Where do these beats come from?

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Where do these beats come from?

Post by guillermotin » Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:16 am

Greetings.

This one if for the oldschool sampling druids:

I am in a quest to find out what were the original sources for the beat programming of the following songs:

1 - Enigma - "Saddeness"

2 - George Michael - "Too Funky"

3 - Duran Duran - "Come Undone" (that also appears on the song "Set Adrift On Memory Bliss" by PM Dawn)

4 - Stevie V - "Dirty Cash"

5 - Suzanne Vega - "Tom's Dinner" (DNA Remix)

Are these beats from some early sampling library or just the result of clever drum sequencing?

I am really not sure if the songs above represent the "first generation" of tunes to use these beats, or if they were borrowed from someone else before that. But that's not even the point, they are just examples. I just want to discover what machine of method was used to create them.

Thanks in advance to all the synthheads out there that can help me.

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Re: Where do these beats come from?

Post by meatballfulton » Wed Jan 21, 2009 2:29 pm

There weren't any libraries of beats back in the 80s, just libraries of drum hits. That's because sampler memory was in KBytes rather than Mbytes allowing only a few seconds in most cases. Putting a four-bar beat in a single sample wasn't possible so the beats had to be chopped and resequenced manually.

Samplers used back then were primarily the Emulator (or EMax), Fairlight and Akai S series (950? 1000?).
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Re: Where do these beats come from?

Post by Vxster » Thu Jan 22, 2009 3:11 pm

guillermotin wrote: 3 - Duran Duran - "Come Undone" (that also appears on the song "Set Adrift On Memory Bliss" by PM Dawn)
...and Paid in Full, Girl You Know it's True, Back to Life etc etc.

It is Ashley's Roachclip by the Soul Searchers.

I think the other songs you have mentioned are just drum sequencing.

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Re: Where do these beats come from?

Post by balma » Wed Jan 28, 2009 6:14 pm

The beat background of COME UNDONE can be found on several 80ies early 90ies songs, like

"STARS": Simple Red

"Baby don't forget my number": Milly Vanilly.

That's what it seems to me, please correct me if I'm wrong
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Re: Where do these beats come from?

Post by Vxster » Wed Jan 28, 2009 9:49 pm

Indeed. And as I have already mentioned, it is from this track. Listen to the section at about 3:30 for the next 8 bars.

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Re: Where do these beats come from?

Post by Ashe37 » Mon Feb 16, 2009 2:48 am

God forbid someone asks questions.

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Re: Where do these beats come from?

Post by mrdj115 » Mon Feb 16, 2009 6:20 am

Ashe37 wrote:God forbid someone asks questions.
Lol. I don't think futureworlder was referring to the original post. Last night when I was on here there was a post about curing all your credit card debt ills. It seems to have been deleted because it was obviously spam. That does make it pretty confusing when reading the thread.

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Re: Where do these beats come from?

Post by Bitexion » Mon Feb 16, 2009 12:30 pm

Jan Hammer for instance got access to his record label's full sample library, and created all his drumsets by sampling the sounds one by one into the fairlight cmi, and sequenced them like a midi roll in the CMI sequencer.

He's said in interviews that he'd sit for hours just listening to drum sounds and find a cool bassdrum here and a good snare there, then compiled them into full drumsets that he'd use on his songs (and the Miami Vice series).

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Re: Where do these beats come from?

Post by elsongs » Tue Feb 17, 2009 8:11 am

guillermotin wrote:Greetings.



2 - George Michael - "Too Funky"

Are these beats from some early sampling library or just the result of clever drum sequencing?
Uhhh...there used to be a time when people didn't use sampling librarys for drum loops... :roll:

But the loop used by George Michael's "Too Funky" was "Never Stop" by the Brand New Heavies (the intro of the song begins with the drum and percussion beat).

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Re: Where do these beats come from?

Post by guillermotin » Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:56 am

Thank you all for answering :D

Actually, the "Come Undone" and "Too Funky" beats were my main targets.

I acknowledge that the other songs are actual drum programming instead of sampling.

Cheers!

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Re: Where do these beats come from?

Post by matia » Wed Mar 18, 2009 7:32 pm

Tom's Diner was all S950. They would also process the vocals to line them up to the tempo, segment by segment until the track was done. I have a 950 and can attest to the fact that it is wonderful, sounds huge (and noisy) on anything you put into it, and when sampling breaks, it gets quite a bit Paid in Full or U-U-Utah Sa....

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