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Lyle Mays’ ocarina-like lead... #3028717 02/13/20 01:45 AM
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Keyboard Mag - APR 6, 2016

“ Whenever anyone compiles a list of the most famous synth sounds, Lyle Mays’ ocarina-like lead is certain to be in the Top 10. That’s interesting, considering he never took a true solo with it: He used synths exclusively as orchestration tools. Yet the sound became his signature, and every few months I see people asking on synth and keyboard forums how to make it....

https://www.keyboardmag.com/lessons/the-art-of-synth-soloing-lyle-mays-signature-synth-sound


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Re: Lyle Mays’ ocarina-like lead... [Re: ElmerJFudd] #3028741 02/13/20 04:01 AM
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That was one of the first patches I programmed on the DSI OB-6 (using advice from this very article) !
What a joy!!!

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Re: Lyle Mays’ ocarina-like lead... [Re: ElmerJFudd] #3028815 02/13/20 03:06 PM
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I had a JX-10 back in the day, and I recall that the non-editable (non-User) patch section already had the signature Lyle Mays sound written into ROM memory. It was pretty spot-on, and I definitely used it for PM covers.

This may have been a later revised version of the JX, where Eric Persing included that sound as a stock sound.


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Re: Lyle Mays’ ocarina-like lead... [Re: ElmerJFudd] #3028849 02/13/20 05:20 PM
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I was just trying to program this on my Deepmind12 yesterday. Googled and found the Keyboard article. Spent some time and got close, but still no cigar. If you're reading this, Burningbusch, would love to get schooled!!

EDIT: Was failing to get that "hollow" sound and the right kind of modulation, but getting much closer after a session today.

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Re: Lyle Mays’ ocarina-like lead... [Re: Daddyg3042] #3028964 02/14/20 04:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Daddyg3042
I was just trying to program this on my Deepmind12 yesterday. Googled and found the Keyboard article. Spent some time and got close, but still no cigar. If you're reading this, Burningbusch, would love to get schooled!!

EDIT: Was failing to get that "hollow" sound and the right kind of modulation, but getting much closer after a session today.


For me, the feature that nailed the sound was the downward pitch on the attack. Listen to As Falls Wichita... "It's for you" (Which is the motivation for the the Album cover).
On "It's for you", the organ chord on the end of the vocal interlude is the most exquisite polychords I've ever heard!


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