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Post by brianos » Thu Feb 14, 2008 3:22 am

I found it easier to list albums with awesome synth rather than individual songs (less typing! :lol:)

Keith Emerson: Brain Salad Surgery & Emerson, Lake & Powell

Geoff Downes: Yes' Drama, Asia's debut & Alpha, Buggles Golden Age of Plastic, iCon Rubicon

Tony Banks: Selling England By the Pound thru Three Sides Live

Thomas Dolby: The Flat Earth & Golden Age of Wireless

Eddie Jobson: UK's Danger Money

Rick Wakeman: Yes' Going For the One
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Post by Postblank » Thu Feb 14, 2008 6:26 am

brianos wrote:Keith Emerson: Brain Salad Surgery & Emerson, Lake & Powell
You mean Emerson, Lake and Palmer? :D

As for my picks, I'd have to go with the synths on the Cure's "Cold."



Not exactly "kick your teeth in" badass, but I'm of the opinion that all of p**n is a badass album.

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- Whirlwind Heat "Grey" (Rogue madness)
- Eno "St Elmo's Fire" (guitar synth solo)
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Post by brianos » Fri Feb 15, 2008 5:01 am

Postblank wrote:
brianos wrote:Keith Emerson: Brain Salad Surgery & Emerson, Lake & Powell
You mean Emerson, Lake and Palmer? :D
For BSS, yeah, that was the classic Emerson, Lake & Palmer - prototype Moog constellation, Emo's modular, Carl's synthesized percussion. But the 2nd album I listed is the 1986 album with Cozy Powell. I love the blend of 80s polysynths, the Yamaha GX-1 & good ol' Hammond on this album - The Score, Learning to Fly, The Miracle, Touch & Go...
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Post by Postblank » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:32 am

brianos wrote:
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brianos wrote:Keith Emerson: Brain Salad Surgery & Emerson, Lake & Powell
You mean Emerson, Lake and Palmer? :D
For BSS, yeah, that was the classic Emerson, Lake & Palmer - prototype Moog constellation, Emo's modular, Carl's synthesized percussion. But the 2nd album I listed is the 1986 album with Cozy Powell. I love the blend of 80s polysynths, the Yamaha GX-1 & good ol' Hammond on this album - The Score, Learning to Fly, The Miracle, Touch & Go...
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Post by solderguy » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:33 am

Also listening to Emerson, Lake & Powell lately and liking it.....The Score is great!

The liner notes mention PPG Wave was used along with some unspecified Korg gear.... could the Korg DW-8000 or EX-8000 have been used on here?... they were released in 1985... KE is reputed to have had several of these. Anyone know what the powerful brassy sounds throughout the album were made with? Could this have been the PPG?

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Post by brianos » Sun Feb 17, 2008 3:22 am

The Yamaha GX-1 provided much of the brass (and that wicked modulation in the intro to The Score), but I wouldn't be surprised if it was layered with the Korgs & PPG.
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Post by BadTeeth » Sun Feb 17, 2008 3:50 am

Analogue Crazy wrote:One of my all-time favorite synth parts is 'Being Boiled' riff. I love the early Korg sound.
Being Boiled; the fast version or slow version?
Afrika Bambaataa Planet Rock is my favourite - the little solo riff. It's so analog and not even perfectly in time - gives it a character you never hear anymore thanks to quantizing

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Post by Joey » Sun Feb 17, 2008 4:07 am

BadTeeth wrote:
Analogue Crazy wrote:One of my all-time favorite synth parts is 'Being Boiled' riff. I love the early Korg sound.

Afrika Bambaataa Planet Rock is my favourite - the little solo riff. It's so analog and not even perfectly in time - gives it a character you never hear anymore thanks to quantizing
because its sampled from kraftwerk!
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Post by JUGEL » Sun Feb 17, 2008 3:42 pm

He replayed it .. didn't sample it.

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Post by solderguy » Sun Feb 17, 2008 11:14 pm

Hey... thanks Brianos!
Once had a record ( was a birthday present, disappeared unfortunately) entitled "Jon Santos plays Bach"..... entirely done on Yamaha GX-1. Was recorded in Germany around 1977. I didn't even know what the GX-1 was back then, assumed it was all multitracked using monophonic synth.

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Post by iProg » Fri Apr 11, 2008 1:06 pm

What synths make the fat blast chords in Michael Jackson's Thriller just before the bass line and drum beat starts? CS-80, JP-8?

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Post by veer chasm » Sat Apr 12, 2008 3:36 am

Human League's "Louise". Cool solo starts at about 2:30. This video has a weird edit that messes up the solo. It reprises again at 4:00. Better yet, pick up Hysteria.


Muse-Take a Bow. The opening sequence. Couldn't find a good clip that wasn't filled with propaganda or muffled live versions. Buy the album.
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Post by Xandre » Sat Apr 12, 2008 3:49 pm

+1 for Planet Rock

Seu Jorge - Te Queria
Funky Brazilian samba w/ (de-tuned?) moog bass.

Dr. Dre - My Life
Smoky grooves based on Roy Ayers' "Everybody Loves the Sunshine."

Dr. Dre - It's You I Adore aka Sunshine feat. Snoop Dogg
Funky swinging moogish bass on the hook (Studio Electronics SE-1).

Roger Troutman - Computer Love
Synth arrangement.

Ronnie Hudson - Westcoast Poplock
Monster moog.

I like Larry Mizell's synth arrangements. More delicate, subtle approach.

Bobbi Humphrey - Please Set Me At Ease
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Post by ERIC31 » Sat Apr 12, 2008 7:49 pm

From the old school Prince files.....

THE TIME-Get It Up.....this song has a wild synth solo in the middle of it that I really liked. From what I understand, he was fully into the Oberheim OB8 but I'm not sure if that was what played.

PRINCE-Head....another wild solo in this song too. I think Matt Fink played that one though.

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Post by cram1960 » Sun Apr 13, 2008 6:20 pm

The vocoder voice and the opening arpeggio sound in
"From Here To Eternity" by Giorgio Moroder:




And the bass in Kraftwerk "Robots":


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