Re: Arpeggiator on QS6.1 (or how do I make it sound like Duran Duran?)

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Posted by Ryan on June 29, 1999 at 16:25:50:

In Reply to: Re: Arpeggiator on QS6.1 (or how do I make it sound like Duran Duran?) posted by shawn on June 28, 1999 at 23:42:42:

: : With all the 80's resurgence going on, I'm hoping somebody can help me with this.: : I'm new to the synth world, and I've spent two straight days mucking around with the tracking generator and such to try to create a sound similar to what Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran used on either Hungry Like the Wolf, or Rio, (or just about damn near any Duran Duran song...) where the synth is arpeggiating a 16th note pattern.

: : If anyone has done this already, and has a patch, I'd love to see what you've done to make it happen. If anyone can offer any tips on making the thing arpeggiate better (trust me, anything is better than what I can do with it right now...) I'd like to hear from you.

: : Thanks for any help.

: : Ryan

: Ryan,
: Nick Rhodes used a Roland Jupiter-8 to do most of those early arpeggios.The Jupiter-8 used either up,down,up and down,or random arpeggios over the four octave keyboard. You are gonna be hard pressed to get this kind of sound from the QS series until they add an arpeggio. You may want to look into a device called The Cyclone made by OBERHEIM. It does multi-timbral arpeggios like you are looking for and is a stand alone device.It costs about $149 through catalogs like Musicians Friend or American Musical Supply. You may also look at Harmony central and go to the midi files page.Once there you will be able to download Hungry like the Wolf and Rio and see exactly how he plays the notes across the keys.

Thanks for the info -- It's good to know what he was using. I had hoped, since the Jupiter 8 is included in the list of Synths which were sampled into the QS, that it would be easy to accomplish, but I guess you're right -- without a decent arpeggiator it's not gonna happen.

I'm one step ahead of you on the .mid file thing. I downloaded one for Hungry Like the Wolf, got rid of the instruments I didn't need, fed it to a FlashRAM card via Soundbridge, and voila... push two buttons, keyboard plays the arpeggio (and synth pads, too!) all by itself...

Now, if I can get my drummer to play to a click we're all set.

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