Here’s a list of gear and stuff I use to create my music. A lot of the instruments performers used back in the eighties and nineties are now available on E-bay. Occasionally I buy broken synths and repair them, when I like them I keep them, and otherwise I sell them again. So I have a few interesting instruments on my list which I’ve probably repaired or traded for another instrument. That way I am able to try out some synths and buy stuff I otherwise could never afford.

Synthesizers

  • Casio CZ-101
  • Korg M1R
  • Korg Poly 61 (m)
  • Korg Wavestation SR
  • Korg X5DR
  • Roland D-550
  • Roland Juno 106
  • Roland JP-8000
  • Roland JV 1080
  • Roland MKS-70
  • Yamaha AN1x
  • Yamaha FB-01
  • Multiple Softsynths

vocoders

Vocoders are often used in Spacesynth music. I used to have a Korg R3 but I sold it. I have been using it on quite a few of my tracks, but I also own a Korg DVP-1, the same vocoder that was used by Laserdance and Rygar in the ninetees. The sound of this vocoder is very recognizable, you can hear it on my new album, and I have also produced some vocoders for Oblivion, Cyberspace and Areo51. Sometimes I also use additional effects in Logic like formant filters.

  • Korg DVP-1

Drums

  • Roland Aria TR-8
  • Linndrum samples (Logic ESX24)
  • Simons drums and other samples

Sampling

Why would someone still use a sampler in modern times? Because they all have a specific character and sound, and they are fun to work with. I use an E-mu ESI 2000 to be able to load sounds from the extensive EMU EMAX II library. And recently I bought a Roland S550 sampler, it comes close to the Roland W30 sampler that I owned in the nineties and Roland also has a very large library of samples for their samplers.

  • Roland S550
  • EMU ESI 2000

Mixing & Processing

Due to some changes in my setup I sold all my hardware effects- and processing gear. I used to have a lot of hardware gear but now everything gets bounced into Logic and all processing and remixing is done “in the box”. Although I like hardware very much my workflow is much easier like this, and the sound quality is way better.

For the mixing of analog signals from synths and microphones I use three mixers: two rack-mixers and a desktop mixer. The Behringer USB mixer also acts as a soundcard for my iMac, this makes the bouncing of audiotracks very easy.

  • Behringer Xenyx X1222 USB
  • Behringer Eurorack Pro (2x)

Microphone

  • AKG D44 S
  • Rode NT1-A
  • Samson Q7 (2x)

Computers

Yes of course I use computers! I am really not that talented that I could play everything live. I use an Apple iMac which has a great stable platform for music writing software. I also use the iMac for creating the videos that I post on Youtube. I use the PC Laptop mainly for recording and digital mastering.

  • Apple iMac
  • Apple iPad
  • Windows 10 laptop
  • Windows XP desktop (for old stuff)

Software & Plugins

I use Logic Pro X on the Apple iMac as my main DAW. Logic is packed with great sounds and effects, but besides Logic I use some supporting software on PC or iPad, like the iOS versions of programmers like the PG800.

  • Adobe Audition
  • Audacity
  • Casio CZ Editor
  • Cool edit Pro (for old stuff)
  • Izotope Ozone
  • Logic Pro X
  • Yamaha AN1x editor

Apps

Sometimes you buy an iPad App because you think it’s great but then never use it again… for me that is not different. There are a few apps I still use, but most music apps on the iPad I never touch again.

  • Akai Synthstation
  • Alchemy
  • FunkBox
  • Garageband
  • iPG800
  • iRig MIDI
  • Logic Remote
  • MusicStudio
  • Rockmate
  • SampleTank
  • Shiny Drum
  • Synth

On my wishlist

I like all kind of synthesizers, but there are a few I would like to buy when I have the chance. These are synths I particularly like, or know they have been used by other Spacesynth artists. My studio room is very small, so thats why I would try to buy the rack-versions of synths, but for the right synth I can make more shelfs, no problem ;).

  • EMU Emax II
  • Emu Emulator
  • Ensoniq ESQm
  • Korg DW-6000
  • Korg Polysix
  • Roland JD-800
  • Roland PG-800 Programmer
  • Roland PG-1000 Programmer

I also wouldn’t mind to own a Linndrum LM-2 and a real TR-808 or TR-909, but these are financially far out of my reach.

Last updated: March 26, 2019 at 18:34 pm