Badass synth parts in songs (starting with this one)

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Post by bluedad » Sun Jan 27, 2008 8:53 pm

Micke wrote:
I know that he used a Multimoog for the bass and solos on the album "Arc Of A Diver" (1980), including on the song "While You see a chance". I'm not sure though whether or not he used the same synth for the solo on "Valerie"...

On "Arc Of A Diver" Steve was also using a (rented) Prophet 5, Polymoog (on one track only) and a Yamaha CS-80.
Thanks for that info, Micke. A Multimoog was the first synth I ever laid hands on and could get no more than a few curious blips and bleeps out of it. Disappointing to me in 1978; my, how my tastes have changed.

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Post by Micke » Sun Jan 27, 2008 11:04 pm

You're welcome, bluedad :)
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Post by gcoudert » Mon Jan 28, 2008 4:43 pm

Micke wrote:This has been confirmed to me by Ulf Wahlberg, the bands synth player.
Wow, did you actually meet him then, Micke?! I'm jealous!


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Post by Micke » Mon Jan 28, 2008 5:08 pm

No, we were just discussing synths and good 'ol times per email.

Btw, I forgot to tell you that Ulf used lots of Jupiter-8 on the following albums "Jupiter Sign" (rec. in 1983) and "When the night closes in" (1985).
As soon as he got the Jup8 it became his favorite synth.

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Post by SWAN » Mon Jan 28, 2008 9:35 pm

V301H wrote:Tiesto reveals all his secrets here:
ha ha ha!

I love the weird analogue noises that the Plump DJs (UK breaks scene) create on their tracks-a good example:

Apparently they are real analogue heads...

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Post by Feelsee » Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:07 pm

Propaganda - Dr. Mabuse. That bass line!!
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Post by langmick » Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:50 pm

First time ever posting in the threads...

But this tune first really turned me on to some different uses of electronics. I love the bumpy bass that comes in...

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Post by eminor9 » Tue Jan 29, 2008 11:37 am

Wally Badarou's 'Echoes', a wonderful display of 'how can synths sound so organic'.

Steve Winwood's 'Night Train' intro.

Anything from New Musik and Japan.

Neucleus 'Automan Dub' from start to finish actually.

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Post by crystalmsc » Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:02 pm

Most Tony Banks works sounds good in a song. Also the MicrowaveXT sound in the Ray of Light, Madonna. It almost like an XT album for me.
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Post by oryjen » Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:18 pm

The Odyssey lead and all the Buchla 200e sound retreatments (particularly the bass guitar) on The Hand That Feeds, from NIN!!!!! 8)
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Post by Synthprophet » Wed Jan 30, 2008 12:33 am

oryjen wrote:The Odyssey lead and all the Buchla 200e sound retreatments (particularly the bass guitar) on The Hand That Feeds, from NIN!!!!! 8)
Argh I almost forgot about this one :)

Another nice one is the guitarlike sound in New Order's Kiss Of Death, starting about 3:04, eventhough it was from the Emulator, so maybe not really a synth.

Recently I also fell in love with that simple solo from Visage - Fade To Grey starting with a glide.
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Post by iProg » Wed Jan 30, 2008 10:45 am

IQ - Widow's Peak

The mono lead synth during the two verses. It's an Arp Odyssey with unison sawtooth osc + ring mod. Fantastic sound!

IQ - Leap of Faith

The start of the instrumental section at 3:29 is a square portamento Oscar, that's one h**l of an analog!

The synth leads on the three Genesis album released between 1976 and 1978 (Trick of the tail, wind and wuthering, and then there were three) is mostly Arp 2600 and Pro-Soloist sounds. Haunting!

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Post by tyrannosaurus mark » Wed Jan 30, 2008 11:01 am

Soulwax - Any Minute Now

You know the parts with the crazy modulation tweaking? Baaaaad a*s

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Post by oberheim » Wed Jan 30, 2008 1:56 pm

ELP's 'Trilogy' for me. When the Moog kicks in after the Piano... It always blows me away. 8)
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Post by BlackGnosis » Wed Jan 30, 2008 6:28 pm

Well I got a few memorable ones but stadly they are a pain to track down...

the pads from u96's Club bizzarre and Brooklyn Bounces many many many versions [i've got 4 cds of different versions of this song just from Brooklyn bounce, and yes one was a rare =P] of it =P easily reproduced with microkorg presets[just offset your mastertune by. but If I remember right they pre-record in their studios and press their own vynals =/

Um lets soo one that always stuck with me awas VOODOO PEOPLE! with that awesome a*s feedback meets guitarish sound of the Roland JD-880

Suicide commando's Jp-8000s synth sounds are also awesome ^^

Another bassline I love to death is this MEGA simple a*s bassline in Rotersands "Exterminate Annihilate Destroy"

I shouldn't forget Castles in the skyon the jp-8000 too =P

Another one that comes to mind are the various old school synths in crystal methods "keep hope alive" [are the pads a Juno? what makes that awesome high pitch squelchy sound, my synth-stincts tells me its lots of filter-fun]
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