Recordings that used the Korg VC10?

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Recordings that used the Korg VC10?

Post by Europanaut » Sat Mar 22, 2014 5:03 pm

Hey folks,

Anyone have confirmed VC10 vocoder sightings?

Yes "Drama" maybe?



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Re: Recordings that used the Korg VC10?

Post by mini700 » Sat Mar 22, 2014 9:15 pm

I think the VC 10 was used on german group DER PLAN's second LP "Normalette surprise".

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Re: Recordings that used the Korg VC10?

Post by Micke » Sat Mar 22, 2014 9:54 pm

The superb musician Joe Zawinul (RIP) of Weather Report used a Korg VC-10 from 1978 to about 1985, e.g. on "8:30" (the melody line),
"Procession" (the didgeridoo-type sound) and "Two Lines" (the "chip-munk voices").

Other VC-10 users include Jarre (on Magnetic Fields IIRC), Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, Tangerine Dream (Edgar Froese) Tomita (The Bermuda Triangle),
Maurizio Guarini of Goblin and Klaus Schulze (I think).

Afaik Geoff Downes used a Roland Vocoder with Yes and Asia, either a SVC-350 or VP-330.
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Re: Recordings that used the Korg VC10?

Post by Europanaut » Sat Mar 22, 2014 10:32 pm

Thanks! Interesting stuff!

Any idea which Rick Wakeman recordings the VC-10 can be heard on?

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Post by wiss » Sat Mar 22, 2014 10:33 pm

Air(scene in videos), Rustin Man, Modern English(1996/7 tour, I believe it was used as a processor).
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Post by tim gueguen » Sun Mar 23, 2014 3:27 am

Ryuichi Sakamoto used one on his 1978 debut Thousand Knives of Ryuichi Sakamoto. It also appeared on Yellow Magic Orchestra's self titled debut.



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Re: Recordings that used the Korg VC10?

Post by mpa1104 » Sun Mar 23, 2014 5:38 am

Europanaut wrote:Thanks! Interesting stuff!

Any idea which Rick Wakeman recordings the VC-10 can be heard on?
I'm fairly confident that he uses the VC-10 on the "Live at Hammersmith" album (1985) as he used a ton of Korg gear for that tour. So the VC-10 may be on some of the preceding albums as well - but they're the ones I'm much less familiar with (Rock'n'Roll Prophet, Cost of Living, Silent Nights, G'ole, etc).

On the two "Retro" albums (2006, 2007) there is a Korg Vocoder in the gear list - probably safe to assume it's the VC-10.
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Re: Recordings that used the Korg VC10?

Post by masstronaut » Tue Mar 25, 2014 9:01 pm

Not sure about the recording but they used to use one live.

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Re: Recordings that used the Korg VC10?

Post by Infinity Curve » Tue Mar 25, 2014 9:33 pm

Giorgio Moroder used one a fair bit, at least on E=MC2.

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Re: Recordings that used the Korg VC10?

Post by Micke » Tue Mar 25, 2014 9:38 pm

Infinity Curve wrote:Giorgio Moroder used one a fair bit, at least on E=MC2.
Afaik that was a Moog vocoder.
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Post by Infinity Curve » Tue Mar 25, 2014 9:47 pm

And of course you are right, I just went and found the promo video I recalled it from; could have sworn it was the VC-10 shown, but it is a Moog vocoder as you note.

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Re: Recordings that used the Korg VC10?

Post by recordbot » Thu Mar 27, 2014 4:23 pm

my friend has a photo of Ralf Hütter playing one on stage

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Re: Recordings that used the Korg VC10?

Post by Micke » Thu Mar 27, 2014 5:13 pm

mpa1104 wrote:
Europanaut wrote:Thanks! Interesting stuff!

Any idea which Rick Wakeman recordings the VC-10 can be heard on?
I'm fairly confident that he uses the VC-10 on the "Live at Hammersmith" album (1985) as he used a ton of Korg gear for that tour. So the VC-10 may be on some of the preceding albums as well - but they're the ones I'm much less familiar with (Rock'n'Roll Prophet, Cost of Living, Silent Nights, G'ole, etc).

On the two "Retro" albums (2006, 2007) there is a Korg Vocoder in the gear list - probably safe to assume it's the VC-10.
I'm sure you're right that Rick used the Korg vocoder on that live album. It can be seen in the photo on the back cover of the LP (along with a VP-330, CP-30 ep,
Korg Poly-61 etc): http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=1533461

He also used it for choir sounds on the "!984" tour back in 1981 (but not on the studio album). Not sure on what studio albums it was used, though I don't think
it's featured on "Rock'n Roll Prophet" given that it was recorded back in '79 (for all I know he started using Korg gear in 1980 or 1981). He did use some Korg
gear on the A-side of The Burning soundtrack (the Wakeman variations) but it's been a while since I heard that album, and I don't remember if there's any
vocoderr on there.
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Re: Recordings that used the Korg VC10?

Post by Micke » Thu Mar 27, 2014 6:18 pm

As I mentioned earlier Keith Emerson was also using the Korg VC-10 back in the day. I have a studio photo from the "Inferno"
soundtrack recording sessions back in 1980 where it's visible alongside the Korg PS-3300 and a SQ-10 sequencer. Can't say I
can spot it on the actual score though. Anyway, I recall reading somewhere that he used to get a convincing harmonica sound
out of his vocoder so he may have used it more in a non-traditional way i.e. not for the usual robotic voice sounds.
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