"...We don't really have many sample-based workstation-type keyboards in the studio, except for the Kurzweil K2500." The K2xxx series was also used a lot on the downward spiral. The guitar for "Hurt" is the acoustic guitar patch on the on the orchestral rom. The drums for "The Becoming" were also programed on a K2xxx series.more
Autechre's hardware samplers include the likes of the Ensoniq ESR and EPS, Kurzweil K2500, Emu E-Synth, and Casio samplers like the FZ1, FZ10, SK1, SK5 and SK100. "Changing them is brilliant fun," remarks Booth about the latter three, "get the backs off them and a few bits of wire and have an amazing time. We mess around with electronics, and have loads of broken half-bits of gear lying around. I learned some things at college and can use a soldering iron."more
"No, I played Kurzweil this time. As you say I often played Minimoog in the past. Or DX7." and "No, I think it was one of the preset sounds on a copy of the ROM which was Kurzweil's accessory. Or maybe I used other sound module in the end. I can't remember how the patches were. But I don't dislike programming itself though I sometimes leave it to other people. Recently I use MARK OF THE UNICORN's Performer [a programming software for Macintosh] and a Macintosh as my main tools when I do it. However, as to the sounds of such vintage instruments as Wurlitzer's electric piano and Hammond organ or of such effects as wah wah, I use real ones more often than programmed ones. But this does not mean that I defy sound modules and sampled sounds." - Charles Shimiz, Keyboard Magazine May 1997, interview talking to Steve Winwood's upcoming Junction Seven album - http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/6052more
"The vocal choir part on 'Blue Monday' was sampled, and it was probably one of the first instances of someone sampling something from someone else's record. New Order originally used an Emulator II to play their samples live, but a lot of the time the Emulators wouldn't load up so the roadie would have to hit one of the legs with a hammer to start it working again — it was that kind of technology! So Steve had that part loaded up into his Kurzweil K2500."more
SL: According to your opinion, which are the most legendary synths ever produced? JB: I’d have to go with the Memorymoog and PPG 2.3 Waveterm. I bough both in the mid 80’s and still have them, they are beautiful to look at and compliment each other. The Memorymoog is extremely versatile for an analog synth and the PPG system had unsurpassed digital technology with analog filters, a winning combo. I’m also a big FM fan, I used and owned the DX-7 II FD extensively and still own and use the SY-77 perhaps one of the most underrated synths of all time. As I mentioned, I love the Kurzweil 2500 for it’s playability, ROM based sounds and VAST sampling technology. I used it with Fear Factory live for years.more
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