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* Martin played live keyboard on approximately 76% of the songs played on the [[:Category:1993 Devotional Tour|1993 Devotional Tour]] and [[:Category:1994 Exotic Tour|1994 Exotic Tours]], and live guitar on approximately 24% of the songs played during these two tours.
 
* Martin played live keyboard on approximately 76% of the songs played on the [[:Category:1993 Devotional Tour|1993 Devotional Tour]] and [[:Category:1994 Exotic Tour|1994 Exotic Tours]], and live guitar on approximately 24% of the songs played during these two tours.
 
* Alan's sound banks for the [[:Category:1993 Devotional Tour|1993 Devotional Tour]] and [[:Category:1994 Exotic Tour|1994 Exotic Tours]] spanned two zip discs. The EMAX and EMAX II sound banks that commonly circulate online are from the second of the two zip discs containing his sound banks. According to an anonymous source, the first disc was not included in the auction as Alan could not recall what happened to the first disc at the time when preparing the material for the auction.
 
* Alan's sound banks for the [[:Category:1993 Devotional Tour|1993 Devotional Tour]] and [[:Category:1994 Exotic Tour|1994 Exotic Tours]] spanned two zip discs. The EMAX and EMAX II sound banks that commonly circulate online are from the second of the two zip discs containing his sound banks. According to an anonymous source, the first disc was not included in the auction as Alan could not recall what happened to the first disc at the time when preparing the material for the auction.
* The sound bank for [[Fly On The Windscreen]] did not play nicely at first with E-Synthesist's [http://www.emxp.net/ EMXP], a software package for reading, writing, copying and converting disks and files for EMU products, due to a software bug in the tool that caused the "corrupt voice error 24" message to appear when encountering negative settings for the Velocity-to-Resonance parameter (Velocity is the only Emax sampler parameter that can have a negative value). This bug was [http://eiiiforum.com/index.php?topic=2644.0 fixed] as of EMXP v3.00.3.
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* The sound bank for [[Fly On The Windscreen]] did not play nicely at first with E-Synthesist's [http://www.emxp.net/ EMXP], a software package for reading, writing, copying and converting disks and files for EMU products, due to a software bug in the tool that caused the "corrupt voice error 24" message to appear when encountering negative settings for the Velocity-to-Resonance parameter (Velocity is the only Emax sampler parameter that can have a negative value). This bug was fixed as of EMXP v3.00.3.<ref name="EMXP">An [http://eiiiforum.com/index.php?topic=2644.0 EMXP software bug] preventing the sound bank for [[Fly On The Windscreen]] from converting to other sampler formats was fixed as of v3.00.3.</ref>
  
 
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Notes

In 2011, former Depeche Mode member Alan Wilder announced the Alan Wilder / Depeche Mode Collection, an historic equipment, vinyl, and memorabilia auction organized in partnership with Omega Auctions. Held at the Manchester Zion Arts Centre, the auction put hundreds of Depeche Mode and Recoil memorabilia under the hammer, serving bidders both in-person and online.

General information

Among the items sold at the Alan Wilder / Depeche Mode Collection were twenty zip discs[1]. Each bank contains an array of sounds allocated across the keyboard for live performances. In nearly all cases, the samples were sourced from the original multitrack recordings.[2] (personally numbered and signed by Alan. Each disc contained a collection of sound banks as originally programmed by Alan for the EMU Emax and Emax II sampling keyboards during for the 1987-1988 Music For The Masses Tour and 1993 Devotional Tour[2]. Each bank contains an array of sounds allocated across the keyboard for live performances. In nearly all cases, the samples were sourced from the original multitrack recordings.[2] Among these banks are sounds for song versions which were only ever performed live, plus songs which never made the final tour set list.

Copied from the original auction listing:

The Zip discs will work in any suitable Zip drive and connect to the Emax via a scuzi[3] cable. Despite our best efforts, we were unable to transfer everything absolutely perfectly from the original floppies. The vast majority of sounds are fully in tact[sic] but one or two have small corruptions at the end of notes. The good news is that, with a bit of careful editing, these glitches can be removed. (Thanks goes to Tom & Simon for their help).[4][5]

The sound banks included on the zip discs were not the only banks made available at the auction. Certain pieces of equipment, such as Alan's EMU Emulator II, were listed as including several Depeche Mode and Recoil sound banks, plus a large collection of various Emulator II sample library banks. If you possess these unlisted Depeche Mode or Recoil sound banks, please reach out to [email protected]

Alan's Comments

Copied from the original auction listing:

I spent many hours (days!) programming each member’s keyboards for the tours, painstakingly trying to recreate as accurately as possible the sounds we formulated and used on the records. The Emax was a perfect tool for the live re-creations. This collection covers most of my own sounds for the two tours, although I did play live drums on some songs. I tried all these out recently and discovered how much fun it is to work out the various parts we all used to play. I even found some guide sounds which weren’t actually performed live but were used to demonstrate parts to others. For example, I discovered some guide vocals for Condemnation which were sampled to help routine our girl backing vocalists during the rehearsals.[6][5]

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Sound Banks

Due to the unlisted nature of some sound banks that were sold separately from the documented zip discs, these tables list them as described on the auction page, with additional information on several sound banks that are not documented there. Several banks include duplicate presets for an unknown reason. This may be a translation error during the process of creating first generation copies from Alan's original zip discs and writing them to the twenty numbered zip drives prior to the auction, a translation error during the process of translating the banks from their original formats, or simple human error on Alan's part when originally building the sound banks.

EMU Emulator II Sound Banks
Bank # Song Presets # of Samples # of Presets Glitched? Notes
11 Christmas Island (safety copy) NULL PRESET 9 1 An anonymous source provided this sequence of the song, part of which can be heard in Alan's Emulator II demonstration video.
12 Recoil 4 (safety copy) N/A N/A N/A N/A This sound bank apparently includes loops from unspecified early Recoil recordings. If you possess this bank, please reach out to [email protected]
13 Shake The Disease (safety copy) N/A N/A N/A N/A If you possess this bank, please reach out to [email protected]
14 Black Celebration (re-sampled from Emax zip set) N/A N/A N/A N/A If you possess this bank, please reach out to [email protected]
15 Master And Servant (re-sampled from Emax zip set & SGR album) N/A N/A N/A N/A If you possess this bank, please reach out to [email protected]
16 A Question Of Time (re-sampled from Emax zip set) N/A N/A N/A N/A If you possess this bank, please reach out to [email protected]
17 Blasphemous Rumours (re-sampled from Emax zip set) N/A N/A N/A N/A If you possess this bank, please reach out to [email protected]
18 Stripped (re-sampled from Emax zip set) N/A N/A N/A N/A If you possess this bank, please reach out to [email protected]
19 Pipeline (re-sampled from Emax zip set) N/A N/A N/A N/A If you possess this bank, please reach out to [email protected]
20 Behind The Wheel (re-sampled from Emax zip set) N/A N/A N/A N/A If you possess this bank, please reach out to [email protected]
1987-1988 Music For The Masses Tour EMU Emax Sound Banks (Alan)[2]
Bank # Song Presets # of Samples # of Presets Glitched? Notes
0 People Are People PEOPLE 8 1
1 A Question Of Time QUEST O TIME 4 1
2 A Question Of Lust QUEST O LUST, QUEST O LUST 7 2
3 Pleasure, Little Treasure PLEASURE 4 1
4 Sacred SACRED 7 1
5 Blasphemous Rumours BLASPHEMOUS 7 1
6 It Doesn't Matter IT DOESNT 4 1
7 Things You Said THE THINGS 7 1
8 Strangelove[7] STRANGELOVE 12 1
9 Shake The Disease SHAKE, SHAKE 8 2
10 Never Let Me Down Again NEVER LET ME 12 1
11 Just Can't Get Enough JUST CANT 3 1
12 Stripped STRIPPED 8 1
13 Pipeline PIPELINE 8 1
14 Nothing NOTHING 8 1
15 Behind The Wheel BEHIND THE 7 1 Audio glitch present in BEHIND THE_000, BEHIND THE_005, and BEHIND THE_006
16 Something To Do SOMETHING TO 5 1
17 Everything Counts EVERYTHING 6 1 Audio glitch present in EVERYTHING_004 and EVERYTHING_005
18 Somebody SOMEBODY 8 1
?? Black Celebration[8] BLACK CELEB 6 1
?? Master And Servant[9] MASTER AND 7 1
?? Perc 1[10] PERC 1 7 1
?? It Doesn't Matter (SEQ) IT DOESNTSEQ 6 1
?? Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth (SEQ) MOTHER SEQ A 8 1 No audio glitches. Incorrectly translated loop point on MOTHER SEQ A_005 produces click. An anonymous source who assisted Alan during the auction provided this sequence, which was included on the zip disc containing this sound bank. The guitar, choir "ahh", and bass pad voices are included in the sequence. This would leave the bass and synth pad voices for Alan to improvise live, which matches the live recordings from the 1987-1988 Music For The Masses Tour, as these parts occasionally differ from recording to recording.
?? Trancer Trancer\, Okinawa, Trance\ 10 3 This sound bank contains no Depeche Mode material and was not used during the 1987-1988 Music For The Masses Tour.
1993 Devotional Tour and 1994 Exotic Tour[11] EMU Emax II Sound Banks (Alan)
Bank # Song Presets # of Samples # of Presets Glitched? Notes
34 Mercy In You (Alan 93) MERCY ALAN, END PIANO, MERCY ALAN, MERCY ALAN, END PIANO, MERCY ALAN 42 6
35 Fly On The Windscreen[12] FLYS ALAN, WALK PIANO 31 2
36 Nothing (A 93)[13] NOTHING A 93 8 1
37 Something To Do[14] SOMETHINGA93, SOMETHINGA93 6 2
38 Leave In Silence (Alan 93)[15] LEAVE ALAN93 5 1
39 A Question Of Lust LUST ALAN 93, LUST ALAN 93 17 2
40 Clean (percussion trigger sounds) CLEAN D, CLEANALAN 93 2 2 Audio glitch present in CLEAN D_001
41 Condemnation (Guide) CONDEM GUIDE 10 1
42 Everything Counts (94 version) EVERY A 93 13 1
43 Waiting For The Night[16] WAITING ALAN, WAITING ALAN 11 2
44 I Want You Now (94 version) I WANT A 94 20 1

Trivia

  • Alan played live keyboard on approximately 64% of the songs played on the 1993 Devotional Tour and 1994 Exotic Tours. In contrast, he played live drums on approximately 36% of the songs played during these two tours.
  • Martin played live keyboard on approximately 76% of the songs played on the 1993 Devotional Tour and 1994 Exotic Tours, and live guitar on approximately 24% of the songs played during these two tours.
  • Alan's sound banks for the 1993 Devotional Tour and 1994 Exotic Tours spanned two zip discs. The EMAX and EMAX II sound banks that commonly circulate online are from the second of the two zip discs containing his sound banks. According to an anonymous source, the first disc was not included in the auction as Alan could not recall what happened to the first disc at the time when preparing the material for the auction.
  • The sound bank for Fly On The Windscreen did not play nicely at first with E-Synthesist's EMXP, a software package for reading, writing, copying and converting disks and files for EMU products, due to a software bug in the tool that caused the "corrupt voice error 24" message to appear when encountering negative settings for the Velocity-to-Resonance parameter (Velocity is the only Emax sampler parameter that can have a negative value). This bug was fixed as of EMXP v3.00.3.[17]

References

  1. Zip discs are a high-capacity floppy disk data storage format introduced in 1995.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 The Alan Wilder / Depeche Mode Collection: 20 x AW / DM sound sample ZIP discs
  3. Pronunciation of SCSI, "Small Computer System Interface" (Wikipedia)
  4. Tom Carpenter, founder of Analogue Solutions
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Alan Wilder / Depeche Mode Collection: 20 x AW / DM sound sample ZIP discs
  6. The two gospel backing vocalists employed for the 1993 Devotional Tour and 1994 Exotic Tour were Hildia Campbell and Samantha Smith
  7. Strangelove was also rehearsed for the 1993 Devotional Tour, but ultimately was never performed.
  8. Strangely, Black Celebration's sound bank is not listed on the auction page, despite a sound bank existing for the song on the zip drives sold at auction.
  9. Strangely, Master And Servant's sound bank is not listed on the auction page, despite a sound bank existing for the song on the zip drives sold at auction.
  10. This sound bank includes one-shot percussion hits for multiple songs, including People Are People, Master And Servant, and Stripped. The sound bank was available to all three keyboardists loaded via Emax samplers and was triggered via onstage drum-pads.
  11. Though not explicitly mentioned on the auction page, some tracks were also played during the 1994 Exotic Tour, with live renditions of Waiting For The Night and I Want You Now played exclusively during that tour.
  12. This sound bank includes a second preset labeled 'WALK PIANO'. It is unclear why this preset for Walking In My Shoes was saved to Alan's primary bank for Fly On The Windscreen. This bank was played by Alan in addition to his primary Walking In My Shoes bank and was switched using MIDI triggered via footswitch. Alan's primary Walking In My Shoes bank was never included in the auction due to Alan having lost track of the first of two discs containing his 1993 Devotional Tour sound banks.
  13. Nothing was rehearsed, but was never performed during the 1993 Devotional Tour or 1994 Exotic Tour.
  14. Something To Do was only performed once during the 1993 Devotional Tour, on 1993-05-25 Forest National Stadium, Brussels, Belgium; it replaced Fly On The Windscreen in the typical concert set list.
  15. Leave In Silence was rehearsed, but was never performed during the 1993 Devotional Tour or 1994 Exotic Tour.
  16. Waiting For The Night was played at least a couple times at the start of the 1994 Exotic Tour.
  17. An EMXP software bug preventing the sound bank for Fly On The Windscreen from converting to other sampler formats was fixed as of v3.00.3.