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What synthesizer are these?

Post by bigman2005 » Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:29 am

Can anybody identify these synths used these Warren Zevon songs?

Transverse City (1989)

The Long Arm Of The Law (1989)

They Moved The Moon (1989)

Something Bad Happened To A Clown (1995)
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Re: What synthesizers are these?

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Re: What synthesizer are these?

Post by goom » Sun Aug 19, 2012 10:32 pm

My guess - the Long Arm and Something Bad sound like a Yamaha FM synth to me. The Moon and Traverse songs sound like Romplers for the majority of it, possibly layered with FM synth/s.

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Re: What synthesizer are these?

Post by bigman2005 » Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:44 am

goom wrote:My guess - the Long Arm and Something Bad sound like a Yamaha FM synth to me. The Moon and Traverse songs sound like Romplers for the majority of it, possibly layered with FM synth/s.
Are you sure "Something Bad" sounds like a Yamaha synth? Because Warren was using a Korg O1/W during that time.

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Re: What synthesizer are these?

Post by Alex E » Mon Aug 20, 2012 4:31 am

bigman2005 wrote:
goom wrote:My guess - the Long Arm and Something Bad sound like a Yamaha FM synth to me. The Moon and Traverse songs sound like Romplers for the majority of it, possibly layered with FM synth/s.
Are you sure "Something Bad" sounds like a Yamaha synth? Because Warren was using a Korg O1/W during that time.
Sorry, but the O1/W is from 1991.
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Re: What synthesizer are these?

Post by bigman2005 » Mon Aug 20, 2012 6:08 am

Alex E wrote:
bigman2005 wrote:
goom wrote:My guess - the Long Arm and Something Bad sound like a Yamaha FM synth to me. The Moon and Traverse songs sound like Romplers for the majority of it, possibly layered with FM synth/s.
Are you sure "Something Bad" sounds like a Yamaha synth? Because Warren was using a Korg O1/W during that time.
Sorry, but the O1/W is from 1991.
Yes, and that track is from 1995.

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Re: What synthesizer are these?

Post by Alex E » Mon Aug 20, 2012 7:19 am

^ Oops, thought it said 1989.
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Re: What synthesizer are these?

Post by goom » Tue Aug 21, 2012 3:09 am

bigman2005 wrote:
goom wrote:My guess - the Long Arm and Something Bad sound like a Yamaha FM synth to me. The Moon and Traverse songs sound like Romplers for the majority of it, possibly layered with FM synth/s.
Are you sure "Something Bad" sounds like a Yamaha synth? Because Warren was using a Korg O1/W during that time.
I have no clue if I'm correct. I'm also not familiar with any Zevon besides Werewolves of London.

I did own an 01wfd for 10 years or so, and I don't recall any sounds from that sounding like the synth in Something Bad. It could be aftermarket or custom 01w sounds that I hadn't heard before.

I listened the opening of the track again, and it still sounds like a Yamaha FM synth to me. Possibly an SY series, or TX81Z, or other variety. It's just a guess on my part though. I could be wrong...

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Re: What synthesizer are these?

Post by bigman2005 » Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:32 am

I probably should mention that, yes, it was a Korg 01/W making that sound for "Something Bad", it's called the "Tonebender".

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Re: What synthesizer are these?

Post by Music Bird » Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:30 pm

In the 1989 ones I hear a D-50, DX7 II, and S-50. The three big 80’s synths of the early 90’s and late 80’s along with the M1.
Korg, Casio, Alesis, and Yamaha (Minilogue, WK-7600, SK-1, CT-X3000, SR-16, MX49)
FL Studio 12, VSTs, MIDI keyboard
Non synths include string, woodwind, percussion, and toys for SFX.

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