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  • String Synthesizers used in Songs

    I've been using my GForce Virtual String Machine a lot lately and have been trying to find songs using string synths.



    Here's a lost gem from the early 80s:






    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvbY1Mqq-XI





    I think the synth used is a Korg PE-2000 Poly-Ensemble. On the Wake video, "Talk About the Past" keyboardist Carolyn Allen is clearly playing a Korg PE-2000? (22.) Unfortunately, 80s videos are notorious for using different synths (or even guitars) in videos than what's used on the recording.



    New Order used an ARP Omni on a lot of their early stuff. The Wake and New Order were labelmates, so they could have shared instruments. Still, I think that it is the PE-2000 on this song.



    One thing cool about the Virtual String Machine is that it's sampled note-for-note, so you can get fairly close to the original.
    Gear: buncha stuff and a couple bazilion cables

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    love the New Order and Joy Division strings
    http://soundcloud.com/liliththekitten

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    • #3
      Arp String Ensembles are all over songs from the 70s.






      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCc7XJRDD74
      Moe---It puts the SINES in the basket, or else it gets the hose again.http://www.hotrodmotm.com

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        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seCDZ8zhfYY





        lap it up!



        that synth sounds "alive" if the geforce plugin can emulate that..i'd buy it.
        http://www.cresshead.comhttp://soundcloud.com/cresshead-1Korg Volca Bass, Logic Pro 9, Arturia Mini Brute, Roland sh-01 - korg electribe emx - Blofeld - Nanozwerg - yamaha RX5 - CS1X - Korg DDD1 - Trackman -ipad3

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          Quote Originally Posted by bruto
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          Here's a lost gem from the early 80s:






          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvbY1Mqq-XI





          I think the synth used is a Korg PE-2000 Poly-Ensemble. On the Wake video, "Talk About the Past" keyboardist Carolyn Allen is clearly playing a Korg PE-2000? (22.) Unfortunately, 80s videos are notorious for using different synths (or even guitars) in videos than what's used on the recording.



          New Order used an ARP Omni on a lot of their early stuff. The Wake and New Order were labelmates, so they could have shared instruments. Still, I think that it is the PE-2000 on this song.



          One thing cool about the Virtual String Machine is that it's sampled note-for-note, so you can get fairly close to the original.






          In my opinion, the thick chords/pads on "Melancholy Man" sound like a true polyphonic synth l(ike Prophet 5) rather than a Korg PE-2000. I could easily be wrong though.

          They definitely used the Korg polyphonic live at the Hacienda back in '83 and '84. Have you tried to contact the band?

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          • #6
            still regret i sold my logan string machine a few months back....
            Member of Performing Rights Society/UK

            My music at
            http://www.fliktrax.com/index.php/ca...sult/?q=panos+

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              Quote Originally Posted by mikael488
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              In my opinion, the thick chords/pads on "Melancholy Man" sound like a true polyphonic synth l(ike Prophet 5) rather than a Korg PE-2000. I could easily be wrong though.

              They definitely used the Korg polyphonic live at the Hacienda back in '83 and '84. Have you tried to contact the band?




              You know, when I first heard the song, I too thought it was a Prophet 5, so I'm not sure. But the only keyboard I've ever seen Carolyn play is the Korg PE-2000 in both the video and a few still photos. Very puzzling.



              I think I will try to contact Carolyn Allen or Gerard McInulty.



              EDIT: OK, I just sent an email to LTM records, The Wake's current label. Hopefully they'll forward it.
              Gear: buncha stuff and a couple bazilion cables

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                Quote Originally Posted by OPEN OCEAN
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                still regret i sold my logan string machine a few months back....




                Have you heard our fellow forumer Kebu what he does with Logan + Small Stone Phaser? Incredible sound. Worth checking on sound cloud or youtube.

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                  Quote Originally Posted by OPEN OCEAN
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                  still regret i sold my logan string machine a few months back....




                  Have you heard our fellow forumer Kebu what he does with Logan + Small Stone Phaser? Incredible sound. Worth checking on sound cloud or youtube.

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                    Quote Originally Posted by bruto
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                    You know, when I first heard the song, I too thought it was a Prophet 5, so I'm not sure. But the only keyboard I've ever seen Carolyn play is the Korg PE-2000 in both the video and a few still photos. Very puzzling.



                    I think I will try to contact Carolyn Allen or Gerard McInulty.



                    EDIT: OK, I just sent an email to LTM records, The Wake's current label. Hopefully they'll forward it.




                    EDIT2: James Nice of LTM Records already forwarded the email! Thanks for the suggestion mikael488. Sometimes I forget that I live in the 21st century.
                    Gear: buncha stuff and a couple bazilion cables

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                      Quote Originally Posted by bruto
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                      EDIT2: James Nice of LTM Records already forwarded the email! Thanks for the suggestion mikael488. Sometimes I forget that I live in the 21st century.




                      I'm glad to hear that keep us posted.

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                        Response from Gerard
                        Gear: buncha stuff and a couple bazilion cables

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                          Quote Originally Posted by Gaul
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                          Have you heard our fellow forumer Kebu what he does with Logan + Small Stone Phaser? Incredible sound. Worth checking on sound cloud or youtube.




                          Dont want to do that cause my logan - which i bought for 50 euros - is not around anymore hahaha
                          Member of Performing Rights Society/UK

                          My music at
                          http://www.fliktrax.com/index.php/ca...sult/?q=panos+

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