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What synths were used in these songs?

Post by Music Bird » Fri Oct 30, 2015 5:02 pm

Synths that were used in these songs?
Material Girl: sine/triangle wave pad, synth bleep, guitarish sawtooth lead. Edit: apparently it was a bass guitar for the bass. The sawtooth lead is a synth with a modulation wheel or lever or button.
King Tut: pulse wave portamento lead.
Holiday: duophonic-sounding synth meow sound (I might have seen it played on an Odyssey by ARP (Mark I).
Material Girl is on this video:
And Holiday is on this:
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Re: What synths were used in these songs?

Post by Z » Fri Oct 30, 2015 5:22 pm

Music Bird wrote:Synths that were used in these songs?

Funky Worm: synth brass (is it a Solina?).
"Synth Brass" - there's no "synth brass" in that song, but REAL brass.

Now there is a single oscillator synth lead. Wiki says it's an ARP synthesizer (I'm guessing Odyssey)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funky_Worm

I'm pretty sure "Jesse's Girl" is a SCI Prophet T8.
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Re: What synths were used in these songs?

Post by Music Bird » Fri Oct 30, 2015 7:42 pm

Oh, I must be thinking about the monosynth line from the Pro Soloist (not an Odyssey, even though the sound is close to sounds I have heard on an ARP).
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Re: What synths were used in these songs?

Post by Micke » Fri Oct 30, 2015 7:58 pm

"Funky worm" was done on an ARP Soloist, the predecessor of the Pro-soloist.

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Re: What synths were used in these songs?

Post by Micke » Fri Oct 30, 2015 8:18 pm

According to an online interview with Giorgio Moroder, the phased strings on "I feel love" was some Italian string keyboard, presumably
a Logan string melody.

Take my breath away bass is DX-7.

Abba's S.O.S. was a Minimoog if I recall correctly. Benny didn't use a GX-1 until 1979's "Voulez-Vous".
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Re: What synths were used in these songs?

Post by synthparts » Sun Nov 01, 2015 4:35 am

Maybe he meant SOS Band's S.O.S. (much better than Abba) :D



Probably Minimoog bass and Odyssey (w/PPC vibrato) for the lead.
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Re: What synths were used in these songs?

Post by Music Bird » Sun Nov 15, 2015 9:34 pm

Also: what was used on Bucks Fizz Land of Make Believe? Especially the octave synth.
What Korg polysynths were around in 1984 (I saw a song from then which was my first time seeing a Korg from the 80s being played live other than a M1
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Re: What synths were used in these songs?

Post by Fena » Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:31 pm

Hello, I'm newbie so please let me know if this is not the right way to post.

I'm trying to find what kind of synths are these on ABBA's song "take a chance on me"?

I placed 2 little mp3 samples
https://www.dropbox.com/s/bdj2ti2s7qvso ... 9.mp3?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/gq73e0i9mfxp7 ... 2.mp3?dl=0

Or you can also check the original version on youtube at:

00:16 seg (right before drums comes in) kinda guitar synth.
01:09 (the arp synth).

many thanks!

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Re: What synths were used in these songs?

Post by gcoudert » Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:52 pm

I think they used a MiniMoog for a lot of synth sounds at that time. I could be wrong - somebody please correct me if I am - but I think Benny Andersson also used a Polymoog.
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Re: What synths were used in these songs?

Post by Fena » Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:15 am

Many thanks GC!

I think I found one very close to that with the mini V => keyboards => tp piano.

Like you said is probably done with minimoog.

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