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Post by akira_smith » Mon Jun 04, 2007 2:07 am

i was just wondering if anyone knew what synths they use... im guessing they're using analogs as well as va's.

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Post by Joey » Mon Jun 04, 2007 2:10 am

They really use any old type of keyboard.

I have an issue of keyboard magazine that I wish was near me, but some notable ones I remember are Farfisa Mini Compact, Korg MS20, EDP Wasp, and quite a few others. They like their gear vintage, and they record with no midi.
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Post by wiss » Mon Jun 04, 2007 2:16 am


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Valley People Dynamite stereo compressor

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Post by CTB » Mon Jun 04, 2007 4:09 am

Don't forget extensive use of the EMS VCS3. You can hear it on Black Cherry (the album) quite a bit in all the bleeps and bloops. There was an article a couple years ago where Will mentioned this one specifically. ... dfrapp.asp

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Post by Analogue Crazy » Mon Jun 04, 2007 6:42 pm

Don't forget the JP-8000 either. :wink:
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Post by celebutante » Mon Jun 04, 2007 6:52 pm

Yeah, they have a metric-s@*t ton of gear!

In addition to all the stuff mentioned, Will has a big modular as well (can't tell what it is, but I'm guessing Analog Solutions from the looks and the fact their English).

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Post by carbon111 » Mon Jun 04, 2007 7:02 pm

Will is also fond of running Allison's voice through the MS20's pitch-to-CV converter. Listen for it all through Felt Mountain - great effect, especially when the tracking glitches at the end of notes :)
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Post by lucifer » Mon Jun 04, 2007 7:11 pm

number 1 is done on the rs505

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Post by rickrhino » Mon Jun 04, 2007 7:12 pm

carbon111 wrote:Will is also fond of running Allison's voice through the MS20's pitch-to-CV converter. Listen for it all through Felt Mountain - great effect, especially when the tracking glitches at the end of notes :)

you can see it being use live here

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Post by CTB » Mon Jun 04, 2007 11:26 pm frickin' cool. I have never seen this footage of Alison.

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Post by Amos » Tue Jun 12, 2007 12:23 pm

I named a factory preset on the Moog Little Phatty (Stage Edition) after them. wonder if they'll ever notice.
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Post by stalla » Tue Jun 12, 2007 1:48 pm

Is she singing into the ms20 for the chorus ? amazing
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Post by KB Crockett » Tue Jun 12, 2007 6:28 pm

They are amazing to see live. I was hoping they would have used some vintage synths on their last tour as Air do but I couldn't see any. I think it was mostly samples in an Akai. It sounded good anyway so I can't complain.

I don't think anyone has mentioned their Philips Philicorda which you see them play in their studio in one of the extras on their live DVD. It had a Korg Monopoly on top.

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Post by minime123 » Wed Jun 13, 2007 6:14 am

i love goldfrapp, even though will doesnt seem to know the difference between an arp 2600 and arp 2500. or maybe he just hasnt really seen close encounters. :)
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Post by maindeglorie » Wed Jun 13, 2007 6:21 am

stalla wrote:Is she singing into the ms20 for the chorus ? amazing
Yes, she is controlling the oscillators with her voice by singing into the pitch-to-cv jack on the MS-20. They do this all over Black Cherry as well, check out the first song Crystalyne (mispelled :wink: ). The chorus and end are brialliant uses of this. I always wanted an MS-20.

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