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Synths used on Eno's Deep Blue Day?

Postby Pitchfork » Tue Jun 15, 2010 7:35 pm

Always wanted to know this, but does anyone know what the huge wash pad is from on Deep Blue Day?

Very Ambient washes underneath the main guitar - Think the album is early 80's? so I would think something analog (and not his favoured DX7?)

On the same album, I always wanted to know the pad/synths used in "Ascent (an ending)?
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Re: Synths used on Eno's Deep Blue Day?

Postby Rain » Wed Jun 16, 2010 7:47 am

The apollo album was '83, so just into the DX7 era. I'm not sure about the 'Blue Day' sound but I think Eno said that 'An Ending' was multi-tracked Prophet Pro One monosynth (with masses of processing).
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Re: Synths used on Eno's Deep Blue Day?

Postby Richie Royale » Wed Jun 16, 2010 8:04 am

I don't know the album, but bear in mind that some of Eno's work is created using tape loops or Frippertronic techniques which can create dense pad like sounds.
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Re: Synths used on Eno's Deep Blue Day?

Postby Pitchfork » Wed Jun 16, 2010 8:53 am

Its "Apollo - Atmospheres & Soundtracks" album...

A Great listen....
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Re: Synths used on Eno's Deep Blue Day?

Postby Michael Dow » Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:49 am

Yeah e did love his DX-7 eh? I really want to start getting into it more or the FM8....

Anyway

I used my virus c to get the strings fairly similar in my remix* that was released on Armada a few years back.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbWSLQkvIhI&feature=related

*awaits barrage of "sacrilidge" comments! :P But dont worry, he gets all the publishing money from it!
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Re: Synths used on Eno's Deep Blue Day?

Postby Pitchfork » Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:24 am

Michael Dow wrote:*awaits barrage of "sacrilidge" comments!


Oh dear...dear....

Never touch a classic son...
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Re: Synths used on Eno's Deep Blue Day?

Postby Richie Royale » Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:29 am

Pitchfork wrote:Its "Apollo - Atmospheres & Soundtracks" album...

A Great listen....

Silly me, I own that album! I have obviously never looked at the track listing. It is a wonderful album.
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Re: Synths used on Eno's Deep Blue Day?

Postby Richie Royale » Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:34 am

Anyway:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo:_Atmospheres_and_Soundtracks

There's some info there, including reference to the DX7.
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Re: Synths used on Eno's Deep Blue Day?

Postby Pitchfork » Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:42 am

Thanks Richie, thought i'd looked there, but must have missed it..

So the DX7 was out and used, but I bet as a cold FM synth it didnt do those lovely warm pads??
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Re: Synths used on Eno's Deep Blue Day?

Postby desmond » Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:55 am

There are ways to warm up the coldest of synths

I have a particular delay plugin I use that I mostly only use for one preset, which instantly turns any cold, sterile, flat and lifeless synth sound into a gorgeous warm pad with thickness, movement and life.

So even a DX7, programmed, played, arranged and recorded appropriately, using nice choice analog hardware, tape, tape delays, EQ can be turned into thick warm lush soundscapes...
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Re: Synths used on Eno's Deep Blue Day?

Postby Richie Royale » Wed Jun 16, 2010 11:06 am

I think I'll give it a listen tonight.
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Re: Synths used on Eno's Deep Blue Day?

Postby Michael Dow » Wed Jun 16, 2010 11:06 am

Pitchfork wrote:
Michael Dow wrote:*awaits barrage of "sacrilidge" comments!


Oh dear...dear....

Never touch a classic son...


Indeed, that would normally be my feelings too. But that track is my Dads all time great tune. He's a huge huge huge Brian Eno fan, and he also likes trance and likes the stuff i do in that genre. So i decided i'd make him a remix. When i finished it i sent it out to get some comments and Armin Van Buuren just signed it straight away. So i was hardly gonna say no!
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Re: Synths used on Eno's Deep Blue Day?

Postby BJG145 » Wed Jun 16, 2010 11:07 am

Haven't heard it, but could it be a CS80?

Brian Eno with Daniel Lanois and Roger Eno: Apollo - Atmospheres & Soundtracks

Notes: In 2008 Daniel Lanois told Gearslutz: "The main synth was a Yamaha CS-80. This is a polyphonic synth, one of Yamaha's first. On Deep Blue Day there are two guitars, a strumming Strat plays the rhythm and the steel guitar is my Sho-Bud single neck Professional. They were both recorded DI. Eno put a massive treatment on everything. The complexities of the chain are unspeakable! But those treatments were worked on for weeks on end."

http://music.hyperreal.org/artists/brian_eno/discog.html
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Re: Synths used on Eno's Deep Blue Day?

Postby desmond » Wed Jun 16, 2010 11:50 am

Can't get more polar opposite than a DX7 vs a CS80..!
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