Polish producer and DJ Deas has just dropped his ‘Index’ EP on Second State. We thought this might be a good time to get a look around his studio.
To be honest, in the last few months Iʼve changed many things in my studio. I’ve sold gear which Iʼve not used for many years or that I’m comfortable using VST for.
One of the other aspects is also that technology is still evolving, brands like UAD are still doing a great job. Still I have many devices because I love the direct contact with analog gear but now I’m investing more in instruments than pro audio gear. Finally, I think that the most important aspect is “know-how”. If you know how to reach a goal you can do it no matter which way you choose.
One of my favourite devices in the studio is my modular system. And I am still changing and optimizing here. Currently, it contains two Sequencers (Intellijel Metropolis and Winter Modular Eloquencer, Oscillators (Verbos Complex Oscillator, Chippmann Omega-Phi II, Intellijel Dixie II+), Filters (Cwejman MMF-1S, Malekko Richter Borg, Snazzy FX Eternal Spring), LFO (Xaoc Batumi), FX (4MS Dual Looping Delay and Phaser Kamieniec), Envelope (Make Noise Maths), Mixer (Xaoc Praga), 2VCA (Intellijel Quad VCA). With this system Iʼm able to create basslines, blips and melodies. It also controls other synths like Roland SH-101. Totally love this style of sound creation. Patching everything feels really good. For my latest release, DRMS on the label Second State, I used the Cwejman filter with very high resonance for the “siren sound” and after the main break I used the Chippmann Omega-Phi II oscillator with Make Noise Maths as the envelope.
Itʼs very simple but the most powerful synth I’ve had ever! Sometimes I forget about him for 1-2 months and then I use it in few tracks. For sure – itʼs nothing special but for me it sounds fantastic. The sound is smooth and flows perfectly in a track. Totally love it!
Niio Analog – Iotine Core 3
One of the most fantastic effects in my studio is Iotine Core 3 way layer sound effect. The two channels (1 and 2) are filters and each channel has different distortion modes. The 3rd channel is a “post channel” filter. The filter and amp on each channel can be controlled by the envelope or envelope follower. Itʼs really cool how you can transform synths and drums thanks to this unit. The drums on my latest release on Quartz were from the Elektron Analog Rytm and Kontakt library, saturated and filtered through the Iotine Core.
Thermionic Culture Vulture
If we are talking about “saturation” I have to tell you about my first hardware saturation unit which I bought a few years ago. Culture Vulture is a tube saturation unit based on five tubes. This gear gives me classic tube saturation with vintage colour. Iʼve used it many times like a preamp when recording synths or drums. In my track “Zero” released on Planet Rhythm I recorded almost everything through the Culture Vulture.
Focal Trio6 BE
One of the most important things in every single studio is the monitors and I have these amazing Focal Trio6 BE in mine. They are 3-way units equipped with three speakers (low, mid and high range), offering great value for money.
This is a shelf equalizer based on four tubes, but the construction is stereo and with a subsonic filter which allows you to do peaking low frequency boosts that tame the excessive subsonic energy exhibited in the original design. I often use it directly after the summing mixer to add smooth high frequencies and extra low frequencies.
Take care of your back! My comfortable and ergonomic chair allows me to spend many hours in the studio without back pain.