Venezeluan-born techno producer Luis Garban gives us a guided tour of his Barcelona studio.
Cardopusher – My Studio
My studio in Barcelona, based around Ableton Live and the Push 2 with KRK monitors.
The Push 2 is an excellent controller/instrument for Live, always used in the studio and now essential on my live sets. What I really like about it is that I can build a whole track in just a few minutes with it.
Korg Electribe ESX-1
This has been an essential piece of gear in the studio since I got it almost a year ago. Super easy to use and the effects are pretty cool, especially over hi-hats or percussion in general.
I used it in ‘Photinia’:
Vermona Mono Lancet
I love this synth because of its strong character. It’s simple and straight to the point. Excellent for low-frequency basses or high-pitched synths and noises.
I used it in ‘Heatseeker’:
This TB-303 clone is one of my most heavily used pieces of gear in the studio or live, and featured in many tracks I have done. I went for dinner at a friend’s in Berlin and left the house with it.
You can hear it in ‘Mouthwash Acid’:
Oberheim Matrix 1000
The Matrix 1000 is a great analogue synth with 1000 killer presets ready to use (or to tweak). It’s excellent for bass, pads and weird sounds.
I used it in ‘Jumpforce’:
Strymon El Capistan
Strymon’s El Capistan pedal is a tape echo effect which can be used on everything. It sounding especially great with the x0xb0x.
You can hear it on ‘Manipulator’:
I recently added this to the studio. I’m still learning how to use it but it will definitely be an important weapon in the studio and live. I’ve just recently starting to finish a few bits with it.
Box of Stuff
The only non-gear-related item in my studio is this small box I use to store everything I find around the studio (invoices, batteries, money, coins, iPhone cables, etc).
Cardopusher plays I Love Acid at Bloc, Autumn Street, London on Friday February 5th. Tickets from £8. His Manipulator LP is also out now on Boysnoize Records. Find him on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.