Hello from San Francisco

Posted by: Alex42

Hello from San Francisco - Wed, 02 Nov 2005 01:57:00

Hi,

Nice to see that so many people still appreciate the sounds of Ultravox and Visage! I'm actually a Brit living over here in the states - came over for a short working spell and find myself still here 9 years later.

I have a new-wave synth band in San Francisco and I'm looking to recreate that infamous Billy Currie synth solo sound from Hymn. I have a Roland Fantom X6 - I'm sure all you purists are groaning but it's what I have to work with... I know how to use it to create analogue-subtractive-esque synthesis - combining samples of saw / triangle / etc waves / filters / envelopes etc. It has all sorts of effects available too - like guitar amp models etc. However, I'm still kind of new to this and I'm having a hard time recreating that synth sound.

If anyone knows how it was constructed and can give me the gritty details, that would be awesome. I'm looking for something like.. it's two saws detuned by 5 cents with blah blah filters etc etc... If anyone has a patch for the Fantom or another roland that would be even better smile

Thanks - looking forward to some synth-geek replies smile

If anyone is interested, you can hear some of our tracks at:

http://www.myspace.com/yearofthecity

Alex
Posted by: Sleepwalker

Re: Hello from San Francisco - Wed, 02 Nov 2005 02:32:00

Welcome aboard Alex wink

Looking forward to hearing some of your tracks zzzzz Sleepy..(resident synth geek! & Monument keyboard player)
Posted by: Flip Martian

Re: Hello from San Francisco - Wed, 02 Nov 2005 02:43:00

Hi Alex, welcome on board. Feel free to check out the Studio section for more music geekery. smile

As Don says, the sound is mainly in the fx. You might also want to get yourself over to Dubsounds.com on their forum - 1 of the guys there is in touch with Billy now and again and I remember him posting something about this there not long ago. They're all gear geeks with similar taste so you should find stuff of interest there. laugh
Posted by: Sleepwalker

Re: Hello from San Francisco - Wed, 02 Nov 2005 03:24:00

Equipment thread is the best place Alex wink
Posted by: Flip Martian

Re: Hello from San Francisco - Wed, 02 Nov 2005 03:25:00

Er yes, EQUIPMENT section, not STUDIO section...*doh*... Thank you Don... laugh
Posted by: Sleepwalker

Re: Hello from San Francisco - Wed, 02 Nov 2005 03:26:00

nutjob LOL
Posted by: Alex42

Re: Hello from San Francisco - Wed, 02 Nov 2005 15:03:00

Thanks Guys!

I'll check out what you suggested - this plug-in board sounds interesting too... I'll have a search for it and see if I can buy it somewhere.

Alex