Enzo Siragusa shows us around his London studio.
The Korg Electribe is my favourite toy at the moment. It’s easy and fun to use. I’ve literally turned it inside out – I just love playing with it. I’m getting some amazing modulated synth and pads sounds. It’s synced to my E-RM Multiclock, which helps me get nice swingy modulated drum patterns too. As a matter of fact, ‘Double Dove’, ‘Solo’ and ‘Gemini’ from my latest Sanctuary EP were pretty much all done on the Korg.
I love the sound of the Tanzbar – a proper analogue machine! I’m getting some heavy low-end grooves out of it. The hats and claps are crisp too. It’s a great sounding machine that I’m using a lot at the moment. It’s taken me a while to get my head round it – it’s not the easiest drum machine to use, but by far the best sounding in my studio.
Schippmann Ebbe und Flut Filter
I run a lot of sounds through this filter. You can create some weird and wonderful stuff through it. Seb Zito has mastered getting bass grooves out of it – I think he manages to get a bass rifd out of any loop he runs through it. As a DJ who makes music, I’m only scratching the surface of this machine at the moment, but I love it for its rich sound. It’s definitely one for the nerds out there – you could get lost forever in this filter.
I sync three drum machines and my JU-06 through the E-RM Multiclock – it allows me to create some great grooves The clock allows me to jam the machines together and it keeps everything in time, but the best thing is I can individually change the shuffle on each machine. The downside is that it can be a bit fiddly to get it working. I use it by sending an audio signal to it to set the clock rather than via USB, which works for me.
Vicoustic acoustic treatments and isolation
When I first started making music in this room it was an absolute nightmare, I didn’t enjoy it at all. It’s a small room and my sweet spot was about 3cm squared! I tried all the standard stuff to fix it with foam. In stepped Vicoustic, recommended highly by Alex Arnout. It’s really easy with these guys: you measure the room and send them the dimensions along with any other info like where the doors and windows are. They send you a report with diagrams for what you need and you order it, and put it up yourself. It sounds great now that the room is well balanced. It’s a pleasure to sit here and make music all day. I would say that if you go for these panels it’s best to get some help putting them up – definitely a two or three man job!
I saw this Darth Vader mask during my weekly shopping at Sainsbury’s. I decided it was the perfect addition to my studio, so I bought it on the spot like every other Star Wars piece I collected since I was a child.