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Stock, Aitken & Waterman bass, brass sounds etc...

Post by ted1986 » Wed Jul 22, 2009 8:07 pm

Hi all,

I'm sure many of you have heard of the music producer trio Stock, Aitken & Waterman and many of you will probably curl into a ball with embarrasement when you're reminded of them! I'm curious, what synthesizers did they use to create their rather cheesy 80s BASS and BRASS sounds amongst other classic Stock/Aitken/Waterman trademark sounds which were used to death in the late 80s? I know they definately used the Yamaha DX7 and Roland D-50 along with the Linn drum machine but did they use any other synths in their production?

Any input on this would be great!

Thanks,

ted :o

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Post by Mooger5 » Wed Jul 22, 2009 9:11 pm

I´ve got a recent Mix or FM mag where their recording engineer speaks about their *usual* set-up consisting of Linn Drum, Minimoog for bass and DX7 for almost everything else.
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Post by nathanscribe » Wed Jul 22, 2009 9:56 pm

This article in SOS:

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/feb09/a ... s_0209.htm

mentions the Linn 9000, DX7 (for bass), Juno 106, Emulator, and Fairlight.

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Post by rockmanrock » Sun Jul 26, 2009 8:02 pm

You could go and ask Mike Stock himself on his forum.

Interview from 1987 in Music Technology magazine (excellent mag) is here

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Post by madtheory » Sun Jul 26, 2009 11:01 pm

rockmanrock wrote:Music Technology magazine (excellent mag
S'funny, I was wondering about this mag the other day! I agree, it was great. Pity that it isn't archived somewhere.

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Post by Mooger5 » Mon Jul 27, 2009 7:29 pm

Mooger5 wrote:I´ve got a recent Mix or FM mag where their recording engineer speaks about their *usual* set-up consisting of Linn Drum, Minimoog for bass and DX7 for almost everything else.
I re-read the article and this was not exact. Sorry. This set-up was used by a Waterman managed producer for Matt Bianco. This is not the usual set-up by which SAW were recognized in the mid-80s. *Early* set-up at best.
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Post by StepLogik » Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:45 pm



Synths from top to bottom. Lots of layers for sure. Those guys sure knew how to write a catchy tune.

A young kylie minogue is easy on the eyes as well :D

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Post by hageir » Tue Jul 28, 2009 8:12 am

I've heard MKS-80 mentioned somewhere..
I saw it in a pic I think.
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Post by mattio » Tue Jul 28, 2009 8:32 am

StepLogik wrote:

Synths from top to bottom. Lots of layers for sure. Those guys sure knew how to write a catchy tune.

A young kylie minogue is easy on the eyes as well :D
...those where the days, I remember this video was all over MTV every day when I got home from school back in the 80's. :)

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Post by Pro5 » Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:54 am

I've been trying hard to convince people that the DX7 and D-50 are *NOT* just about the S.A.W sounds but threads like this don't help ;P

In the UK at that time I was at school and SAW (hit factory) was everywhere.. I hated it, even though I did sing along now and then to some of their tunes, to me it was the 'a*s end' of the 80s in the UK and where music started going wrong (esp related to Synth usage). I can mentally disconnect MY D-50 from that era by clever use of custom sounds. I'm not sure it says in any of those about the D-50 but I did read somewhere that they used it... but very DX-7 heavy in general.

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Re: Stock, Aitken & Waterman bass, brass sounds etc...

Post by calyx93 » Tue Jul 28, 2009 3:04 pm

These guys used the PPG system as well, quite noticeably at times too. DOA's "Youthquake" comes to mind.
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