Octave Plateau Voyetra 8

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The Voyetra 8 represents a new way of thinking in synthesizer technology, but it never succeeded. The Voyetra is not at all a bad synthesizer. It creates rather striking sounds. At first glance it looks like an old computer system. It is composed of two pieces, the VPK-5 remote 61 note keyboard with aftertouch and velocity. And then there is the main synthesizer module itself. The synth is analog with 8 voices of polyphony.

Up front and very hands on are some knobs for basic but essential controls like cutoff, attack, LFO rate, de-tune and more. Much more in-depth programming and modulation routing can be done using the computer-like interface. There's a great 24dB/oct low pass filter, a very flexible and routable pair of LFOs for creating really weird or sweeping sounds and effects. There are 100 patches for storing your settings. There is even a simple arpeggiator, a 1700 note sequencer and a ring modulator.

The Voyetra 8 is a sophisticated analog instrument. Only serious musicians should consider it, however. Its programming can be difficult and require a lot of skill and knowledge. It is also very pricey and often hard to find. The Voyetra 8 has been used by New Order, Depeche Mode, the Eurythmics, and Trevor Horn ("Video Killed The Radio Star").

Note: The Voyetra 8 was made by the company Octave-Plateau (originally Octave Electronics) who in 1986 changed their company name to Voyetra and then finally to Voyetra Turtle Beach.

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Steve
December 31, 2009 @ 3:13 am
One of the best plyphonic synthesizers too me !!! As a great New Order Fan Was lucky to finally got one ( check out the Video of the "Perfect Kiss" / 2 Voyetras playing the sequences ). Fantastic very unique, analog & warm sound. Great for basses, very dark unisono drones, amazing filters ...a little bit tricky to programm though. To me only a Prophet5 or Memorymoog can compete with that little baby ... i love it :)
JJ Lure
August 2, 2009 @ 3:18 am
This synth was important in that it was very well conceived. Its design attempted to steer synthesizer technology into a new direction contrary to what other synth makers were producing at the time. I have always regretted that others did not also aim at the target this synth was pointing to. In the end it became a cul-de-sac. It was difficult to program but it sounded incredible. It also used a standard 3 pin mic cable for a MIDI connection which was a great idea but didn't catch on. Now we buy a single purpose MIDI cable instead of using something musicians already had. You get it yet?
Rick Hils
February 17, 2009 @ 1:18 pm
I used to own a Voyetra-8 rev 4. It had a very "wide-open" sound. Probably that was due to the audio freq. bandwidth. It certainly had lots of modulation routing available. It also had, I believe, only eight or twelve bit resolution to the envelopes. That gave a "stepping sound" to the envelopes. That really bothered me, so I sold it.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 voice
  • Oscillators - 2 VCOs per voice (saw, sine, sqr, pw)
  • LFO - 2 LFOs
  • Filter - 24 dB/oct low pass resonant filter with ADSR
  • VCA - 2 ADSR envelope generators
  • Keyboard - 61 note remote keyboard (velocity + aftertouch)
  • Memory - 100 patches
  • Control - V-bus (or MIDI on many models using XLR connectors, few used standard 5-pin cables)
  • Date Produced - 1983 - 1986

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