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The Trautonium

Postby tektoog » Thu May 30, 2013 3:05 pm

"Essential random order for chaotic repetitive sequences"
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Re: The Trautonium

Postby Jay » Thu May 30, 2013 10:25 pm

bizzare looking and sounding instrument! looks like some mad scientist equipment hee hee I wants one!

what are the metallic strips under the keys?

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Re: The Trautonium

Postby trogluddite » Fri May 31, 2013 8:25 am

Nice find, tektoog - great to see another vintage instrument that hasn't been killed off by MIDI! Love the finger vibrato 'string' sounds, beautifully played.

Jay wrote:what are the metallic strips under the keys?

It's a 1930's vintage ribbon controller, a 'fretless' keyboard in effect - the Wikipedia page has a pretty good description...
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Re: The Trautonium

Postby k brown » Fri Jun 05, 2020 5:08 pm

Note the subtle and almost constant use of the expression pedal; something far too few synths players do anymore. A big part of Vangelis' expressive playing is his use of the CS80's polytouch control of osc volume, and to a lesser extent filter cutoff. You see the same thing with Hammond players - that exp pedal is going all the time.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trautonium

Anybody ever diddle with Rick Jelliffe's Newmixturetrautonium?
https://www.kvraudio.com/product/neumix ... k_jelliffe
Pretty strange beast, and hideous to look at, but quite unique. Don't know how close it can get to sounding like a real one, but interesting anyway. Apparently deadware now, but here's a copy if anyone wants to experiment with it.
Neumixturtrautonium.zip
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Could be an interesting project for someone (Spogg?) to recreate in FS!

http://www.doepfer.de/traut/traut_e.htm

I honestly can't fully follow Doepfer's description of what the SubHarmonic Generator does; what pitches it generates.
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Re: The Trautonium

Postby Spogg » Sat Jun 06, 2020 8:54 am

I never heard of this before. The original post is 7 years old, so I didn’t see it.

What a truly fascinating instrument! Especially considering when it was first invented. Neon tube relaxation oscillators!! :o
It’s wonderful how whatever technology is available, someone will always push it to the limits to create musical instruments.

The main issue of reproducing it is the reliance on a ribbon controller to get the expressivity. I guess one could use a Seaboard RISE keyboard, but I doubt it would be the same as an analogue ribbon controller.

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Re: The Trautonium

Postby Spogg » Sat Jun 06, 2020 2:10 pm

Moved to General so I don't accidentally delete it :lol:
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Re: The Trautonium

Postby tulamide » Sat Jun 06, 2020 4:04 pm

The Mixture-Trautonium is also known as the first synthesizer, but Sala always hated synths :D

Fun fact - Hitchcock's The Birds wouldn't be half as thrilling without the Trautonium. Sala made all the bird noises throughout the movie with it.
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Re: The Trautonium

Postby k brown » Sat Jun 06, 2020 7:34 pm

This is a good read.

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