MATRIXSYNTH: The Optigan Archives Vol. 1 Sample DVD-R!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Optigan Archives Vol. 1 Sample DVD-R!

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"This video features a series of very simple demos of sounds from the Optigan Archives Vol. 1 Sample DVD-R, compared with their related sounds from the Optigan/Orchestron/Talentmaker sample CD. (Please see for an infomercial for that CD.)

This is an exclusive set of loops and keyboard samples culled from the original Optigan/Orchestron studio master reels.

While the Optigan itself always sounded very lo-fi due to the limitations of its optical-soundtrack technology, the original master tapes retain their hi-fi sound quality (albeit in mono).

The Optigan master reels are a vast archive of early 1970s era musical building blocks, covering a wide range of popular styles from the period. Ultimately, only a small portion of this material ever made it onto production Optigan discs. For this initial collection of samples, I'm focusing on that small portion and related out-takes. Future volumes in this series will comprise entirely unfamiliar material- out-takes which never saw the light of day on any Optigan disc.

To find out more information about this DVD-R, and to place an order, please visit"


  1. Cool! Two banjo posts in a row!

    /kidding, kidding :o)

  2. About 12 years ago, I had a long running correspondence with the guy who is selling this DVD. I had the first Optigan site up on the web, he put together one which eventually became when he bought the rights to the name, bought all the old master tapes, etc. He is a great guy and very thorough so you'll get your money's worth from anything you buy from him.

  3. The sounds were recorded at EMI studio in Cologne, Germany.

  4. Birdflu, I remember your old shojo site fondly. ;-)


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