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Synth settings for Don't you want me intro

Posted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:18 pm
by davidpk00pa
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

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

Posted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:59 pm
by tim gueguen
Here's the Sound on Sound article about the tune from last year.
http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jul10/a ... s_0710.htm

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

Posted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 7:25 pm
by calyx93
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.


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

Posted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 7:22 am
by polar69
Do you mean the "Bow bow bow bow bow....bow bow bow bow" ? bit at the start ?

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

Posted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 10:37 am
by davidpk00pa
Yes exactly, that bit!

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

Posted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 12:01 pm
by Danchenka
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?

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

Posted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 3:19 pm
by Micke
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").

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

Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 3:18 am
by celebutante
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

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

Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:35 am
by polar69
Cool looking book, into my basket it goes !

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

Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:43 am
by davidpk00pa
Absolutely, great plug :lol: - into my bag too!

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

Posted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 7:52 pm
by celebutante
Thanks guys :mrgreen:

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

Posted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 8:50 pm
by elphcoil
@Micke, good call and I agree. The 770 has those funky envelopes.

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

Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2011 4:13 am
by Blue Monster 65
Got my copy of "Steal This Sound" today - loads of fun and great info!

Good job, Mitchell!

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

Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 9:16 am
by iProg
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.