if anyone is good at that...

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