What synths were used in Fade To Grey?

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What synths were used in Fade To Grey?

Post by Analogue Crazy » Sat Dec 15, 2007 7:07 pm

Its one of my favorite 80's tracks and i have always wondered what synths were used in it.
Anyone know any synths that were used in it?
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Post by antilles » Sat Dec 15, 2007 9:48 pm

I don't know, but I'm sure Billy Currie used his arp odyssey on it.

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Post by Micke » Sun Dec 16, 2007 1:02 am

Bass line & soft solo = Arp Odyssey w/sequencer
Intro (on '12 version) = Fairlight CMI (programmed by R. J. Burgess)
Electronic drums/percussion/drum machine = musicaid claptrap, prototype simmons SDS5 and possibly SDS3s, CR-78.

The strings are either from the CS-80 or SS-30 stringer, not sure which one.

Dave Formula also used a Prophet 5 on Visage's debut album.

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"I went round one afternoon, to his (Richard Burgess) house, & improvised on the Fairlight to provide the links between the songs on the 1st Visage album. And yes, he set up the sounds for me to use. Also I know that he & Rusty Egan worked on some of the electronic drum sounds together."


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Post by Analogue Crazy » Sun Dec 16, 2007 12:46 pm

Thanks very much Mike. :)
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Post by Micke » Sun Dec 16, 2007 4:09 pm

You're welcome, AC

On a side note, the first album that really used sampling was the Kate Bush Album Never Forever , John Walters and Richard Burgess programmed the Fairlight for that too.

Peter Gabriel had used the Fairlight with a preset sound on his third album a couple of months earlier but John & Richard actually sampled stuff in the studio...
Listen for the the guns cocking in Army dreamers, the plates and glasses breaking in Babooshka, and there were other things as well.
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Post by Push-Pull » Mon Dec 24, 2007 4:31 pm

Bass line & soft solo = Arp Odyssey w/sequencer
prototype simmons SDS5
Happy to know that ! Because I've tried to copy those sounds with a Korg MS10.

For the result, click here to listen my cover of "Fade To Grey".

In fact, all is done with the MS10. Four takes one-by-one for the four-voices PWM pads !
The only other instruments are a TR-606 for the beat and the vocoder of a microkorg.
No sequencer: the bassline is triggered by the "trig out" of the 606.

'Hope you'll enjoy ! :D
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Post by clueless » Mon Dec 24, 2007 4:34 pm

Just had a listen and that was very,very well done sir! :wink:

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Post by neandrewthal » Mon Dec 24, 2007 5:00 pm

Excellent. I even like it way more than the original.
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Post by shaft9000 » Mon Dec 24, 2007 6:21 pm

hey Push -

your F2G has been in my iPod for months now...a truly excellent redux you've done!

Are those extracted vocals?
Or did you reproduce the vox spot-on as well? It's soooo close.

I made a 'louder' version of Fade to Grey (for hard techno dancefloor). It's more Moroder-y w/ burbling Moog bass.
I will post an mp3 of it as soon as i return from holiday for all to hear.
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Post by Push-Pull » Tue Dec 25, 2007 11:43 am

Thank's for your comments ! Image
Are those extracted vocals?
Or did you reproduce the vox spot-on as well? It's soooo close.
It's me singing... And my girlfriend for the "frenchy voice" !
It's more Moroder-y w/ burbling Moog bass. I will post an mp3 of it as soon as i return from holiday for all to hear.
Mmmm.... Image
I'm waiting...
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Post by sam » Tue Dec 25, 2007 12:20 pm

Congrats...A very nice version.. :D
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Post by Micke » Tue Dec 25, 2007 3:32 pm

That's a very nice version indeed, push-pull :)

Re the original version of Fade To Grey; I forgot to mention that Billy Currie additionally played electric violin on it; a Fender solid violin to be exact (which he aquired back in 1977). Billy first used it on U-vox' second album Ha, Ha, Ha.
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Post by scoopicman » Thu Dec 27, 2007 8:11 am

Excellent version of the song, Push-pull!! :D

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Post by Push-Pull » Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:49 am

Thank's !

Hey Shaft9k, still on holiday ?? :D
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Post by shaft9000 » Fri Feb 15, 2008 4:06 am

Holiday Over!
Next Up: a permanent Vacation!

anyhow.....the track is finished.....I just forgot to put it on my JumpDrive today. (yeah i know i'm a slow bahstud)

will upload it tomorrow i promise.....stay tuned :)
2600.solus.modcan a.eurorack.cs60.JP8.Juno6.A6.sunsyn.volcakeys.jd990.tb303.x0xb0x.revolution.
999.m1am1.RY30.svc350.memotron

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