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Chord Sound on "Billie Jean"
Old 25th September 2006
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Chord Sound on "Billie Jean"

hi everybody and hi bruce swedien,

i cannot believe this forum is existing, this is just like a dream come true to read this background information. thank you so much for this!
this is my question - i'm german, so sorry if some words might not fit.

What synthesizer do the short played chords in the verses of "billie jean" come from?
i have no idea. i 'd like to know for so many years. i never heard this actually quite simple string pad with a little brassy touch on any other record , and every ambitious producer in 1983 i think would have copied and imitated this sound if it was easy to it -again-two sounds combined? like a moog with a prophet under it?

thanx in advance and regards from berlin
Old 25th September 2006
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I've read that it was four tracks of Yamaha CS80.

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