Yazoo – Don’t Go (40 Anniversary Analog Remake)

Patrik (I do synths) shared this 40th anniversary take on the classic Yaz/Yazoo synth pop track, Don’t Go.

Yaz/Yazoo was an English synth-pop duo, consisting of original Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke on keyboard and Alison Moyet on vocals.

This version keeps the powerful Moyet vocals, but remakes the music using a variety of modern analogue synths and hardware sequencers. A Behringer 2600 is used for the lead/hook (patch here), along with dual Elektron Analog Four keyboards, a Moog Minitaur bass synthesizer and a Sequential Prophet X.

Here’s what they shared about the technical details:

Behringer 2600 Blue Marvin:
Lead/hook, Kick, Hats, Toms

Sequential Prophet X:
Swells, Brass, Bridge lead + sync

Elektron Analog Keys:
Arps, Snares

Moog Minitaur:

Sequenced by Elektron Analog Keys (x2) and recorded as separate stems into Elektron Octatrack where final arrangement took place.

Multitracked to Presonus Studio One Pro through a Midas Venice 320, using onboard eq and a bit of Kurzweil Rumour, Behringer V-Verb and Elektron Analog Keys FX.

Mixed in Presonus Studio One using Softube Console One & Fader with SSL 4000, Tape, a bit of FabFilter Pro-Q3, Brainworx BX Digital V3, Valhalla Vintageverb and Ozone 9.

All individual tracks are pitched 40 cents in Studio One to match Alison’s vocals (which are pitched high, possibly related to tape sync/speed or vinyl pressing).