Gear

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.

At this moment I am rebuilding my entire studio. I bought a Soundcraft Series Two mixing desk because I wanted to go back to analog mixing. My entire studio will be build around this desk. I will give you some updates soon!

Synthesizers

  • Behringer TD-3
  • Casio CZ-101
  • Korg M1R
  • Korg Poly 61 (m) (sold)
  • Korg Poly 800
  • Korg Polysix (new)
  • Korg Wavestation SR
  • Roland D-550
  • Roland Juno 106
  • Roland JP-8000
  • Roland MKS-70
  • Roland PG-800 Programmer (new)
  • 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 Cyberspace, Oblivion, SynthOne  and Areo51. Sometimes I also use additional effects in Logic like formant filters.

  • Korg DVP-1
  • Roland VP-03 (sold)

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 owned a Roland W30 in the nineties and made my first house tracks with it. Recently I owned an E-mu ESI 2000 sampler and a Roland S550 sampler, but I decided to sell them because they didn’t fit into my workflow. In my new setup I wanted one good ‘hands-on’ sampler, so I recently bought an Ensoniq EPS 16 Plus, and of course I use the ESX24 software sampler in Logic all the time. It’s a very good sampler and easy to work with.

  • Ensoniq EPS 16+ (new)

Mixing

I am changing my entire studio (again). Two years ago I decided that I wanted to mix everything “in the box” because of an easier workflow. But I missed the ‘hands on’ experience of a real mixing desk and external effects.

I want to be able to control every connected instrument (there are quite a few) separately from the mixing desk without having to change connections every time, so I bought a BIG analog Soundcraft Series Two mixing desk, and two Behringer U-Phoria audiointerfaces to route everything in-and-out of Logic on my iMac. This results in an analog/digital hybrid setup, where all signal paths can be mixed analog and digitally recorded from separate busses.

I hope this new approach gives me the sound that I need.

  • Soundcraft Series Two 32 channels (new)
  • Behringer Xenyx X1222 USB (sold)
  • Behringer Eurorack Pro (2x)
  • Behring U-Phoria UMC1820 (new)

Effects & Processing

Obviously, in my new hybrid setup, I use more external effects then I did before, and some of them are just used to create a more analog sounding mix.

There are a few external effects I occasionally use for delay and chorus. A well kept secret is the Boss CH-1 pedal I use on the Polysix and Casio CZ-101. The effect comes close to the Roland chorus in the Juno 106. It is an analog pedal with more or less the same circuitry as the original (and much sought after) Juno chorus effect.

  • ART TPS II Valve Preamplifier
  • DBX 166 Blackface Compressor
  • Behringer Dualfex Pro EX2200
  • Digitech DSP 256
  • Boss CH-1 Super Chorus

Of course I use additional FX and plugins in Logic all the time like stereo delay, reverb, compressors and exciters.

Microphone

I don’t sing a lot, and often my voice gets distorted by the vocoders… so I don’t need a very good microphone for that. For me the cheaper ones are just fine.

  • AKG D44 S
  • Rode NT1-A
  • Samson Q7

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 an iMac for creating videos that I post on Youtube. I use the Windows 10 laptop mainly for windows stuff that doesn’t run on the iMac, and the Windows XP desktop for old editing software that is not supported by Windows 10 anymore.

  • Apple iMac i5
  • Apple iMac i7
  • Apple iPad (for Logic Remote and apps)
  • Windows 10 laptop
  • Windows XP desktop (for old stuff)

MIDI Stuff

I use an Icon Cube-Mi5 MIDI-interface to send all signals from my computer to the synthesizers and other gear. It is small and looks nice 😉 As a MIDI controlling keyboard I use a very simple ESI Keycontrol 25 XT, I bought this one because it is white and aluminum and looks nice on my desktop… no other reason then that.

  • Icon Cube Mi5 (interface)
  • ESI Keycontrol 25 XT

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
  • Virtual CZ
  • Cool edit Pro (for old stuff)
  • 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

Although I made a decision to keep my setup tidy and functional, I am always browsing auction-sites to find some nice gems. 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
  • Ensoniq ESQm

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

Last updated: January 14, 2021 at 20:28 pm