Enya's "On Your Shore" -PPG Wave or D-50?

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Enya's "On Your Shore" -PPG Wave or D-50?

Post by Alex E » Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:25 am



Ah, one of my favorite synth pads ever. It sets the backdrop of the song perfectly.

The main synths she was using when this was recorded were a D-50, Juno 60, PPG Wave and Kurzweil K250.

Any PPG or D50 owners familiar with this kind of sound? Sounds to me like a Wave with a generous amount of reverb. I don't think it would be coming from the Juno or the K250.
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Re: Enya's "On Your Shore" -PPG Wave or D-50?

Post by Bitexion » Tue Aug 07, 2012 7:33 am

Enya is "famous" for overusing the Pizzicato Strings preset on the D-50 on many songs. Sail Away amongst others.

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Re: Enya's "On Your Shore" -PPG Wave or D-50?

Post by Alex E » Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:05 am

Actually, the Pizagogo preset was only used in Orinoco Flow if I'm not mistaken. It's probably her most recognized song, however.
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Re: Enya's "On Your Shore" -PPG Wave or D-50?

Post by dubold » Tue Aug 07, 2012 12:13 pm

Alex E wrote:Orinoco Flow
You're talking about the same song, it's also called "Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)"

I remember hearing it in a Crystal Light ad...

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Re: Enya's "On Your Shore" -PPG Wave or D-50?

Post by Z » Tue Aug 07, 2012 1:10 pm

Definately not a PPG Wave, though just about any synth could make that pad. My money is on the Juno or the D-50.

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Re: Enya's "On Your Shore" -PPG Wave or D-50?

Post by walkathon » Tue Aug 07, 2012 1:27 pm

Agreed, my money's on the Juno-60, which seems to be her go-to synth. In fact, can't recall offhand any other blatant D50 elsewhere on Watermark besides Orinoco ...

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Re: Enya's "On Your Shore" -PPG Wave or D-50?

Post by Alex E » Wed Aug 08, 2012 9:51 am

Ughh dammit, I really should have picked up a Juno 60 a few years ago when they were still in the $500 range... :x
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Re: Enya's "On Your Shore" -PPG Wave or D-50?

Post by Steve Jones » Thu Aug 09, 2012 12:29 pm

I would pick the Juno.
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Re: Enya's "On Your Shore" -PPG Wave or D-50?

Post by iProg » Fri Aug 10, 2012 12:50 pm

Flawless vocal production. I think it's a random soft pad on the D-50.

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Re: Enya's "On Your Shore" -PPG Wave or D-50?

Post by Alex E » Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:01 pm

iProg wrote:Flawless vocal production. I think it's a random soft pad on the D-50.
Don't mean to necrobump this thread, but yeah, now that I have a D-50 I'm pretty convinced that's what was used here. I had a Juno-106 as a teenager, so I'm pretty familiar with that sound. But I would turn to the D-50 first.

In fact, it kinda sounds to me like the Fantasia preset with the PCM muted.

I loved Enya as a kid. I first heard that song when I was maybe four or so, and every time I hear it now as an adult, it's just so calming and nostalgic. But actually playing it now, on this instrument, is kind of amazing. I can hear my childhood is streaming out of these outputs.
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