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Gear used by Heaven 17?

Post by VCO8 » Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:01 pm

I'm sure someone here has a a complete list. I do know that they had lots of Linn LM-1 on The Luxury Gap and some Jupiter 8. The Jupiter 4 was used quite a bit on their first album (the drum machine on Geisha Boys and Temple Girls sounds really familiar, kinda DR-55ish). Other than that, I'm clueless.

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Re: Gear used by Heaven 17?

Post by stich » Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:09 pm

This is a cool interview with Martin Ware discussing how they recreated those sounds for live performances.



As I recall they used Fairlight synths.

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Re: Gear used by Heaven 17?

Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Mon Nov 24, 2014 11:51 pm

Roland System 700 and 100m with MC-4 and MC-8 Micro Composers, and ARP Quadra, not to forget.

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Re: Gear used by Heaven 17?

Post by VCO8 » Tue Nov 25, 2014 3:33 am

ppg_wavecomputer wrote: and ARP Quadra, not to forget.
What did they use the Quadra on???

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Re: Gear used by Heaven 17?

Post by Jabberwalky » Tue Nov 25, 2014 4:19 am

Minikorg all over Penthouse and Pavement. 303 for the "Let me Go" bassline.

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Re: Gear used by Heaven 17?

Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:47 am

VCO8 wrote:
ppg_wavecomputer wrote: and ARP Quadra, not to forget.
What did they use the Quadra on???
"Temptation"? Anyway, that's what many sources claim.

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Re: Gear used by Heaven 17?

Post by Micke » Tue Nov 25, 2014 6:44 pm

Stephen, I have the feeling you're thinking of New Order's song "Temptation" rather than Heaven 17's song by the same name, or?
New Order did use a Quadra (among other synths) on their single "Temptation" but I've never heard that H 17 used one..

In any case, there's no mention of the Quadra on the 48 track/cue sheet for H17's "Temptation".

As for the gear setups used on H 17's first three albums, here's what I've managed to come up with so far:

Penthouse & Pavement (1981):
Roland system 100
mini-korg 700S
Roland jupiter 4
Linn LM-1
Boss doctor-rhythm
Roland guitar synth (probably the GR-300)
early Simmons SDS-V used on Fascist groove thang)
Casiotone (mainly used for the writing phase)

Luxury gap (1983):
system 100 & 100M + Roland MC4 microcomposer
Jupiter 8
Roland guitar synth
TB-303 bassline
LM-1 (or possibly Linndrum?)

How men are (1984):
System 100 & 100M + Roland MC4 microcomposer
Jupiter 8 (?)
LM-1 (or possibly Linndrum?)
and lots of Fairlight CMI

They also used a hired Synclavier II for Hot Gossip's album "Geisha Boys and Temple Girls" (1981)
and B.E.F.'s "Music of Quality and Distinction Volume One" (1982).
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Re: Gear used by Heaven 17?

Post by VCO8 » Tue Nov 25, 2014 10:55 pm

Micke wrote:
As for the gear setups used on H 17's first three albums, here's what I've managed to come up with so far:

Penthouse & Pavement (1981):
Roland system 100
mini-korg 700S
Roland jupiter 4
Linn LM-1
Boss doctor-rhythm
Roland guitar synth (probably the GR-300)
early Simmons SDS-V used on Fascist groove thang)
Casiotone (mainly used for the writing phase)

Luxury gap (1983):
system 100 & 100M + Roland MC4 microcomposer
Jupiter 8
Roland guitar synth
TB-303 bassline
LM-1 (or possibly Linndrum?)

How men are (1984):
System 100 & 100M + Roland MC4 microcomposer
Jupiter 8 (?)
LM-1 (or possibly Linndrum?)
and lots of Fairlight CMI

They also used a hired Synclavier II for Hot Gossip's album "Geisha Boys and Temple Girls" (1981)
and B.E.F.'s "Music of Quality and Distinction Volume One" (1982).
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Re: Gear used by Heaven 17?

Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Tue Nov 25, 2014 11:49 pm

Micke wrote:Stephen, I have the feeling you're thinking of New Order's song "Temptation" rather than Heaven 17's song by the same name, or?
New Order did use a Quadra (among other synths) on their single "Temptation" but I've never heard that H 17 used one..
[...]
Ugh, well.. I was thinking of that pseudo Soul track, with female (backing) singers, sounding like a 1960s Motown mock-up... I used to think it was Heaven 17. For, well, about thirty years or so.

I'll creep back to where I came from...

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Re: Gear used by Heaven 17?

Post by rodgre » Wed Nov 26, 2014 5:12 am

Penthouse and Pavement has one of my favorite examples of Roland GR-300 guitar synth playing the lead. Killer electric bass on that tune as well.
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Re: Gear used by Heaven 17?

Post by gcoudert » Wed Nov 26, 2014 7:47 pm

ppg_wavecomputer wrote: I was thinking of that pseudo Soul track, with female (backing) singers, sounding like a 1960s Motown mock-up...
That'll be The Temptations! :lol:
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Re: Gear used by Heaven 17?

Post by philip_teare » Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:13 pm

Having owned one, I have always been convinced that they used the rare Firstman SQ01 on the opening of 'Geisha Boys and Temple Girls'. Apparently they only produced 200 of this synth/sequencer. Someone, has also attributed a Roland Bassline but this wasn't on the market at the time of the release of this album. I also bought one of these, but it came to market in UK Spring/Summer 82. The first of this Roland series was the 606 Drumatix, followed by 303 Bassline, and then SH101, synth with built in sequencer. These were all released in the UK after the Firstman. I bought the Firstman in Chace Synths in Drummond Street, Euston in Autumn 1981. Pretty certain it is that beautiful sound at the opening of Geisha Boys and have always felt this.

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