Florian Vietz and Andreas Höpfl show us around their Munich studios.
My Studio – COEO
Our studio is located in the heart of Munich, near the Isar, in the fifth floor of an apartment we both used to live in during our time at university. Though the rent in the city is pretty expensive, it’s affordable in this building and as we heard that one room was going to be free, we took the chance and set up a place where we are able to make music whenever we want to.
We share this nice little flat with good friends, DJ and producer duo Rhode & Brown and Julian Zaruba. Though the Roland Juno 60 in the picture doesn’t belong to us, we love the sound of this vintage synthesiser. One big advantage of sharing the studio with other musicians is that you can talk about ideas and projects or use other synths, too.
We share a flat in another district of Munich where everyone has a little home studio. This gives us the chance to implement new ideas instantly and start projects when you don’t have enough time for a whole studio session.
Moreover, we can listen to our songs on more monitors and check if they sound right.
The MPC1000 is an essential piece of gear in our studio. We used it in many ways on our new EP, Back In The Days, on Toy Tonics. It’s easy to carry in your backpack and we often take it home to our apartment and use it to sample some records we are currently listening to. We also love its swing/groove function.
We recently added this field recorder to our production equipment because we love to sample sounds. Many great albums like Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavillon wouldn’t be as good without natural sounds in the background. We think that using this piece of equipment makes your own track more unique and personal and creates a nice atmosphere. You can even tell stories (or at least make them more credible) with background noises/voices. If you take David Bowie’s (RIP) ‘Space Oddity’ as an example: you can really believe that you’re sitting in a spaceship when the countdown in the background appears.
Roland Aira TR-8
We are very big fans of the 808/909 sound, so it was like a second birthday for us when Roland released its Aira series. As mentioned above, the TR-8 has the 909 on board and since a few weeks ago, the 707 and 727 too, all in one. The TR-8 also offers great performance opportunities, and the sound is solid in comparison with the original. The fact is, this gear is essential for us – you will find a bit of it in every production by us.
Bass Station 2
The Bass Station does exactly what you might expect of him: he offers a superb rich and deep bass that makes him perfect for our sound. And of course, this is why we use it more and more in our productions. Considering its price range, this little baby is a must have for house producers.
We used it in our remix of Munk – ‘Cartoon’:
Ableton Push 2
As convinced Ableton users, we love Ableton Push 2 as a controller for Live. It notably increases your workflow and sometimes we hate it for giving us very little sleep, because playing around is so much fun.
Beyerdynamic DT 770
The DT 770s are a perfect companion in the studio. They offer a bright and clear spectrum of sound, specific in the low and mid range and the wearing comfort is awesome.
In our opinion, the most important thing in making music is to know your headphones and monitors inside out. We’ve been working with the DT 770 for many years and we know how a track sounds when we hear it on these headphones.
Native Instruments Kontakt
This software sampler is truly a multi-purpose weapon! It’s our favourite and most heavily used plugin, especially because of its high quality samples when it comes to real drums or classical instruments. You can hear ensemble strings from the Kontakt library, for example, in our track ‘Lover’s Theme’ (on Sccucci Manucci)’, real drums in our song ‘The Look’ (Seven Music) or mallets in our track ‘Closer’ (Lagaffe Tales).
Table Tennis Bats
The Isar is just five minutes walking distance away. Especially in spring and summer we go out to chill at the river, to play table tennis or basketball or just to have a beer on the waterfront.
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