AW: KORG PROPHECY and new Module

Don Tillman don at
Fri Jan 12 18:37:44 CET 1996

   Date: Thu, 11 Jan 1996 21:32:15 -0700 (MST)
   From: Some Guy From Some Place <rashid at>

   What, so I can do a perfect emulation of a trumpet?  Sorry.  The VL-7 
   doesn't have knobs.  The VL-7 is not laid out like an analog.  The VL-7 
   has this useless breath controller thing.  The Prophecy has a 
   pressure-sensitive ribbon log.  The VL-7 can't really do synth sounds.  I 
   want a Prophecy because of its massive synthesis capabilities, not 
   because I want to emulate a guitar or a trumpet or a flute or a 

Spoken like someone who's never played a VL.

The VL does not do a perfect emulation of a trumpet sound, it does a
great emulation of the trumpet playing mechanism, which gives the
player amazing control of phrasing, touch, timbre, soul, and similiar
musical attributes, the things that separate musicians from machines.
In fact, the emulation of the playing mechanism is so far beyond
anything we've seen before, that it sort of "comes alive" and the
listener is mislead into thinking the sound is dead on.  

It's a remarkable effect, and we would do well to find ways to add
some of these aspects to our regular analog gear.

  -- Don

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