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The Yamaha CS01II is the first real synthesizer I ever owned. I got it when I was about 14 years old, back in 1985 or so. I noticed that I could get reasonable approximations of most of the sounds from Depeche Mode’s “Speak & Spell” album with it, but at the time I didn’t have the means to make decent multi-track cover versions, even after I got a 4-track.
Recently I was studying the Depeche Mode 5.1 surround mixes, and realized that I could clearly hear all the distinct parts of alot of the songs, so I decided to throw together some renditions using just my trusty old Yamaha CS01II as the sole sound source (including the drums), just to see how close I could get to the originals using very limited means.
The actual musical arrangement is about 100% accurate. The sounds themselves are of course only approximations, and most of them don’t have the same level of timbral detail as the ARP originals. I sequenced the whole thing in Cubase via a Kenton Pro Solo going into the custom CV/Gate inputs on my CS01II, recording each monophonic line in one at a time. Cubase provided the reverb and EQ, otherwise it’s all CS01II. I’ve deliberately been quite pure about this process- other than the reverb/delay/EQ, there’s no manipulation of the sounds going on here. This is, for me, mostly a technical exercise, so it wouldn’t make much sense to process the sounds very much, as that would only take it further away from the native sound of the CS01II.
I don’t really consider these to be “covers” as such- if I were covering these tunes, I’d do something creative with them as opposed to just mimicing them as closely as possible. I don’t have any desire to “cover” these songs in that sense. At any rate, this project has been a good exercise in close listening and mixing for me, so I see that as the main reward for my efforts.
Recorded at the MusiCares benefit concert at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles on May 6th, 2011.
This was the seventh annual MusiCares benefit concert. Depeche Mode lead singer Dave Gahan and Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman were both honored at the event.
Gahan was honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, and for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction and recovery process. Lyman received the MusiCares’ From the Heart Award for his unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the organization.
All proceeds from the event went to the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation.
You can read more about MusiCares here: http://www.grammy.org/musicares
A small cover of Daft Punk on the tb-303. I decided to just try and program the pattern on the 303, not spot on, but close enough hopefully.
Synths changed once again, I re-acquired a Micron along with the Ion. Both have obviously the same type of sound (using the same engine), but the Micron has drums, which is very useful. All the sounds come fom the synths: pad and beat from Micron, lead and sequence from the Ion. The sequence and the pads are sequenced externally. Enjoy.
Hello, it is my version of YMO Rydeen played on the AtomoSynth Krakken keyboard analog synthesizer.
My cover of “Let it Be” played on the stylophone.
Also watch my cover of “They’re taking the hobbits to Isengard” played on the stylophone and the Korg DS-10 synthesizer for the Nintendo DS:
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Always nice to see the Nova in action
A simple live cover of Jean Michel Jarre Equinoxe Part 6. All the sounds from the Novation Nova synthesizer.
Really nice cover of an old Yaz classic
Based on the live BBC recording – Sequenced using a BBC Master computer with UMI-3s sequencer
Oxygene 2 – Cover
Composed by: Jean Michel Jarre
Played by: Piotr Nowak, Michał Bach
The gear that was used:
-Korg mini KP KAOSS PAD.
-Behringer Vintage Delay VD400