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Self Control

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 6:32 pm
by MrFrodo
A couple of weeks ago, I purchased an early CD print of Laura Branigan's third album, Self Control. The keyboard players were Robbie Buchanan and film composer Harold Faltermeyer. At the risk of reviving my old habit of repeating previously-explored queries, does anyone know what sort of synth arsenals these two had during that period (not including the acoustic & Rhodes piano parts, which I'm guessing ae courtesy of Robbie Buchanan)?

That info would also shed some light onto what Faltermeyer used for the Beverly Hills Cop score.

Re: Self Control

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 6:54 pm
by Z
I've got an old Roland User Group magazine with a brief write-up on Buchanan and even a photo or 2. I'll try to dig it up, scan and post. Back in 2007, I bought his MKS-80. I can't remember if that was the Supe Jupe I ended up keeping (I've been through a few of them the past few years).


The intro to the song is obviously TR-808, which might have been Faltermeyer's. The body of the song sounds like LinnDrum to me.

Re: Self Control

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:06 pm
by MrFrodo
Thank you for the details, Z. I picked up on the 808 also. I wouldn't be surprised if either an MKX80 or JP8 were used on the record.

Re: Self Control

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:11 pm
by Micke
Hmm, let's see here...

The synths used by Harold Faltermeyer on the soundtracks to Thief Of Hearts and Beverly Hills Cop are as follows:

Moog 15
Roland system 700
Roland TR-808
Linn LM-1 & (modified) Linndrum
Yamaha DX-7
Roland Jupiter-8
Roland JX-3P
Oberheim OB-8

Laura Branigan's hit "Self Control" was recorded with the following synth setup:

Linn LM-1
TR-808
Minimoog
Oberheim OB 8 & DSX sequencer
DX7
JP 8
Roland system 700
and
PPG Wave (Robbie Buchanaan's..)

Info kindly provided by Herr Faltermeyer

Re: Self Control

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:12 pm
by Z
Da ain't s**t goin' on at work this morning, so here are the scans as promised:
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Here's what I see in the photo on p. 45:

MiniMoog & MPU-101
Oberheim OB-Xa or 8
Jupiter 8
TR-808 on floor

Roland SVC-350 Vocoder
Yamaha TX-802

PPG WaveTerm B
Akai S900
Roland MKS-70
TX-816
Roland MKS-80 x2
Roland MPG-80

Emu Emulator 2

Re: Self Control

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:19 pm
by MrFrodo
Far out! Thank you both! I knew it was a worthwhile query.

Re: Self Control

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:47 pm
by Kidney05
funny this topic is here today, the GTA vice city anniversary trailer was just released and features self control as the soundtrack. If the rest of the record is any good, I might have to check it out...

Re: Self Control

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:56 pm
by MrFrodo
Kidney05 wrote:funny this topic is here today, the GTA vice city anniversary trailer was just released and features self control as the soundtrack. If the rest of the record is any good, I might have to check it out...
Do you just mean the title track, or other songs from the album?

Re: Self Control

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:27 pm
by Kidney05
MrFrodo wrote:
Kidney05 wrote:funny this topic is here today, the GTA vice city anniversary trailer was just released and features self control as the soundtrack. If the rest of the record is any good, I might have to check it out...
Do you just mean the title track, or other songs from the album?
just the title track. I admit, that soundtrack probably helped influence me to love the music of the 80s more than any other single thing...

Re: Self Control

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:46 pm
by MrFrodo
That was never tough for this musician, even when I tried avoiding it. I was four years old when that record was brand new, so it's unavoidable. Always gave me "satisfaction."

Re: Self Control

Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 2:52 am
by tunedLow
I like this quote from article:

"How to get more milage out of your midi studio: Acquire as many midi keyboards and modules as you can afford"!

;)

Re: Self Control

Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 7:20 am
by Kidney05
tunedLow wrote:I like this quote from article:

"How to get more milage out of your midi studio: Acquire as many midi keyboards and modules as you can afford"!

;)
"consider getting another drum machine"

don't mind if i do

Re: Self Control

Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:02 am
by tekkentool
One is too many drum machines.

Re: Self Control

Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 4:52 am
by MrFrodo
tekkentool wrote:One is too many drum machines.
That's why I bought an electronic drum set. I only wish I could make it sound more like a Linn machine. :lol:

Re: Self Control

Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 5:24 am
by tekkentool
MrFrodo wrote:
tekkentool wrote:One is too many drum machines.
That's why I bought an electronic drum set. I only wish I could make it sound more like a Linn machine. :lol:
Midi to a computer then Linn sampled? I use linn samples all the time it sounds fine to me. Check my latest song in the listening lounge it's LM1 samples entirely.