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Fade To Grey synths

Post by Micke » Sat Oct 05, 2013 6:50 pm

I've finally found out from a very reliable source what synths were used in this classic track from 1979. However, instead of
revealing the correct answers right away - Let's play a guessing game :D



What synths do you think were used for the following sounds?

1. Intro =

2. Bassline =

3. Rising synth sound & soft synth lead =

4- string chords =

5. Sparkly synth with delay @1:57 and later =
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Re: Fade To Grey synths

Post by Cumulus » Sat Oct 05, 2013 11:17 pm

I'd say Odessey for the bass and CS-50, 60 or most likely 80 for the strings.

No idea on the others.

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Re: Fade To Grey synths

Post by philip » Sun Oct 06, 2013 2:55 am

I'd also like to know where those drums came from!?

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Re: Fade To Grey synths

Post by philip » Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:14 am

I'd say:

1. Intro = kind of sampler,maybe fairlight or something

2. Bassline = pretty much like odyssey

3. Rising synth sound & soft synth lead =odyssey again

4- string chords =roland rs or yamaha ss

5. Sparkly synth with delay @1:57 and later = this could be anything

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Re: Fade To Grey synths

Post by mdannyg » Sun Oct 06, 2013 4:29 am

i agree with Odyssey for the most part, but maybe also Omni for the string and "sparkly" sound. I don't really have a guess for the intro.

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Re: Fade To Grey synths

Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:49 am

philip wrote:I'd also like to know where those drums came from!?
Drums = Roland CR78 (Disco 1 preset, I think, but I haven´t touched my 78 in a long time... can´t remember) plus real drums, Simmons fills

"Sparkling" synth and "sparkling" string chords from 2:00 onwards = Yamaha CS80 (or 50, given that Midge Ure used one)

String pads = Yamaha SS30

Bassline = Roland 700

"Rising" synth = ARP Odyssey (white-face, at a guess, because it sounds softer than the Mk. 3 but I might be wrong)

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Re: Fade To Grey synths

Post by Micke » Sun Oct 06, 2013 1:43 pm

OK guys, so far we've got three correct answers (I added the drum part to the quiz).

Intro = Fairlight (the Fairlight stuff was added towards the end of the project by Richard James Burgess and Dave Formula).

rising synth & soft synth lead = ARP Odyssey (played by Billy Currie who as far as I know used a mk 2*. Dave Formula had a
mk 1 but, apart from the Fairlight overdubs, he didn't play on this track).

* not sure if it's an early mk 2 with the 4035 filter or a later one equipped with the 4075.

Drums = CR-78, real drums and Simmons fills.

Note that the backing tracks for Fade To Grey (originally called "Toot City") were recorded in early oct '79 by Billy Currie, Chris Payne and
Cedric Sharpley - over one year before the single and album were released.

EDIT: I have mentioned in an old VSE thread that the Odyssey was used for the bassline because that's what I'd been told by one of the band
members... however, I have recently been told by the guy who actually played the bass part that the bassline was played on another synth.

Keep the answers coming....
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Re: Fade To Grey synths

Post by fh991586 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 2:50 pm

What sequencer did they used for the bass?
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Re: Fade To Grey synths

Post by Micke » Sun Oct 06, 2013 2:54 pm

No sequencer at all on this track. The bassline (which btw was double-tracked) was played manually by hand.
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Re: Fade To Grey synths

Post by mdannyg » Sun Oct 06, 2013 7:24 pm

Oberheim SEM for bass?

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Re: Fade To Grey synths

Post by antilles » Sun Oct 06, 2013 10:05 pm

I'm gessing Yamaha SS-30 or an Elka string synthesizer for the strings?

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Re: Fade To Grey synths

Post by antilles » Sun Oct 06, 2013 10:12 pm

Bass could be the Minimoog and the sparkly synth could be the Yamaha CS-40M.

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Re: Fade To Grey synths

Post by Micke » Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:35 pm

antilles wrote:I'm gessing Yamaha SS-30 or an Elka string synthesizer for the strings?

Bass could be the Minimoog and the sparkly synth could be the Yamaha CS-40M.
mdannyg wrote: Oberheim SEM for bass?
Nope!
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Re: Fade To Grey synths

Post by Micke » Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:16 pm

Anyone else wants to take a guess!?
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Re: Fade To Grey synths

Post by philip » Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:48 pm

Polymoog?

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