Early days of Human League pt. 2

December 16, 2008 · Posted in Electronic Music 

I have to say I really respect Human Leagues consequent decision to only use synthesizers. At the time (late 70s) synthesizer was not considered proper instruments by many. No many bands was that hard core but Kraftwerk paved the way. Most new wave artists used guitars and drum in combination with synthesizers. All sounds on Reproduction and Travelogue are made by 3 synthesizers; Korg 770, Roland Jupiter 4 and Roland System 100 (not to be confused with Roland System 100M) and then vocals.





Listening through the two albums Reproduction and Travelogue there are many fat bass lines. How are they made?

Now you’ve might heard of Roland Jupiter 4 http://www.bluesynths.com/modules.php?name=Reviews&rop=showcontent&id=30 as the little brother of the mighty Roland Jupiter 8 http://www.arturia.com/evolution/en/products/jupiter-8v/intro.html. Looking at the spec of the Juniper 4 is appears to be very poorly equipped. It has ONE single oscillator per voice. No where near the Minimoogs 3 oscillators or the Prophet 5 two per voice. But all those fat basses are made by the Jupiter 4 set to unison mode! And the arpeggio is made to good use on several songs too. Also many melodies are played on the Juniper 4 as well in the polyphonic mode. For most drums and percussion the System 100 with it’s sequencer is used. Note that the sequencer is 2 times 12 steps but it can be chained up to 24 steps. Otherwise there would have been lots of waltzes on those albums…


One Response to “Early days of Human League pt. 2”

  1. Bennet Bayer on December 16th, 2008 5:19 pm

    Good information; I have suspected the deep base can be reproduced with not transistors, but vacume-tubes. Sometimes no school, like old-school!

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