13,000 records, two extremely different sets of monitors and an espresso machine… End To End shows us around his studio.
End To End – My Studio
This is my playground, the BigBiz Studio, which is part of a bigger studio complex. This whole structure was built in the early 90s, and was designed by Fabrizio Giovannozzi, the well-known founder of Studio Sound Service in Florence.
It’s right in the heart of Brescia in Italy, and it’s conveniently near to a fantastic place where you can drink the amazing spritz – awesome for pre-mix moments! My studio setup is actually quite simple, as I mostly use software-based synthesisers and processors to make my music but I also still have some great toys to play with.
It’s a dark and enclosed space, which is perfect, as it puts me in a deep mood and I find it a sweet spot for inspiration.
I’m in love with New York, so that’s why I always keep these images in front of me – they create good vibes. OK, actually the middle pic is from London…
You can also see my Technics SL1210 mk IIs. I have owned these since the very beginning of my DJ career.
Here I produce my own tunes and work on different music projects from various clients, with my friend Dario. We are focussed on delivering great quality mixing and mastering services as well as doing additional production within electronic dance music. We also spend a lot of time studying and developing new techniques and sounds every day.
Here are my racks of hardware. When I started producing I used the glorious Atari 1040ST and two analogue Expander units. Over the years, I have collected a lot of hardware including Nord Lead, Juno-106, Novation Bass Station, Roland TR-909, AKAI SG01V, Yamaha FB01, Roland S760 and many more.
I have become very confident using Logic, so I have gradually moved over from hardware to software.
This is my best piece of gear. It’s incredibly fat on basses and the filter section works like a dream. I use it a lot on basslines, and you can definitely hear it in my latest track, ‘Labyrinth’:
The studio sound is delivered by Genelec 8250As, digitally controlled by TC Electronic BMC-2. My routing is entirely digital, from Fireface 800 to the controller. The DA conversion is made inside the Genelec system, and because those are always very precise and clear, I also own a custom pair of DIY speakers based on Avantones, for lo-fi reference.
My library consists of over 13,000 vinyl records, from the late 80s up to now. I started buying vinyl in the late 80s – in fact, some of these were the very first electronic music releases imported into Italy. Most of them are 12”s, but I also own many rock and pop albums on vinyl too. I am really proud of my collection, and it obviously includes my latest release too, which is available now on the Divergent label through Media Records.
Surfing on Amazon, or during the long sessions I get lost in the Ikea store. I have collected many cool objects in this way, which I really love, and they’ve added a really cool touch to the studio. Since this place is very underground, I wanted to try and create a ‘zen’ and natural space but sadly, only the cactus plants have any chance of surviving in here!
My First Video Game
True 8-bit sounding soccer game from 1983. If anyone owns one of these, then please contact me and let’s have a challenge!
Want a Coffee?
The studio is not complete without my loyal coffee machine. I never drink less than 10 espressos in a day, so this is definitely my favourite spot in the studio!
End To End’s ‘Labyrinth’ is out now on Divergent.