Gunnar Ekornas ME80

Gunnar Ekornas ME80

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ME80, Virtual subtractive synth from Gunnar Ekornas.

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  • Manufacturer:Gunnar Ekornas
  • Model:ME80
  • Category:Virtual subtractive synths
  • Added in our database on: 12/23/2009

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Gunnar Ekornas ME80 user reviews

Average Score:5.0( 5/5 based on 4 reviews )
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ostrovitch's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Gunnar Ekornas ME80
No problem installing, just copy the DLL into the correct directory and go.
The manual is OK, in English, but a French version might emerge in some time.
I have not encountered any incompatibility, I tested with Cubase 5 64bit, it runs smoothly.
(Using jBridge course, not all buggy bridge Steinberg).


I have a Intel Quad core Q6600 with an Asus P5W-DH, 8 GB of ram to 800Mhz, and 64bit vista integrale.
It is stable, and it is reasonable in terms of CPU consumption.


Having been involved in the development of the VST, I'll try to tell you a max.

The ME80 is an emulation of the CS80.
This had already been done by Arturia, but here it was done just in a different spirit.
Here, it was not a lot of added features compared to the original (there is still a delay and reverb), but the goal was to get as close as possible to the Original CS80.

Level of its authenticity from the Original is the one that I prefer.
You should also know that this is my own CS80 which served as a model for the development of VST, and I find it
very close to my real CS.

<strong>Gunnar</strong> is <strong>Ekornes,</strong> a Norwegian, who produced this wonderful instrument (He worked 2 years on this project).
Assisted by <strong>Max Fazio,</strong> an Italian, who is a true encyclopedia on the CS80, know about its modes
Operating the most subtle, and also helped a little by myself, who have provided all the audio files
(From truth) that they were required to do serious work, as well as feedback on
comparison between the real and CS ME80.

So who says CS80, said polyphonic aftertouch. The ME80 manages the course.
To take advantage, so it is better to have a master keyboard that has this feature.
Now, for people who have a keyboard to monophonic aftertouch, there is a mode
"Last Key". That is, if you select this mode, the aftertouch only happen on the last note played,
what I find is great. It does not replace a keyboard poly aftertouch (which is rare), but it can in many cases
to cope with a keyboard aftertouch mono. This is the first VST I see doing that.
Personally, I have a GEM S2 which has poly aftertouch, the coast is low opportunity, do not be shy
if you see one pass.
For the tape, he manages the pitch bend, but if you can find a mate Xpression Kurzweil, it works very well with,
this is what I have. (Eh! yes, I know it's very rare to find secondhand and it no longer made).

On the site you can listen 2 small demo I made with the S2 master keyboard, the ME80, convolution reverb
"Reverence" cubase 5, and nothing else. I advise you to listen, just go here:
(There is a reversal of Alaska (UK) and Hymn by Vangelis)

To get closer to the sound of the original, there is a function that allows you to detune slightly the 16 VCO's like on the real. (Except the true it goes out of tune alone, no need for forcing), and it is not the 8 tracks that are out of tune is actually the 16 VCO's, there is also a little LFO allows
to fluctuate disagreement. This instability on the real CS is a component of its legendary sound.

So the price is $ 40US, given what it does is present.
I think it does not overlap with that of Arturia, I would say they are complementary.
(Arturia for new features, and this one for the authenticity of the sound from the original).
In addition, for those that have already Arturia, at this price is not a luxury to have both.

Accuracy anyway, there I am just not you praise the ME80, but you should know that I am not
financially interested in sales or even Max Fazio besides, it's just because we love the CS80,
we volunteered, there is no history of dough behind it.

One word about the authenticity of sound: A true CS if you listen Dry, it gives the same effect as in
Vangelis discs. Hey! well this one is like (since it emulates the real one), so just as true, it must
through the appropriate effects, so that it sounds ... but the result is guaranteed ...

The VCO's are in Free-Running, ie they evolve independently from each other in time.

I was a little long but I hope you have knowledgeable ... and I recommend it wholeheartedly.

luchogie's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Gunnar Ekornas ME80




Well let's be clear. Virtual synths I've tried lots. I just go through all the presets ME80
and what I can say is that the opinion below is too small!

I dunno if it sounds true, as the original, if it sounds analog or what. Whatever. ME80 what it sounds!
All presets are inspiring. In the play, one begins to Vangelis. This is THE sound of synths of the era. But
ask me what time. <img class="smiley" src="/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_lol.gif" alt="" />

I found the ME80 much more musical than the CS80V Arturia. If I could have a virtual analog synth, AC
would certainly be this one. In any event, for the price, I have never seen so good!

Bravo guys!

andon.'s review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Superb emulation"

Gunnar Ekornas ME80
Installation? There are not any! A DLL and it rolls.


RAS. The software takes very few resources. It is completely stable. My machine is relatively new but I think even on small configurations it moves smoothly. A bit like a freeware that slides into its plugin folder.


I think this plugin has been done on SynthEdit. I find it impressive. The ME80 has a very strong noise footprint that makes me say that it is a success even though I never tested the truth. It's rare enough to be reported. It does not sound big, not in tune with the times, he sounds the most faithful is that it emulates.
I love this idea of ​​people who work together to deliver a product which, if not suitable for a general audience, is the delight of enthusiasts. I always liked the grain of CS80, this side weeping, wailing, a little melancholy. There is no extravagance in this synthesizer or too many complexities, it goes to basics in terms of sound (unlike Absynth for example). I think it's a good thing. Too many choices may affect the immediacy of creation, the snapshot. So we find these characteristics in the audio plugin that is for me to this point of view a real inspiration.
So we like it or not love, it's a bit what makes the legend of these machines and has been that of CS80; sound characterized, an architecture necessarily limited but it offers everything you need to let him express his ethereal songs. If you CS80 has enchanted the past you will not be disappointed with the ME80. This company is very successful resurrection.
The editor had the good idea to add a reverb rather convenient. It's always moving to see the heavenly side when he takes the CS80 glue that effect. Much reverb is really necessary for the synthesizer. Vangelis and Lexicon will not say otherwise.

Congratulations to the team of designers, thank you Ostrovitch a contributor. I urge you to try the demo available on the site.
darth vader7202/08/2010

darth vader72's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Gunnar Ekornas ME80
No problem, you just put the DLL file in the correct directory of your squenceur just some mute with Orion, but hey this is not a true squenceur, if not Sonar is nickel.


Intel Pentium Core Duo E2180
3 GB of memory


I've had her out and I play m'clate Blade Runner, I like them a lot of cs80v arturia and frankly the ME80 is better, both at the level of pRSET, which at the level of sound quality if you like in VANGELIS can not but love this app and saw the price there did not photograph, for all of fan YAMAHA CS80, try the demo of emergency.

Hats off guys

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