was the pro 5 the only funk synth

Discussions about anything analog, digital, MIDI, synth technology, techniques, theories and more.
princefan3
Active Member
Active Member
Posts: 372
Joined: Sun Mar 30, 2008 12:27 pm

was the pro 5 the only funk synth

Post by princefan3 » Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:15 am

Hi Guys......have been looking through numerous you tube clips of funk 70/80s bands...the pro 5 comes up as being the most used synth for the brassey warble stabb sound...

could i therefore say that this synth nailed this area because of the 2 OCS per voice structure...?

cheers.

User avatar
Stab Frenzy
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 9723
Joined: Tue Jun 06, 2006 5:41 pm
Gear: Eurorack, RYTM, Ultranova, many FX
Location: monster island*
Contact:

Re: was the pro 5 the only funk synth

Post by Stab Frenzy » Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:37 am

Yes, no other synth was ever used for funk, particularly not the minimoog.

User avatar
pinksoir
Junior Member
Junior Member
Posts: 188
Joined: Thu Dec 08, 2011 12:58 am
Real name: Karl
Gear: Korg Volca Keys,
Korg Polysix,
Roland JX3P,
Teisco SX-400 ,
Yamaha CS-15,
Yamaha SK20.
Band: Bear Worship
Location: Ireland

Re: was the pro 5 the only funk synth

Post by pinksoir » Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:13 pm

Stevie Wonder was pretty damn funky and used a CS80 among others.
"I think it would be egotistical of me to say, 'I thought of it'. What happened is, I opened my mind up and the idea came through and into my head." - Bob Moog


User avatar
Psy_Free
Supporting Member!
Supporting Member!
Posts: 818
Joined: Thu Aug 17, 2006 6:36 pm
Gear: Synths 'n' stuff.
Band: Klangzeit
Location: UK
Contact:

Re: was the pro 5 the only funk synth

Post by Psy_Free » Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:41 pm

Honourable mention for the Clavinet.
"Any noise is good. For what is a different matter"
Bandcamp 1
Bandcamp 2
Soundcloud

c-level
Active Member
Active Member
Posts: 394
Joined: Tue Jan 31, 2012 1:57 am
Real name: Mike
Gear: Juno106, JX10, JX8P, JX3P, MKS50, SY22, SH201, Micromoog, CP 251, Korg Legacy, Triton Rack, Ableton 9, APC40, Max/MSP, Focusrite Pro40, Jazz Bass.
Band: C-Level
Location: Baltimore
Contact:

Re: was the pro 5 the only funk synth

Post by c-level » Mon Oct 07, 2013 1:15 pm

arp solina strings keyboard saw a lot of action by funk/soul/rnb acts in the 70's

User avatar
meatballfulton
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 6044
Joined: Wed Apr 13, 2005 9:29 pm
Gear: Logic Pro X

Re: was the pro 5 the only funk synth

Post by meatballfulton » Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:19 pm

Since synths in funk predate the Prophet, answer is plenty of other synths were in use.

MiniMoog most prominently, ARP strings (Solina, Omni).

Some guys used Odysseys just to distinguish themselves from the Moog frenzy...George Duke, Herbie Hancock.
I listened to Hatfield and the North at Rainbow. They were very wonderful and they made my heart a prisoner.

User avatar
ryryoftokyo
Active Member
Active Member
Posts: 650
Joined: Sat May 05, 2007 1:19 am
Real name: Ryan
Gear: Metal, plastic, wood, and electricity.
Band: Tarot Sync
Location: Massachusetts, USA
Contact:

Re: was the pro 5 the only funk synth

Post by ryryoftokyo » Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:49 pm

If you're looking for funk, I would think Moog. Get a Liberation, and get your funk on!
MU Modular (Moog, Dotcom, STG, Analog Systems, and Moon modules), MS20 (x2), Microbrute, Electribes (EA-1, EMX), microKorg, AN1x, Nord Lead 2x, Blofeld, Alpha Juno 2, DX7, JX8P, Poly 61 (x2), Split 8, TR-505, Monotron Delay, Ace Tone FR-3, Paia Fatman

User avatar
Kenneth
Active Member
Active Member
Posts: 327
Joined: Sat Apr 23, 2011 12:57 am
Real name: Kenneth
Gear: Nothing I own will make you jealous.
Band: KGB
Location: Minnesota
Contact:

Re: was the pro 5 the only funk synth

Post by Kenneth » Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:08 pm

Psy_Free wrote:Honourable mention for the Clavinet.
While very funky indeed, the Clavinet isn't quite a synthesizer.
Comparison is the thief of joy.

User avatar
Jabberwalky
Synth Explorer
Synth Explorer
Posts: 2162
Joined: Fri Apr 01, 2005 6:03 pm
Gear: A hybrid of vintage and modern junk
Band: Variar
Location: Pgh, PA
Contact:

Re: was the pro 5 the only funk synth

Post by Jabberwalky » Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:26 pm

I'm in the minority but I think any synth is a funk synth if you're comfortable with the pitch and mod benders. I personally like the sh2 for this.

analogholic
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 47
Joined: Tue Apr 22, 2008 1:53 pm

Re: was the pro 5 the only funk synth

Post by analogholic » Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:34 pm

Oberheims were used a lot, Prince, The Time, Terry lewis/Jimmy Jam and lot´s of other funkbands.
OB-Xa and OB-8 were the most common AFAIK.

User avatar
synthparts
Senior Member
Senior Member
Posts: 779
Joined: Sun Oct 09, 2011 12:05 pm
Location: SF Bay Area, CA
Contact:

Re: was the pro 5 the only funk synth

Post by synthparts » Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:50 pm

Yeah you'd think someone with a username of "princefan3" would have known about the funkiness of the Oberheims...
Vintage Synth Parts - http://www.synthparts.com

analogholic
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 47
Joined: Tue Apr 22, 2008 1:53 pm

Re: was the pro 5 the only funk synth

Post by analogholic » Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:01 pm

synthparts wrote:Yeah you'd think someone with a username of "princefan3" would have known about the funkiness of the Oberheims...
+100000 :mrgreen: :D :roll:

User avatar
yorgatron
Junior Member
Junior Member
Posts: 129
Joined: Wed Jul 17, 2013 4:57 pm
Gear: ARP Axxe
ARP Omni I
Korg Poly-61
Korg MS-10
Korg Mini-Korg 700
Elka X-55
RMI 300A
Wurlitzer 206A
Hohner Clavinet/Pianet Duo
Casio XW-P1
Band: Asha-Med

Re: was the pro 5 the only funk synth

Post by yorgatron » Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:43 pm

Psy_Free wrote:Honourable mention for the Clavinet.
I heartily concur.
Kenneth wrote:
Psy_Free wrote:Honourable mention for the Clavinet.
While very funky indeed, the Clavinet isn't quite a synthesizer.
true, but considering the amount of outboard effects used on some clavs there's a chance they could be mistaken for synths.

:keys1:

User avatar
Psy_Free
Supporting Member!
Supporting Member!
Posts: 818
Joined: Thu Aug 17, 2006 6:36 pm
Gear: Synths 'n' stuff.
Band: Klangzeit
Location: UK
Contact:

Re: was the pro 5 the only funk synth

Post by Psy_Free » Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:11 pm

Kenneth wrote:
Psy_Free wrote:Honourable mention for the Clavinet.
While very funky indeed, the Clavinet isn't quite a synthesizer.
Hence the 'Honourable mention for'.
"Any noise is good. For what is a different matter"
Bandcamp 1
Bandcamp 2
Soundcloud

User avatar
Big Gnome
Active Member
Active Member
Posts: 411
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 3:14 am
Gear: E-mu Proteus 2500
Ensoniq ESQ-1
Ensoniq VFX
SCI Prelude
Waldorf Blofeld
Band: The Nondescript
Location: Oakland, CA
Contact:

Re: was the pro 5 the only funk synth

Post by Big Gnome » Tue Oct 08, 2013 4:05 am

Stab Frenzy wrote:Yes, no other synth was ever used for funk, particularly not the minimoog.
And with good reason. Most other synthesizers are for synthpop, trance, or prog rock, and as such are obviously unsuitable for funk, or indeed any genre outside their particular millieu. Why, the very idea... ;)
"Sure that's fine in practice, but what about in theory?"
Some of my c**p

Post Reply