Deckard’s Dream is a lavish, 16-VCO beauty, inspired by the Yamaha CS-80 and Blade Runner. But now for the first time, it could also be a module – and one within reach.
Creator Roman Filippov is teasing the new invention with this image. And naturally, it’s called “Deckard’s Voice.”
Updated: Manufacturer Black Corporation confirms this will share sound circuitry with its bigger sibling, and is coming in the autumn. Plenty of fans are hoping for a DIY edition, judging from comments, perhaps because there has already been a DIY version of the Deckard’s Dream, but that hasn’t been confirmed yet.
Somehow to me personally, this is more exciting than the original, but then I’m always biased toward distillations of things. What you will notice is that all the luscious Yamaha-driven sound design features are present. So that means the essential hands-on control of envelopes, all the filters, and modulation. This is a bite off the full-sized Deckard’s Dream, but it has the same personality and workflow, if not all those layers of sound.
Apart from a more compact size (and the chance of something you can afford without being someone like Trent Reznor), then there’s easy access to patch points. And the CS-ish design is really suited to a modular environment, so it’s easy patching into the LFO and pulse width modulation, brilliance and EG levels, and different waveform component outs.
That’s relevant, because I think you can get a thick CS sound design without necessarily needing so many voices. For their part, even Yamaha made a monophonic CS-15; there’s still a lot to do with that single voice and modulation, especially with this much in the way of timbral and envelope control.
I imagine just as the flagship has been a luxury item, this could rapidly become one of the more sought-after voice ideas out there. It’s complete enough to start to have its own identity, but compact enough to still make sense as a voice inside a modular.
Of course, this could disturb some people, convinced that such a replicant might take over human studios, overthrow humans, trigger dangerous amounts of GAS in our already damaged Earth environment.
To that I say, of course —
Modules are like any other machine, are either a benefit or a hazard. If they’re a hazard, it’s not my problem.
(“Too bad my credit card won’t live, but then again who does?” No?)