John Carpenter: what are the synths he used for his movie scores?

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189 posts since 28 Mar, 2007

Post Sun Nov 07, 2010 10:16 am


I recently listened to some John Carpenter's movie scores (Halloween, Escape from NY, Assault on Precinct 13, Prince of Darkness, ...), and I think they sound really great!!!

Do you know what gear Carpenter used to use when he created his music?

Thanks for your replies!

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33274 posts since 27 Jul, 2005 from the wilds of wanny

Post Sun Nov 07, 2010 10:24 am

This is what he used for Halloween 2 ...

Prophet 10
Prophet 5
ARP Avator (2)
ARP Quadra
ARP Sequencer
Roland CSQ-600/Sequencer
Sequential Circuits 700 Programmer
Linn LM-1 Drum Computer

Recorders and Equipment
Stephens 821-A 24 trk
Tascam 80-8 8 trk
dbx 155 Noise Reduction (2)
Otari 5050-B 2 trk
Tapco 7424 mixing consoles
Furman PQ-6 Parametric EQ
Furman RV-1 Reverbs (2)
Technics Cassette
Mutron Phasor


502 posts since 24 Jul, 2009

Post Sun Nov 07, 2010 10:28 am

That page covers a lot of his work ... ystrk.html

And some google suggestions

ARP Avatar
Oberheim SEM Module
SCI Prophet 5
SCI ProphetVS
Oberheim Four Voice
Moog Vocoder
ARP Quadra
SCI Prophet 10
ARP Sequencer
SCI Prophet 2000
Ensoniq EPS
Ensoniq SQ-80
Linn LM-1 Drum Computer
Kurzweil K250
E-mu Emulator II
E-mu Emulator

ARP Quadra
ARP Avatar (2)
ARP Sequencer
Roland CSQ-600 Sequencer
Sequential Circuits 700 Programmer
Roland SVC-350 Vocoder
Linn LM-1 Drum Computer
Fender Jazz Bass
Fender Stratocaster

Stephens 821-A 24 trk
Tascam 80-0 8 trk
dbx 155 Noise Reduction System (2)
Otari 5050B 2 trk
Nagra IV-S
Tapco 7424 & 7416 Mixing Consoles
Eventide 949 Harmonizer
Eventide 1748 DDL
Furman PQ-6 Parametric Equalizer
Furman RV-1 Reverb (2)
Technics Cassette

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9416 posts since 17 Sep, 2002 from Gothenburg Sweden

Post Sun Nov 07, 2010 10:33 am

His main synths were the Prophet 5 & 10 IIRC both rev with SSM chips instead of the CEM chips the later models have though i could remember that wrong. His early work was pretty much those 2 and an Arp Avatar or two. He used the ARP Quadra as well at some point. Later work was pretty much all that was available most notably a Synclavier and Prophet VS (before it was released he got his hands on a pre production model).

Read all about it here: ... =1&t=55060

Topic Starter
189 posts since 28 Mar, 2007

Post Sun Nov 07, 2010 11:36 am

Thank you very much for all these replies, guys! :)

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