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Identify this Tears For Fears Drum Sample

Posted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 8:24 am
by JHatzia
I keep on hearing this sample in modern songs that I originally recognize from this Tears For Fears track, "Listen." I'm not sure whether it's a vibraphone or wood block type sound, but it comes in at 2:53

Re: Identify this Tears For Fears Drum Sample

Posted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 10:51 am
by madtheory
Well, that track is driven by Fairlight CMI II, so I would take a listen to the percussion discs. Any examples of the other tracks where you've heard it?

Re: Identify this Tears For Fears Drum Sample

Posted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 4:46 pm
by synthroom
Perhaps Rob at FailedMuso would know:
http://www.failedmuso.com/blog/fairlight-restoration/

Re: Identify this Tears For Fears Drum Sample

Posted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 5:16 pm
by JHatzia
Here is another track that features these vibraphone like samples. It can be heard near the beginning and at 1:18. They are much more subtle in this track

Re: Identify this Tears For Fears Drum Sample

Posted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 12:36 am
by JHatzia
I've been downloading loads of Fairlight perc and drum sample packs but still with no luck. Anyone out there have a clue?

Re: Identify this Tears For Fears Drum Sample

Posted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 1:11 am
by ItsMeOnly
JHatzia wrote:I've been downloading loads of Fairlight perc and drum sample packs but still with no luck. Anyone out there have a clue?
Yeah, that's a kalimba sample played a lot lower that it is supposed to be.

Re: Identify this Tears For Fears Drum Sample

Posted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 9:41 am
by gcoudert
I think it's the Marimba sample from the Mallets disc or perhaps the BassMar(imba) sample from the same disc but played higher.

Re: Identify this Tears For Fears Drum Sample

Posted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 7:49 pm
by JHatzia
I happened to find a load of Fairlight samples, and some Marimba samples that sound a little like it when pitched up and reverb applied but still not quite there. This sample pack has that exact "BassMar" sample in it too. Awesome sample packs regardless. http://sonicbloom.net/en/?s=fairlight&submit=Search

Re: Identify this Tears For Fears Drum Sample

Posted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 9:18 pm
by gcoudert
It could also be an FM patch from the DX (1 or 7, I can't remember). They had one MIDI'ed up to a Prophet T8. The DX7's 'Block' sound sounds very much like this too. I will try and compare the two sounds romorrow.

Re: Identify this Tears For Fears Drum Sample

Posted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 1:29 am
by masstronaut
Funny, I noticed it in this recently.



Much more prominent in 'Mad World' btw.


Re: Identify this Tears For Fears Drum Sample

Posted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 9:41 pm
by JHatzia
How did I not realize this was right in the beginning of Mad World? Thanx! So it can't be a DX7 as The Hurting was released in 83 I believe. Any other guesses?

Re: Identify this Tears For Fears Drum Sample

Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 12:52 am
by Micke
Producer Chris Hughes is credited with playing tuned percussion on The Hurting so I've the feeling it's a real
marimba or similar mallet percussion instrument on Mad world. It could be a Fairlight sample but I'm not
sure that Chris already had one by the time of that recording (the single was released in sep 1982).

Re: Identify this Tears For Fears Drum Sample

Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:18 pm
by masstronaut
I haven't tested this but it appears the answer could be a slowed down CR-78. Curt Smith told me.

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/d ... ears-fears

Re: Identify this Tears For Fears Drum Sample

Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:25 pm
by JHatzia
Great find Mastronaut. I'm listening to demos right now but not really hearing it. I think I may have samples of this machine at home. I'll check it out later tonight.

Re: Identify this Tears For Fears Drum Sample

Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:40 pm
by masstronaut
If it is the CR-78 I'd say it's most likely the clave with a quick delay on it for that flam effect. I'm getting something close(ish) with a quick check - CR-78 clave sample pitched -12 semitones and around a 27ms delay.