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by jp8
Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:42 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Help me break this down!
Replies: 0
Views: 191

Help me break this down!

Hi everyone, Found this old song from the early 80's, and I want to see if the synths can be identified. The singer is "playing" an SH-101 (seems pretty proud of it!) and I can hear a Casio VL-1 rhythm sequence toward the end of the song. The drums sound Roland-esque. Here is the song: http://www.yo...
by jp8
Tue May 19, 2009 8:52 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Two synths of the same make sounding different?
Replies: 12
Views: 610

Re: Two synths of the same make sounding different?

I've been told that the most common reason for two identical synths sounding different is the electrical outlet they are plugged into. Voltages fluctuate and vary from location to location, and this has an effect on the output of an analog synthesizer. My brother had a band back in the 80's, and I r...
by jp8
Tue May 19, 2009 6:19 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Vogue - String Sound
Replies: 4
Views: 1407

Re: Vogue - String Sound

Hi rano, Sorry, I misunderstood what part you meant. I thought you meant the orchestra hits. The underlying pad sounds sort of Juno-esque. It does have an analog quality to it, but I think that this particular sound could also be reproduced with a rompler. This is how I would do it: 1) On the romple...
by jp8
Mon May 18, 2009 7:18 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: What makes a synth famous?
Replies: 49
Views: 2650

Re: What makes a synth famous?

Back to the question at hand, I think a synth's popularity is the result of a combination of things happening simultaneously. Functional capabilities, uniqueness of sound, era of release, marketing, popularity of users, etc, etc. I think the question should be more like "What made the (insert synth ...
by jp8
Mon May 18, 2009 6:08 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Vogue - String Sound
Replies: 4
Views: 1407

Re: Vogue - String Sound

Hi rano, It sounds like the strings on "Vogue" are samples of actual orchestral strings, and are probably being played from a rompler synth. This is actually good news for you, because it means that there is no [i]one[/i] synth that makes this particular sound. This increases your chances of re-crea...
by jp8
Mon Apr 27, 2009 5:47 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Which Synth Had The Worst User Interface Ever?
Replies: 137
Views: 15850

Re: Which Synth Had The Worst User Interface Ever?

Even though I used it frequently, the synth with the worst interface I ever owned was the Crumar Bit One. It's a great-sounding synth, and can do some good stuff, but the interface was non-intuitive. Aside from pitch bend and modulation, no other parameters could be effectively modified in realtime....
by jp8
Thu Apr 16, 2009 6:50 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Synth Basslines on Madonnas Into the Groove?
Replies: 18
Views: 9951

Re: Synth Basslines on Madonnas Into the Groove?

I'd have to agree with matia. The MKS-80 is most likely the synth used for that bassline. Syncing it to a drum machine would have been no problem, as MIDI was available in 1984, although it would have had to be run through an external sequencer in order to get the consistently sharp hits you hear in...
by jp8
Wed Sep 07, 2005 5:43 am
Forum: Software Synthesizers
Topic: Is it just me or are there others who HATE software..
Replies: 55
Views: 7718

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