Lead Synth on A-Ha's Take on Me?

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Re: Lead Synth on A-Ha's Take on Me?

Post by D-Collector » Sat Jan 18, 2014 10:48 pm



I know they used it here:


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Re: Lead Synth on A-Ha's Take on Me?

Post by madtheory » Sat Jan 25, 2014 9:49 pm

philip wrote:FXs left from Mansfield's multitrack, and it was fairlight. Prophet 5 on pads- that is 100%.
There's no evidence of this. Tarney doesn't mention the P5 once in the SOS article, and the Tarney version is clearly a new take. It's a different drum track and none of the Mansfield Fairlight effects survive- the reverse orchestra hit, the percussion and weird ambient thing in the middle section. Take a listen to the demo, 1984 7" and 12", and the instrumental of the Tarney version, you'll hear it.

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Re: Lead Synth on A-Ha's Take on Me?

Post by philip » Sat Jan 25, 2014 11:34 pm

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philip wrote:FXs left from Mansfield's multitrack, and it was fairlight. Prophet 5 on pads- that is 100%.
There's no evidence of this. Tarney doesn't mention the P5 once in the SOS article, and the Tarney version is clearly a new take. It's a different drum track and none of the Mansfield Fairlight effects survive- the reverse orchestra hit, the percussion and weird ambient thing in the middle section. Take a listen to the demo, 1984 7" and 12", and the instrumental of the Tarney version, you'll hear it.
I don't care about what was mentioned in SOS article, this info's right from the first hands. It was P5 on pads.

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Re: Lead Synth on A-Ha's Take on Me?

Post by madtheory » Sun Jan 26, 2014 12:39 am

What evidence do you have? I'm only going by the evidence available- the demo, the two versions, and their various mixes on the deluxe version if the album- not JUST the SOS article. If you've got other evidence I haven't seen it in thus thread. Did I miss something?

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Re: Lead Synth on A-Ha's Take on Me?

Post by Dommedagsprofet » Tue May 19, 2015 11:43 pm

madtheory wrote:What evidence do you have?
I believe he by
philip wrote:[...] this info's right from the first hands. It was P5 on pads.
refers to
aXL wrote:I've asked Magne about this myself once [...] and the answer was indeed a mix of Prophet, DX7 and PPG Wave,[...] However, I'd imagine he was referring to the layers; a Prophet pad, a DX7 bassline and PPG lead. [...]
aXL's post is on the first page of this thread and is from 2009.

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Re: Lead Synth on A-Ha's Take on Me?

Post by Bitexion » Wed May 20, 2015 12:28 am

Magne Furuholmen is one of the most respected and well-known artists in Norway, it's not unheard of that people have asked him about that lead sound and got a perfectly fine answer that isn't printed in SOS. He isn't a public recluse either, he's appeared as judge on music-related reality shows recently even. The Voice I believe it was.
He is also a pretty successful painter, and had many exhibitions, so plenty of opportunities to meet the A-Ha fans outside of touring.

It's certainly something I'd ask him about if I got the chance. :geek:

Micke gets 90% of his inside info from asking the artists directly via email too, I assume.

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Re: Lead Synth on A-Ha's Take on Me?

Post by minime123 » Thu May 21, 2015 3:48 pm

they used a lot of DX7, Juno 60, PPG, synclavier synth, Fairlight, Emulator, Wasp, Prophet 5, with lots of layering.

i have a full gear list but couldn't find it in my quick search.

they've also got a new album coming out soon and will be touring too, check it out!:

http://a-ha.com/news/articles/cast-in-s ... -and-tour/

totally looking forward to hearing it - their previous album kicked a*s!
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Re: Lead Synth on A-Ha's Take on Me?

Post by dayglo98 » Wed Aug 12, 2015 6:59 pm

Thread necro but I think the Korg DW-6000 can maka a fairly accurate recreation

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Re: Lead Synth on A-Ha's Take on Me?

Post by OSCILLATOR A » Fri Nov 13, 2015 4:55 pm

The "lead synth" is just a Juno-60. Typical for the sound is the onboard analog chorus and sub osc.

Check out this Live performance where Magne plays a Juno-106, that sounds very close to the Juno-60.


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Re: Lead Synth on A-Ha's Take on Me?

Post by V301H » Fri Nov 13, 2015 6:38 pm

Here are the keyboards isolated from "Take on Me". Doesn't really solve the mystery but still interesting to hear.

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Re: Lead Synth on A-Ha's Take on Me?

Post by madtheory » Fri Nov 13, 2015 7:23 pm

That doesn't sound like the original at all. The guy made that himself from a MIDI file. Edit: Just listened to his other "multitracks" and none of them are authentic.

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Re: Lead Synth on A-Ha's Take on Me?

Post by maestro300 » Wed Jun 29, 2016 3:59 pm

Here is the real isolated synth track from Take On Me. This will clear things up!! Silence at beginning is where the LinnDrum intro would be. Check out his other isolated tracks from this song.

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Re: Lead Synth on A-Ha's Take on Me?

Post by madtheory » Wed Jun 29, 2016 4:27 pm

maestro300 wrote:Here is the real isolated synth track from Take On Me. This will clear things up!!
Cool. What are you using? Zynaptiq?

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Re: Lead Synth on A-Ha's Take on Me?

Post by desmond » Wed Jun 29, 2016 4:31 pm

madtheory wrote:
maestro300 wrote:Here is the real isolated synth track from Take On Me. This will clear things up!!
Cool. What are you using? Zynaptiq?
No, most of these stems from classic tracks put online are ripped from video games such as Rock Star (there are loads of them) etc, where the original tracks were separated into stems for the games for people to sing/play along to. So there will often be a drums, keys, guitar, bass and vox stem for any given track.

Totally illegal to put online, but fun to explore! ;)

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Re: Lead Synth on A-Ha's Take on Me?

Post by madtheory » Wed Jun 29, 2016 4:36 pm

O ya. Just discovered that via Google after checking his Youtube channel. The depths of the interwebs, meh!

BTW just reading that you've OCR'd the Patchworks articles. Nice work! Very cool :) I programmed the Eno DX-7 stuff into a DX-7 a while back, then transferred them to FM7. They didn't come out exactly the same as on the DX-7, but it was fun.
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