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Paolo Di Nicolantonio

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  1. I meant you can program the drum machine to send out MIDI notes that can play the notes on the synth...
  2. You can do both but in both old and new cases, you sync the drum machine and move your fingers on the bass line to make it change notes
  3. Or you could also look at a small 5U modular or Eurorack "boat" (enclosure) with modules that do sequencing and drums
  4. If you're thinking analog / Kraftwerk / Tangerine Dream etc. I'd take a look at real analog like for example Moog Mother 32 / Moog DFAM combo... it would be a bit more than 1K new (although you could get them used) but you'd have plenty of knobs, and real analog sound. Alternatively, there are many digital or virtual analog desktop machines that offer both sequencing and drums in one package...
  5. Big Fish Audio still sells them in various formats https://www.bigfishaudio.com
  6. Chris, as Phil mentioned, you can do it within your hardware units using MIDI, but also with a DAW if you have one... Several other people have asked me that question, if I have some free time tonight I'll make a video about it
  7. I have a YPT-400 (aka PSR-E403) here in my studio, which should be very similar to yours. Keep in mind I did this in ten minutes, if you take some time you can edit the tones further and get much closer to the sounds used in the song, by acting on the filter and envelope parameters, but this should get you in the ballpark. I dialed in a "Dual" patch composed of the following patches: #161 DX+Analg as primary voice (this means Yamaha DX7 - or similar - plus an analog pad. This sorts of emulates the more digital, "glassy" pad that's layered with the synt brass). #323 RezSynBr as dual voice (this means "resonant synth brass, meaning it's a Prophet-5 style brass with applied resonance and the filter envelope closes it down to create the "wheoom" effect) You can turn #323 RezSynBr off during the sung part - as does the song - by turning the "Dual" mode off, and bring the syn brass back for the choruses) For the synth bass part, I additionally engaged the "Split" feature and selected the following patch: #048 HiQ Bass (this patch means it's a synth bass with a heavy amount of resonance - aka Q - applied to the filter) Keep in mind in the original song the synth bass was sequenced, which you can also do if you take the time to program it in the sequencer. For the purpose of this quick demonstration I'm playing everything in real time, as I've been playing keyboards for a long time and for me it's no problem playing these simple parts in real time. If you can't play both parts in real time yet, just sequence the synth bass, like Tears For Fears did. P.S. if you want to practice the parts with a beat, I selected this pattern: #016 PopShf 2 in position Main B (this means it's variation B of the Pop Shuffle 2 pattern and it's a quick way to emulate the drum beat of the song) Finally, this is very optional - but I also turned the velocity-sensitiveness of the keyboard ("Touch") to Off, because the original Prophet synth didn't have velocity, and also because it's easier to play with a consistent volume. Here you go, in practice, I made a video that shows the components of this setup:
  8. There's a Reverb article about replicating the sounds from that song. Which Yamaha keyboard model do you have? If it has MIDI, you could possibly hook it up to your computer or a synth module to get sounds that get closer to the song https://reverb.com/news/the-synth-sounds-of-tears-for-fears-everybody-wants-to-rule-the-world
  9. The Emulator I can also be seen in these videos of the band in the studio
  10. Hi, Phil, yes, I have both, and I know it's a personal anecdote, but personally, I had more problems with the Emulator I than the II over the years. They are both old now, but the II is a quite solid performer. Btw if anybody's interested, a few years ago I sampled the Uranium song in the Emulator I, the result is terrible 😄 as I made that video in half an hour, but it shows the sampling process on the Emulator I
  11. Just a synth-nerdy comment here (sorry!), I think it was sampled on the original Emulator I, not the Emulator II (Blue Monday was recorded in '82, while the Emulator II came in '84)
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