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Human League "Human" sound

Post by bigman2005 » Mon Apr 09, 2012 1:52 am

What is the sound that appears at the beginning and the middle of "Human" by the Human League? It's this descending "swoosh" sound that appears after the girl says "while we apart I was human too".

This sound has also been used on a lot of other Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis tracks.

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Re: Human League "Human" sound

Post by Z » Mon Apr 09, 2012 3:01 am

Are you talking about the glissando synth bass?

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Re: Human League "Human" sound

Post by bigman2005 » Mon Apr 09, 2012 3:10 am

Yes. I have a DX7 and I was wondering how to do it.

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Re: Human League "Human" sound

Post by Z » Mon Apr 09, 2012 4:05 am

Not sure how you'd do it on a DX7, but if you have a monophonic analog, you'd set the filter cut-off low around 25% or so, filter resonance around 50%, filter envelope mod close to 100%. The filter envelope should have an instant attack, short decay & release and sustain at about 25%. Amp envelope should be gate/organ style: instant attack & release and 100% sustain. Set the keyboard glide/portamento to about 10%

You'd quickly run one finger near the top of your keyboard down to the note to be sustained on the down beat of the next measure.

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Re: Human League "Human" sound

Post by bigman2005 » Mon Apr 09, 2012 4:07 am

Z wrote:Not sure how you'd do it on a DX7, but if you have a monophonic analog, you'd set the filter cut-off low around 25% or so, filter resonance around 50%, filter envelope mod close to 100%. The filter envelope should have an instant attack, short decay & release and sustain at about 25%. Amp envelope should be gate/organ style: instant attack & release and 100% sustain. Set the keyboard glide/portamento to about 10%

You'd quickly run one finger near the top of your keyboard down to the note to be sustained on the down beat of the next measure.
Thanks, I only have a DX7. What was used on the record to make the sound?

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Re: Human League "Human" sound

Post by 8bit9bot » Tue Apr 10, 2012 5:36 am

i know that song was produced by jimmy jam and terry lewis - so i'm guessing its their JX8p or something else that was in the studio at the time

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crash_(The ... gue_album)

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Re: Human League "Human" sound

Post by walkathon » Tue Apr 10, 2012 3:17 pm

Z's approach should work ... that, or you pull off a perfect pitch bend wheel move as the filter closes.

The sonic trick to 80's Jam & Lewis was their maestro engineer Steve Hodge, who had no fear of liberal stereo chorus.
Gearwise, I recall them using a Linn 9000 and Ensoniq Mirage all over the "Control" album, etc.

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Re: Human League "Human" sound

Post by Z » Tue Apr 10, 2012 4:49 pm

I quickly glanced over the Jam & Lewis chapter of Keyboard magazine's Best of the 80s book and it didn't mention much about the production of Crash.

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Re: Human League "Human" sound

Post by baschyn » Tue Apr 10, 2012 6:31 pm

I'd bet it came from an OB-8. Terry and Jimmy used those synths a lot, and still do. I got a call last fall that their OB-8's might not make it into town in time for sound check (The Time) and they need an OB-8. I would have but DR. Fink from the Revolution was borrowing my OB-8 case, funny. That sound is also used in SOS Band and other songs they produced as well.

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