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#2599636 - 05/26/14 04:31 PM Inxs. Don't change
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What is the synth sound used in this song?


Edited by Rockitman (05/26/14 04:32 PM)

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#2599642 - 05/26/14 04:54 PM Re: Inxs. Don't change [Re: Rockitman]
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By Shabooh Shoobah (early 80's), I believe Andrew Farriss was using Juno 60, Prophet 5 and DX7, at least in his live rig.

I'm guessing the opening sound with the slow filter sweep is either the Roland or Prophet, my first guess would be the Juno.

In the studio, I thought he started using PPG, and eventually started touring an Emulator. But that sound on the studio recording sounds like analog with gently swept filter over a standard pad.
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#2599654 - 05/26/14 05:43 PM Re: Inxs. Don't change [Re: timwat]
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I had a hard time replicating that patch. Kind of a nasally, synthy, sweepy, French horny thing. Failed miserably until I got my Jupiter 80....
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#2599701 - 05/26/14 08:07 PM Re: Inxs. Don't change [Re: Moonglow]
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They recorded that (October of '82) before the DX7 came out, so my guess is Juno 60 and Prophet 5.

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#2599703 - 05/26/14 08:16 PM Re: Inxs. Don't change [Re: zxcvbnm098]
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This just doesn't strike me as a tough sound to get. I don't understand what part of it is difficult. Saw, filter sweep, done. Am I missing something? Very, very, very basic.
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#2599710 - 05/26/14 08:42 PM Re: Inxs. Don't change [Re: J. Dan]
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I used to play it with a patch I created on my JX3P in the day and was often told (by drunk club patrons) how much we sounded like the record. smile
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#2599713 - 05/26/14 09:04 PM Re: Inxs. Don't change [Re: Mike Warren]
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Originally Posted By: Mike Warren
I used to play it with a patch I created on my JX3P in the day and was often told (by drunk club patrons) how much we sounded like the record. smile


A lot of clicks and pops?
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#2599725 - 05/26/14 11:06 PM Re: Inxs. Don't change [Re: J. Dan]
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In the video clip he appears to play a different synth. Could be only for the clip of course, I don't know. I also don't recognize the synth. Can be seen at the beginning and more clearly at 2:28.



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#2599730 - 05/27/14 12:16 AM Re: Inxs. Don't change [Re: RudyS]
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Ive done a reasonable Studio Set for Roland FA-08 for the intro, what synth you using? The FA does a great job of these type of sounds IMO.

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#2599757 - 05/27/14 04:50 AM Re: Inxs. Don't change [Re: J. Dan]
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Originally Posted By: J. Dan
Originally Posted By: Mike Warren
...how much we sounded like the record. smile


A lot of clicks and pops?


LOL! grin
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#2599765 - 05/27/14 05:31 AM Re: Inxs. Don't change [Re: theshinenz]
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I have an rd700sx. With an ultimate keys srx007 module. Is there a patch here that's close? I am terrible at trying to emulate something I hear.

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#2599800 - 05/27/14 08:22 AM Re: Inxs. Don't change [Re: Rockitman]
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I feel like I've improved on that sound when I've played that song (not that I'm a better player or more inspired sound designer or anything)...but I've preferred more of an epic fat layered sound for that part especially if that opens a set (it's great for that). Usually I'll have a low rumble note going as well.

Then again I've never been a "play it like the original" guy either when it comes to sounds or parts unless I consider it a "signature part" that everyone knows.

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#2599806 - 05/27/14 08:35 AM Re: Inxs. Don't change [Re: Stokely]
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I put two patches together for this one. One is a fast attacked synth lead and the other is a synth pad on my Kronos. It works pretty well. The two attacks make it imo.
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#2599969 - 05/27/14 11:28 PM Re: Inxs. Don't change [Re: JimboK]
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Roland SH7 in the video. A golden old-y for sure......

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#2600008 - 05/28/14 07:55 AM Re: Inxs. Don't change [Re: zxcvbnm098]
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Originally Posted By: zxcvbnm098
Roland SH7 in the video. A golden old-y for sure......


You are right! Cool, did not know this synth!
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#2926487 - 05/10/18 09:51 PM Re: Inxs. Don't change [Re: RudyS]
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Anyone know where I can download a sound patch for this that would be compatible for a sound module.
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#2926492 - 05/10/18 10:30 PM Re: Inxs. Don't change [Re: owenaitken]
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In 1984 I was in a band that opened with this every night at our five night a week gigs. I think I mainly played it on a Jupiter 6 at the time. Have been playing the song again recently and noticed some parts I didn't get the first time around. There is a sustaining A with a vocal-like sound that seems to be there through the entire intro. The second time through the opening theme it is doubled an octave lower and maintains this through the rest of the intro. These days I use a Casio WK-3800 holding the vocal sound with the sustain pedal. I play the main theme on a Juno 60 with a bit of filter sweep. On the recording much of the Synth part sounds like it may have been done on a monoSynth.


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#2926513 - 05/11/18 06:37 AM Re: Inxs. Don't change [Re: owenaitken]
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Originally Posted By: owenaitken
Anyone know where I can download a sound patch for this that would be compatible for a sound module.


I don't know, but you are much more likely to get a response if you state which synth or module you have.
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#2926516 - 05/11/18 06:44 AM Re: Inxs. Don't change [Re: owenaitken]
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Originally Posted By: owenaitken
Anyone know where I can download a sound patch for this that would be compatible for a sound module.
Welcome to the forum. Sven, any ideas? idk
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#2926533 - 05/11/18 08:13 AM Re: Inxs. Don't change [Re: davedoerfler]
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Originally Posted By: davedoerfler
Originally Posted By: owenaitken
Anyone know where I can download a sound patch for this that would be compatible for a sound module.
Welcome to the forum. Sven, any ideas? idk


Yep, it's available at http://www.SorryMyMindReadingSkillsAreALittleRustyButHereyouGo.com
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#2926580 - 05/11/18 12:42 PM Re: Inxs. Don't change [Re: Sven Golly]
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Originally Posted By: Sven Golly
Originally Posted By: davedoerfler
Originally Posted By: owenaitken
Anyone know where I can download a sound patch for this that would be compatible for a sound module.
Welcome to the forum. Sven, any ideas? idk


Yep, it's available at http://www.SorryMyMindReadingSkillsAreALittleRustyButHereyouGo.com



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#2926582 - 05/11/18 12:58 PM Re: Inxs. Don't change [Re: davedoerfler]
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I guess I'm a "good-enough"-er....lol

I've played this on a couple different keyboards and just dialed up a nice poly synth/synth strings patch...nobody ever complained, sounded great IMO and it rocked.

Not knocking anyone who tries to get patches exact, but if there's one person in the audience who cares, he's a musician from another band sitting in the back by himself, not one of the people hopefully out dancing and having fun smile Actually my biggest problem with this tune is getting my band to play it, it's such a great set-starter IMO....

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#2926588 - 05/11/18 02:01 PM Re: Inxs. Don't change [Re: Stokely]
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Not sure i agree, Stokes - there is definitely a law of diminishing returns on degrees of exactness. But general folk respond to “authentic” sound replication in covers imo. I always get some compliment or other from someone in the audience that noticed how much i sound exactly like the record. Now, they don’t know that i’m not exact - i’m just really close.

as to OP - I played this song back in the 80s, i recall the main signature line was just a fairly simple slightly detuned saw - standard synth string sound. One of the easier ones to replicate.
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#2926590 - 05/11/18 02:33 PM Re: Inxs. Don't change [Re: MotiDave]
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For those people that don't pay attention to these things....


ZOMBIE THREAD!

This is 4 years old, and was resurrected by our new 1-post member providing way too little information for anyone to help him properly, which Dave and I are having some fun with.

As you were.
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#2926599 - 05/11/18 04:55 PM Re: Inxs. Don't change [Re: Sven Golly]
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Well, since it's been raised from the dead, it's timely, as I'm re-learning this (on guitar) for a band for a gig next weekend.

Here's a question though. In the verses, there's a sound that sounds "synth like" but I believe it's guitar.

"I'm standing here, on the ground" and after the word ground (or similar spots in each verse) there's a little line that walks down from A to F#, then, it sort of sometimes gets to an F# an octave higher, but a lot of times right before it goes to "see no evil" there's this slide up from B to C# pretty noticeble-y-er, grammer. Anyhoo. It's pretty obvious.

I think that's guitar because it sounds like a slide, not a pitch-bend or other portamento effect.

What say you?


Edited by llatham (05/11/18 04:56 PM)

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#2926626 - 05/12/18 01:26 AM Re: Inxs. Don't change [Re: llatham]
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Well, since it's been raised from the dead, it's timely, as I'm re-learning this (on guitar) for a band for a gig next weekend.

Here's a question though. In the verses, there's a sound that sounds "synth like" but I believe it's guitar.

"I'm standing here, on the ground" and after the word ground (or similar spots in each verse) there's a little line that walks down from A to F#, then, it sort of sometimes gets to an F# an octave higher, but a lot of times right before it goes to "see no evil" there's this slide up from B to C# pretty noticeble-y-er, grammer. Anyhoo. It's pretty obvious.

I think that's guitar because it sounds like a slide, not a pitch-bend or other portamento effect.

What say you?


I've always thought it was a synth but it's commonly played by a guitarist from the versions I've seen.

As an aside, I do an intermittent podcast and interviewed a friend of mine who was involved in the recording of three INXS albums including The Swing and Listen Like Thieves. He had some brilliant INXS anecdotes etc: LINK
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#2926628 - 05/12/18 02:36 AM Re: Inxs. Don't change [Re: nursers]
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Yeah, the original is definitely an SH-7 duophonic synth. They used that back in the day. Also in that album is a Juno-60 and Prophet-5.
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#2927071 - 05/15/18 02:37 AM Re: Inxs. Don't change [Re: Music Bird]
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Hi All,

I reached out to Andrew Farriss from INXS who writes:

“I’ve checked the INXS masters and according to ancient history the Synths I used on “ Dont Change “ were :

The Roland Sh-7 plus the Juno 60 and my Prophet 5………. and I fortunately still have / use all 3 of these keyboards….”

And there you have it!

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#2927099 - 05/15/18 06:24 AM Re: Inxs. Don't change [Re: jonregen]
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very cool of you, Jon. twothumbs
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#2927426 - 05/16/18 10:14 PM Re: Inxs. Don't change [Re: jonregen]
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That is damn cool - though even Farriss is going to respond to the Editor of Keyboard wink

Originally Posted By: jonregen
Hi All,

I reached out to Andrew Farriss from INXS who writes:

“I’ve checked the INXS masters and according to ancient history the Synths I used on “ Dont Change “ were :

The Roland Sh-7 plus the Juno 60 and my Prophet 5………. and I fortunately still have / use all 3 of these keyboards….”

And there you have it!

Cheers.

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