La Roux's "Bulletproof" (What synths?)

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La Roux's "Bulletproof" (What synths?)

Post by nsbhp2 » Sat Dec 18, 2010 8:41 pm

So, I love this song to death, and was wondering if anyone knows what synths (real or computer based) were used in its production. I did a Google search, and came up with nothing. :(

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Re: La Roux's "Bulletproof" (What synths?)

Post by maindeglorie » Sun Dec 19, 2010 10:23 am

Reason? Cubase instruments? Some shitty VST's? A Nord Lead? lol

If you watch the video, they even use a Little Phatty! The dude is totally rocking CHORDS on it!

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Re: La Roux's "Bulletproof" (What synths?)

Post by Mush » Sun Dec 19, 2010 11:21 am

maindeglorie wrote:If you watch the video, they even use a Little Phatty! The dude is totally rocking CHORDS on it!
Maybe he is using it as a midi-controller... Or using the arpeggiator... Or even have a few poly-chained LPs...

Don't be a smart-a*s!

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Re: La Roux's "Bulletproof" (What synths?)

Post by vin14 » Sun Dec 19, 2010 1:53 pm

They did a live session with Heaven 17 for the BBC, they had a little phatty, and a nord (not sure if I remember correctly). Perhaps it's on youtube. Of course doesn't mean it was used on the recording, but it's a clue.

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Re: La Roux's "Bulletproof" (What synths?)

Post by vin14 » Sun Dec 19, 2010 2:00 pm

maindeglorie wrote:Reason? Cubase instruments? Some shitty VST's? A Nord Lead? lol

If you watch the video, they even use a Little Phatty! The dude is totally rocking CHORDS on it!
I don't know for sure what it was recorded with. However, so what if it was Cubuse instruments or Reason or Free VSTs. If the tune's good it doesn't matter if the synths used are the type some people would look down upon. If you think the tune's rubbish, fair enough, that's allowed, but the synths used don't make it rubbish!

As for playing chords on the phatty, again, so what? It's just a video. Perhaps he was taking the piss,like the dude from EMF playing bass with a boxing glove on Top of the Pops!

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Re: La Roux's "Bulletproof" (What synths?)

Post by Stab Frenzy » Sun Dec 19, 2010 3:53 pm

vin14 wrote:They did a live session with Heaven 17 for the BBC, they had a little phatty, and a nord (not sure if I remember correctly). Perhaps it's on youtube. Of course doesn't mean it was used on the recording, but it's a clue.
The album was recorded before the 'band' was formed, the people in the film clips and the live show were recruited afterward to make it look like a 'real band' on stage rather then a 100% pop act. IIRC they aren't even musicians, they're just friends of the singer, and their instruments when they play live aren't coming through the PA. So the LP was probably picked because it looks cool, rather than for the sound.

OP: The sounds in that song are nothing special, it doesn't really matter what made them. That kind of music isn't about having great sounds, it's about having a haircut and a marketing budget. If you want to make music like that maybe buy a microkorg and just learn how to play it. Write a catchy tune, cause if you're doing stuff like that they're gonna get a producer in to rerecord everything anyway.

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Re: La Roux's "Bulletproof" (What synths?)

Post by nsbhp2 » Sun Dec 19, 2010 5:55 pm

Wow, it seems like I pissed in everyone's corn flakes by implying that this was a REAL song! Sorry to offend all you REAL musicians that look down on us hobbyists that are just looking for a bit of info on what I consider to be the best place on the net to do so. I won't bother you any more.

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Re: La Roux's "Bulletproof" (What synths?)

Post by Jabberwalky » Sun Dec 19, 2010 7:41 pm

Lots of skill went into writing that stuff. s**t on it all you want, but they write a damn fine pop song.

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Re: La Roux's "Bulletproof" (What synths?)

Post by Stab Frenzy » Mon Dec 20, 2010 2:36 am

nsbhp2 wrote:Sorry to offend all you REAL musicians that look down on us hobbyists that are just looking for a bit of info on what I consider to be the best place on the net to do so.
Other way round actually, VSE is full of hobbyists who think that buying a fantastic synth is going to make their music better.

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Re: La Roux's "Bulletproof" (What synths?)

Post by Trom69 » Mon Dec 20, 2010 3:58 am

Stab Frenzy wrote:VSE is full of hobbyists who think that buying a fantastic synth is going to make their music better.
And there goes another great sig. :lol:
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Re: La Roux's "Bulletproof" (What synths?)

Post by GuyaGuy » Mon Dec 20, 2010 4:48 am

ITT angry synthesists are angry

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Re: La Roux's "Bulletproof" (What synths?)

Post by nsbhp2 » Mon Dec 20, 2010 5:54 am

I see this is turning into a pissing match that I don't want to be part of. I apologize if I offended anyone. As Rodney King once said, "Can't we all just get along?" :D

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Re: La Roux's "Bulletproof" (What synths?)

Post by Stab Frenzy » Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:17 am

No need to apologise, this is what always happens whenever anyone mentions la roux. A quick search would have revealed this gem of a thread:

http://www.vintagesynth.com/forum/viewt ... =1&t=51831

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Re: La Roux's "Bulletproof" (What synths?)

Post by maindeglorie » Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:29 am

Stab pretty much nailed it.

My favorite part is when I was told not to be a smart a*s! LOL

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Re: La Roux's "Bulletproof" (What synths?)

Post by tekkentool » Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:52 am

Just Get NES samples (particularly the percussion/noise channel) and then any basic subtractive synth can get you these tones.

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