Rebel yell by Billy Idol

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Rebel yell by Billy Idol

Postby musikus » Sat May 30, 2015 4:48 am

Hi there,
has anyone an idea for the Intro-Sound of Rebel yell. I mean this Arpeggio-like Sound. It´s something with Mallets or so. I tried hour by hour but with the band it always sounds like a steeldrum-band ;) .

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Re: Rebel yell by Billy Idol

Postby Kaffimusic » Sat May 30, 2015 3:30 pm

Take wooden mallet and a fast string together. Play it staccato, this does the job.
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Re: Rebel yell by Billy Idol

Postby king990 » Mon Jun 01, 2015 11:04 am

Really? I will try this.
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Re: Rebel yell by Billy Idol

Postby Kaffimusic » Thu Jun 04, 2015 12:02 am

Well, at least I did. But if you mean the very first sound: It's a guitarplayer. Needs someone with some skill. A strat- sound might do the job on a Kurzweil.
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Re: Rebel yell by Billy Idol

Postby Hooch » Fri Jul 10, 2015 2:33 am

That is a Roland D-50 that is making most all the synth stuff on that album.
It had just been released and was strutting its presets all over pop music at the time.

It has a certain vibe that is pretty hard capture. And it's a preset.
I think it might have been Eric Persing's work of Omnisphere fame.
And that's why it's so good.

It is a mallet like attack with a pitched layered voice like synth pad.
The chorus effect kind of glues it together along with the dirty but very pretty good reverb.
I wish I still had mine. I sold it after replacing the key contacts THE THIRD time.

Anyway most synths have that tone buried in there somewhere because it was so popular.
That and the Movie 5th tone and glass tones.

I have to create the patches for this in the next couple of days
and build a multi/combi/setup but I have a Forte.
I've done it on Kronos, M3, and Motif so far. It takes a bunch to cover it.
I'll share it and how I made when I get it finished.
Hopefully it can translate across platforms.

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Re: Rebel yell by Billy Idol

Postby tz_keyz » Mon Jul 13, 2015 8:18 pm

Kurzweil artist Judi Dozier would be the one to ask about this, since she was Billy's keyboard player at the time. She told me it was a vibe/bell type sound from a Prophet 5. When I play it with live a cover band I use a chime/string combination.
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Re: Rebel yell by Billy Idol

Postby SpotlightKid » Tue Nov 03, 2015 1:16 pm

Hooch wrote:That is a Roland D-50 that is making most all the synth stuff on that album.
It had just been released and was strutting its presets all over pop music at the time.


Sorry, but that is impossible. The "Rebel Yell" album was recorded in 1982-1983 and released in late 1983. The Roland D-50 was released in 1987 (and used in quite a number of successful albums already in that year).
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Re: Rebel yell by Billy Idol

Postby SpotlightKid » Tue Nov 03, 2015 3:19 pm

tz_keyz wrote:Kurzweil artist Judi Dozier would be the one to ask about this, since she was Billy's keyboard player at the time. She told me it was a vibe/bell type sound from a Prophet 5.


More specifically, it seems to have been a combination of the Prophet 5 and an OB-Xa. See the info here:

http://www.vintagesynth.com/forum/viewt ... 6f#p345504

(Also read two posts further down.)

I, personally, find it hard to distinguish more than one sound, the bell/mallet, there, but maybe there's a soft pad/string sound underneath.
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Re: Rebel yell by Billy Idol

Postby tz_keyz » Wed Dec 26, 2018 6:51 pm

[quote="Hooch"]That is a Roland D-50 that is making most all the synth stuff on that album.
It had just been released and was strutting its presets all over pop music at the time.

The D-50 wasn't out when that album was made.
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