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by Bill Wolfer
Mon Jan 18, 2016 1:05 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: 4 ARP sequencers controlling over a dozen analog synths
Replies: 33
Views: 5191

Re: 4 ARP sequencers controlling over a dozen analog synths

I just posted a new video of another tune with the same setup. New video, old recording!

by Bill Wolfer
Sat Feb 14, 2015 6:51 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: 4 ARP sequencers controlling over a dozen analog synths
Replies: 33
Views: 5191

Re: 4 ARP sequencers controlling over a dozen analog synths

I'm giving this old thread a bump because I recently came across the master recording of this little experiment. I had totally forgotten that I had recorded it on 1/4 inch tape. This sounds much better. I put it up on YouTube, along with lots of vintage synth p**n.

by Bill Wolfer
Sat Dec 15, 2007 7:14 pm
Forum: Samplers
Topic: The Fairlight
Replies: 41
Views: 6609

I spent a lot of time experimenting with drawing waveforms and using the additive synthesis on a Fairlight I, without coming up with anything really usable musically. I remember asking the Fairlight reps from Australia how can you program a simple brass sound additively, and they had no clue. It see...
by Bill Wolfer
Fri Dec 14, 2007 10:12 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Why doesn't hohner make a new clavinet?
Replies: 65
Views: 12673

Since we're talking abouts clavs, it occurs to me that it's one of the few keyboards mentioned in a song lyric: Stevie's "Sweet Little Girl," from Music of my Mind.

"come on now honey-sugar, you know your baby loves you, more than I love my clavinet."

An obvious fib, but I bet it got him some... :D
by Bill Wolfer
Fri Dec 14, 2007 7:11 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Why doesn't hohner make a new clavinet?
Replies: 65
Views: 12673

For what it's worth, the sampled clav in Propellerheards' Electromechanical free refill for Reason is the best sampled clav I heard yet. Still ain't a clav.
by Bill Wolfer
Tue Dec 11, 2007 6:09 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Why doesn't hohner make a new clavinet?
Replies: 65
Views: 12673

You just can't be lyric with a clav. You can't be mellow. You can't get a dull sweet sound. It makes the sound it makes, and that is a very cool sound, but it is not a diversely applicable sound. You've got to go listen to Stevie Wonder's "Happier Than The Morning Sun." Then tell me that you can't ...
by Bill Wolfer
Tue Dec 11, 2007 2:44 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: synth used in BILLIE JEAN for bassline.
Replies: 52
Views: 34172

No, I played on the 81 tour, the "Triumph" tour. (Triumph, Victory, a bit of hubris, eh?) :lol: On the 81 tour, I had a Yamaha CP70 Electric Grand with a Prophet 5 on top. To the left of that, I had my Rhodes Stage 73 with my Minimoog atop of it. To the right of the piano I had my CS80 which is what...
by Bill Wolfer
Tue Dec 11, 2007 2:34 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Why doesn't hohner make a new clavinet?
Replies: 65
Views: 12673

oh man, I have NEVER heard any sample or rompler that even comes close to a real clavinet. I miss mine dearly, sorry I let it go, and may buy another one yet if I can get a decent deal on it. The clav is a guitar with a keyboard, and no synth can touch the way it feels to play it. check out this sit...
by Bill Wolfer
Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:34 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: synth used in BILLIE JEAN for bassline.
Replies: 52
Views: 34172

Ps, on the subject of this album, Was the Beat It intro a preset of the Fairlight or Synclavier? Reason i ask is that I found the exact sound in the Cult Sampler vst, there is a patch called "Synclavier" which is the exact same sound as the Beat It Intro! "Cult Sampler Beat It Intro Sound" http://w...
by Bill Wolfer
Sun Dec 09, 2007 11:48 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: What was your gateway drug into synthesis?
Replies: 177
Views: 21526

Woof, it was so long ago, I can barely remember. It must have been a combination of my fascination with the family piano, and electronic gadgets. My favorite toy in fifth grade was a portable Sony reel to reel. I don't remember exactly when I became aware of synthesizers, but I do know that it was b...
by Bill Wolfer
Sun Dec 09, 2007 7:41 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: synth used in BILLIE JEAN for bassline.
Replies: 52
Views: 34172

Re: re

TO BILL: I was wondering if CS-80V is close enough to the actual cs-80? I haven't tried it, because I still have my CS80! But to me, the best part of the CS80 can't be re-created in an emulation, because the instrument itself is so expressive in so many ways that can't be approximated in software. ...
by Bill Wolfer
Sun Dec 09, 2007 7:34 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: synth used in BILLIE JEAN for bassline.
Replies: 52
Views: 34172

I was wondering-how much artistic freedom did you get to contribute in sessions like these? Is it a case of Quincy/producer having a pretty good idea of what they want or did you get quite a lot of input? Thanks in advance :) In all of the sessions I did for Thriller, I was always impressed by how ...
by Bill Wolfer
Sat Dec 08, 2007 8:31 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: synth used in BILLIE JEAN for bassline.
Replies: 52
Views: 34172

Thanks for confirming this, Bill Did you play the keys on any of the other tracks, for instance on "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin" and "Beat It"? Micke Yes, I played on three tunes altogether, Billie Jean and the two you just mentioned. I wish I could remember more details about what I played on those...
by Bill Wolfer
Sat Dec 08, 2007 7:05 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: synth used in BILLIE JEAN for bassline.
Replies: 52
Views: 34172

I think Billy Wolfer played the synths on "Billie Jean" so maybe he can shed some light on this. According to an article in an old Keyboard Magazine, he used a Prophet 5, Jup-8 and CS-80 on the songs he contributed to. Micke I used a CS80 to play the chords that move against the bass line on Bille ...
by Bill Wolfer
Sun Nov 11, 2007 1:35 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: 4 ARP sequencers controlling over a dozen analog synths
Replies: 33
Views: 5191

Thanks for the kind words. I cringe at the sound quality and some of the playing, but it's an interesting artifact. As this is the vintage synth forum, I thought I’d try to give you guys some more technical details that I didn’t put on the blog, so as to not bore non-synth freaks. But it’s been over...