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Jarre's WAITING FOR COUSTEAU album, which synths were used?
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Memory Cords 

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Posted: Wed Feb 23, 2011 5:55 pm   Jarre's WAITING FOR COUSTEAU album, which synths were used?

Jarre usually lists which synths were used on his album sleeves.

But on WAITING FOR COUSTEAU there is no list.

Does anybody have any reliable information (e.g. magazine articles, interviews with Jarre etc) about what synths were used on this album?

Thanks.
 
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Posted: Wed Feb 23, 2011 6:48 pm   

A lot of Synthex, D50, Korg m1, t3 and Fairlight CMI IIx.

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Memory Cords 

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Posted: Mon May 16, 2011 10:19 pm   

GeeJee wrote:
A lot of Synthex, D50, Korg m1, t3 and Fairlight CMI IIx.

source


Sorry for the late reply, thanks for that information! I wonder why Jarre didn't list the instruments in the album credits like he usually does?
 
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Posted: Mon May 16, 2011 11:19 pm   

Memory Cords wrote:
GeeJee wrote:
A lot of Synthex, D50, Korg m1, t3 and Fairlight CMI IIx.

source


Sorry for the late reply, thanks for that information! I wonder why Jarre didn't list the instruments in the album credits like he usually does?


That's not always upto JMJ - perhaps someone else decided.
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cygnusx-1 

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Posted: Tue May 17, 2011 10:51 pm   

GeeJee wrote:
A lot of Synthex, D50, Korg m1, t3 and Fairlight CMI IIx.

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I always thought he also used the Kurzweil K2000 on WFC? I recall it was one of his favorite synths during the period WFC/Images/Chronologie. Nevertheless, imho WFC sounds outstanding great.
 
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Posted: Tue May 17, 2011 10:54 pm   

easily the best production quality of all his albums.

shame Chronologie was so compressed by comparison
 
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Posted: Wed May 18, 2011 3:50 am   

qube wrote:
easily the best production quality of all his albums.

shame Chronologie was so compressed by comparison


Funny thing i think opposite Waiting for cousteau is not best. But i think thing is at least little sometihng about taste. No my ears best albums are Equinoxe and Oxygene and then Oxygene 7-13....
 
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Posted: Wed May 18, 2011 1:23 pm   

cygnusx-1 wrote:
GeeJee wrote:
A lot of Synthex, D50, Korg m1, t3 and Fairlight CMI IIx.

source


I always thought he also used the Kurzweil K2000 on WFC? I recall it was one of his favorite synths during the period WFC/Images/Chronologie. Nevertheless, imho WFC sounds outstanding great.


K2000 was released in 1991, WFC in 1990.. also, I haven't spot any typical Kurzweil sounds. On the Hong Kong and Chronologie albums you can spot them easily.
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Posted: Wed May 18, 2011 7:11 pm   

qube wrote:
easily the best production quality of all his albums.

shame Chronologie was so compressed by comparison



I must agree, I think it sounds SO good. Many Jarre-fans don't like Calypso 1, I love it.
Cool Bass, both normal bass and the sequenced
Super cool drums, especially in the remix.

Calypso II have some nice bass and drum sounds/hits
Calyso III , well not my favorit, but still ok sweet melody
Waiting for C. - I never understood this. Ok to do a 45 min song, but he could have played some more in it!

I have never liked Chronologie - all too noisy and digital with all that church organ sounds :roll:

But hey, taste can't be discussed :)
 
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Posted: Wed May 18, 2011 8:03 pm   

GeeJee wrote:
cygnusx-1 wrote:
GeeJee wrote:
A lot of Synthex, D50, Korg m1, t3 and Fairlight CMI IIx.

source


I always thought he also used the Kurzweil K2000 on WFC? I recall it was one of his favorite synths during the period WFC/Images/Chronologie. Nevertheless, imho WFC sounds outstanding great.


K2000 was released in 1991, WFC in 1990.. also, I haven't spot any typical Kurzweil sounds. On the Hong Kong and Chronologie albums you can spot them easily.


Thanks for the info.
 
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Posted: Wed May 18, 2011 10:50 pm   

JPQ wrote:
qube wrote:
easily the best production quality of all his albums.

shame Chronologie was so compressed by comparison


Funny thing i think opposite Waiting for cousteau is not best. But i think thing is at least little sometihng about taste. No my ears best albums are Equinoxe and Oxygene and then Oxygene 7-13....


I wasn't talking about the quality of the music just the production. The earlier albums are more interesting musically but sound thin.

7-13 and Chron' are very compressed and distorted don't sound nice at all which is a shame as I like the music.
 
JPQ 

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Posted: Thu May 19, 2011 12:14 am   

qube wrote:
JPQ wrote:
qube wrote:
easily the best production quality of all his albums.

shame Chronologie was so compressed by comparison


Funny thing i think opposite Waiting for cousteau is not best. But i think thing is at least little sometihng about taste. No my ears best albums are Equinoxe and Oxygene and then Oxygene 7-13....


I wasn't talking about the quality of the music just the production. The earlier albums are more interesting musically but sound thin.

7-13 and Chron' are very compressed and distorted don't sound nice at all which is a shame as I like the music.



To my ears. old albums sounds warm. and Oxygene 7-13 is sitll own way hardlisten like Chrologie maybe is this compression i dont konw. Becouse many over compressed pop albums are have sound something what i dont like actually hate. And i dont talk poor melodies,shitty synths,and awfull vocals.
 
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Posted: Sun Jun 07, 2015 10:14 pm   

I bring back this old topic because I'm interested in replicating one sound of Calypso part 2.

That kind of click/snap/snack that you can hear in repetition at about 2.20 - 2.28 - 2.35 - 2.44
an so on
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQsjTbWDln0

if these
> AKAI S1000
> FAIRLIGHT CMI-II
> ARP 2600
> ELKA Synthex
> KORG T3
> ROLAND D-50
> ROLAND SH-101
are the instruments he used on the album, what could have used for doing it?

In 1989-90 I remember to have heard almost the same sound coming from the Waldorf Microwave 1: I was in a music instruments store, but it wasn't me playing the synth in that moment... but that sound just impressed in my memory.
Never had a Microwave in my hands again, so I don't know how it was done (could be a wavetable trick beside analog filter manipulation?)

Please, any suggestion on what kind of synth is best to try and on what parameters work most for obtaining the same power of the snap?
Thank you in advance.
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Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 12:00 pm   

Polarity wrote:
Please, any suggestion on what kind of synth is best to try and on what parameters work most for obtaining the same power of the snap?


We must all work together towards obtaining the power of the snap, for that is the path to becoming masters of the universe! :peacemaan:
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Pete 


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Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 11:19 pm   

If I understand correctly, the sound you are looking at could be coming from the Dynacord ADD-One. It has analog resonant filters and it is regarded as one of the best drum samplers of all time. You can spot it in JMJ studio in several pictures of that period.

In the early 90s I remember Roland S-550/S-330/W-30 library had some similar sounds programmed by heavily filtering a snare or tom sample.

You could try to sample the snare drum from the first bars of London Kid (Dynacord ADD-one - if I am not wrong) envelope out some of the gated reverb and apply a low pass filter experimenting with resonance and see if you get close. Try also to move the starting point of the sample to get the right transient.

P.
 
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