Talk Talk: what is that stuff??

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Talk Talk: what is that stuff??

Postby briandc » Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:23 pm

Hi everyone,
I grew up listening to lots of Talk Talk. And I realize that there's a lot of unusual synth stuff going on in their songs. Anyone familiar with the synths they used, patches, etc?
Here's an example:

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Re: Talk Talk: what is that stuff??

Postby madtheory » Sun Aug 03, 2014 12:01 pm

Simmons drums, two layered Roland JP8, and heavily processed Mellotron (the flute through a VCF/ envelope follower of some kind.

A good way to figure out the instrumentation is to get the extended mixes where parts get exposed. The "Asides and Besides" compilation has every mix a sane person would ever want.

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Re: Talk Talk: what is that stuff??

Postby briandc » Sun Aug 03, 2014 8:02 pm

madtheory wrote:Simmons drums, two layered Roland JP8, and heavily processed Mellotron (the flute through a VCF/ envelope follower of some kind.

A good way to figure out the instrumentation is to get the extended mixes where parts get exposed. The "Asides and Besides" compilation has every mix a sane person would ever want.

Top class production, amazing band, evolving from pop to inventing the post rock genre and on to jazz/ classical innovation. The Mark Hollis and O'Rang records are great. Also check out their engineers auto-biography "Are we still rolling?" - Phil Browne.


Hi madtheory,

yes, knowing the instruments is one thing. But I'm really curious about the actual sounds. (lots of "jungle"-type stuff in that track in particular) Beyond the synths themselves, it's the things that they do with them that I'm curious about..


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Re: Talk Talk: what is that stuff??

Postby Waveshaper » Sun Oct 26, 2014 5:59 pm

Well, the elephant noise in Such a Shame is the JP8's cross modulation (AKA frequency modulation) - with the carrier's pitch controlled by an EG. Plus there's delay too.
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Re: Talk Talk: what is that stuff??

Postby madtheory » Mon Oct 27, 2014 9:41 am

Cool to know!

Just remembered that they used a Fairlight for effects and vocal dropins on this album. It was sold, with the disks of said samples, at Vemia a few years ago.

That waily thing at 2 mins is the processed Mellotron flute. As I said, that becomes apparent on the extended mixes.
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Re: Talk Talk: what is that stuff??

Postby gcoudert » Mon Oct 27, 2014 2:37 pm

Funny you should mention Talk Talk. I was watching this the other day:

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