Black Corporation has announced Deckard’s Dream MK2 in a sleek new desktop format with all the sound of the original CS-80 replicant plus some genetic enhancements.
Deckard’s Dream Mk2
The new look is sleek and desktop-friendly which begs the question: “What happened to all the voice cards?” It must be some electronic trickery or sneaky surface mount magic (I speak as someone in the middle of building an original DDRM).
DDRM MK2 has the same 8 voices of analogue sound, made up of two layers with discrete waveshapers, high and lowpass filters, noise and envelopes. Each layer has it’s own MPE velocity and polyphonic aftertouch control of filter cutoff and VCA.
There are performance features like detuning, keyboard ranges for each layer, mixing between the layers, global filter offsets and a global LFO. MPE can also take control of LFO parameters and pitch bend. There’s also a portamento/glissando slider affecting both layers.
It has full MIDI control and the ability to store 128 presets in each of 3 banks.
The DDRM is a beautiful synthesizer based on a legendary synthesizer. As far as I can see comparing it to the original there’s one additional control called “Sustain” that has two modes and slides between Long and Short. Otherwise, it appears it’s just the form factor that has changed. I thought they might include the expander which adds some effects but sadly not.
The DDRM MK2 will cost $3749 and they are taking deposits now and hope to ship in June.