Hey, let me tell you about my latest investment: I got a used DSI Pro 2, which will probably stay for a longer time in my studio than other synths. For now just a picture; it will be quite difficult to find a nice place for this masterfully crafted piece of equipment. As I’d like to use it as a more lightweight alternative to the Matrix Brute for live gigs, it doesn’t have to stay directly besides my working place – just now, maybe a month or two or…
Since joining Tanga Zoo I was looking for a versatile, modern synth with many live features. My friend Mehdi used to work with the Arturia Microbrute, which sounds terrific for it’s size and price and I immediately loved the concept of the Matrix Brute when it was presented in July 2016. But it didn’t come out yet. I hoped to get it for the première of our new program with Tanga Zoo in september – no chance. I was looking for it at christmas – nothing under the tree. Finally I got it in mid january 2017 and I knew – this beast would stay in my studio for a long time. When I took it to the first live gig, I had to admit, that maybe it would really only stay in the studio because of its weight. The Matrix looks gorgeous, it sounds superb, it’s made to play live, everything is at your fingertip, no hidden functions – but it’s simply too heavy for a musician like me who can’t afford a keyboard rowdy.
For quite a while I was looking for a synth with juice and finally I’ve decided to go with the MicroBrute (brother of MiniBrute) from Arturia.
Lots of knobs and lots of fun, but playing with a certain size of fingers can be a challenge. In combination with Octatrack I’ll give you some insight about my setup how I play with MicroBrute. Talk to you soon.
Hi folks, the newest addition to my setup is a T.C. Helicon Voice Live Rack Harmonizer. I worked in the early eighties a lot with intelligent pitch shifters (still have a Digitech IPS 33B intelligent Pitch Shifter and an Eventide H3000SE), but T.C. beats them all 🙂 you’ll hear soon what I’m talking about…
We always change our setup for the better. Our goal is to provide the best live-composed music on stage. Many times we reroute the audio signal or the midi-clock signal.
Our two computers and iPad are interconnected, so we can change parameters from the other performance’s setup. This might be scary, but it’s necessary and very useful, when you have to compose in real-time.
The Klangfaktur Recording Studio is the place to master our tracks. The studio is led by Kriz and Rainer and besides mixing, mastering, composition and arranging they also offer recordings for bands and orchestras in their huge recording room (300 sqm), which is also used as live concert venue by the KiFF, one of the most important music clubs in Switzerland. Even live recordings are possible since each space in the house (3 stages) is connected to the studio.