Most notable/obvious use of a specific synth

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Re: Most notable/obvious use of a specific synth

Post by Micke » Tue Aug 23, 2016 8:09 pm

cornutt wrote:A few string synths:

Richard Wright's Logan on Pink Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond".
To the best of my knowledge Wright used an ARP/Solina string ensemble on that track/album,


cornutt wrote:Alan Clark's DX7 on Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing".
If you mean the buzzy 'stab chords' it was Guy Fletcher's DX-1.
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Re: Most notable/obvious use of a specific synth

Post by Vxster » Tue Aug 23, 2016 9:04 pm

Hey Micke, you have to join in with your own suggestions too! :P

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Re: Most notable/obvious use of a specific synth

Post by desmond » Wed Aug 24, 2016 12:04 am

Vangelis - Blade Runner - CS80..?

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Re: Most notable/obvious use of a specific synth

Post by cornutt » Wed Aug 24, 2016 3:18 am

Well h**l, I'm 0 for 2... at least I know the Edgar Winter one, since I saw him do it...

It seems like I've heard about four different stories about what Wright used on "Shine On You Crazy Diamond".
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Re: Most notable/obvious use of a specific synth

Post by Broadwave » Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:02 am

Magazine - Secondhand Daylight - ARP Odyssey, Yamaha SS30
Ultravox - Systems of Romance - Where THAT Odyssey lead came to the fore
M - Moderne Man - ARP Odyssey (again)
Simple Minds - Life in a Day - Yamaha SS30 and Korg 770
Numan - Polymoog on just about everything
Bill Nelson's Red Noise - Minimoog, CS80

Yup, the late 70's/early 80's was a great time for synths ;)

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Re: Most notable/obvious use of a specific synth

Post by Weirdofromouterspace » Wed Aug 24, 2016 10:42 am

Jon Lord/Deep Purple - ARP Odyssey (afaik) on "A" 200 (to be found on the 'Burn' album. I love that song =D> .)
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Post by HalloweenJack » Wed Aug 24, 2016 11:41 am

Well not a specific track/songs but the Korg M1 piano is THE piano sound of classic house music...

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Re: Most notable/obvious use of a specific synth

Post by JeEA » Wed Aug 24, 2016 1:48 pm

Aha has DX7 written All over 'take on me'

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Re: Most notable/obvious use of a specific synth

Post by Micke » Wed Aug 24, 2016 3:40 pm

Vxster wrote:Hey Micke, you have to join in with your own suggestions too! :P
Okay... how about Prince's OB-X on "Controversy", or the ARP Omni on "1999" and "Dirty mind" (according to an interview with Dr. Matt Fink from 2005 the famous 1999 riff was mainly done with the Omni!)

Alan Howarth's Prophet 5 rev 2 on the main theme to Carpenter's "Escape From New York".

Nyle Steiner's EVI and Synthasystem modular on the Apocalypse Now soundtrack.

Dan Wyman's Moog modular on John Carpenter's soundtracks to Assault on precinct 13, Halloween and The Fog.

The Polymoog on Visage's "Fade to grey".

The Prophet 5 rev 2 on Japan's "Taking Islands" (all P5, all played by Ryuichi Sakamoto)

Ryuichi Sakamoto's rev 2 Prophet 5 on "The end of Europe" from his solo album "B2-unit".

The Yamaha CS-80 on "Tony's theme" from the Scarface soundtrack.

The Arp Odyssey mk I on Peter Howell's "The Astronauts" (except for the timpani, this piece was entirely recorded with the Odyssey!).

The Prophet 5 on Tears for fears' "Shout" (the massive bass drone that runs all through the piece).

Patrick Moraz' double-manual Oberheim 8-voice on "Time for a change" from his solo album Out in the sun (the first 1:30 are all-Oberheim!).

Lyle Mays' Oberheim 4-voice on "September 15th" from the album As Falls Wichita, so Falls Wichita Falls (those synth strings sound absolutely gorgeous and
the reason for that is that Lyle wrote the parts out and played them in one at a time with all four modules firing and then doubling!)

Brad Fiedel's Prophet 10 on the Terminator theme (the rhythm track and the Terminator's metallic heart-beats).
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Re: Most notable/obvious use of a specific synth

Post by Vxster » Wed Aug 24, 2016 6:07 pm

Micke wrote:The Polymoog on Visage's "Fade to grey".
Micke wrote:The Prophet 5 on Tears for fears' "Shout" (the massive bass drone that runs all through the piece).
Certainly didn't know those. I always thought Shout was just Fairlight!

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Re: Most notable/obvious use of a specific synth

Post by Micke » Wed Aug 24, 2016 6:53 pm

The Polymoog on Fade to grey was used for both the strings and bass line (double-tracked).

As for Shout, the most obvious use of the Fairlight is the repeated flute-line but it was also used for some sampled drum sounds along with the drumulator. Real drums
come in about halfway through the song.
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Re: Most notable/obvious use of a specific synth

Post by sandwich » Thu Aug 25, 2016 9:10 am

Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Relax - Jupiter 8
Depeche Mode - Any Second Now - Big fat Moog Prodigy baseline
Erasure - Wonderland Album - CZ101

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Re: Most notable/obvious use of a specific synth

Post by cornutt » Thu Aug 25, 2016 7:16 pm

Vxster wrote:
Micke wrote:The Prophet 5 on Tears for fears' "Shout" (the massive bass drone that runs all through the piece).
Certainly didn't know those. I always thought Shout was just Fairlight!
It's funny, I had heard a long time ago that the "Shout" bass was an Octave CAT. But I wondered about it even then because they never seemed to use one on anything else. P5 makes a lot more sense, even before actually listening to it, considering the working mode they were in at the time (using a lot of Ian Stanley's gear).

Did Tony Banks play the "In The Cage" solo originally on the Pro Soloist? If so, that was probably the canonical performance on that synth. (When I saw them in 1981, he played it on a P5 IIRC.)
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Re: Most notable/obvious use of a specific synth

Post by Micke » Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:16 pm

Yes, Tony did indeed play the "In the cage" solo originally on the Pro Soloist. When they performed live in the early '80s I believe he generally used the ARP Quadra for the
synth solos.

Here are a couple of live clips from 1980 and 1981 where he plays the solos on the Quadra:

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Re: Most notable/obvious use of a specific synth

Post by stf-ran » Thu Aug 25, 2016 11:32 pm

There is a bucket-load of the brand new D-50 on George Michael's "Faith" album. Presets that are so well recognized now. They'll all there. Also lots of DX7 and Linn 9000 from what I'm hearing. Opinions?

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