Phaedra producer Sam Spacey writes:
Phaedra was primarily born out of two of my frustrations…..
- The lack of raw sonic power in virtual emulations of analog synths
- Sloppy MIDI timing of external analog synths under modern computer operating systems (all is forgiven Atari ST1040)
Phaedra features 20,000+ individual samples samples and 720 presets!
Over the course of 12 months, Sam hand looped and hand edited each sample he recorded from the following synths:
- Mini Moog D – Was very hard work to sample due to the fact that if you looked at it, it went out of tune.
- Welsh Moog – A prototype Re-issue Moog made in Wales, but had a unique PWM mod done to it.
- Yamaha CS5 – Very snappy and fast attack and surprisingly bass-y oscillators.
- Yamaha CS-15 – This one was delivered in a terrible and broken state, but sounded great for it.
- Yamaha CS-30 – Sometimes I stacked all 3 Yamahas up over CV voltage for a huge sound.
- Korg Monopoly – Still getting to grips with this 4-osc howling beast.
- Korg MS-20 – Very quirky with a great filter.
- Studio Electronics SE-1 – Modern rack-mounted Moog that could store presets and stay relatively in tune – hurray!!!!
- Studio Electronics SE-1 – as above but with filter input. I stacked these two a lot, as the sound combinations were awesome.
- Roland SH-101 – Wet and squelchy, a really good little workhorse.
- Crumar Multiman – 70’s string synth with Arp filters, surprisingly interesting palette of sounds.
- Akai AX-73 – Cheap and nasty but I love it for that fact; evil filter.
- Analog Phaser – Home-made, based on the Small Stone that was modded and used by Jarre on everything he did :)
- Roland analog chorus pedal – Subtle but lovely.
- Ensoniq Esq-1 – 8-bit grungy samples going through complete Curtis analog circuitry – I love this synth (The only thing digital used).
Phaedra for Windows PC and Mac OSX will be available early January for a suggested retail price of $199.95 USD (169 EUR / 114.95 GBP).