Gear

For the record, a quick overview of the HW / SW I currently use. If you have any questions or you’re considering buying any of the below, drop a comment and I will reply asap.

Hardware Synths:

  • Elektron Analog Four
  • Meeblip SE
  • Korg MS2000R
  • Novation Ultranova
  • Moog Little Phatty Stage 2
  • Doepfer Dark Energy MK2
  • Bleep Labs Nebulophone
  • Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 12
  • Access Virus TI2 Keyboard
  • Arturia MicroBrute

Midi Controller/Sequencer:

  • Novation Impulse 49
  • Arturia Beatstep
  • Arturia Analog Factory 32
  • Yamaha QY10
  • Akai LPD8
  • EMagic Unitor8
  • MOTU Midi Express XT
  • Doepfer Dark Time

Midi Controller (MPC/Hybrid)

  • Native Instruments Maschine
  • Native Instruments Maschine MK2
  • Arturia Spark
  • Akai APC 40
  • Novation Launchpad

External Signal Processors

  • Lexicon MX400
  • Eventide Space
  • Eventide TimeFactor
  • ART Pro VLA 2 Tube Compressor

Audio Interface / Mixers

  • Focusrite Sarlett 18i6
  • Behringer Xenyx 502
  • Alesis Multimix 12r
  • Allen & Heath ZED 10FX

Power Conditioner

  • Furman PL-PLUS C
  • Furman M-8Lx

Rack / Furniture

  • Odyssey CRS20W
  • K&M Spider Pro Keyboard Stand
  • SKB XRack 4u (Shallow)
  • Custom made 6u racks
  • Onstage 3 Tier stands

Monitors:

  • Adam A3X

Headphones:

  • Sennheiser HD 201
  • BeyerDynamic DT 770 Pro (250)
  • Sony MDR-7506
  • Sony MDR-ZX100
  • AKG K702
  • Shure SE425

Software

  • Ableton Live 8.3
  • Ableton Live 9
  • Maschine 2.0
  • Maschine 1.8
    • Transistor Punch, Electric Vice, Raw Voltage
  • Garageband
  • Logic Pro X
  • Komplete 8
  • Spectrasonic Omnisphere


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  1. Hello, was wondering how you are liking the Ultranova? I just purchased one to do mainly deep ambient pads. Just starting to get my head around it. Thanks for any advice or thoughts!

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  2. I like it a lot, even though I don’t use it as much as I used to. It’s probably because I’m a period of exploring my modular synth deeper right now. One thing that I found especially useful when doing pads was the ability to map a chord to a single key. Check it out if you haven’t already :).

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  3. Hey! I will buy my first hard wear synthesizer next week for producing and live performance with my Synthpop/Dreampop band (sounds a bit like chromatics, desire etc.). It all seems to come down to the MS2000 (V/A solution) or the Korg Polysix (Analog solution), the Polysix being the more expensive of both and having no midi.
    I would sacrifice the “analog” vibe for the possibilities the MS2000 offers but i am a bit scared that i will be disappointed or won’t be able to get the sounds i want.
    What would be your take on this? Here are two examples on the sounds i would be aiming for while programming:

    A fast response would very cool!!
    thanks,
    daniel

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  4. Hey Daniel! The MS2000 is a great synthesizer. It stems from the old MS10 and MS20 which are well known and respected, but adds a whole slew of features and sonic possibilities due to the switch to a digital architecture.

    An interesting note is that the sound architecture of the MS2000 is exactly the same as the Korg Microkorg (http://www.korg.com/microkorg). An important difference though is that you get access to a whole lot more controls on the MS2000 so it is much easier to sculpt and create sounds. Between the MS and the Polysix I would go with the MS. It’s much easier to work with and program in my opinion, and the MIDI is wonderful when you need it. As a first HW synth its a great option.

    On the other hand, and here is where it gets tricky, for the sounds that you want to great, having the extra two voices of polyphony that the Polysix gives you could be really important. My impression is that you want warm, lush and full sounds, and six (and analog) voices will sound better than four in that case.

    In the end though my recommendation would still be the MS2000. It’s more approachable, easier to learn and more versatile. And if you find that you like HW synths you can go for a Radias or an Ultranova next, depending on what direction you want to go. I find the MS2000 to be just an awesome all-round work horse. Even with a pretty decent selection of synths in my studio I still use it frequently.

    Let me know if this helps or if I can answer any other questions.

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  5. Man that was a fast response, thank you very much!
    Do you really think the ms2000 is more approachable? I would think its the other way around because the Polysix has a knob for every tweakable thing there is and it is more limited, so i think it should be easier to program? But i never owned one so i don’t know haha.
    Man this is so hard to decide…i think i`ve listened to almost every demo there is and all i can say is that the ms2000 sounds harsher and less vintage to my ears. But this could be due to the way this synth is normally used and programmed.
    I could get the Polysix for 650€, freshly serviced. The Ms2000 keyboard version for 480€.
    Well i will have to decide somehow…Thanks for your opinion, if anything else comes to your mind i would be happy to hear it.
    I really like your videos btw. Wish i had some of your equipment and the knowledge to use it as well as you do!

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  6. Hey again! Thanks for the kind words! Just chipping away on the 10k hours :) Glad you like it though!

    I do think the MS2000 is more approachable probably thanks to its super clear architecture. Even the layout of the panel kind of reads like a tutorial in synthesis. To be honest I don’t do that much menu diving either, but when you need to its not very complicated.

    As for the sounds, it’s true that the MS2000 sounds a bit harsher than a true analog synth. It’s part the fact that its digital, but also that it stems from a lineage of synths that all tend towards that type of sound. That said, its all up to the programming. If you twist the knobs right you can get it sound pretty round and warm too. Again, I think whats limiting you here is the number of voices and the digital filter.

    If I were you I would think about how its going to fit into your workflow. Even if it ‘can’ sound a particular way, unless it’s easy to integrate into your workflow or bands setup, or a crappy programming experience, you’ll probably find that its too much hassle to use. Think about whether you need things like MIDI, more memory patches, the arpeggiator? In that case the MS2000 would be a better choice :).

    The dirty secret is that once you buy a synth you’ll inevitably want to buy another, so this most likely wont be your last and only one :).

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