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need help identifying pictured synths

Post by winterglow » Sun Aug 17, 2014 1:35 am

I had been a while since my last post and I need help again :)

Can anyone help me to indentify the synths pictured here?
I recognize just the ARP odyssey :oops:


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pic is taken from this Bowie live



thanks

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Re: need help identifying pictured synths

Post by Z » Sun Aug 17, 2014 2:36 am

The top left is Roland Jupiter 4 and top right is ARP 2800 Odyssey. Looks like some sort of organ below the Odyssey.

Edit: Below the Odyssey is a RMI Keyboard Computer
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Re: need help identifying pictured synths

Post by Europanaut » Sun Aug 17, 2014 8:29 am

Nice Chamberlin work from Bowie.

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Re: need help identifying pictured synths

Post by winterglow » Sun Aug 17, 2014 2:48 pm

ok thanks for the help :D

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Re: need help identifying pictured synths

Post by Micke » Sun Aug 17, 2014 8:07 pm

The live footage above was shot in Tokyo, Japan at the end of Bowie's 1978 "Stage" tour. Utopia's Roger Powell
played the keys on this tour (march to dec '78). The Jup-4 was most likely rented for that particular gig because
prior to this Roger had used a Prophet 5 rev 1 throughout most of the tour*. The Odyssey mk I, RMI KC-II and
the Solina string ensemble (you missed that one!) were all Roger's keyboards and used for most of the tour also.

* for the early part of the tour he used a custom-built Probe polyphonic keyboard controller hooked up with an
Oberheim 6-voice.
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Re: need help identifying pictured synths

Post by mpa1104 » Mon Aug 18, 2014 1:30 am

Micke wrote:Solina string ensemble (you missed that one!)
Certainly can't miss hearing it on the vid :) Soon as it kicked in I thought that had to be some sort of stringer that the Jup 4 was sitting on but I just couldn't quite work out which one.

Great track this one, always liked it (particularly as it has some Tony Banksian textures to it)

So that is an actual Chamberlin that Bowie's playing?
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Re: need help identifying pictured synths

Post by Cybercardinal » Mon Aug 18, 2014 3:50 am

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Re: need help identifying pictured synths

Post by Micke » Mon Aug 18, 2014 12:35 pm

mpa1104 wrote:
Micke wrote:Solina string ensemble (you missed that one!)
Certainly can't miss hearing it on the vid :) Soon as it kicked in I thought that had to be some sort of stringer that the Jup 4 was sitting on but I just couldn't quite work out which one.

Great track this one, always liked it (particularly as it has some Tony Banksian textures to it)

So that is an actual Chamberlin that Bowie's playing?
Yeah, but it ain't easy to make it out due to the bad picture quality. You can see that it really is a Solina in
this clip from the same concert (at 22:00 onwards):


It doesn't look like Powell's playing the Solina in the Warsawa segment though, the strings on that live version appear
to be a combination of the chamberlin, Jup-4 and real violin.

Yes, that is an actual Chamberlin that Bowie's playing, he used it on the Berlin trilogy albums too.
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Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Mon Aug 18, 2014 2:27 pm

Cybercardinal wrote::roll:

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