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Any demos of the Octave Plateau Voyetra 8??

Postby HideawayStudio » Sat Jan 10, 2009 9:19 pm

Hi All,

I've been very interested in the rather scientific looking Octave Plateau Voyetra 8 rack for some years now - does anyone have a demo of this beasty in action along with any piccies of it's guts along with any user/owner opinions??

My other long time wishes for classic gear in the studio are:

An original E-mu EIII - even if it's not working - I can fix it!
PPG Wave 2.3 - same again!
Fairlight CMI - this one frustrates me... FGtH's Fairlight has been residing in a non working state for many years now in the museum section of my favourite music shop - one of these day's Andy will accept an offer of mine and I can restore it back to working life :) ..... actually I will never forget one day in the early 90s we loaded a grubby 8" floppy into this beast (it worked then!!) marked TT and after several frustrating minutes of trying to work out how to load samples out came the entire bass line of Two Tribes!!! :o

Here is a piccy from a Tone Tweakers sale last year to jog your memories...
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Re: Any demos of the Octave Plateau Voyetra 8??

Postby stikygum » Fri Feb 20, 2009 2:22 am

You might find some here:

http://acapella.harmony-central.com/for ... p?t=753746

Never hear much about this synth.
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Re: Any demos of the Octave Plateau Voyetra 8??

Postby tim gueguen » Fri Feb 20, 2009 6:34 am

The only users of any note I can think of for the V8 are New Order, and I doubt there were that many built in the first place, so its not surprising audio examples are hard to find.
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Re: Any demos of the Octave Plateau Voyetra 8??

Postby tim gueguen » Fri Feb 20, 2009 6:38 am

But hey, what did I do? I managed to find some brief sound examples.
http://www.inform3r.com/voyetra.html
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Re: Any demos of the Octave Plateau Voyetra 8??

Postby JB » Fri Feb 20, 2009 9:50 am

Yep, early/mid New Order is usually the reference for Voyetra 8 listening, check the Low Life album (and possibly Brotherhood but not 100% sure on that one).
Apparently the V8 was their main synth during that period.

I definitely recommend an EIII, I had one 7 or 8 years back, loved it (but sold it when downscaling prior to a move abroad).
Another interesting sampler to keep an eye out for is a Simmons SDX, similar to the EIII in the way that it's a 16-bit sampler with analogue (resonant) filters, up to 8Mb RAM, individual voice outputs and SCSI but with the benefit of graphical editing, more EGs & LFOs and even more exclusivity :)


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Re: Any demos of the Octave Plateau Voyetra 8??

Postby JB » Fri Feb 20, 2009 10:30 am

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Re: Any demos of the Octave Plateau Voyetra 8??

Postby Micke » Fri Feb 20, 2009 5:38 pm

Other famous users of the Voyetra 8 include Eurythmics ("Touch", 1983) Stevie Wonder, Suzanne Ciani ("The Velocity Of Love", 1986), Electronic and Brad Fiedel (film soundtracks).
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Re: Any demos of the Octave Plateau Voyetra 8??

Postby urgetoplay » Fri Feb 20, 2009 6:15 pm

Non famous users include ...me.
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Re: Any demos of the Octave Plateau Voyetra 8??

Postby StepLogik » Sat Feb 21, 2009 12:22 am

I think Information Society used the V8 as well. Not exactly sure which tunes feature the instrument.
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Re: Any demos of the Octave Plateau Voyetra 8??

Postby cornutt » Sat Feb 21, 2009 12:39 am

IIRC, the Voyetra Eight has a bunch of hard-to-find SSM parts in it.

There was a companion monosynth planned, the Voyetra One, that never went into production. I've seen some pics somewhere of the prototype.
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Re: Any demos of the Octave Plateau Voyetra 8??

Postby xpander » Sat Feb 21, 2009 12:59 am

i've always wanted one since seeing this cool new order video (directed by academy award-winning jonathan demme)

Watch on youtube.com
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Re: Any demos of the Octave Plateau Voyetra 8??

Postby Purity_Control » Sat Feb 21, 2009 3:00 pm

i'm told the buggles used it too. been after one for bloody years but never found one... the rare times they come up they don;t have midi and have some sort of propriaetry keyboard with them, which pushes the price and the space needed up, and the usefullness down :(
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Re: Any demos of the Octave Plateau Voyetra 8??

Postby urgetoplay » Sat Feb 21, 2009 6:15 pm

Wow, you must be really unlucky. Most Voyetras were retrofitted for midi ( Although with XLR cabling rather than the standatd midi plug). Never had a chance to try the VPK ( there were at least two versions); was told by several people who had them not to bother. The rev thing is probably the most important thing to know when you're buying one. Latest rev is rev 4 and supports midi fully, rev 3 was more/less note on/off and would hang if given too much info. Rev 1 and 2 ( cream colored motherboard,voiceboard,filterboard ;some combo of the three ) should be avoided. If interested in more complete information pull up Voyetra eight on music machines site.
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Re: Any demos of the Octave Plateau Voyetra 8??

Postby madtheory » Sat Feb 21, 2009 9:44 pm

HideawayStudio wrote:FGtH's Fairlight has been residing in a non working state for many years now in the museum section of my favourite music shop - one of these day's Andy will accept an offer of mine and I can restore it back to working life :)...

An incredible collection there. Such a pity that it's just stored!
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Re: Any demos of the Octave Plateau Voyetra 8??

Postby minime123 » Sun Feb 22, 2009 5:45 pm

hey, i recognize that photo! :)

our friend ulrich schnauss loves the voyetra 8, though he uses lots of different synths.
check his music out here, its really good!

http://www.myspace.com/ulrichschnauss

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