MATRIXSYNTH: E-MU EMULATOR II Sampling Synthesizer (1984) Steppin`Out & The Story Behind Retrosound

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

E-MU EMULATOR II Sampling Synthesizer (1984) Steppin`Out & The Story Behind Retrosound

Published on Nov 20, 2019 RetroSound

"(c) 2019 vintage synthesizer demo by RetroSound
supported by UVI:

all synthesizer sounds: E-MU #EMULATOR II #Sampling #Synthesizer (1984)
drums: Roland TR-707 (1985)
recording: multi-track, also I used the EIIs internal sequencer for recording
fx: reverb and delay

instrumental cover of Joe Jackson´s wonderful track Steppin`Out from the year 1982"


I've been waiting for Retrosound's next video to share the following sent my way via Soviet Space Child. I'm not on Instagram myself, so I missed it. The cover above "Steppin' Out" is just a nice coincidence. :)

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The Story behind RetroSound: Most of you know my synthesizers, but very little about the person behind them, today there are some personal sentences from me. I grew up in the former GDR. Until I was 18 years old, I only knew synthesizers from the western tv. As teenager, I heard the music of Depeche Mode, Human League, Yazoo, Pink Floyd and Genesis. But the soundscapes of Vangelis and Jean-Michel Jarre also found their way into my ear. The first synthesizer sounds I probably perceived while secretly listening to the ELO album from my dad. As kid and teenager, I always dream of a bunch of synthesizers like my musical heroes did. There were no pictures of Playboy on my wall, like some of my age, but badly copied photographs of synths from western tv. I knew that it would only be a dream, because there was no legal way to leave the GDR. And I did not want to leave her either. Everything changed in 1989 and what nobody could ever expect became reality. Suddenly the objects of desire moved within range, but the necessary money was missing. It was not until 1998 that I bought my first synthesizer from my long and hard saved money. It was the Clavia Nord Modular. I plunged madly on the device and programmed sounds day and night. Then Clavia became aware of me in Sweden and so one thing came to another. From then on, countless of my sounds were found among the Nord Modular / Micro Modular factory sounds. That motivated me to do more. Then the Roland Juno-60 came into the house, my dream synth of the 80s and still my favorite. I had not much money, so I bought old synthesizers and restored them. Well at some point I had realized my childhood dream yet. Today I work as a freelance sound designer for UVI. I compose soundscapes for documentary films and advise musicians all over the world. And maybe some of you know my RetroSound Vintage Synthesizer Channel on YouTube. Since 2007 with demo tracks, sounds. What happened exactly 30 years ago has taken my whole life in a completely different direction. I'm very happy about that. 🙌 . #mauerfall #30jahremauerfall #neunternovember #DDR #wiedervereinigung #retrosound #synth #synthesizer #GDR #germany #1989 #mauerfall30

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