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Gap Mangione

Gap Mangione discusses yhe different keyboards that he uses

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Gap Mangione discusses studio recording

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Gap Mangione talks about playing with an orchestra

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Q: “What about all of the keyboards that you use on your albums and in performance? You’re not doing tricks in the studio, there are technical things that you do using control but when you go on a gig, you can virtually reproduce all of that…”

A: “There was one little effect on this particular track that I can't reproduce in the club. At the end of this thing, there's a kind of four trombone sound that comes up "underneath" the "flute", but the synthesizer that I have can only play one note at a time. So this was done by multi-tracking. The other thing that's interesting on here is that Tony Levin plays a thing called The Stick, which is a ten-stringed, oh, let me try to describe it ... It's about three feet long and about six or eight inches wide and it has ten strings strung across it. But it has no body like a guitar or bass or any of the stringed instrument. It's just the neck and the ten strings. Now, you play it not by plucking anything, but just by pushing the string down. When you tap the string, the sound is produced, much as you would stop a string on the violin with your left hand while you either pluck or bow it with your right. You needn't pluck or bow, all you need to do is stop the string and that's how you get the sound. Not only two hands, but you can play eight notes at a time. Tony, in this case, only plays two or three, but he's working on it.”