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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by ElectroVibe, Dec 22, 2018.
What kind of keyboard sound is used on this song?
Music starts at 1:12.
Sounds like a Oberheim.
So that's an analog synth? Can you really tell the brand just by listening or are you just joking?
I was also wondering what the sound "type" is. Does an Oberheim have one general sound? It's really smooth, whereas some synth sounds are more grainy, if that makes sense. For sound type I mean some cheaper practice keyboards will have different names such Strings 1, Strings 2, Bells, Electric Piano, Brass 1, Brass 2, etc.
The Oberheim was a brand of synth that players like Lyle Mays, Joe Zawinul, Billy Payne, Roy Bittan etc. started playing towards the end of the 70's, a very thick sounding synth. It was just a guess on my part.
Anyway, the reason I ask is that before this particular song came out, I was not a big fan of synthesizers. I've been a fan ever since. At the time I was actually more into bands like REM or Tom Petty who used more traditional sounding 1960's instruments.
I was pretty resistant to the entire synth era but was impressed at how Springsteen used it on this song. After watching Springsteen on Broadway and reading his bio I'm revisiting his catalog. I was fortunate to watch his rise from start to present. His real contribution may be more along the lines of a Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan rather then simply an iconic Rock and Roll star.