Getting Started

The Cherry Audio Memorymode is based upon a legendary 80s synthesizer that was simply one of the very best-sounding analog programmable polysynths of the era... perhaps one of the best ever made! Unfortunately, like other flagship American synths of the era, it fell short in a few important ways, and was ultimately doomed to fail in the marketplace. Facing stiff competition from other programmable polyphonic instruments including the Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 and Oberheim's OB-X series, it was somewhat hastily designed and "pushed out the door" at a time when the manufacturer was in serious peril. On the positive side, it featured a classic Mini-inspired three-oscillator voice architecture, as well as the famous velvety discrete transistor ladder filter, resulting in one of the beefiest-sounding analog synths ever created. Unfortunately, the company was in such a hurry to release a profitable product, it wasn't adequately tested and refined, resulting in frequent tuning and overall reliability issues.

These days, most of the original instrument's serious issues can be addressed and resolved by a competent repair tech, and at the time of writing, restored examples trade for $15k or more! Fortunately, Cherry Audio's Memorymode replicates the incredible sound and feel of the original instrument at a minute fraction of the cost and throws in additional features, such as increased polyphony (up to 16 voices, as opposed to the original's 6 voices), extended modulation capabilities, an easy-to-use streamlined user interface, and a complement of high-quality effects including a phaser, ensemble, echo, and reverb.

Technical Assistance
Cherry Audio's unique online store and automatic updating should make operation a smooth experience, but if you run into any issues or have questions, you can discuss issues online at the Cherry Audio forums at:

... or you can communicate directly with one of our groggy 'n' grumpy, er... outgoing and friendly tech support staff at:

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