The synth replicant lives.

The team responsible for the Blade Runner-inspired clone of the classic Yamaha CS-80 synth have shared some videos of the instrument in action.

Deckard’s Dream (named after the hero of the cult sci-fi movie) is an unofficial recreation of the same synth used by Vangelis on the Blade Runner score, and will be available as a DIY project or a pre-assembled unit.

Announced last month by Sputnik Audio’s Roman Filippov, we can now get a better idea of what the ambitious project will actually sound like (pretty good, actually) via a series of Instagram videos.

Sorry I can't play keyboards. #deckardsdream

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There’s no price or release date as yet, but Deckard’s Dream will have the same eight voices of polyphony as the original with the addition of MIDI and an OLED screen for selecting presets.

Deckard’s Dream couldn’t come at a better time to take advantage of the nostalgia for Blade Runner, with the long-awaited sequel Blade Runner 2049 arriving later this year.

It’s also one of several high-profile synth clones expected to hit the shelves in the near future: Behringer is planning its own versions of the vintage Minimoog Model D and ARP 2600 synths.

Sign up for updates on the synth at the Deckard’s Dream website. [via Synthtopia]

Not a render anymore #deckardsdream #oled

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Read next: Attack of the clones: Is Behringer’s Minimoog a synth replica too far?



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