Synth settings for Don't you want me intro

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Synth settings for Don't you want me intro

Post by davidpk00pa » Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:18 pm

Help please!

I'm trying to work out what settings are used to create the sound that you hear at the start of "Don't you want me?" by Human League i.e. the bassy intro bit. Is that a variation on a Roland preset or has someone managed to recreate it themeselves (and if so what settings do you use?). Cheers

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Re: Synth settings for Don't you want me intro

Post by tim gueguen » Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:59 pm

Here's the Sound on Sound article about the tune from last year.
http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jul10/a ... s_0710.htm
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Re: Synth settings for Don't you want me intro

Post by calyx93 » Mon Sep 12, 2011 7:25 pm

I've read that it was a couple (if not more) of synths layered - fairly easy to recreate though. Try listening to the remix version from "Love and Dancing" to hear more of the patches in isolation - should help.

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Re: Synth settings for Don't you want me intro

Post by polar69 » Wed Sep 14, 2011 7:22 am

Do you mean the "Bow bow bow bow bow....bow bow bow bow" ? bit at the start ?

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Re: Synth settings for Don't you want me intro

Post by davidpk00pa » Wed Sep 14, 2011 10:37 am

Yes exactly, that bit!

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Re: Synth settings for Don't you want me intro

Post by Danchenka » Fri Sep 16, 2011 12:01 pm

the Roland Jupiter 4 was used quite a bit on Dare. I've never used one, so I can't say if that part sounds Jupiterish or not though. Maybe someone else here has?

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Re: Synth settings for Don't you want me intro

Post by Micke » Fri Sep 16, 2011 3:19 pm

I'm not sure what synth they used for the intro bass-riff however I do know that the main bassline was played
on a Korg 770 (the same synth provided the thick bass on "Darkness").
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Re: Synth settings for Don't you want me intro

Post by celebutante » Mon Sep 19, 2011 3:18 am

I made a track for it a while back that nailed it pretty close and the secret is in fact to layer two sounds- one for the bass component and a two-osc patch an octave higher with the second oscillator tuned a fifth up. I did a piece about these kinds of layered bass sounds in the 5/06 issue of Keyboard Mag (super plug warning!): it's in my Steal This Sound book... which you could buy on Amazon :P
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Re: Synth settings for Don't you want me intro

Post by polar69 » Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:35 am

Cool looking book, into my basket it goes !

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Re: Synth settings for Don't you want me intro

Post by davidpk00pa » Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:43 am

Absolutely, great plug :lol: - into my bag too!

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Post by celebutante » Tue Sep 27, 2011 7:52 pm

Thanks guys :mrgreen:
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Re: Synth settings for Don't you want me intro

Post by elphcoil » Tue Sep 27, 2011 8:50 pm

@Micke, good call and I agree. The 770 has those funky envelopes.
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Re: Synth settings for Don't you want me intro

Post by Blue Monster 65 » Thu Oct 13, 2011 4:13 am

Got my copy of "Steal This Sound" today - loads of fun and great info!

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Re: Synth settings for Don't you want me intro

Post by iProg » Fri Oct 14, 2011 9:16 am

davidpk00pa wrote:Yes exactly, that bit!
The bass line in the lower octave in mono is the Korg 770. The riff is played in harmony of fifths on 2 tracks panned left and right, played on the JP-4.

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