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Reply #30 posted 10/23/18 9:39pm

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steakfinger said:

bonatoc said:

Prince used a Yamaha CP70 live throughout the 80s. I'm not sure if what you're saying is correct or not, but to me the piano on the studio recording sounds like a real piano. Especially the final chord (Ab major witha C in the bass).


I can assure you it's a D-50 piano. It sounded fucking tiny. Exactly like the studio version.
Lovesexy uses the Roland D-50 on almost all the tracks.

We owe a great deal of the sound of Lovesexy to Eric Persing,
which is a living legend in the synth world and created the synth's most famous presets.

"The Line" uses the one @0:19.
The outro of "Positivity" uses the same patch, with patch #21: DigitalNativeDance (@1:30).

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The Colors R brighter, the Bond is much tighter
No Child's a failure
Until the Blue Sailboat sails him away from his dreams
Don't Ever Lose, Don't Ever Lose
Don't Ever Lose Your Dreams
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Reply #31 posted 10/23/18 10:14pm

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The solo of "Glam Slam" is the patch you hear @3:10, with more attack and shorter decay on the record.
@3:39, one of the components of the main riff of "Lovesexy". The one @6:10 will also sound familiar.





...and here is the "Anna Stesia" piano, @6:30. Except on record it's without the chorus, and maybe he kept only one partial,
but the piano attack is typical, it's the D-50 cold crystalline sound, it's unmistakable. Trust me, I played one back in the day.
It's impossible to find a demo with the piano sound of "Anna Stesia", which was also a preset. Because it sounds so fake and much, much better digital piano sounds have appeared since. But it's Prince's genius to use such a dead, digital sound on "Anna Stesia" instead of, say, the warm upright piano of HCUDCMA?

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The Colors R brighter, the Bond is much tighter
No Child's a failure
Until the Blue Sailboat sails him away from his dreams
Don't Ever Lose, Don't Ever Lose
Don't Ever Lose Your Dreams
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Reply #32 posted 10/24/18 1:02am

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motherfunka said:

At the PRN Alumni panel event, they asked all of the women what song they would pick to describe their relationship with Prince. Ingrid Chavez picked Anna Stesia. A lady in the audience asked her what it was like to have spiritual conversations with Prince and she told her to listen to Lovesexy and she would know.

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I love this song. My favorite version is the live one from Milan, Italy with the epic 2 minute + guitar solo.

Agree and the ONA Tour versions are not far behind for me.

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