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*HOW* did Daniel Miller record early Depeche Mode?
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Author *HOW* did Daniel Miller record early Depeche Mode?
drip.feed
I've tried Googling this but the detail just ain't out there.

Place yourself in Miller's studio in 1981 and you are recording one of those Depeche Mode songs from Speak and Spell, say Newlife.

Anecdotally, all you have is an Arp 2600 and an Arp sequencer, and maybe couple of mono synths. You are recording to an 8-track tape machine, but 1 track is used to clock the Arp sequencer, so you really only have 7 tracks.

By my reckoning there are at least 11 distinct 'tracks' on Newlife, and that's assuming you only use 1 track for all the drums. Clearly much printing of effects to tape and bouncing-down was going on.

But if the only sequencer you had was the Arp, how would you go about it? How would you program key changes from minor to major keys for all those riffs? Would you break the composition down into lots of individual 1-2 bar sequences and spin them in over and over again, in just the right places? Or were Vince and the boys good enough players to play those parts manually?

hmmm.....
cv_rave_on
drip.feed wrote:
I've tried Googling this but the detail just ain't out there.

Place yourself in Miller's studio in 1981 and you are recording one of those Depeche Mode songs from Speak and Spell, say Newlife.

Anecdotally, all you have is an Arp 2600 and an Arp sequencer, and maybe couple of mono synths. You are recording to an 8-track tape machine, but 1 track is used to clock the Arp sequencer, so you really only have 7 tracks.

By my reckoning there are at least 11 distinct 'tracks' on Newlife, and that's assuming you only use 1 track for all the drums. Clearly much printing of effects to tape and bouncing-down was going on.

But if the only sequencer you had was the Arp, how would you go about it? How would you program key changes from minor to major keys for all those riffs? Would you break the composition down into lots of individual 1-2 bar sequences and spin them in over and over again, in just the right places? Or were Vince and the boys good enough players to play those parts manually?

hmmm.....



Those synth parts were played manually AFAIK. Watch live DM videos from the era. They had no issues playing the parts.
GuyaGuy
cv_rave_on wrote:


Those synth parts were played manually AFAIK. Watch live DM videos from the era. They had no issues playing the parts.

Sounds about right. I watched an interview with OMD where they complained about having to pound out those 8th note bass lines by hand over and over before sequencers and computers were readily available and affordable.
mt3
https://www.soundonsound.com/people/daniel-miller

https://www.soundonsound.com/people/classic-tracks-depeche-mode-people -are-people

https://www.soundonsound.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=30245&hilit=de peche%20mode%20miller#p272948
minphase
http://www.muzines.co.uk/articles/when-the-wave-forms/4617
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