Vintage synthesizers used by Toto (and where)

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Vintage synthesizers used by Toto (and where)

Post by iProg » Wed Feb 09, 2011 1:46 pm

DX-5 (DX-1?)
DX-7
GS-1
CS-80
Jupiter-4
Polyfusion modular
Prophet-5
Oberheim DSX sequencer
Minimoog

Anything to add to the list?

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Re: Vintage synthesizers used by Toto (and where)

Post by Micke » Wed Feb 09, 2011 7:17 pm

Hmmm, let's see....

ARP 2600 w/sequential circuits sequencer
Minimoog hooked up to two Oberheim expander modules & DS-2
Oberheim 4-voice
Roland Jupiter-8 (x2)
CS-70M (Paich, mainly used for its polyphonic sequencer live, not sure if they recorded with it)
Roland MC-4 & MC-8 micro-composer
Linn LM-1
Yamaha CE-20 (x2)
Emulator

DX-7 (x2)
Emulator II
Oberheim Xpander

Their CS-80's were modified with unison switches.

David Paich and Steve Porcaro can both be seen using DX-1's in the "Angel Don't Cry" video,
but I don't know if they actually owned those.
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Re: Vintage synthesizers used by Toto (and where)

Post by iProg » Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:43 pm

What synths in the intro to Girl Goodbye? CS-80?

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Re: Vintage synthesizers used by Toto (and where)

Post by Micke » Wed Feb 09, 2011 11:06 pm

The pads and brassy lead sound like CS-80 to me. Afaik, they used the CS-80's along with the Minimoog/SEM and ARP 2600/SCI sequencer on Toto's first album. They had the Polyfusion modulars by late 1979 or thereabouts, and they did use them live, but from what I understand they didn't record with them until 1982's Toto IV.

I'm not sure on what album(s) they used the Oberheim polyphonic but according to Steve Porcaro -interviewed in CK back in '79 -they'd used one for string sounds at some point.
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Re: Vintage synthesizers used by Toto (and where)

Post by bigman2005 » Wed Feb 09, 2011 11:49 pm

David Paich also used a KX-88 on their 1990 tour.

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Post by Automatic Gainsay » Thu Feb 10, 2011 2:49 am

Technically, Toto never used any vintage synthesizers. :wink:
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Re: Vintage synthesizers used by Toto (and where)

Post by iProg » Thu Feb 10, 2011 9:56 am

Micke wrote:The pads and brassy lead sound like CS-80 to me. Afaik, they used the CS-80's along with the Minimoog/SEM and ARP 2600/SCI sequencer on Toto's first album. They had the Polyfusion modulars by late 1979 or thereabouts, and they did use them live, but from what I understand they didn't record with them until 1982's Toto IV.

I'm not sure on what album(s) they used the Oberheim polyphonic but according to Steve Porcaro -interviewed in CK back in '79 -they'd used one for string sounds at some point.
Cool!
Automatic Gainsay wrote:Technically, Toto never used any vintage synthesizers. :wink:
Haha, I know. They are as old as the synths themselves.

PS. I watched your ARP2600 videos on the tube. Excellent work. You are hereby renamed Automatic GASsay for showing off the ARP!

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Re: Vintage synthesizers used by Toto (and where)

Post by Automatic Gainsay » Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:48 pm

iProg wrote:PS. I watched your ARP2600 videos on the tube. Excellent work. You are hereby renamed Automatic GASsay for showing off the ARP!
Hey, thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it, and apologize for the unavoidable GAS the ARP inspires!
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Re: Vintage synthesizers used by Toto (and where)

Post by hfinn » Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:45 am

When I restored my Cs-80 I had the PSU replaced and I ended up using one out of Toto's CS-80. I think of that every time I hear Rosanna.

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Re: Vintage synthesizers used by Toto (and where)

Post by iProg » Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:54 am

Automatic Gainsay wrote:
iProg wrote:PS. I watched your ARP2600 videos on the tube. Excellent work. You are hereby renamed Automatic GASsay for showing off the ARP!
Hey, thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it, and apologize for the unavoidable GAS the ARP inspires!
I enjoyed it a lot, because for once it was a demonstration of how great the synth is and what it can do, and not how great the musician is and how skilled he is on playing the keys. It was an extensive go-through of both how the design, functions and results seemed to have been very well-arranged by Arp. I don't think it is an overrated synth.

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Re: Vintage synthesizers used by Toto (and where)

Post by cornutt » Fri Feb 11, 2011 7:34 pm

Somewhat OT, but at the end of the '80s everyone was really down on this band, so it's nice to see people giving them a listen again. Their output was admittedly a bit uneven, but they had some real gems that were unappreciated at the time, e.g., "St. George and the Dragon".
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Post by knolan » Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:00 pm

Roland VP330 - used on Hydra (99)

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Post by Scories » Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:26 pm

shaft9000 wrote:thread not valid without this obligatory picture :geek:
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I'm pretty sure it must have been a cool lead sound! :D

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Re: Vintage synthesizers used by Toto (and where)

Post by justin_havu » Mon Feb 21, 2011 4:18 am

One of my all-time favorite bands! I'm curious as to David's and Steve P's keyboard rigs on the 2010 European tour w/Joe Williams.
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