Memorymoon Messiah ME80
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BIG High-tec skin by Scott Kane.
BIG High-tec skin by Scott Kane.

Small High-tec skin.

Drift page.

GUI envelopes.

GUI equalizer.

ME80 manual.


ME80 2.0 track by Siggi Mueller He used poly afertouch from a CME keyboard.

ME80 2.0 played by Shaun Rylands. Track name "LA skyline 2019. His favorite reverb is NI Reaktor Space reverb.

Track by Robin Grinnall. All lead synths are ME80 v2.0

ME80 2.0 played by Robin Grinnall in Vangelis style.

ME80 Bladerunner song played by Djayart.

ME80 Bladerunner song played by Djayart.

The ME80 is mostly about aftertouch expression. (and breath-control CC2 is routed to aftertouch). It is a synth for persons that like to play for hours.

Price is 40 dollar.

This is how the GUI Equalizer works:
Press RIGHT-CLICK and drag - this alters WIDTH/Q(L/R) and GAIN(U/D)
Press LEFT-CLICK and Drag - this alters FREQ(L/R) and GAIN(U/D)
If you Double Click on an EQ Band it will reset the Gain to Zero

Hint about fine adjustments with all sliders on the ME80:
You can press Ctrl to do fine adjustments, and Ctrl+Shift to do even finer adjustments.

Some secrets from Chris about the GUI envelopes:
The VCA Envelopes can have more stages - up to 8 and use Repeat sections.
Just Left-Click in a stage and select either Insert Stage or Delete Stage, you can also set the Repeat stage (the Repeat section is from the Repeat Stage to the Sustain Stage) - this can be good for evolving sounds/pads/fx.

Sustain2 is a special mode that has release only for last played note(s). It feels like a mono mode.  

There are 2 synthlines with saw/square/sine waveforms. The sine is inserted after filter. Each synthline has its own filter and envelopes. A HPF and LPF filter combined produces a bandpass filter in each synthline.

Wah is a filter with high resonance that can be controlled from a foot controller. In some patches you will hear a pan effect. That is the Chorus/tremolo section. Yamaha CS80 used a 3rd party Chorus/tremolo unit produced by Panasonic. According to Max Fazio it is there mostly to simulate Rotary Speaker effect, or Leslie. Chorus and Tremolo is the same effect, the only difference is the speed. Chorus is slow, and Tremolo is fast. Panning is a part of the effect. So if you want slow Leslie from "the factory organ" patch, just switch off tremolo, so that only chorus remains activated. In version 1.0 Max Fazio insisted on making a crossfade between the speeds, so that it would accelarate and slow down just like a real leslie. Version 2.0 is more like the original.

Each synthline has 11 factory presets programmed by Max Fazio. In addition there are 2 user memory slots and 1 panel slot. The instrument is in panel position by default. And panel is the recommended setting when you make presets.

Soundclips with added reverb from Cubase5. ME80 version 1.2. (Played with polyphonic aftertouch keyboard):

Alaska played by Georges Poropat

Hymn played by Georges Poropat

China played by Georges Poropat

The instrument was developed by Gunnar Ekornås, Max Fazio and Georges Poropat over a period of 2 years. Max Fazio has done much research in available data and expired patents. I have discussed every detail of the synth with Max, and he has been the driving force in this project. In many parts of the synth I have just followed his instructions. Georges Poropat is a CS80 owner. He has supplied all the soundfiles I have been asking for and like Max  given response about all parts of the synth.  Max and Georges did all this work for free because it was their dream to see it realized: To preserve it in digital form, and to make the special playing experience available to more people.   Version 2.0 is completely rebuilt and coded by Chris Kerry and use the CK_engine.

One user sent a mail about error message when loading the ME80v2_extra bank into Sonar. Mac and ME80 AU version. We found out that the bank format "fxb" is not supported by Mac when running AU versions.

Buy or download demo.

RG sounds made by Robin Grinnall. PR sounds made by Paul Roach. The 11+11 synthline presets made by Max Fazio (the coloured preset selectors). Thanks a lot for the patches!

ME80 manual.

ME80 manual in PDF format.

Credits: Made by: Gunnar Ekornås, Max Fazio and Georges Poropat. Version 2.0 coded by Chris Kerry. High-tec skin by Scott Kane. Classic skin by Rosalind Clarke.

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