Spandau Ballet: Guess the synth!

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Spandau Ballet: Guess the synth!

Post by Micke » Wed May 12, 2010 2:06 pm

Which synth of the ones listed below do you think was used by Spandau Ballet
on their debut album "Journey's To Glory" from 1981? eg on songs such as
To Cut A Long Story Short, Reformation and The Freeze


A. Arp Axxe
B. Roland SH-09
C. Yamaha CS-10
D. Roland Promars
E. Mini-Korg 700

Only one synths was used on the album.

A little bit of trivia:
According to record producer/composer/inventor Richard James Burgess, Spandau Ballet's 1981 single "Chant no.1" was
the first commercial recording where the Simmons SDSV was used together with the hexagonal drum pads.
The first ever recording to feature the SDSV (the prototype driven by a Roland MC-8) was Landscape's second album
"From the Tea-rooms of Mars...which was recorded in the summer of 1980.
"The (Yamaha) CS-80 is a step ahead in keyboard control, and a generation behind in digital control" -- Dan Wyman, Jan 1979

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Re: Spandau Ballet: Guess the synth!

Post by gd » Wed May 12, 2010 2:22 pm

Sounds like the Roland Promars but as we all know I have been wrong before.
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Re: Spandau Ballet: Guess the synth!

Post by braincandy » Wed May 12, 2010 2:26 pm

C. Yamaha CS-10
Fender Blacktop Jazzmaster | Squier CV Duo-Sonic | e6400 Ultra | Blofeld | a bunch of effects

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Re: Spandau Ballet: Guess the synth!

Post by Micke » Wed May 12, 2010 2:49 pm

Keep the answers coming!
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Re: Spandau Ballet: Guess the synth!

Post by Byrthfood » Wed May 12, 2010 2:53 pm

Promars
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Re: Spandau Ballet: Guess the synth!

Post by iProg » Wed May 12, 2010 3:05 pm

Roland stuff. SH-09.

That Landscape album is a favorite of mine btw, what gear did they use? :D

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Re: Spandau Ballet: Guess the synth!

Post by Micke » Wed May 12, 2010 3:13 pm

iProg wrote:Roland stuff. SH-09.

That Landscape album is a favorite of mine btw, what gear did they use? :D

I'll come to that later :)

Keep 'em coming!
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Re: Spandau Ballet: Guess the synth!

Post by vcs3 » Wed May 12, 2010 3:17 pm

Roland SH-09

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Re: Spandau Ballet: Guess the synth!

Post by nvbrkr » Wed May 12, 2010 3:52 pm

D. Promars.

The lower-register stuff at the end provided that association. I did this test with earplugs stuffed into my ears, btw. I was about to go to bed and didn't want to take them off.

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Re: Spandau Ballet: Guess the synth!

Post by Micke » Wed May 12, 2010 3:59 pm

We've got six answers this far, but let's make that ten or fifteen :)

keep guessiing!
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Re: Spandau Ballet: Guess the synth!

Post by Micke » Wed May 12, 2010 6:29 pm

C'mon now you guys!

I'd like to see at least 5 more answers....
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Re: Spandau Ballet: Guess the synth!

Post by JJQ » Wed May 12, 2010 7:44 pm

OK....Promars?
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Re: Spandau Ballet: Guess the synth!

Post by I12 » Thu May 13, 2010 7:59 am

There's a poly part so as there's only 1 poly in the list :geek:

Less it was multitracked? :?: :?:
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Re: Spandau Ballet: Guess the synth!

Post by EmptySet » Thu May 13, 2010 1:37 pm

I vote ProMars.

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Re: Spandau Ballet: Guess the synth!

Post by Micke » Thu May 13, 2010 2:33 pm

I12 wrote:There's a poly part so as there's only 1 poly in the list :geek:

Less it was multitracked? :?: :?:

Nope, there's no polyphonic synth in my list. Anything that sounds polyphonic on the record
was multi-tracked. There's a lot of polyphonic stuff going on in the song "Toys" but all
chords were recorded monophonically line by line (according to the producer Richard J. Burgess).

Keep guessing!
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