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dancehall piano sound

Posted: Thu Jul 01, 2004 12:21 am
by Peter M
any advice on getting that sharp/bright synth piano sound as in late 80s early 90s dancehall &#40;on a whole heap of Jammy's tunes for instance&#41;I use reason 2.5 and have tried some dx7 and similar soundfonts but they are not even close &#40;even w/with much tweaking&#41;. Reason has some great piano patches but they are "too good" for this sound <BR> <BR>I know steelie and clevie used dx100, casio cz etc but cant find multisamples of these for the life of me. <BR> <BR>Cheers <BR>Pete

dancehall piano sound

Posted: Mon Nov 22, 2004 4:31 am
by Peter M
any takers?

dancehall piano sound

Posted: Mon Nov 22, 2004 9:31 am
by interruptor
umm... up to now i was quite sure dx-7 is the way to go as i know that a lot of reggae bands in the eighties and also much later used this instrument for offbeats. probably you just didn't get the right soundfonts? you could try the demoversion of <A HREF="">fm heaven</A> a vst synth which comes with a big bank of dx7 like sounds. can you use vst-synths within reason?

dancehall piano sound

Posted: Mon Nov 22, 2004 11:26 pm
by Peter M
alas no <BR>i did try some dx7 sf2 but perhaps they did not have the right patches on there <BR> <BR>i will check out that site nonetheless <BR>thanks

dancehall piano sound

Posted: Mon Dec 27, 2004 4:41 pm
by interruptor
i listened to some late eighties jammy's dancehall tracks and actually got pretty close with yamaha factory presets loaded on a vst fm synth. so i think they used a fm synth at jammy's. probably they edited the factory piano preset to fit their own needs.. <BR> <BR>the problem with these piano sounds is that they are such horrible approximations of a real piano that nobody except some nerds like us would ever want to use them nowadays. the typical fm piano sounds people usually look for are the glassy e-piano patches which do sound different than the original rhodes piano but were very popular and became a sound category in their own right.

dancehall piano sound

Posted: Thu Dec 30, 2004 1:19 am
by Peter M
thanks u might be interested in this thread over at Versionist too: <A HREF="" TARGET="_top"></A> <BR> <BR>the dx100 got a run, but Im not sure its the one <BR> <BR>I still feel it must be a preset/close to a preset because its on so many diff records from diff producers with the exact same sound...often with diff kinds of rev/delay but seldom much complex eq <BR> <BR>its def that metallic timbre that u just dont find... <BR> <BR>every fm piano patch I find has that glassy timbre... <BR> <BR>the reason nn19 epiano patch is close/serviceable but not quite the same <BR> <BR>the dx100 that is up on V. is close but still...<IMG SRC=" ... rt/sad.gif" ALT=":&#40;"> <BR> <BR>old school dancehall nerd/freak and proud of it ;&#41; <BR> <BR>wonder if anyone knows any of the key players from that era so we can settle this...?

dancehall piano sound

Posted: Thu Dec 30, 2004 3:32 am
by interruptor
in fact asking one of the players would be easyest. steely & cleevie are still in the busyness. maybe they are nice guys like Steve Barrow at Blood&Fire Records who has a website with a discussion forum where he chats with the fans.. well, i am just dreaming :-&#41;

dancehall piano sound

Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2005 8:44 am
by disrupt
To emulate a CZ-1 you should try refx's &#40;; PlastiCZ! Another way is to take the Native Instruments FM7, use an empty preset and do something with 2 carriers, one of them a square wave, the other one to 'scratch' that square wave. Also interesting: take the &#40;free&#41; mda Piano - not the e-piano! - &#40;;, set it to minimal release and hard sound, run that through the mda speaker simulation, a bitcrusher/downsampler like refx's incredible Trasher, maybe a Tapedeck plugin and then compress it hard! Slams! You can check out that sound at, used it for numerous releases.

Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2007 11:17 am
by Jahkls
I think it's a Yamaha FM patch.
The DX100 "Deepgrand" preset might be it.

Posted: Mon Dec 24, 2007 11:51 am
by Mini Nuke
I woul suggest you should try the Roland MKS-20, this machine has got the metalic bright sound you are probably search for.

Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 9:28 am
by KoCha
I think you can achieve this sound with any kind of 'Electronic-Piano' emulation, I speak about the kind of 'rhode' simulator...

Depending on hardware/plugin you use, you can switch settings to get that specific sound.

Posted: Sat Apr 02, 2011 5:22 am
by interruptor
Regarding the piano sound: See the second half of this video. Steelie and Clevie explain and demonstrate their instruments aproximately in 1988. ... re=related

The Instruments:
- Yamaha DX-100: piano sound
- Oberheim DX : drum machine
- Yamaha CS-01: monophonic bass synth

.. and here is a 1986 tv commercial for the yamaha dx-100: ... age#t=290s

Posted: Fri Apr 08, 2011 1:51 am
by interruptor
And here is one more video which is not to be missed:

Noel Davey & the Casio MT-40: The Sleng Teng

"This is a video of Noel Davey - the guy who switched up a pattern on the Casio MT-40 keyboard to create the the first fully computerised riddim in Jamaican music: the 'Sleng Teng'
The clip was filmed at Noel Davey's home in Waterhouse, Jamaica in 2001 for the pioneering web program 'Kingston Signals'."

Video recorded by Peter Dean Rickards

Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:43 pm
by tradesman
Jahkls wrote:I think it's a Yamaha FM patch.
The DX100 "Deepgrand" preset might be it.
this is the one on most of the 80s digi stuff , the dx21 also has this preset . you can also get the dump files from these synths and load them into fm8 native instruments.