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Thread started 06/11/22 9:20am

GaryMF

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Drums on "I Wonder U" (and 1st 4 tracks of Parade)

Subscribed to Sirius to listen to Prince channel (which should be there ALL YEAR!) and they're playing I Wonder U.

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I know the story of how he went to the drums and played all the 1st few tracks of Parade straight through.

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But what is the drum sound on I Wonder U? He was playing acoustic drums I assume but they sound very electronic on the song. Is it all just post-production processing (reverbs and phasers etc.) or did he overdub later with e-drums/drum machines?

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Reply #1 posted 06/11/22 1:49pm

kevinpnb

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GaryMF said:

Subscribed to Sirius to listen to Prince channel (which should be there ALL YEAR!) and they're playing I Wonder U.


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I know the story of how he went to the drums and played all the 1st few tracks of Parade straight through.


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But what is the drum sound on I Wonder U? He was playing acoustic drums I assume but they sound very electronic on the song. Is it all just post-production processing (reverbs and phasers etc.) or did he overdub later with e-drums/drum machines?



I always assumed it was just an acoustic kit with the snares disengaged on the snare drum.
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Reply #2 posted 06/11/22 2:17pm

bozojones

I haven't listened to the song in a while but I think it was likely processing/effects on the main drum track, along with some Linn hits thrown in
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Reply #3 posted 06/12/22 1:46am

Raevene

The whole album had the reverb stripped off, that's why the drums sound a little odd because you're used to hearing reverb on drums

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Reply #4 posted 06/12/22 8:49am

Milty2

The drums on Parade are the complete opposite of what was the prevailing drum sound of that era. One of the many reasons why Parade is great. I don't even think the album sounds like the 80s at all.

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Reply #5 posted 06/12/22 11:09am

LoveGalore

Processing and effects.

Reverse the drum track. Add reverb. Reverse it again. Tada. You have the signature soft fuzzy woosh sound on the drum track.
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Reply #6 posted 06/12/22 1:33pm

GaryMF

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LoveGalore said:

Processing and effects. Reverse the drum track. Add reverb. Reverse it again. Tada. You have the signature soft fuzzy woosh sound on the drum track.

That makes sense.

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Reply #7 posted 06/12/22 11:48pm

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He also used the Fairlight IIx.

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Reply #8 posted 06/13/22 7:56am

rockford

It's live drums processed with an AMS RMX16 reverb unit. Specifically the “Non Lin 2” (non-linear), gated reverb preset. Prince was also known to use the "Reverse Tube" preset, particularly on When Doves Cry and Kiss. It fills up a lot of bottom end wen there's no bass. Also, as noted, the snares were turned off on the snare drum.

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Reply #9 posted 06/13/22 9:45am

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rockford said:

Also, as noted, the snares were turned off on the snare drum.


I think this is the biggest thing for those specific tracks. There's also drum muffling, or a high tuning on the physical kit, I'd guess.

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Reply #10 posted 06/13/22 7:24pm

GaryMF

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lavendardrummachine said:

rockford said:

Also, as noted, the snares were turned off on the snare drum.


I think this is the biggest thing for those specific tracks. There's also drum muffling, or a high tuning on the physical kit, I'd guess.

Yes but my quesiton was more about the echo'ing or reverbing which make it sound processed vs. a short acoustic drum hit.

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Reply #11 posted 06/14/22 8:55am

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GaryMF said:

lavendardrummachine said:


I think this is the biggest thing for those specific tracks. There's also drum muffling, or a high tuning on the physical kit, I'd guess.

Yes but my quesiton was more about the echo'ing or reverbing which make it sound processed vs. a short acoustic drum hit.

My answer is correct, so your mystery is solved. It's an AMS RMX16 reverb unit. It's non-linear, gated reverb and also the Reverse Tube preset. The Reverse Tube preset is most obvious on the kick/bass drum on Kiss.

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