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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19 Visitor comments
October 12, 2011 @ 11:34 am
Chances that a Voyetra-8 was used on "Video Killed The Radio Star" are miniscule considering the song was recorded in 1979, about 4 years prior to the release of this

Suzanne Ciani also used the Voyetra-8 in the mid '80s.
October 12, 2011 @ 10:34 am
Also used by film composer Brad Fiedel and Pete Levin (brother of Tony Levin, bassist with King Crimson, Peter Gabriel)
mark styles
August 17, 2011 @ 8:56 am
I worked at Octave Plateau for several years. My job was quality control,testing and to give feedback to software programmesr.. At the time, it was only 8 people or so. It was an AMAZING instrument in it's day and an amazing period in my life.
guilherme arantes
November 1, 2010 @ 7:44 am
Incredibly personal and fashion ! I still have one Rev4, mint, working, and I´m proud to say I´ll never let it die! Now , With C4 programming, finally became very easy to work. Value on any synth collection !
Me Me Me
July 31, 2010 @ 9:21 pm
Beautiful sounding, feature packed, analogue polysynth. Closest in tone and features to a Jupiter 8, though it absolutely trounces it in both departments. Would have been the greatest poly ever built at the time if it wasn't for the poor UI. Thankfully we now have Editor/Librarian programs such as SoundQuest that make using it a breeze.
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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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