Synths used on 'Fletch'

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Synths used on 'Fletch'

Post by VCO8 » Thu Jan 15, 2015 10:20 am

Harold Faltermeyer did the score a year after Beverly Hills Cop, so I'm assuming most of the gear was the same. I feel like I hear more digital stuff compared to BHC.

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Re: Synths used on 'Fletch'

Post by ranzee » Thu Jan 15, 2015 1:36 pm

I know around the time he used a Jupiter 8, JX3P and a DX7. He also had access to a Fairlight and was a big fan of the Synclavia for his movie scores. He used Linndrums and a TR-808 for drums.

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Re: Synths used on 'Fletch'

Post by desmond » Thu Jan 15, 2015 4:18 pm

Mostly - Fairlight, Jupiter 8, Linndrum...

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Re: Synths used on 'Fletch'

Post by Micke » Thu Jan 15, 2015 4:19 pm

I do believe most of the gear used on BHC, Thief of Hearts (his first score) and Fletch was the same:

Roland Jupiter-8
Roland system 700 & 100M
JX-3P (replaced with JX-8P for Fletch)
Moog 15
Oberheim OB-8
Yamaha DX-7
Linn LM-1 & (modified) Linndrum
Roland TR-808

Faltermeyer then added a Yamaha TX-816 and a QX-1 digital sequencer for Top Gun (1986), and a Synclavier
system for BHC 2 and The Running Man (both from 1987).

The big Roland system 700, Jupiter-8 and Moog 15 were used on all of his '80s scores as well as on Pet Shop Boys' album "Behaviour".

He never used a Fairlight as far as I know. The Synclavier was his main tool between 1987 and 1993 or thereabouts.

Hope this helps.
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Re: Synths used on 'Fletch'

Post by desmond » Fri Jan 16, 2015 12:15 am

Cool - thanks Micke!

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Re: Synths used on 'Fletch'

Post by VCO8 » Fri Jan 16, 2015 12:42 am

Micke wrote: Linn LM-1 & (modified) Linndrum
Modified LinnDrum? How so?

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Re: Synths used on 'Fletch'

Post by Micke » Fri Jan 16, 2015 12:40 pm

desmond wrote:Cool - thanks Micke!
You're welcome, desmond :)
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Re: Synths used on 'Fletch'

Post by Micke » Fri Jan 16, 2015 3:27 pm

VCO8 wrote:
Micke wrote: Linn LM-1 & (modified) Linndrum
Modified LinnDrum? How so?
Harold didn't mention how it was modified so I don't know.
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Re: Synths used on 'Fletch'

Post by logix » Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:26 pm

Forat electronics did (still does?) several Linndrum modifications including: adding MIDI,separate tuning for certain sounds, tuning for non-tuneable sounds, replacement sounds (EPROMs), DINsync and so on.
Here's another MIDI upgrade which is cheaper than the above, from Dtronics. There are probably others as well. And I've heard of replacement power supplies which is probably a good idea for cleaner power making the unit more reliable and last longer.

Why oh why did I ever sell (for not much money) my Linndrum back in the 90s! :cry:

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Re: Synths used on 'Fletch'

Post by minime123 » Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:14 pm

if you compare axel F to yaz situation, youll notice that axel F was totally a situation knockoff.
im sure this was due to the beverly hills cop folks request - movie and commercial people often ask soundtrack producers to make music that sounds a lot like something else someone else already recorded.
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Re: Synths used on 'Fletch'

Post by desmond » Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:44 pm

minime123 wrote:if you compare axel F to yaz situation, youll notice that axel F was totally a situation knockoff.
I do not notice that, nor do I see it either...

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Re: Synths used on 'Fletch'

Post by Micke » Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:20 pm

There are similarities but I would hardly say Axel F is a total ripoff of Yazoo's Situation.
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Re: Synths used on 'Fletch'

Post by minime123 » Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:34 pm

listen to the sweeping sound into the break on both, the water drip sounds, the bassline.
axel f was clearly modeled after situation.
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