Various artists: guess the synths! (now with answers)

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Various artists: guess the synths! (now with answers)

Post by Micke » Sat May 15, 2010 8:33 pm

Hi there synth aficionados!

It's time for yet another guess-the-synth contest :)


1. Cyndi lauper - She bop (from the album "She's So Unusual", 1983)
[youtube][/youtube]
Lead synt doubling bass + brassy chords?

A. Prophet 5
B. Memorymoog
C. Roland Juno-60
D. Oberheim 2-voice


2. Landscape - Norman Bates (from the album "From The Tea-Rooms of Mars...",1981)
[youtube][/youtube]
Bass synth?

A. Minimoog
B. Roland Promars
C. Yamaha CS-80
D. Roland system 100m


3. Larry Fast/Synergy - Phobos and Deimos go to Mars (from the album "Cords", 1978)
[youtube][/youtube]
Oriental sounding synth solo in the last part?

A. Minimoog + Obie SEM
B. Moog 15
C. Roland SH-3a
D. Micromoog


4. Kaipa - skenet bedrar (from the album "Inget Nytt Under Solen", 1976)
[youtube][/youtube]
One of the best Swedish progressive-rock groups.

Which synth is playing between 2:13-2:56 and 6:41-8:00 respectively?

A. Octave Cat
B. Yamaha SY-2
C. Korg 800 DV
D. Steiner-Parker synthacon


5. Images in vogue - Lust For Love (singel/EP, 1983)
[youtube][/youtube]
Lead-synth during verse & chorus + flute-like synth riff?

A. Memorymoog
B. Rhodes chroma
C. Prophet 5
D. Oberheim OB-Xa


6. Duran Duran - Sound of Thunder (from the album "Duran Duran", 1981)

sequenced part?

A. Jupiter 4
B. SH-2
C. Prophet 5
D. Jupiter 8


7. Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Way of the Pilgrim (from the album "Inner Worlds", 1975)

solo synth heard between 1:46 - 2:49?

A. ARP 2600
B. Steiner-Parker Synthacon
C. Minimoog
D. EML 101


Good luck :D

cheers,
Micke
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Re: Various artists: guess the synths!

Post by pflosi » Sun May 16, 2010 11:45 am

Nice quiz as always, Micke!

I have not really a clue so I'm just going to guess:

1. I know she used a P5 and a TVS... My guess here goes for the TVS
2. Hm they had a CS 80 and a Promars... Sounds Promars to me. Nice track :)
3. Hm I'm guessing Moog 15... very nice track
4. No idea... My guess goes for the cat. nice track again :)
5. No idea again. I'm guessing P5
6. well since they loved it I'm guessing JP8
7. My guess is ARP 2600. VERY nice track

Thanks for the quiz, it was fun! Hope some others are chiming in...

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Re: Various artists: guess the synths!

Post by Micke » Sun May 16, 2010 1:41 pm

Thanks for your answers, pflosi! I'm glad to hear you like my little synth quizzes. :)

Keep the answers coming!
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Re: Various artists: guess the synths!

Post by Micke » Sun May 16, 2010 5:49 pm

Hey, c'mon now you guys!
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Re: Various artists: guess the synths!

Post by nvbrkr » Sun May 16, 2010 6:25 pm

Give it a little bit time. Listening to all these tracks takes quite a while. ;)

I've only listened to the Mahavishnu one so far, I think it's a Minimoof. Gotta do the others later on.

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Re: Various artists: guess the synths!

Post by amatsov » Sun May 16, 2010 8:26 pm

thanks Micke for superb quiz!

1)Roland Juno-60
2)Roland Promars
3)Micromoog
4)Yamaha SY-2
5)Rhodes chroma
6)Jupiter 8
7)ARP 2600

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Re: Various artists: guess the synths!

Post by monolith » Mon May 17, 2010 1:22 am

The only 2 I'm really confident on are
1) Juno-60
and
7) MiniMoog

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Re: Various artists: guess the synths!

Post by burnsjed » Mon May 17, 2010 12:17 pm

Will start with
6) B. SH-2

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Re: Various artists: guess the synths!

Post by iProg » Mon May 17, 2010 2:01 pm

She Bop is Juno-60, Norman Bates is Minimoog, Images in Vogue is OB-Xa, Kaipa is the Korg 800 Dv and Sound of Thunder is a Prophet-5. The rest I will answer tonight!

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Re: Various artists: guess the synths!

Post by Micke » Mon May 17, 2010 3:23 pm

I realize my quiz isn't easy but I'd really appreciate if you could answer all the questions instead of posting just
one question here and there, otherwise it gets confusing.

Thanks
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Re: Various artists: guess the synths!

Post by iProg » Mon May 17, 2010 3:37 pm

Micke wrote:I realize my quiz isn't easy but I'd really appreciate if you could answer all the questions instead of posting just
one question here and there, otherwise it gets confusing.

Thanks
Sorry!

1. Juno-60
2. Minimoog
3. Roland SH-3a
4. Korg 800 DV
5. OB-Xa
6. Prophet 5
7. ARP 2600

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Re: Various artists: guess the synths!

Post by JJQ » Tue May 18, 2010 8:04 am

I havent had time to look on all videos, but on Mahavishnu Ill put my money on Minimoog.
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Re: Various artists: guess the synths!

Post by nvbrkr » Tue May 18, 2010 9:58 am

1. C. Roland Juno-60
2. C. Roland Promars
3. B. Moog 15
4. B. Yamaha SY-2
5. A. Oberheim OB-Xa
6. D. Jupiter 8 (no idea, really)
7. C. Minimoof

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Re: Various artists: guess the synths!

Post by Micke » Tue May 18, 2010 5:20 pm

Anyone else want to take a guess?
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Re: Various artists: guess the synths!

Post by Micke » Wed May 19, 2010 6:36 pm

The winner of the quiz is iProg with three correct answers, congrat's!

The answers are as follows:

1. Cyndi lauper - She bop (from the album "She's So Unusual", 1983) = D. Oberheim 2-voice

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Richard Termini's Oberheim TVS-1 (the actual synth used on She Bop)

Here's a vintage clip from 1983 showing Termini rehearsing with the same rig he used on Cyndi Lauper's album:



Richard Termini and Peter Wood (RIP) played the synths on this track. Termini used a 2-voice and
Prophet 5 Rev 3 while Wood handled a Memorymoog. The actual bassline is a stack of bass guitar and
double-tracked 2-voice. The P5 is responsible for all the plucking and higher harpsi sounds as well as
the fat horn lead that plays with the whistle sound (which was played by Wood on the Memorymoog).

Pflosi was the only one who guessed right. I'm a bit surprised though that almost all of you guessed on the
Juno-60 because to my ears it doesn't sound like that synth at all. If you listen carefully to the brassy chords
you can hear the distinctive "buzzyness" of the Oberheim 2-pole filter.

As for the the Juno-60 (Rob Hyman bought it for the recording sessions according to Termini), it wasn't used
much at all on this album. Some examples I can think of at the moment are the solo on "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"
(with its arpeggiator being 'triggered' for timing by a Linn Drum) and the main synth on "Time After Time"
(with the Memorymoog doubling the basic part in real time).

Richard Termini: "Somewhere there may still exist the original demo of time after time with me on OB doing
bass pulses using sample and hold on the filter synced to an 808 and then playing dark pads with very little
movement so the whole thing felt like it was on one chord... Very Fripp and Eno...



2. Landscape - Norman Bates (from the album "From The Tea-Rooms of Mars...",1981) = B. Roland Promars

The Promars, linked to a Lyricon wind-driver, was also used for the flutey riff on "Einstein A Go Go". The weird
sounding solo on "Norman Bates" is a Trombone played through a Roland pitch-to-voltage converter linked to
a Roland system 100M. Most of the polyphonic stuff on "From The Tea-Rooms.." and the album before that,
"Landscape". was done with a Yamaha CS-80.


3. Larry Fast/Synergy - Phobos and Deimos go to Mars (from the album "Cords", 1978) = D. Micromoog

The Micromoog was controlled by a Russ Hamm guitar synth prototype. It can be heard on quite a few
CORDS tracks.

Image
Larry Fast's live setup during the 1978 tour with Peter Gabriel. The Prophet 5 was added to
Fast's synth rig after CORDS had been recorded. The first Synergy album to feature the P5 rev 1 was
1979's GAMES.


4. Kaipa - skenet bedrar (from the album "Inget Nytt Under Solen", 1976) = C. Korg 800 DV

Hans Lundin, Kaipa's keyboardist, told me that he hired the synth for the recording sessions. Most
of the synth sounds on this album however comes from a Yamaha SY-2.

Image
Hans Lundin/Kaipa in the recording studio, circa summer 1976.


5. Images in vogue - Lust For Love (singel/EP, 1983) = D. Oberheim OB-Xa

Lust For Love synth breakdown:
Prophet 5 - low bass notes, Yamaha SS30 high strings, Memorymoog arpegiator, OB-Xa does all else.

Image
Images In Vogue on the Vancouver show, Nov 1983. Glen Nelson
on Oberheim OB-1 and OB-Xa and Joe Vizvary (I think?) on Prophet 5.


6. Duran Duran - Sound of Thunder (from the album "Duran Duran", 1981) = C. Prophet 5

Source: questions & answers with Nick Rhodes.

Image
Nick Rhodes/Duran Duran live on stage, Sep 1981.


7. Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Way of the Pilgrim (from the album "Inner Worlds", 1975) = C. Minimoog

Actually, it was a Nyle Steiner modified duophonic Minimoog interfaced with a Steiner Synthasystem modular.

"The sound was layered. Nyle made my Mini Moog duophonic, and it's keyboard also controlled the modular
synth duophoncally (this was years before midi), so I could stack layers of sound in real time and play 2
different lines at once. As I remember there's a passage in that solo where I used a voltage inverter on the
modular synth so when I played a descending line on the Mini Moog the modular synth's line ascended..."
/Stu Goldberg

You can hear the passage Stu's describing at the end of the solo.

Okay, that's all for the time being. I hope you found the quiz interesting.

Comments are welcomed!
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