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What the heck, let's just make this a Q&A thread for songs with mysterious sounds.

 

Here's one that's always baffled me; On Don Henley's All She Wants To Do Is Dance - That buzzy, growling, distorted sound that starts right after the drum intro and continues through the song. Sounds kinda like a DX7 run through a distortion box. At least that's how I used to try to duplicate it, but never really nailed it.

 

Anyone know?

 

Peace all,

Steve

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i can't help out with some of that stuff because i'm just too young. as for a question for keys sounds, what keyboard is being played in the rosanna (by toto) solo? ...just to keep this message going for no real reason. :confused:
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Jimbyjoe:

Don't take this as Gospel, but IIRC, that was a Polyfusion synth. At least, that what the guys at Polyfusion told me when I was visiting their factory in Buffalo.

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Originally posted by SWBuck1074@aol.com:

What the heck, let's just make this a Q&A thread for songs with mysterious sounds.

 

Here's one that's always baffled me; On Don Henley's All She Wants To Do Is Dance - That buzzy, growling, distorted sound that starts right after the drum intro and continues through the song. Sounds kinda like a DX7 run through a distortion box. At least that's how I used to try to duplicate it, but never really nailed it.

 

Anyone know?

 

Peace all,

Steve

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Originally posted by SWBuck1074@aol.com:

What the heck, let's just make this a Q&A thread for songs with mysterious sounds.

 

Here's one that's always baffled me; On Don Henley's All She Wants To Do Is Dance - That buzzy, growling, distorted sound that starts right after the drum intro and continues through the song. Sounds kinda like a DX7 run through a distortion box. At least that's how I used to try to duplicate it, but never really nailed it.

 

Anyone know?

 

Peace all,

Steve

 

A wild guess it could be a guitar with really heavy distortion and other processing. Or it could be a sample of something processed through distortion.

Michael

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Originally posted by jimbyjoe:

i can't help out with some of that stuff because i'm just too young. as for a question for keys sounds, what keyboard is being played in the rosanna (by toto) solo? ...just to keep this message going for no real reason. :confused:

 

I'm not sure which part was which synth. (I hear at least three different synths in that solo) But Toto had two keyboardists, David Paich and Steve Porcaro. Each of them had a Yamaha CS80, so I assume those are in the solo besides the Polyfusion. The CS80's pitch ribbon could be set to step chromatically up or down. I believe that's how they got the polyphonic glissando that closes the solo.

 

Any more theories on the Henley song? I'd be really surprised if it was just a processed guitar. It sounds more buzzy than distorted, almost like a dirt bike with straight pipes or something.

 

Peace all,

Steve

 

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I just picked up "Thriller". Don't laugh, it's some of the best songwriting and synth playing around, plus you have to respect the best-selling album ever. So, does anyone recall what made the Big Bong at the beginning of "Beat It"? I've heard that it was a Synclavier. There is probably a Keyboard article about it back in the day, I wish they would make classic features available to subscribers on their website. Hell, I would pay extra for that.

 

This album has really made me want to start making music again. -jl

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The "big bong" at the beginning of "Beat It" was the Synclavier. That complete phrase was on their clear vinyl demo LP. I imagine Quincy or MJ just lifted it straight from the record.

The solo at the beginning of Zappa's "50-50" is, I'm almost positive, a theatre pipe organ, complete with the glockenspiel stop, common on theatre organs. I think it's even listed in the album notes. The snarly synth in "All She Wants To Do..." has got to be a DX7. it was the hottest ax out that year. That's just a guess. The other two I'm 99.9% sure about.

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Originally posted by ksoper:

The snarly synth in "All She Wants To Do..." has got to be a DX7. it was the hottest ax out that year. That's just a guess.

 

I think we're right about this one. Maybe I just didn't have the right distortion box. Now that I think about it, the synth on the record might have been going through a Rockman. That was a popular sounding "crunch box" at the time.

 

Synthetic, no need to be embarrassed about Thriller. I bought it years ago just to study the amazing work that Quincy did on that album. Some of his best to this day, IMO. I think Michael really dropped the ball by not having Quincy produce his last few records. Not that they were that bad, but Q definitely has the magic touch.

 

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Steve

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I wonder if anyone here remembers this one;

On 10CC's song "I'm Not In Love" from the early -mid `70's. The song is full of the kind of breathy "Ahh" vocal sounds that we would assume was a Fairlight sample if it had come out 10 years later. But how did they get that sound that far back? It sounds so unreal, but no synths at the time could do that. Kinda creepy sounding. Was it just a heavily flanged Mellotron, or did they record multiple tracks of the guys singing like that?

 

Rumors of this thread's death are only slightly exaggerated! :D

 

Peace all,

Steve

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A real general question. What about Kraftwerk, especially Autobahn? I never saw any articles on them or many pictures. I believe I did see a Minimoog or two in one picture, but I seem to recall hearing they used a lot of custom built stuff. What did they use for their synthesized percussion. I think in one picture I saw one member holding some sort of drumsticks with wires comming out the end. Were they real or just a prop?
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Originally posted by ksoper:

The solo at the beginning of Zappa's "50-50" is, I'm almost positive, a theatre pipe organ, complete with the glockenspiel stop, common on theatre organs. I think it's even listed in the album notes.

K.

 

That sounds about right. It's not mentioned on the liner notes. Otherwise, I wouldn't have had to ask. :D

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Originally posted by SWBuck1074@aol.com:

I wonder if anyone here remembers this one;

On 10CC's song "I'm Not In Love" from the early -mid `70's. The song is full of the kind of breathy "Ahh" vocal sounds that we would assume was a Fairlight sample if it had come out 10 years later. But how did they get that sound that far back? It sounds so unreal, but no synths at the time could do that. Kinda creepy sounding. Was it just a heavily flanged Mellotron, or did they record multiple tracks of the guys singing like that?

 

 

Rumors of this thread's death are only slightly exaggerated! :D

 

Peace all,

Steve

Yo, Steve-0!

I seem to recall reading an interview with 10cc shortly after that song was released and they revealed that they indeed overdubbed many tracks of gen-you-wine vocals to achieve that sound. We don't need no steenking samplers!

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another gen-x'er question about sounds (ie. sorry i can't help with the older songs - i'm only a spring chicken): what do you reckon the synth sound is in ben fold's new song "rockin' the suburbs" - the one that does that little 2 bar riff?

it sounds a lot like the 'hip-hop lead' sound of a roland xp-series, user #48 i think. of course i may be wrong. when i saw him on tv he was using a roland ax-1 but was obviously midi'ed.

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Originally posted by ksoper:

The "big bong" at the beginning of "Beat It" was the Synclavier. That complete phrase was on their clear vinyl demo LP. I imagine Quincy or MJ just lifted it straight from the record.

 

I'll bet it was the other way around - NED put the track on their Synclavier demo after it was on the biggest hit of the year. It also shows up in the solo section, so I don't think they would have recorded it off the album.

 

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Originally posted by billyb:

What did they use for their synthesized percussion. I think in one picture I saw one member holding some sort of drumsticks with wires comming out the end. Were they real or just a prop?

 

The drumsticks were for real. They were using custom electronic percussion. (if you listen real close they don't even try to sound like drums) you have to give them credit for trying to come up with something keeping in character with the sound they were producing. I believe there was an article in Keyboard way back. Anyone collect the old issues?

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I've got another project for you.

 

Anyone that can list or provide a link to the array of synths that DEVO used (and the songs that they were used on), I'd be grateful.

 

They used many sounds that I cannot recognize on any machine.

 

Thanks,

Carl

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Originally posted by Krakit:

I've got another project for you.

 

Anyone that can list or provide a link to the array of synths that DEVO used (and the songs that they were used on), I'd be grateful.

 

They used many sounds that I cannot recognize on any machine.

 

Many of those were Jupiter-8. I know this because I have the bank of their original programs.

 

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