70's era synth ID for soundtrack

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70's era synth ID for soundtrack

Post by grainy » Mon Oct 06, 2008 9:36 pm

hi folks! I'm working on a movie soundtrack and need to duplicate a particular string sound that was really popular in the late 70's/early 80's and was used lots of songs, but I've yet to find exactly which synth carried it. Here's an example from the song "Kiss you all over" by Exile. The sound starts at 1:18, you can amuse yourself with their interesting stage presence until then.

This sound was also used "Come sail away" by Styx, "Dance the Night Away" by the Jim Carroll Band, and many more.
Any ideas?
thanks very much
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Re: 70's era synth ID for soundtrack

Post by Synthaholic » Mon Oct 06, 2008 9:50 pm

That's the ARP Solina String Ensemble: http://www.vintagesynth.com/arp/string.shtml

You can see one in the video you posted, with an ARP Odyssey (I think) on top of it. The video is a bit misleading though, since it shows the chords being played on the Odyssey.

This was "the" string synth of the 70s. Gary Wright's "Dream Weaver" and Elton John's "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" also used it.

What synths do you currently own/use? Many romplers have Solina samples in them.
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Re: 70's era synth ID for soundtrack

Post by grainy » Tue Oct 07, 2008 12:50 am

thanks synthaholic!
My collection took a big hit when I moved, I'm gearing up with software emulators until I get a better space to work in. Any recommendations for an arp emulator? I see m-audio carries one...
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Re: 70's era synth ID for soundtrack

Post by Synthaholic » Tue Oct 07, 2008 3:17 am

You might want to check out the GForce Virtual String Machine. It emulates the Solina and a number of other string machines.
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Re: 70's era synth ID for soundtrack

Post by chamomileshark » Thu Oct 09, 2008 8:00 pm

I wish someone had warned me about the video, I've just had dinner. :(

There's a thread about the Gforce String thing in the Soft Synth section. It's getting the thumbs up.

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Re: 70's era synth ID for soundtrack

Post by Bross » Fri Oct 10, 2008 2:41 am

The most important part, run through a phaser.

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