That’s Vice: Crockett’s Theme on the Vintage E-Mu Emulator II #MusicMonday

Legend has it that Michael Mann, creator, director, and executive producer of Miami Vice, had one person on staff who had one job and one job only. All plot, design, character, and music ideas were brought before this person. That person would then sit with this idea. When the spirit moved them, Quaker-like, they would proclaim: “That’s Vice” or “That’s not vice.” That person’s opinion was law. If they didn’t feel it was Vice, it wouldn’t go in the show. If they felt it was Vice, the idea would be proclaimed eternally real in the Miami Vice world.

Here’s a vintage synth jam that’s most definitely Vice, from RetroSound:

all synthesizer sounds: E-MU Emulator II sampling synthesizer (1984)

drums: E-MU

recording: multi-track

fx: reverb and delay

I sampled my synths for this cover version and I used the EII factory library. In the original track Jan Hammer used the Jupiter8 for random arpeggio bass, Fairlight voices, Linndrum, DX7 Koto…

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