The synthesisers used on Kanye Wests new album

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The synthesisers used on Kanye Wests new album

Post by tyrannosaurus mark » Tue Dec 02, 2008 8:26 am

Sound great! Lots of 808 sounds. Check out this song and tell me what you think of all the synths in that beast:

http://www.fluxblog.net/kanyewest_paranoid.mp3

I'm guessing he uses a bunch of softsynths seeing as he seems to favour modern technology stuff. Definitely an 80s vibe though
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Re: The synthesisers used on Kanye Wests new album

Post by Joey » Tue Dec 02, 2008 8:45 am

motif xs, ensoniq mirage... studio electronics gear... mpc 4000, etc

all the major hip hop mainstays

you can see studio vids on his site
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Re: The synthesisers used on Kanye Wests new album

Post by ramos » Tue Dec 02, 2008 10:49 am

man I hate this guy.

I don't hear any 808?
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Re: The synthesisers used on Kanye Wests new album

Post by tyrannosaurus mark » Tue Dec 02, 2008 12:14 pm

Perhaps he didn't use 808 sounds in that tune, but the album is called 808s and heartbreak. And so he sings over 808 type beats for most of the album
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Re: The synthesisers used on Kanye Wests new album

Post by Clavier » Tue Dec 02, 2008 6:18 pm

I kind of liked that song. It would have been better without autotune.
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Post by Clavier » Tue Dec 02, 2008 6:20 pm

Did they use a Drumulator for that track?
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Re: The synthesisers used on Kanye Wests new album

Post by pricklyrobot » Tue Dec 02, 2008 6:39 pm

Clavier wrote:I kind of liked that song. It would have been better without autotune.
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Re: The synthesisers used on Kanye Wests new album

Post by Yoozer » Tue Dec 02, 2008 6:50 pm

Clavier wrote:I kind of liked that song. It would have been better without autotune.
I liked the song a lot, and I fully agree about the autotune.
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Re: The synthesisers used on Kanye Wests new album

Post by wiss » Tue Dec 02, 2008 6:55 pm

Goldigger was a great track but this one is just YAWN!!!...
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Re: The synthesisers used on Kanye Wests new album

Post by pricklyrobot » Tue Dec 02, 2008 6:59 pm

The song is kind of catchy, though it goes on a little long, and the vocals just completely spoil it. I just don't get it. If he's trying to cover up off-key singing, he's laying the Autotune on way too thick. And if he's trying to use it as an intentional effect, how can he claim to be any kind of innovator while relying so heavily on a sound that's so utterly played out?
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Re: The synthesisers used on Kanye Wests new album

Post by Z » Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:03 pm

Ugh! I guess to each their own.

I skipped around that track and heard no 808. I did hear some 909 snare & toms (samples most likely) near the end. I really like the stereo clap/slap every other back beat, though.

That auto tune effect is so played out. Kinda like vocoders: now that there ae so many digital vocoders out there, I have to be very careful when to use my SVC-350.

What are "808 type beats"? Like any instrument, the 808 can be used in many genres. Growing up in the 80's, my exposure to 808's was with Phil Collins with & without Genesis, early break beat/electro/b boy rap and Gaye's "Sexual Healing." I seldom only use the 808 by itself, but layered with other machines or a couple of 808 sounds mixed with sounds from other machines.

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Re: The synthesisers used on Kanye Wests new album

Post by Clavier » Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:29 pm

pricklyrobot wrote:
Clavier wrote:I kind of liked that song. It would have been better without autotune.
http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colber ... mble-kanye
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Re: The synthesisers used on Kanye Wests new album

Post by Clavier » Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:34 pm

pricklyrobot wrote:how can he claim to be any kind of innovator while relying so heavily on a sound that's so utterly played out?
At this point the most innovative thing he could do, is use live drums.
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Re: The synthesisers used on Kanye Wests new album

Post by wiss » Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:42 pm

Clavier wrote:
pricklyrobot wrote:how can he claim to be any kind of innovator while relying so heavily on a sound that's so utterly played out?
At this point the most innovative thing he could do, is use live drums.

because he sampled CAN, this is his claim to fame.

Live drums have been done in hop-hop


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Re: The synthesisers used on Kanye Wests new album

Post by tyrannosaurus mark » Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:52 pm

Haha aww poor Kanye. I feel out of the bigger artists that released albums (coldplay, killers etc), Kanye's one is the only one that took any risks and changed up his own winning formula. I mean he's made a slow growing album of ballads, and he doesn't rap once in the album. I'm actually surprised so many people are offended by his use of auto-tune, like it actually seems to provoke a comment. He's used auto tune on all his albums in the past, but this time he's used it over the entire album
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