In MusicRadar's interview with Depeche Mode's techs on the Delta Machines tour it was revealed that ""Sample wise we're using Native Instruments Kontakt and Massive a lot too. We're also using a lot of GMedia ImpOSCar and Synthogy Ivory for pianos too. There are some sounds you can't get with the synths, so we use the samples for those, but there's a lot we can do and we try to use the synths as much as possible. Stripped is a good example of that. The big lead sound is Massive and ImpOSCar all layered up to create that main riff sound." Martin is strictly using software when he puts his guitars down for older material, he has a Roland Edirol controller as well as an Access Virus both commanding Muse Receptors with various plugins loaded.more
John Foxx's comments on the impOSCar, from the GForce website: "Delicious. Really a new instrument based on that great warm, broad sound of the original. A welcome realisation of a great lost synth of the period. (I remember a conversation with Paul Wiffen where he said the next stage of the Oscar was a poly version, but sadly, the company closed before this was realised). So, the polyphony is finally here and is extremely useful. Some immaculately designed patches. Equally adept at groaning organic leads and delicate evolving soundscape pads. Everything from edible to visible to shredded. I spent an entire day just playing with this one. Got quite lost in all its potential. Also managed to bank and record enough for the start of several new tracks. An inspiration."more
I love how much you can do with it. It's like the Reaktor of analogue. It is a bit of a headfuck, with that interface. Leaning over that small [display] thing trying to dial in plastic knobs that seem to go a bit dodgy over time isn't really ideal. It splits its messages over multiple NRPNs, I think, so if you use the ribbon controller you can see about four different controllers coming in.more
this looks just like an Oscar, but I can't say if it sounds right! I really like the sound... Depeche Mode tour with it on their muse receptors so it must meet their expectations. I use this a lot. it sounds like nothing else but is still very analog.