Vintage Synths Vol II is the culmination of extensive multi-sampling sessions with some amazing analog keyboards, vocoders and modulars from the 70s and 80s. It includes the 101 From Mars, SYS100M From Mars, VP330 From Mars, and 2600 From Mars - bundled together at a discounted price.
Despite its simple architecture, the 101's sound is quite famous - it's punchy, aggressive, rubbery and fast, capable of distinct acid, wobbly basslines and recognizeable leads. But above all else, it's all about character. There's just something about its sound that people love - especially when you start cranking the resonance and overdriving the VCF with a mean square wave. It's a great synth, at a great size, with excellent sound, serving as one of electronic music's go-to performance machines since its introduction in the 80s. Read more here.
For the last few decades, the System-100M has been a quiet pillar in many of your favorite electronic jams. From Yazoo/Erasure to Throbbing Gristle and the Human League, it's provided countless textures, sequences, blips and bass, but has never fully got the recognition it deserves. This epic modular synth has somehow fallen beneath the sonic cracks of the more iconic synths (Moogs, Arps and other synths from the same era) that we’ve come to know and love. Read more here.
The VP-330 is a vintage, 10 band analog vocoder and string synth from the late 70s, regarded as one of the best sounding vocoders of all time. It's been used by Laurie Anderson, Midnight Star, Vaneglis, Pink Floyd - the list goes on. And although there have been many vocoders in the decades since its release (including a poor excuse of a remake), the VP-330 still remains the most iconic, continuing to forge expressive and unique vintage vocal textures and sounds. Read more here.
The 2600 is a three oscillator monster that's blazed a trail of sonic mayhem through countless genres for the past 40+ years. And despite only 3,000 units ever produced, the impact this synth has had on music is staggering. Starting with R2D2, The Normal and Herbie Hancock (to name just a few), artists using the 2600 have continued to push the synth's capabilities into the stratosphere, cultivating genres and blowing up dance floors along the way. Read more here.