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Yamaha VP1 Special Live Stream!

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We have an absolute doozy of a show this Friday!

The Yamaha VP1 is one of the rarest, most sought after, magical, mythical synthesizers of all time. Those that have been lucky enough to play one will tell you that there is no other synth quite like it. Sadly, with only between 8 and 15 units ever produced (all prototypes, there was never a commercial release), that number of people is small.

But this Friday, not only will we have a VP1 live on the show, but we will be joined by Dr. Manny Fernandez, the legendary Yamaha sound designer who worked on voicing the VP1 and who has been instrumental in the restoration of the unit we will have on the show. He will be joined by the amazing keyboard wizard, Scott Kinsey, who spent some time with the instrument back in the early 90s and even used it on some of his recordings. And coming in live from his home in Hawaii, the owner of this particular VP1, former keys man with the Nina Hagen Band, producer of classic hits such as Nena's '99 Luftballons' and now successful film and TV composer, Reinhold Heil!

This is going to be an amazing show where we explore the history of the VP1, how it works and how it plays! Make sure you subscribe to the channel and hit that bell!!


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Rob Puricelli

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Hot damn.  There was a VL1 as well.  


It’s a shame Yamaha felt they had to cut and run on modeling acoustic instruments - it took another decade, but others have done some amazing things with it.  

I think Yamaha has some excellent IP historically to draw on.  AN, VL, CS, DX/FM, AWM2, SCM, VCM.  PLG150 cards, the EX5, Montage and others have tried to get various combinations in one instrument.   But with today’s processors maybe it’s time to try again.  👍

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Yamaha CP88, Roland VR-700, Crumar Mojo, rebuilt 1910 Chickering 5'2", Fender Rhodes MKI 88k, Casio PX-560

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