The classic sounds from the classic digital synthesizer used by Jean Michel Jarre on his 1988 album Revolutions. Over 1.4GB* of 24 bit sounds, perfectly mapped and looped in Kontakt for you to play, just like the original keyboard.
List of patches: Analog Chop Atari Grittar 2 Lower, Grittar 2 Upper (Layered as Main Lead) Gurgel Strings Jete Strings Kokubo Strings Machine Run Marshy Zone Motor Orchestra Ocean Scenario Octave Synth Bass Orchester Philamon Solvolysis Synth Bass 42 Yamatano Orochi
synthroom wrote:These are pretty widely available D-50 patches.
But not everyone owns a D-50, hence the "sample" pack. But why anyone would want to use another artist's "signature" sounds in their own compositions or make exact covers of said artist's compositions defeats the purpose of creating individual art.
Thanks Z Agreed, this is not about creating "individual art". I, and others, find it interesting and fun to explore other composer's work. Even just learning to play this stuff is fun. I have the 3 Jarre songbooks (i.e.sheet music) transcribed by Sylvain Durand, and it's a great way to learn new things.
Actually, doing the demo for this was interesting. Contrary to what I originally assumed, a lot of stuff is programmed rather than played. I just couldn't get the same punch in the sound by steady playing. As soon as I sequenced it, it worked.
Some of the sequences are actually just really clever use of the 4 LFO's on the synth though. And some delay. I think Keyboard Magazine included a cartridge with all the "official" Revolutions patches for the D50 sometime in 1989. It is readily available as sysex on internet. That moment of "playing" the clockworks sample for the first time. He utilized the fact that the d50 PCM samples are not multisampled, so two notes an exact octave apart will play the sample back at half speed on the lowest note, creating that thumping rythm.
The "gurgling strings" from The Emigrant is an awesome patch too. Or the ripping and roaring lead sound from Revolutions Overture. Can't beat it.
So a sample pack is nice for those who never owned the synth itself.
I had lots of fun with the "Jarre patches" when I had my D-50. But I traced most of them from their original cards (or rather the sysex files). Therefore the names are different and there is 4 more patches in my bank. I can't remember if "Gotham FX" was used on the record but it can be heard in the intro for the docklands concert. And "Alien Cam" was on the WfC album? I seem to remember that the original "Machine Run" patch as found on the card was actually out of sync when played one octave lower. I had to tweak a little to get it right and I suspect that was also done with the version commonly found in D-50 "Jarre banks" online.
Just for fun here is a demo of some tests I did in 2008 with a couple of these patches.