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xx The Definitive (?) ARP Pro Soloist Preset thread
« Thread started on: Apr 14th, 2017, 4:43pm »

Hi all,

This is my first post here so forgive the tongue-in-cheek "definitiveness"!

I have recently acquired an Arp Pro Soloist, and like every good boy should I have almost immediately (I say almost, I had to get it fixed first) set about working out what presets Tony played and where.

The synth has an instant "Lamb Lies Down" feel about it - lots of the presets immediately feel like they've just stepped out of that era, especially the Steel Guitar sound from Colony of Slippermen, the Fuzz Guitar 1 from In The Cage, and the Harpsichord with a bit of Pitch on the Aftertouch for those weird sounds before Arrival etc.

What's a bit more elusive is the feel of the infamous Cinema Show solo - Telstar is there present and correct for the 'watery' cascading runs, but the rest, which I believe is mostly the Trumpet preset, and then Violin for the main melody bit, don't really sound quite the same.

This will be because Tony put the ARP through a leslie speaker along with the delay and reverb to make that beautiful almost organic sounding mellow sound - a sound I've always loved much more than the brash and naked sounds on the Seconds Out version (which incidentally you can tell definitely are the Trumpet and Violin presets).

But the original recording still sounds so different that I wonder was that main melody played on the Flute preset rather than the Violin? And maybe the French Horn instead of the Trumpet towards the end? Does anyone care? Why do I care?? ;-)

Anyway, does anyone have any "definitive" ideas for this most definitive of threads? Does Nick Davis ever frequent these parts? Would he know, having remixed Selling England ten years ago?

In case there is anyone out there as nerdy as me, and who also owns a Pro Soloist (?) here's one for you - so I always assumed, and indeed I think I have seen it written elsewhere, that Tony used the Song Whistle preset for the end of Entangled, but playing around here I've realised that as far as I can tell it's actually the French Horn sound with the Octave switch Up and fast Vibrato on the Aftertouch.

So now you know! smiley
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xx Re: The Definitive (?) ARP Pro Soloist Preset thre
« Reply #1 on: Apr 24th, 2017, 3:17pm »

Well, nothing definitive from me.

I just got my Arp Pro/DGX working after many years since i bought it non functioning. (Classic synths are close to non existent here in Brazil)

And I got to playing with it for Back in NYC and Hairless Heart. I'm using the Trombone for Back in NYC and changing to Pulsar for Hairless Heart, this would be just the change from upper to lower voice in a Arp ProSoloist, so it makes sense to me.
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« Reply #2 on: Yesterday at 01:48am »

Hi,

Back In NYC is Steel Guitar, and Hairless Heart is Fuzz guitar 1. Congrats on the Pro DGX!

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