Synth Used in "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover"

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Synth Used in "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover"

Post by GameChanger » Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:33 pm

Ever since I was a kid I always thought the Pad sound in this song was killer. I think its a Roland, but not sure. Anyone have an idea? Google isn't helping. haha


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Re: Synth Used in "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover"

Post by garranimal » Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:22 am

Oooh nice programming whatever synth it is. Sounds like while the lowpass filter is sweeping DOWN, while a slow LFO or something is bringing UP the resonance. Hadn't heard that song in a while.

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Re: Synth Used in "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover"

Post by bigman2005 » Tue Mar 06, 2012 11:43 pm

Here she is on TOTP singing it. Can't identify the synths though.


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Re: Synth Used in "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover"

Post by White » Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:23 am

Looks like a Roland D50 on the top and a Roland A90 on the bottom tier.
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Re: Synth Used in "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover"

Post by garranimal » Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:19 am

Yikes that version sounds really close to the studio version ;)
Notice they're not playing that D50, which would have been my guess to make that sound.

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Re: Synth Used in "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover"

Post by White » Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:48 pm

Just thought about this - you asked "Synth Used in "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover". The keyboards used in the video could be anything but. Does that make sense? Just because it's a certain synth in the video dosen't mean it was the actual synth used on the recording.
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Re: Synth Used in "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover"

Post by SSquirrel » Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:29 pm

garranimal wrote:Yikes that version sounds really close to the studio version ;)
Notice they're not playing that D50, which would have been my guess to make that sound.
TOTP would sound like the studio version b/c ppl are generally required to lip synch on TOTP.

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Re: Synth Used in "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover"

Post by polar69 » Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:47 pm

That was never released in '92 :o :shock:

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Re: Synth Used in "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover"

Post by garranimal » Wed Mar 07, 2012 7:40 pm

SSquirrel wrote:
garranimal wrote:Yikes that version sounds really close to the studio version ;)
Notice they're not playing that D50, which would have been my guess to make that sound.
TOTP would sound like the studio version b/c ppl are generally required to lip synch on TOTP.
To me sounding exactly like the studio/radio version usually the first clue anyway.
White wrote:Just thought about this - you asked "Synth Used in "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover". The keyboards used in the video could be anything but. Does that make sense? Just because it's a certain synth in the video dosen't mean it was the actual synth used on the recording.
It's possible, but I agree it doesn't automatically mean it is. Check this video especially at the first. D50 can be quite ethereal like the song. Also notice 'damn' uses another digital-sounding attack timbre.

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Re: Synth Used in "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover"

Post by ThirdFloor » Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:39 pm

That sounds like a D-50 factory preset called "Staccato Heaven." Given the song's release year, I wonder if there might be something similar on a subsequent Roland release such as the D-70.

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Re: Synth Used in "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover"

Post by V301H » Thu Mar 08, 2012 6:43 am

The Synth player on this is Peter Wood who passed away in 1993. He co-wrote "Year of the Cat" and played keyboards on Al Sewart's recordings and is also credited with playing Memorymoog on Cyndi Lauper's "She's So Unusual" album among his many high-profile sessions. Wood had a long association with Roger Waters playing on the first Wall tour in 1980 and the 1990 Berlin performance. More info here and video of the 1990 Wall show showing him with a Prophet 5 rev.2:
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