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Guess the synths (now with answers & more pics)

Post by Micke » Mon Mar 30, 2009 4:44 pm

Hi there synth afficionados,

It's quiz time again!

Below you can listen to four audio excerpts from a famous synthesizer score.
I want you to guess what synth/s you think is/are featured in each cue.









Let the contest begin :D
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Re: Guess the synths...

Post by oberheim » Mon Mar 30, 2009 5:58 pm

Hmmm, I'll stick my neck out and say that it sounds like plenty of Prophet 5 in tracks 2 and 3. You'll have to tell us the composer at the end Micke. 8)

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Re: Guess the synths...

Post by Micke » Mon Mar 30, 2009 6:37 pm

Of course. And I will also reveal who played on each cue.

Keep the answers coming!
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Re: Guess the synths...

Post by THM » Mon Mar 30, 2009 7:40 pm

I'd add the Roland VP-330 (or RS-202) strings in track 1.

I'll have a better listen tomorrow (for now I was just hearing this on poor laptop speakers).
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Re: Guess the synths...

Post by spookyman » Mon Mar 30, 2009 8:59 pm

Yes...strings are coming from a Roland Stringer in Track 1. RS-505 or VP-330.

For the rest i have to listen again...it's quite hard this time ! #-o
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Re: Guess the synths...

Post by gd » Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:34 pm

# 3 sounds like either a CS-80 or GX 1

oops meant CS-80 not CX-80
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Re: Guess the synths...

Post by goom » Tue Mar 31, 2009 2:50 am

Awesome clips, Micke! How about a hint?

Track 3 reminded me of Gleeson's Emu modular.

Track 1 sounds like a Roland VP-330.

BTW, I reserve the right to change my answers if you give us a hint or two. ;)

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Re: Guess the synths...

Post by T-John » Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:43 am

Complete guesswork, but that is the name of the game...


#1: A modular system, maybe a Roland 700..?

#2: Some stringer or other, I'll venture ARP Omni

#3: The glorious CS-80!

#4: PPG Wave for the cello-esque sound at the beginning
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Re: Guess the synths...

Post by Ashe37 » Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:42 am

hmmm

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Re: Guess the synths...

Post by sam » Tue Mar 31, 2009 11:20 am

I can guess ...VP330 and OBX....?
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Re: Guess the synths...

Post by iProg » Tue Mar 31, 2009 3:18 pm

Track one: Some kind of string machine...ARP Omni or some Roland...RS-505 (202?)

Track two: That's probably an Oberheim filter...4 voice or 8 voice or Xpander

Track three: CS-80 style brass...could be a Prophet-10...not sure

Track four: Scary stuff :S some kind of sampler...Emulator or Fairlight...or maybe a Voyetra..

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Re: Guess the synths...

Post by Micke » Tue Mar 31, 2009 5:24 pm

Wow, that's quite some guesses already! just keep 'em coming :D

It ain't an easy quiz so I'll give you some big hints: the music was recorded between Feb and June/July 1979
and used in the movie Apocalypse Now (I reckon some of you already knew this though). Moreover, each cue was generally put together by a different team of synthesists (using different synth setups). For example; the first cue was recorded by Bernie Krause with some assistans from Nyle Steiner. The second cue was mostly done by Patrick Gleeson. The third cue was done by Nyle Steiner and Shirley Walker and finally the fourth cue is by Don Preston and Nyle Steiner.

Hopefully this info might help a little.
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Re: Guess the synths...

Post by Micke » Tue Mar 31, 2009 5:59 pm

As for the strings in the first cue (recorded by Bernie Krause) , I actually don't know whether they are from a stringer or not. However, according to Nyle Steiner (who played some tracks on this cue), there was definitely a string-machine at Bernie's sessions and it's very likely that Bernie used it for the strings part in this track. Neither of them remember what model/make it was though. Nyle did mention for me that it could have been an ARP or Solina but that's all I know.

Anyways, the Roland RS-202 and RS-505 were both available at the time of scoring so who knows.
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Re: Guess the synths...

Post by Micke » Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:31 pm

oberheim wrote:Hmmm, I'll stick my neck out and say that it sounds like plenty of Prophet 5 in tracks 2 and 3. You'll have to tell us the composer at the end Micke. 8)
There might be some single-keyboard Prophet 10 (SSM chips) on track 2 but Gleeson could not remember whether
he used the Prophet's (he had two of them!) on the tracks he worked on**.

However, most of the synth sounds in this track are from another synth.

** the two Prophet's saw a lot of use on Gleeson's solo album Rainbow Delta though. In fact, he started to work on that album in the fall of '78 several months before he was hired by Francis Ford Coppola to work on the AN soundtrack.
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Re: Guess the synths...

Post by Micke » Tue Mar 31, 2009 7:06 pm

T-John wrote:Complete guesswork, but that is the name of the game...


#1: A modular system, maybe a Roland 700..?
A modular system, yes...but not a Roland system 700
#2: Some stringer or other, I'll venture ARP Omni
Nope, no stringer was used in this cue.
#3: The glorious CS-80!
Contrary to rumours floating around out there there is no CS-80 on this score. I'm however told that some guy from a large local music store was demonstrating the expression aspects of the CS-80 for the various synthesist at the beginning of the project. As it happened it was not used on the score.

#4: PPG Wave for the cello-esque sound at the beginning
Nope, no PPG stuff was used in the making of this score.
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