What instrument is this?

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PostWhat instrument is this?
by Fries. Wedges. Crisps? » Fri Dec 09, 2016 5:03 pm

It starts at 0:25 in this song (embedded vid spoilered below)



Pretty sure it's used right at the start of this song too



Can any clever music types help me figure this one out? :wub:
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PostRe: What instrument is this?
by LewisD » Fri Dec 09, 2016 5:07 pm

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PostRe: What instrument is this?
by The Watching Artist » Fri Dec 09, 2016 5:57 pm

I'm not an expert. But they sound like slightly different things to me. The first sounds like maybe some kind of keyboard/organ synth work. Sounds like it has two parts "layering". The first time I listened I thought it something like an accordion maybe in reverse.

Lewis could be right about a Theremin, or something mimicking one. Certainly for the second one.

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PostRe: What instrument is this?
by Irene Demova » Fri Dec 09, 2016 6:06 pm

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PostRe: What instrument is this?
by Lime » Fri Dec 09, 2016 6:53 pm

I'd say the first sounds like an accordion or two, but recorded or effects added to make it sound slightly distant or outside, some reverb effect or something.

The second sounds like a monophonic synth, (my keyboards have many similar sounds to this) with 'portamento' set which means when you play different notes the synth 'slides' between them - you can set how quickly this happens, as well as vibrato and other modulation.




EDIT: used the wrong word for 'portamento'
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PostRe: What instrument is this?
by Squinty » Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:27 pm

I may be laughed at for this, but it sounds like a multi tracked fiddle. Or at least a synth for that instrument.

Lovely sounding, whatever it is.
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PostRe: What instrument is this?
by Lucien » Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:43 pm

Jerusalime wrote:I'd say the first sounds like an accordion or two, but recorded or effects added to make it sound slightly distant or outside, some reverb effect or something.


This gets my vote. It sounds like an accordion that's been reversed and then messed about with electronically.
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PostRe: What instrument is this?
by LewisD » Sat Dec 10, 2016 8:53 am

If anyone's interested, I'll be selling my Theremin soon.
I haven't touched it in years.
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PostRe: What instrument is this?
by still » Sat Dec 10, 2016 10:46 am

LewisD wrote:If anyone's interested, I'll be selling my Theremin soon.
I haven't touched it in years.


Lol!
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PostRe: What instrument is this?
by Fries. Wedges. Crisps? » Sat Dec 10, 2016 12:07 pm

Cheers you guys :wub: I shall do some further investigating into the sounds suggested.
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PostRe: What instrument is this?
by Green Gecko » Sun Dec 11, 2016 3:17 am

The first one is an accordian with a tape delay effect.

The second is indeed a monophonic synth with portamento switched on, such as a minimoog V.
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