Keyboards Led Zeppelin used?

Discussion in 'Synths / Samplers & VSTi' started by munkee, Mar 5, 2004.

  1. munkee

    munkee Guest

    Does anyone know the synths John Paul Jones used on the Zeppelin records???
  2. Fender Rhodes for one. Think "No Quarter". David
  3. RecorderMan

    RecorderMan Distinguished Member

    The standard for the era.

    Fender Rhodes (as mentioned above).
    Wurlitzer piano's(Misty Mountain Hop) I would think.
    Acoustic pianos?
    Hammond Organs into Leslie cabinets.
    Mellotron and Chamberlin's (flute on "Stairway to Heaven"
    and strings on "Kashmir")

    Probably some Moog and ARP synths (especially on 'In Through the Outdoor' album), etc.
  4. Munkee,
    If you haven't already, check out the new "How the West Was Won" live two DVD Led Zeppelin set. I know I have gone on about them already... David
  5. munkee

    munkee Guest

    Thanks for the tips!!
  6. UncleBob58

    UncleBob58 Active Member

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    No Quarter was a Fender Rhodes 88 Stage through a 122 Leslie.

    All My Love was a PolyMoog and a MiniMoog.

    Four Stix was a MiniMoog.

    Rain Song was a Mellotron.

    Various Hammonds were used on the earlier albums, L's and M's and of course B-3's and C-3's.

    I would really have to dig to give you more specifics on a song by song basis.

  7. From what I read (and my ears pick up), a big part of the keyboard sound from that era was not just the keyboards, but the Leslie speaker. I know they are simulators, but if you have ever stood next to one of those while someone was playing through it - the sound is amazing.
  8. dabmeister music

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    I wonder if the tubes (in the pre-amp) have anything to do with the sound/tone coming from the leslie or if these (tubes) was altered to give a rich or disired tone?
  9. UncleBob58

    UncleBob58 Active Member

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    Many of the Leslies of the 70's and 80's were modified in one way or another to the taste of the player. I used a 147 and bypassed the amp for the speaker and used a HiWatt 100 guitar amp. I replaced the speaker with a JBL and used an Altec driver for the horn. My techie later on added a piezo to the horn as well. I still used the amp for the horn, however.

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