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Help with RUSH sounds 4 Roland Keys


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Hey,

 

Newbie here...

 

I am primarily a bassist, but in my new band I am also playing some keys and could really use some help from you more experienced keyboardists.

 

We are playing a couple of songs by RUSH - Tom Sawyer and The Spirit of the Radio - and I am trying to put together some sounds on my Roland XP-80 that are similar to the ones used in those songs.

 

Does anyone out there have any suggestions? Are there any people out there that play these songs and have some patches and/or layered patches that they use that sound authentic to the original recordings?

 

Any and all help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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Consider buying an SE-1 used on ebay.

Very powerful, all of the Sawyer sounds in the very beginning and throughout.

He used an Oberheim, but the SE-1 has the Moog and Oberheim Filters, but 3 x Oscillators.

Monophonic Leads are OK on a 2 x Osc. synth but that 3rd Oscillator can be used for Fatness, Pitch Mod, Sync, FM Sync (as in Tom Sawyer Intro).

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You can do those with the XP-80, but it's not very intuitive with lots of menu diving.

 

You may want to do some basic synthesis tutorials online.

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I think I used 3 zones when I did it. Left to Right they were 1) The big bass sweep 2) the saw lead tone 3) saw/synth poly synth sound.

 

If you are open to buying a new board. I would get good all around polysynth and keep the XP-80. Something like a Prophet 08 would be cool. If I had a XP-80 and Prophet 08 I would probably use the XP-80 for the saw/strings that come in on some of the chorus part like after the the drum break and use the P08 for the sweeps and leads.

 

Between the two boards you can cover a lot of ground. The 800 pound gorilla in the room is Hammond organ emulation if you want to play organ parts in your band.

 

You can do the whole thing on a XP-80 but most of us here wouldn't want to. I wouldn't buy a new synth just to play these two 30+ year old songs. You could pull it off with the XP-80. The hardest part will be getting the filter sweeps to sound halfway close. That filter on Tom Sawyer had it's it's own special character that you will not get from a XP-80 but you can get close enough for a rock cover. If you want to play a lot more keys in the future then get a polysynth to add to your XP-80. I recommend a polysyth because of the versatility.

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I am in a RUSH cover band, and I chose to go into the VST virtual world because of the flexibility. Buying another board just for a couple of sounds just didn't make sense.

 

Sonic Projects OPX was a big time saver. Here is our cover band performing Subdivisions. This VST already has a Tom Sawyer base sweep, and even a Camera Eye patch.

 

Subdivisions

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I am in a RUSH cover band, and I chose to go into the VST virtual world because of the flexibility. Buying another board just for a couple of sounds just didn't make sense.

 

Sonic Projects OPX was a big time saver. Here is our cover band performing Subdivisions. This VST already has a Tom Sawyer base sweep, and even a Camera Eye patch.

 

Subdivisions

 

Out of curiosity, what do you do during the songs that have no keyboard parts in a four-man rush tribute?

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Out of curiosity, what do you do during the songs that have no keyboard parts in a four-man rush tribute?

 

I'm no Capt. Underpants, but I was in a 4-piece Rush tribute for a couple years, and I played bass on some of the earlier, pre-synth material while our "Geddy" just sang, and other tunes, I would do the bass pedal parts from keyboard, and even played rhythm guitar a bit. If we looked closely at the studio versions of the tunes, there were always parts that could be filled in.

 

Capt. U: Nice version of Subdivisions, that was always one of the most fun tunes to play. I used OP-X a lot as well.

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