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Unusual synth sound: Hall & Oates "Maneater"


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Hey all,

 

Given the vintage (1982), the synth sound for the chords in Hall & Oates' "Maneater" is pretty unusual.

 

Anyone know what it is?

 

There is a similar sound on my WS ("Cat's Eye"), which leads me to believe that it could be a PPG Wave, but I typically associate the Wave with a harsher, more brittle sound.

 

I'd be curious if anyone knows what it is. Perhaps it's an early layer of more than one sound.

 

All the best,

 

Todd

 

Sundown

 

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the synth sound for the chords in Hall & Oates' "Maneater" is pretty unusual.

 

Which sound on which chords exactly?

 

Either way, you might want to do some experimenting with various effects (delays come to mind); the sounds I'm hearing aren't very far off sounds that can be achieved with a Prophet 5 and an effects unit.

 

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Which sound on which chords exactly?

 

Sorry Sven...

 

I was referring to the descending triad chord progression that appears near the beginning of the song near the 11 second mark (right after the drum/bass parts). On closer listening, it sounds like an analog pad with some other notes or sounds on top of it.

 

To Synthoid's point, a Synclavier is certainly a possibility. But if it's more than one instrument, it could be anything.

 

Todd

 

Sundown

 

Just finished: The Jupiter Bluff

Working on: Driven Away

Main axes: Kawai MP11 and Kurz PC361

DAW Platform: Cubase

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the sounds I'm hearing aren't very far off sounds that can be achieved with a Prophet 5 and an effects unit.

I'm betting it is a Prophet-5. It's all over the Private Eyes and H20 albums. They didn't use the Fairlight until Big Bam Boom.

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the sounds I'm hearing aren't very far off sounds that can be achieved with a Prophet 5 and an effects unit.

I'm betting it is a Prophet-5. It's all over the Private Eyes and H20 albums. They didn't use the Fairlight until Big Bam Boom.

 

My favorite is still this:

 

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/619XOXtXl1L._AA115_.jpg

 

 

Yeah. :cool:

 

 

"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent." - Victor Hugo
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