Anyone recognizes Synth at Tears For Fears 83?

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Anyone recognizes Synth at Tears For Fears 83?

Post by Lucien » Mon Jul 01, 2013 2:05 am

Anyone recognizes the synth on the right:

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There are 2 PPG Wave 2.2 and Jupiter 8. So you'd think this must be T8 but it's not. Looks like Yamaha with the wood but can't find anything fully matching this.

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Re: Anyone recognizes Synth at Tears For Fears 83?

Post by Z » Mon Jul 01, 2013 2:31 am

Looks like a SCI Prophet 5 to me.

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Re: Anyone recognizes Synth at Tears For Fears 83?

Post by fh991586 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 2:33 am

The wood sides made me think about an Oberheim at first, but I still can't figure it out...
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Re: Anyone recognizes Synth at Tears For Fears 83?

Post by rakk95 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 2:56 am

Prophet 5 Rev 3.

The tape controls on the upper right portion of the control panel and the master volume knob bottom center of the tuning/tape control section give it away.

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Re: Anyone recognizes Synth at Tears For Fears 83?

Post by Lucien » Mon Jul 01, 2013 3:08 am

rakk95 wrote:Prophet 5 Rev 3.

The tape controls on the upper right portion of the control panel and the master volume knob bottom center of the tuning/tape control section give it away.
Thanks everyone! Yes see now it's Prophet 5. I compared it against Prophet 5 and didn't think that was it since I was thrown off by the left side where you see several sliders but I think it's some device sitting next to that.
On the back you see some extra device attached. I guess could be tape or midi interface.

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Re: Anyone recognizes Synth at Tears For Fears 83?

Post by fh991586 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 1:40 am

But the knobs on the right side of the front panel are not corresponding to the VSE P5's page... So its front panel is different depending the version?
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Re: Anyone recognizes Synth at Tears For Fears 83?

Post by rakk95 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:34 am

Rev 1 and 2 had a slightly different control layout than Rev 3.

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Post by celebutante » Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:18 pm

It's hard to tell- his nose is so big, it's blocking my view :D
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Re: Anyone recognizes Synth at Tears For Fears 83?

Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Tue Jul 09, 2013 2:55 pm

I saw them on TV in 1983. The keyboard player had a Prophet 5 and a PPG Wave 2 on stage.

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Re: Anyone recognizes Synth at Tears For Fears 83?

Post by Lucien » Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:52 pm

Yes that video shows a equalizer/mixer right next to Prophet (which is what threw me off thinking it's something else). I wonder how they created the percussion. Sequencer running with sampler (keep in mind this was 1983)?

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Re: Anyone recognizes Synth at Tears For Fears 83?

Post by walkathon » Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:26 am

Thx for the vid link ... 1:33 looks like an Emu-I on the left, and a Yamaha CP-70 (?) beneath the P5. Then don't forget Ian Stanley's JP-8 and other goodies on the other side of the stage.

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Re: Anyone recognizes Synth at Tears For Fears 83?

Post by Lucien » Sat Jul 13, 2013 7:23 pm

Yes definitely CP70 in their setup. I noticed Ian Stanley also has Korg PolySix next to his PPG and Jupiter.
Amazing how much expensive stuff they had already. I assume the EMU sequencer plays the percussion and special effects.

PS For some reason the television station showed May 1981 at the end but must be typo. 1983 seems right.

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Re: Anyone recognizes Synth at Tears For Fears 83?

Post by Micke » Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:37 pm

This Rockpalast concert was broadcasted live by german TV on May 12 '83, just a couple of months after the release of their debut album. Afaik most of the synth work on the album was done with a Prophet 5, however I believe Ian Stanley also had the Jup 8 for the studio recording and possibly a Fairlight too but I'm not sure. As for the PPG Wave, I don't think they had one until after the album was completed.
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Re: Anyone recognizes Synth at Tears For Fears 83?

Post by Lucien » Sat Jul 13, 2013 9:17 pm

Micke wrote:This Rockpalast concert was broadcasted live by german TV on May 12 '83, just a couple of months after the release of their debut album. Afaik most of the synth work on the album was done with a Prophet 5, however I believe Ian Stanley also had the Jup 8 for the studio recording and possibly a Fairlight too but I'm not sure. As for the PPG Wave, I don't think they had one until after the album was completed.
Seems they made a typo to say May 12 1981 :-).

Intro sound on Watch Me Bleed sounds typical PPG Wave. Also the percussive intro sound of Start of the breakdown sounds typically PPG Wave (doesn't sound analog synth could do that). Unless they had this as a sampled sound. But that's about it potentially.

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