Octave, Voyetra Eight @ 26 January 2016, Comments Off

voyetra 8 “This is an original Voyetra 8 Polyphonic Synthesizer. It has all of its original parts, in from what I can tell to be great condition. I am aware that this is a collectors item, but I am selling this AS IS, because I don’t really know anything about how to use it. As you can see from the pictures, it boots up just fine. The display works great, the unit itself appears to be in great shape – but again, I haven’t tested its functionality. It’s a pretty advanced piece of hardware and I don’t know how to use it.

This came to me from a commercial musician’s studio, and was in use during the 1980′s. It comes with a (Canon) carrying case, and all of the original literature that came with the unit.” Link

Octave, Voyetra Eight @ 17 November 2015, Comments Off

plateur “This is a very rare Octave Plateau VPK-5 controller keyboard for the Voyetra 8 synthesizer.

It does NOT WORK and is being sold purely for parts or repair.

There is a fault in it that results in a short or electrical strain on the Voyetra 8 it is hooked up to. This may damage the Voyetra 8. The VPK-5 keyboards were simply not designed terribly well to start with, and I believe very few were actually sold as options to Voyetra 8 owners when new. That is likely why such design faults were never properly addressed or improved upon.

So today in 2015 if you are a V8 owner who has the good fortune of already owning a working VPK-5, then this unit could be a valuable source of spare parts. The joystick assembly and complete Pratt-Reed keybed are obviously desirable. Or you may be a V8 owner who is particularly brave and would like to get this unit repaired. Or just have it as a “dummy” piece to display next to your V8 for completion sake…I agree they look stellar when paired up :)

In any event, the buyer of this keyboard should NOT attempt to hook it up to their V8 until a qualified technician has evaluated its condition on the bench. If you do not heed this warning and do so anyhow, you are doing it at great risk of damaging your synthesizer!

I always wanted to invest the time and money to fix this one up for use with my own V8, but now realize I’d likely never play it once the novelty wore off. So it’s time to pass it on to someone else who can get a lot more practical use/value from it.” Link

Octave, Voyetra Eight @ 16 June 2015, Comments Off

voyetra 8Very rare Octave Plateau Voyetra 8 analog synthesizer, with the accompanying VPK-5 keyboard, with Version 4 boards. If you’ve been looking to add one to your studio, this is the one you want.

One of, if not the best polyphonic analog synthesizer out there. The V8 combines two CEM3340 oscillators (each with a sub-oscillator) and a SSM 2044 filter per voice with a huge amount of modulation abilities. The end result is a wonderful sounding synth that can easily go from subtle to HUGE. This particular unit is a green card rev. 4 machine, which is the final and most stable version of the Voyetra. It can accept MIDI sysex and can be controlled by external software and programmers.

Included is a VPK-5 controller keyboard. You can either use this controller or midi to control the Voyetra (but not at the same time).

Also included is the necessary XLR to MIDI cable, the operation manual, and other documentation. You are literally getting the “complete” package for the Voyetra.

Because this is a vintage piece of electronic equipment (and a sensitive one at that), there are some things to mention.

• The machine is currently fully calibrated, but trimmers inside the unit (for the voice card volumes and filters) may shift during shipping. If this happens, it’s straight forward to re-calibrate them as long as you are able to turn a knob and use a tuner.

• Voyetras were always somewhat temperamental in terms of autotuning. The machine autotunes exactly as it should – however, like any vintage analog synth it needs time to warm up and will sometimes require a few autotunes for all voice cards to pass. This is normal, and just requires hitting the autotune button a few more times. As it is, it is stable enough that it usually turns on with almost all voices already in tune.

• All Voyetras are very sensitive to ground loops and this can create unwanted noise in the audio signal. This can usually be solved by switching to a filtered power supply, or simply a different wall socket (as in my case). Or by using insulated washers in your rack.” Link

Octave, Voyetra Eight @ 31 March 2015, Comments Off

voyetra 8“I am selling a Voyetra-8, one of, if not the best polyphonic analog synthesizer out there. The V8 combines two CEM3340 oscillators (each with a sub-oscillator) and a SSM 2044 filter per voice with a huge amount of modulation abilities. The end result is a wonderful sounding synth that can easily go from subtle to HUGE. This particular unit is a green card rev. 4 machine, which is the final and most stable version of the Voyetra. It can accept MIDI sysex and can be controlled by external software and programmers. It was also just gone over by Peter Lanziolata, a former Octave-Voyetra tech, and THE best V8 tech on the planet. He went over this machine meticulously updating parts (including replacing the power supply) and resoldering connections where needed. The synth now plays and works exactly as it should.

Included in the auction is a new old stock VPK-5 controller keyboard. This was purchased recently from Carmine Bonanno, the former head of Octave and is totally unused. You can either use this controller or midi to control the Voyetra (but not at the same time).

Also included are the necessary XLR > MIDI cables, the original manual, and other documentation. You are literally getting the “complete” package for the Voyetra.

Because this is a vintage piece of electronic equipment (and a sensitive one at that), there are some thing to mention.

The machine is currently fully calibrated, but trimmers inside the unit (for the voice card volumes and filters) may shift during shipping. If this happens, it’s straight forward to re-calibrate them as long as you are able to turn a knob and use a tuner.

Voyetras were always somewhat temperamental in terms of autotuning. The machine autotunes exactly as it should; however, like any vintage analog synth it needs time to warm up and will sometimes require a few autotunes for all voice cards to pass. This is normal, and just requires hitting the autotune button a few more times. As it is, it is stable enough that it usually turns on with almost all voices already in tune.

All Voyetras are very sensitive to ground loops and this can create unwanted noise in the audio signal. This can usually be solved by switching to a filtered power supply, or simply a different wall socket (as in my case).

Finally, because of the vintage nature of this machine, it is absolutely, 100% sold as-is. I guarantee only that the machine will turn on and there will be no returns UNLESS the machine does not turn on at all. Saying that, I do no expect there to be any issues upon arrival beyond possibly needing to recalibrate the voice volumes and filters (if even that).” Link

Octave, Voyetra Eight @ 24 February 2015, Comments Off

voyetra 8“Hi

I’m selling my Voyetra 8

100% functional and cosmetic 10/10

I bought the key controler vpk5 brand new from the The creator of the synth mr Bonanno.

He told me the vpk5 was never used.

He also sold me a brand new front panel, buttons and knobs that he kept trough the years.

It’s a rev 4(the best one)

It’s looks brand new and the only reason I sell it is because I bought a huge modular system.

If you are looking for a voyetra 8

This is the one to get you won’t find a better one.” Link

Octave, Voyetra Eight @ 15 October 2013, Comments Off

“These units are in good working order. Have been tested and found to be in good working order. They keyboard has no keys that stick. Both have scratches and scuffs from use and storage. These units DO NOT INCLUDE ANY CORDS!

Please note that these units need to warm up before it is put to use!” Link

Octave, Voyetra Eight @ 19 June 2012, Comments Off

“Here is one of my Voyetra Eight Rev 4 machines. This is the full rev 4 version with the Digimod board and rev 4 software.

It responds to midi pitch and modulation commands from any modern midi controller so there is no need for the original VPK-5 keyboard. It can also be programmed from intuitive programs like icontrolmidi and Sound Quest.

This is the last and best version of the synth. I feel they really got it right with this version. It has every desirable feature you could possible want in a Voyetra 8. It was purchased directly from Peter Lanzilotta at Double-Take in New York in 1997 and has worked perfectly ever since. It has been used regularly and well taken care of. As you can see from the photos it is in excellent cosmetic condition. The only noticeable cosmetic issue is one bent heatsink fin. There are a few insignificant marks in the textured metal housing. The face of the unit is amazingly clean.

Everything works exactly like it should. You will be able to rack this up and start using it with your midi setup right away. It includes the original midi to xlr cable. ” Link

Octave, Voyetra Eight @ 10 January 2012, Comments Off

“Hey Guys,

Up for sale is my prized Voyetra Eight synth. Hate to sell the synth but I need to raise funds for a large equipment purchase. I bought the synth 6 years ago, when I bought it it was not working. I hired Peter from Double Take in NYC to rebuild the synth which He did over the course of a year. Peter replaced the mother board, filter cards, voice cards and upgraded the unit from a Revision 3 to a Revision 4. The synth is in perfect working condition, and average cosmetic condition. Its widely considered the greatest analog synth ever made, its pretty amazing. 8 voices, 8 filter cards, cool arp and definitely the nicest synth I have ever owned or played for that matter. I’d put it up with a CS-80 ….. I’ll really hate to see it go.

Here is a link to a video of me playing the synth (ebay won’t allow links so cut and paiste in your browser)
www(dot)youtube(dot)com/watch?v=rz2n-49j7fs” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.

Octave, Voyetra Eight @ 28 June 2011, Comments Off

“For sale is my much loved and often recorded Voyetra 8 (Serial number GM 4812). I just don’t have room for it in my new studio and it has to go – hopefully to an equally loving owner. If you are reading this you will probably know about this synth and its awesome power. It is rare (from the dawn of time) and produces really exotic, rich, analogue sounds – New Order; Depeche Mode; Prince and The Eurythmics used this model extensively.

The unit works fine and it has been kept in my smoke-free home studio in London since I bought it in Philadelphia in 1990. The fan is a bit noisy and this is typical of these synths – I always meant to replace it with a quieter one but never got round to it. The auto-tune cycle throws up an error on two of the sixteen oscillators – it has always done this, but it has never been a problem for me. There are a few scuffs and a bit of rack rash but it has been looked after very carefully and always kept in its flightcase (included).

I’m not sure what Rev. it is but it has green voice cards and MIDI (a custom cable is included – XLR to MIDI – see pics). A Voyetra manual is also included.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.

Octave, Voyetra Eight @ 16 November 2010, Comments Off

“This is the rare, scarce and legendary Voyetra Eight synthesizer. This Voyetra is a REV 4. This synth produces one of the warmest, fattest sounds ever produced by a keyboard. I’ve used this one for years and now it is time to pass the fun to someone else. If your looking at this listing, then you know what it is and I won’t bore you with the details. This may be your last change to own one of these wonderful synths as they almost never come up for sale.

This Voyetra Eight was in perfect working order when it was put into storage over a year ago. Now that I have it on my desk, Oscillator Two will not tune. This can be easily fixed. All buttons function but the contacts need to be cleaned. The Headphone knob is missing but can be replaced easily. Here is the link to an exact replacement – http://www.ehcknobs.com/pointers.html This unit has MIDI jacks in place of the stock XLR jacks. It isn’t pretty but it works. And hey, when do you ever look at the back of the synth. The unit has the usual scratches from being pulled in and out of a rack for the last twenty years. See photos for cosmetic condition.

Included in the Sale:

1) Voyetra Eight Synthesizer
1) Power Cable
1) Original Manual
1) Photocopy Manual
1) REV 4 reference guide
1) Voyetra Eight sales brochure
1) Voyetra Eight MIDI Implementation manual

This synthesizer will change your life but part of the responsibility of owning such a rare instrument, is the maintenance. I HIGHLY recommend that whoever wins this wonderful synth that they send it to Peter Lanzilotta at Double Take Studio Services in New York. He will bring this synth back up to tip top shape and you will enjoy years of block rockin’, earth scattering sounds.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.

Octave, Voyetra Eight @ 13 July 2010, Comments Off

“The Voyetra 8 is a rare polyphonic analog synthesizer manufactured in New York City during the heyday of the Jupiters, Prophets, Moogs, etc. It’s unique sound comes from matching Curtis oscillators with SSM filters, resulting in a character similar to the early SSM-based Prophet 5s but also having a raw edge associated with the Curtis oscillators. Further description is easily found on the Internet. This particular unit is a full version 4 (latest version) in both hardware and software including the fan on the backside and MIDI specs associated with the final version.

The unit powers up fine but there is something faulty that causes the voices to be delayed when triggered by the keyboard and similarly delayed in going off when the key is released. It does this somewhat uniformly on all voices, so my belief is that it may be caused by a single faulty component somewhere in the architecture prior to the sound chain of the voices. This delay problem seems to be slightly less prevalent when the unit is warmed up and being constantly played. On the Voyetra, individual voices can be turned off and on. My testing shows that both oscillators, filter, and ADSR envelope are working on each of the 8 voices (subject to the condition stated above). Also, all patches sound the same (when the sound is coming through) as they did when the unit was fully functioning. Having said all of this, the unit is sold “as-is” with no guarantees of anything stated in this paragraph. The unit should be considered “non-functioning” for all practical purposes regarding this listing.

There is a firm in New York City called Double-Take Studio Services (Peter Lanzilotta) that fully services these, according to the Internet.

The rack unit appears to be in fairly decent cosmetic condition. There is also a separate proprietary non-MIDI keyboard (model VKP5) that comes with the unit, although it is not needed. These were necessary for the early versions of the Voyetra 8 before MIDI became standard on the later version. I would actually recommend using any standard MIDI keyboard instead. The proprietary keyboard “worked” the single time I tried it 10 years ago. Consider it to be a free add-on with the rack unit.

Note that there is a lower bound on the value of the package (in my opinion) since it contains 16 CEM3040 oscillators and the keyboard contains the same Pratt-Read mechanism used on Prophet 5s, early OB Oberheims, and numerous other keyboards of that period.

The package includes the rack module, keyboard, proprietary connecting cable, printed manual, and version 4 handbook as pictured. Shipping is by UPS Ground fully insured.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.

Octave, Voyetra Eight @ 02 February 2010, Comments Off

voyetra8 “You are bidding on the Voyetra 8 Eight Voice Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer.
Tested power-up only. Very physical condition. Comes as-is because I do not have equipments to test all functions. ” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.

Voyetra Eight @ 15 September 2009, Comments Off

v8_1 “Well, here we are again, Kidz, almost a year later. The Master Peter Lanzilotta, beset with urgent professional and personal issues, has wedged us in here and there and has the Voyetra completely groomed in mint working condition. Thank you, Peter, and God Bless. He says that not using it is not a good thing, as you may know, even though it was packed away safely right here in the house.

That said” This gem was only used once on the original StarKid project from the 1980′s and has been in and out of the packing occasionally for a play, and otherwise, safely stored since, right here in the house. Groomed for sale by the Master, Peter Lanzilotta of Double-Take Studio in NYC, the module will be shipped directly from Peter’s studio. Peter ordains it Mint Condition for the next owner.

Here’s what Peter has to say: 9-11-09 “Your unit does contain the Rev 4 software which is better than the Rev 3 software, and that does make what you can call a 3.5, but this unit does not contain the Rev 4 digimod card. So, I think the best way to advertise this is as a Voyetra-Eight with Rev 3 hardware and Rev 4 software. You have all green circuit cards in this unit, which are the very best quality out of all the cards we produced back then. This is a good unit. If you want me to verify that with your potential buyer, have them call me. If they call me, I will present this unit in a very good light, because it really is very good. Remember, the only difference between a Rev 3 and a Rev 4 is that the Rev 4 is able to receive MIDI Pitch bend, MIDI Pressure, and MIDI Modulation wheel controllers. That is the only difference. This should be made clear to the buyer. Some people won’t care about these features. In fact, some will care more about the fact that it has the green circuit cards in it. This ensures more reliability.”” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay. v8_2

Octave, Voyetra Eight @ 07 July 2009, Comments Off


“Up for auction is a very rare 1983 Octave Plateau Voyetra Eight analog synthesizer as used by New Order (see Perfect Kiss 10 minute version on YouTube) and Eurythmics, among others. I bought it from a musician in New York about 10 years ago who claimed he was the former keyboardist of the Tom Tom Club (ex-Talking Heads members). He said he used it in several live shows when they toured in the mid-80′s and had two of these synths. He sold me one of them. I’ve used it on several of my own personal projects and songs over the years, particularly on my cover of New Order’s “Your Silent Face”. It’s an extremely rare synth on the used market, and even more rare to find in stable, fully-functioning condition. It blows away any other analog polysynth I’ve ever used or played, including the CS-80 (at least sonically). If you’ve been looking to add one to your studio, this is the one you want.
The former owner of this synth lived down the street from Phil Lanzilotta in New York City, who is the only person I know of who has the parts, schematics, and extender cards to maintain these synths. Over the years, whenever upgrades became available for the synth, he brought it to Phil to upgrade it. As a result, the synth has all of the latest software and cards and has been extremely stable over the years. I’ve had zero issues with the synth and it’s remained rackmounted in my non-smoking studio over the years and only moved when my studio moved. The fan tends to be a bit loud but it’s a simple computer fan and a replacement could likely be sourced. All buttons, switches, jacks, and knobs function perfectly, with no crackly pots. Everything functions perfectly. MIDI functions perfectly. Arpeggiator sync input functions perfectly. Again, I’ve had zero issues in my over 10 years of owning it. It has always tuned up perfectly every time within a minute of turning it on, something that apparently is a rarity with these synths. I took a video of it going through the tuning process to show that all voices are in tune and will attempt to link to that after I get the auction up and running, or can send the link to those interested via email.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.