This is one of those synths everyone has been talking about, and we finally got to see it in the wild. Tokyo-based Black Corporation and designer Roman Filipov have unleashed Deckard's Dream upon an unsuspecting world. It's a rackmount, um, replicant (c'mon, what synth and sci-fi geek can resist a setup that perfect) of the legendary Yamaha CS-80 -- a favorite synth of Vangelis, which he used extensively on the Blade Runner and Chariots of Fire film scores.
Poetically enough, Yamaha was showing off a mint vintage CS-80 at their NAMM exhibit, and I had played it just the day before shooting this video. With regard to sonic realism, the Dream isn't just any replicant -- it's Rachael. The two sounded exactly alike to my ears. Since the real thing is heavy, expensive, finicky, and nigh unobtainable even for well-heeled synth enthusiasts, having an approachable and stable version this good is a coup.
The 1U module below it adds additional onboard modulation sources (chorus, tremolo, etc.) plus a plethora more CV inputs. Anyway, it's easier to show you than to tell you, so enjoy the video.
Oh, and of course, Deckard's dream is also a unicorn. Keep checking back for more synth news from NAMM 2018!