THE eighties sounds ?

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THE eighties sounds ?

Post by hinotori » Tue Jun 05, 2007 2:28 pm

so .
i know its general and subjective . but what do you all consider to be THE 80s sounds ?

for example:
the "lately bass" preset on the TX81Z (DX100?)
the linndrum drum set .

any other BIG contenders for an instant 80s sound ?

(yes, im working on my 80s sound ;))

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Post by ronP » Tue Jun 05, 2007 2:53 pm

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To me the 1980s had a musical split identity, divided both by synth technology and corporate music business BS.

From 1980 to 1984 -- we had the thick Moog, Oberheim, Prophet, and Roland analog sounds of new wave, post-punk, and progressive rock dominated by the "New Europeans" (Ultravox pun) . . .

from 1985 to 1989 -- we had the digital, almost antiseptic Yamaha DX7 and Fairlight sound dominated by the overproduced dance troop video shenanigans of Madonna, Michael Jackson, and their illk, the "New Californians" . . .

There was, of course, other trends that helped to shape the best of the 1990s -- early hip-hop, metal, and eclectic solo artists like Kate Bush and Peter Murphy.

I miss the 1980s . . . the time when there was still melody and harmony as well as beats, beats, beats, and, um, beats.

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Post by DX » Tue Jun 05, 2007 2:54 pm

ronP wrote:.


To me the 1980s had a musical split identity, divided both by synth technology and corporate music business BS.

From 1980 to 1984 -- we had the thick Moog, Oberheim, Prophet, and Roland analog sounds of new wave, post-punk, and progressive rock dominated by the "New Europeans" (Ultravox pun) . . .

from 1985 to 1989 -- we hasd the digital, almost antiseptic Yamaha DX7 and Fairlight sound dominated by the overproduced dance troop video shenanigans of Madonna, Michael Jackson, and their illk, the "New Californians" . . .

There was, of course, other trends that helped to shape the best of the 1990s -- early hip-hop, metal, and eclectic solo artists like Kate Bush and Peter Murphy.

I miss the 1980s . . . the time when there was still melody and harmony as well as beats, beats, beats, and, um, beats.

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Totally agree.
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Re: THE eighties sounds ?

Post by OggeOJ » Tue Jun 05, 2007 3:23 pm

hinotori wrote:so .
i know its general and subjective . but what do you all consider to be THE 80s sounds ?

for example:
the "lately bass" preset on the TX81Z (DX100?)
the linndrum drum set .

any other BIG contenders for an instant 80s sound ?

(yes, im working on my 80s sound ;))
The 80's are:
Jupiter 8
Linndrum (remove that, and the song isnt 80)
Moog Minimoog
Prophet 5, yea, that one. love it.
well... some dx7 too, and juno.[/b]
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yeah, im also obsessed with it.

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Post by Alphacode » Tue Jun 05, 2007 3:26 pm

take a 2 osc poly synth . Select Saw on both oscillators , detune a bit the 2nd osc .Open the filter to max ,Resonnance to almost minimmum . quick attack , short release and add modulation to oscillators sometimes ,play some chords in right hand and some bass line on left .. For me thats 80's ...

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Post by hearttimes » Tue Jun 05, 2007 3:39 pm

take a linn kick drum. put it in a massive gated reverb. make it the loudest thing in the mix by far. regret you made it so loud 25 years from now. :)

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Post by hinotori » Tue Jun 05, 2007 3:48 pm

hahaha
great replies thanks .
id have to agree gated linndrum is an almighty sound .
and as embarassing as it may be in 25 years . wait 35 and its back in fashion .

the DMX has an almighty sound too . but more for the hip hop sode than the 80s pop side of things .

what would be some classic prophet 5 records from the eighties to source ?

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Post by Analogue Crazy » Tue Jun 05, 2007 3:53 pm

Here are a few classic Prophet 5 records:
Japan - Ghosts
Thompson twins - Doctor Doctor
Soft Cell - Say hello, wave goodbye
Softcell - Bedsitter
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Post by Soundwave » Tue Jun 05, 2007 4:53 pm

Fast 16th note percussive DX7 sequences.
OBXa on Jump.
Jan Hammers Minimoog guitar in the Miami Vice theme.
DX7 metalic slap bass like with Tina Turner.
Linn Drum.
Ploymoog lead on Cars (or was this the late 70's?).
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Post by aXL » Tue Jun 05, 2007 5:13 pm

The immortal 808/INT11 combo. Think "Sexual Healing". The instant 80's cheese will reek. Need I say more?

Otherwise, a sequenced arp styled like the opening of Ultravox' "Western Promise" or a System 700 in the style of Richard Barbieri in the Japan heyday, think "Quiet Life" and "Methods of Dance" personifies the kind of early 80's stuff I seriously admire.
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Post by Bitexion » Tue Jun 05, 2007 5:17 pm

Here's bunch of samples of famous 80's synth sounds, and what synths that made them:


http://www.synthmania.com/Famous%20Sounds.htm

Okay, so ELP's Lucky Man is 70's, but whatever.

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Post by Z » Tue Jun 05, 2007 6:24 pm

Don't forget all the 1987 - 89 Roland D-50 presets everywhere: Digital Native Dance, Shakuhachi, Living Callopie, Gritar, Slap Bass.

Pretty much all pop dance tunes featured a Yammy DX and LinnDrum. OB-XA's for the hard rockers, JP-8's for the "Neo Romantics" and Prophet 5's for the AOR's.

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Post by Bitexion » Tue Jun 05, 2007 6:29 pm

Minimoogs and Obies were used alot by the heavy rockers. They're the "only" synths that can penetrate a wall of guitar sound, according to Eddie van Halen (the creator of the Jump sound).

Rick Wakeman (prog rocker since the 70's) says the Minimoog would instill instant fear in guitarists when a keyboardist brought it into the band.
They'd say "dammit he's got a mini, now I won't be the loudest in the band anymore".

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Post by code green » Tue Jun 05, 2007 6:44 pm

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