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My take on Equinoxe IV ;-) (analog, almost live ;-) )

Posted: Wed Apr 08, 2015 3:35 pm
by adamstan


Two takes, recorded to Portastudio 464.
First take (upper left picture):
  • trk 1: "Arpeggiator" - B5
  • trk 2: Strings in the "verse" and lead in "chorus" - Korg Poly61
  • trk 3: Drums - APS Mini Rhythm MR3201 (disco pattern with snare turned down)
Second take (upper right picture):
  • trk 4: Bass - Poly61 / Pad - B5
Delay effect used was ADS Digital Delay 500 - very lo-fi sounding unit, as it is built around simple sigma-delta ADC.
Bottom picture was shot during mixdown. No sequencer has been involved*
Poly61 hold mode and ability to switch patches using footswitch provided really useful :-)


* sounds like those "No Fairlight on this record" annoucements** ;-)
** but, honestly, playing the arpegiattor part was real PITA ;-)

Re: My take on Equinoxe IV ;-) (analog, almost live ;-) )

Posted: Thu Apr 09, 2015 6:17 am
by synthroom
Thanks for posting! I enjoyed listening and watching it!

Re: My take on Equinoxe IV ;-) (analog, almost live ;-) )

Posted: Thu Apr 09, 2015 4:28 pm
by ned-ryarson
Much of it sounds out of time

Re: My take on Equinoxe IV ;-) (analog, almost live ;-) )

Posted: Thu Apr 09, 2015 5:36 pm
by adamstan
Could you please elaborate on it? I'm aware of some missed notes in the "arpeggiator" part, and there is obvious error that was pointed out to me by one of the listeners - staccato "lead" in D-minor chorus should be played in triplets, and I played it with combination of sixteenth- and dotted eighth notes. And strings are sometimes one-eighth late after downbeat - but that was deliberate. So these are errors/departures from original I'm aware of, however to my ears it still sits on the grid most of the time.

Re: My take on Equinoxe IV ;-) (analog, almost live ;-) )

Posted: Thu Apr 09, 2015 7:03 pm
by ned-ryarson
adamstan wrote:Could you please elaborate on it? I'm aware of some missed notes in the "arpeggiator" part, and there is obvious error that was pointed out to me by one of the listeners - staccato "lead" in D-minor chorus should be played in triplets, and I played it with combination of sixteenth- and dotted eighth notes. And strings are sometimes one-eighth late after downbeat - but that was deliberate. So these are errors/departures from original I'm aware of, however to my ears it still sits on the grid most of the time.
The initial arpeggio you play is not 'on the grid'. In the original it is

Re: My take on Equinoxe IV ;-) (analog, almost live ;-) )

Posted: Thu Apr 09, 2015 7:18 pm
by adamstan
Thanks. Now, when I listen more carefully I hear it. You're right, arpeggio in the first "verse" is quite sloppy - actually, it's worse than I initially thought it was :oops: In addition to missed notes, there are some that are played too early - my bad.

Re: My take on Equinoxe IV ;-) (analog, almost live ;-) )

Posted: Thu Apr 09, 2015 11:10 pm
by ned-ryarson
Sorry to only highlight the negative by the way, i didnt have time to flesh out my comments. Its a really enjoyable performance otherwise, I've watched it a few times now. Keep it up!