The artist Vangelis launched his album ‘Spiral’ in 1977. A classic masterpiece full with synthesizers. The music is used in series, movies, documentaries, tv-shows and so on. So, most people know his music and particular the song ‘Spiral’. Of course it can’t be that you don’t know what I’m talking about. Check out this video to get that ‘Aaah’-moment.
First I inform you that I’m not the person who thinks that he can recreate it completely. No…Vangelis is too huge and I’m too small. I can’t touch his masterpiece at all. That said I want to say that just wanted to share with you how to recreate that sensation with a Roland MC-50 and the synth engine of the Roland SP-808.
Step by step
The MC-50 has the ability to record in Step-time. This means you are not recording in realtime but just note by note. A very convenient way to create arpeggios, for example. In the video I grabbed I show which steps to take to record the Spiral sequence in step time. Important is to count 8 steps and to put the quantise on 12th note. This recreates synths whirling up sound.
SP-808 Synth Engine
Like I’ve explained before the synth engine of the Roland SP-808 is an effect. So turning the effect on is important and also MIDI channel matching with your keyboard/sequencer is a must. I started with the Stepbs1 sound and from that point I adjusted some parameters like opening OSC2, changing it to SAW and adding delay. In the video you see more adjustments.
Yeah…I love this step time mode and I love the synth engine of the SP-808. Mostly because they’re machines from the 90’s and still doing their job in 2018.
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