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was the pro 5 the only funk synth

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:15 am
by princefan3
Hi Guys......have been looking through numerous you tube clips of funk 70/80s bands...the pro 5 comes up as being the most used synth for the brassey warble stabb sound...

could i therefore say that this synth nailed this area because of the 2 OCS per voice structure...?

cheers.

Re: was the pro 5 the only funk synth

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:37 am
by Stab Frenzy
Yes, no other synth was ever used for funk, particularly not the minimoog.

Re: was the pro 5 the only funk synth

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:13 pm
by pinksoir
Stevie Wonder was pretty damn funky and used a CS80 among others.

Re: was the pro 5 the only funk synth

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:41 pm
by Psy_Free
Honourable mention for the Clavinet.

Re: was the pro 5 the only funk synth

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 1:15 pm
by c-level
arp solina strings keyboard saw a lot of action by funk/soul/rnb acts in the 70's

Re: was the pro 5 the only funk synth

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:19 pm
by meatballfulton
Since synths in funk predate the Prophet, answer is plenty of other synths were in use.

MiniMoog most prominently, ARP strings (Solina, Omni).

Some guys used Odysseys just to distinguish themselves from the Moog frenzy...George Duke, Herbie Hancock.

Re: was the pro 5 the only funk synth

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:49 pm
by ryryoftokyo
If you're looking for funk, I would think Moog. Get a Liberation, and get your funk on!

Re: was the pro 5 the only funk synth

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:08 pm
by Kenneth
Psy_Free wrote:Honourable mention for the Clavinet.
While very funky indeed, the Clavinet isn't quite a synthesizer.

Re: was the pro 5 the only funk synth

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:26 pm
by Jabberwalky
I'm in the minority but I think any synth is a funk synth if you're comfortable with the pitch and mod benders. I personally like the sh2 for this.

Re: was the pro 5 the only funk synth

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:34 pm
by analogholic
Oberheims were used a lot, Prince, The Time, Terry lewis/Jimmy Jam and lot´s of other funkbands.
OB-Xa and OB-8 were the most common AFAIK.

Re: was the pro 5 the only funk synth

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:50 pm
by synthparts
Yeah you'd think someone with a username of "princefan3" would have known about the funkiness of the Oberheims...

Re: was the pro 5 the only funk synth

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:01 pm
by analogholic
synthparts wrote:Yeah you'd think someone with a username of "princefan3" would have known about the funkiness of the Oberheims...
+100000 :mrgreen: :D :roll:

Re: was the pro 5 the only funk synth

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:43 pm
by yorgatron
Psy_Free wrote:Honourable mention for the Clavinet.
I heartily concur.
Kenneth wrote:
Psy_Free wrote:Honourable mention for the Clavinet.
While very funky indeed, the Clavinet isn't quite a synthesizer.
true, but considering the amount of outboard effects used on some clavs there's a chance they could be mistaken for synths.

:keys1:

Re: was the pro 5 the only funk synth

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:11 pm
by Psy_Free
Kenneth wrote:
Psy_Free wrote:Honourable mention for the Clavinet.
While very funky indeed, the Clavinet isn't quite a synthesizer.
Hence the 'Honourable mention for'.

Re: was the pro 5 the only funk synth

Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 4:05 am
by Big Gnome
Stab Frenzy wrote:Yes, no other synth was ever used for funk, particularly not the minimoog.
And with good reason. Most other synthesizers are for synthpop, trance, or prog rock, and as such are obviously unsuitable for funk, or indeed any genre outside their particular millieu. Why, the very idea... ;)