Gorbyland Studios

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HOW IT IS MADE
We often receive letters and telephone calls from people all over the world, everybody asking the same thing.
How is it possible for IFA Wartburg to write such wonderful music?
Here is the answer to that question!

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MAIN CONTROL ROOM
Everything starts here at the main control room at the Gorbyland Studios in Potsdam where East Germany converts music into records. This state-of-the-art studio is equipped with the latest technology and everything is really good and modern and it works.

composingTHE ART OF COMPOSING
Being a composer is a difficult task. Only the best composers in DDR are certified to work for IFA Wartburg. Around five hunded skilled tone experts working with high notes where other composers are more into low notes or even whole chords.

It is a collaboration of art and the composing process must be heavily compartmentalized to guarantee security during composing. Only Heinz and Rolf are allowed to combine tones and chords into songs.


STARTING UP THE POWER STATION
Before you start the recording process you must make sure that your material is good enough for a record. We only use the finest Diesel oil from the oil fields in Baku which is the best raw material you can get when it comes to professional recording.

THE TAPE RECORDER
When the diesel power engine is running at full steam in a stable manner we can start up the tape recorder.


GETTING THE ULTIMATE SOUND
– Everything seems to be on the right track, says Heinz and adjusts the newly bought Albanian Compressor/Limiter.

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STRING SESSION WITH ROLF
The delicate sound of a violin, gently handled by a real virtuoso, can elevate a musical arrangement to almost unbelievable heights. The tractor expert Rolf Kempinski is the right person for this task.

ACCORDION SESSION
You got to pull hard when it comes to the accordion. The best solution would be to tie an accordion between two horses and let them do the pulling, like Otto von Guericke did back in Magdeburg 1654 to prove to the world how hard it it can be, says Heinz.

synthesizer sessionSYNTHESIZER SESSION
One of the best synthesizers in the world (a Robotron CC 88) stands since 1967 in Gorbyland Studios. We are planning to make it polyphonic, but it sounds great as it is today.

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TIME FOR LEAD VOCALS
Heinz Klinger makes the lead vocals on almost every IFA Wartburg song. He has almost learned to sing during the years.

– When it comes to lead vocals you must never exaggerate, says Heinz.

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FINE-TUNING THE BUZZ BOX
– What´s happening? Our buzz box has blown the main fuses again. We have to switch them immediately before we continue the recording!
Rolf is always very alert in situations like this.


PLAYING THE HORN
– Every time I touch brass I feel calm and happy inside.

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KEYBOARD SESSION
Rolf Kempinski at the Bontempi Organ. Rolf has a brother who knows the roadie to the Swedish rock band Mats Rådberg och runkarna and he is very proud of that and cannot emphasize it to strongly.

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THE MAIN AMPLIFIER
Some of the instruments at the Gorbyland Studios needs electric sound amplification. Here is the main amplifier capable of generating almost 40W of pure solid state sound energy.


MIXING THE ALBUM
Understanding how the delicate combination of instruments makes the end result is the most important part in the art of mixing music. We never use headphones or loudspeakers during mixing. That would be amateurish and has nothing to do with proper sound engineering. Quality control is guaranteed by our government.

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ON THE AIR
The most important step in the music production process is when we are sitting in the listening room, hearing our music reaching the loudspeaker in the radio receiver. Now our positive message is spreading all over the civilized world.

Heinz: – I hope they will like it!
Rolf: – Walther Ulbricht would be proud of us!

2 Comments

  1. Can you send us the music notes, so we can play your songs by ourself?
    I would really like to play “FDJ”, but I like every song from you.

    Just imagine, a big school hall, and we play your song!

    • Günther Raubschaentze

      Yes, we understand. Listening to recordings is so overrated. Music is always better when you read it.

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