‘Blade Runner’ Brass On New Deckard’s Dream Yamaha CS-80 Clone

Roman Filippov (Sputnik Modular) shared short Instagram video, demoing a Blade Runner brass patch on the upcoming Deckard’s Dream synthesizer.

Deckard’s Dream is a new 8-voice polyphonic DIY analog synth design, inspired by the classic Yamaha CS-80 and the sounds of Vangelis‘ score for Blade Runner. Details on the Deckard’s Dream are still to be announced.

18 thoughts on “‘Blade Runner’ Brass On New Deckard’s Dream Yamaha CS-80 Clone

  1. You really don’t need a whole CS-80 for this sound. Any decent synth will approximate it pretty well. Detuned Sawtooth and FX. Here it is on the Yamaha CS70M. For my money this CS70M version sounds better than this

      1. It’s not mine. Just came across it a few years ago. It does help that this Yamaha contains some of the CS series DNA

  2. Like he mentioned, he’s not the best synthesist. He’s obviously not using the synth to it’s full potential, a lot of movement is missing from the sound. Would love to hear some decent demos of this.

  3. He needs to stop posting these demos. Whilst I’m sure the synth is great, his programming and musical skills aren’t selling the synth at all. This isn’t a good representation of the blade runner sound, and the other demos on instagram are extremely unmusical. Such a potentially great synth deserves better demos.

  4. I think the CS-60 sounds better, even with one oscillator.


    Everyone thinks the secret of the CS-80 is some kind of magical sound engine. But the thing that really makes a CS-80 sound like a CS-80 is the expressiveness, the performance controls, the aftertouch, the ribbon, the ergonomic design. It’s not the filters or the oscillators. It’s the way it is played.

  5. Another thing…the patch sheets for the CS-80 presets are printed in the CS-80 manual, which is easily found online in pdf form. So if you have a true CS-80 “clone,” it should be pretty easy to precisely duplicate the brass sounds. No sound design experience required.

  6. I must agree with much of the comments here saying the reason the CS-80 is revered is because of the keyboard action, polyphonic aftertouch (not to be found on keyboards in even 2017), the ribbon controller, and of course the best ring modulator ever which was on the CS-80 and not on the Deckard Dream. It’s supposed to come as a separate module later on, but I’ve heard that before from synth startups. They come up with a one-hit wonder only to go down 3 years down the line with only 1 product in its pipeline. The CS-80 on its own doesn’t have magic filters (they don’t even self oscillate, my Bass Station II does that effortlessly). It seems that this CS-80 reproduces the parts of the 80 that are not what make this the best analog polysynth ever. But then again, it beats carrying a 100 kg (220 lbs) beast than a 5 kg 19″ rig. In addition, the CS-80 had chips that were produced exclusively for the 80 and this beast has more wiring than a Boeing 747. I don’t know how you can recreate that in a 4 HE 19″ module. And don’t forget that many of the CS-80 sounds from the 70s/80s records came with the luscious Lexicon reverb sound over an SSL/Neve console. This synth cost $7000 US in 1977, $30,000 in 2017 adjusted dollars. Only the richest keyboard players could afford this thing and it was very unreliable, almost untunable and often out of service. In the seventies, synth techs would usually give you a 2 week guarantee on a tuning job. My hero, Herbie Hancock, used it to the hilt on his disco hit, “Better bet your love”, the 12″ version, with the extra Rhodes action. Very recommended. It’s very average but it starts cooking after 3:16.

  7. I agree, its about expresiveness and polyphonic aftertouch as well as ring-mod. Vangelis gives a demo here :


    You won’t be Vangelis when you buy this kit. I do applaud someone trying to recreate the CS-80 though, but if you need to wait and pay another 1K for a ringmod and no way to have polyphonic aftertouch and the ribbon it’s just a lite version of a cs-80.

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