Yamaha CS01II plays BIG MUFF by Depeche Mode

May 20, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized 

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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.


One Response to “Yamaha CS01II plays BIG MUFF by Depeche Mode”

  1. dripfeed on May 22nd, 2011 5:30 pm

    Wow. That is an astonishingly accurate reproduction.

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