As they launch their own label, Ethyl shows us around the duo’s shared space.
Ethyl & Flori – My Studio
Ethyl (seated) and Flori (in computer) show us around their shared studio space.
The rack, which features the interfaces and ADAT (including one that doesn’t work), the patchbay and a TL Audio EQ-5013 valve EQ. We run our stereo mix through the EQ. The drive sounds great and it adds that bit of glue to the mix.
I love step sequencers. I bought this one years ago direct from the manufacturer in Texas. It ended up costing me a fortune with import duties and tax but we’ve got some good use out of it. You can hear it being used in ‘The Last Ninja’ that came out on Fear Of Flying at the end of last year.
There’s a remix function which shifts the pattern around and we used that to make the alternate pattern; the bass followed a beat behind the lead doing the same thing. The Octatrack has muscled in on this thing’s territory but it does have CV out so still has its uses.
DSI Evolver & The Gear Cycle
We tend to cycle through gear pretty quickly. There are some things that are mainstays which stick around but other bits of kit make an appearance, inspire us in some way then make an exit when we’ve stopped using them as much. We’ve made a concerted effort over the last year or two to scale back on gear and streamline things a bit, so you’ve caught us with a somewhat truncated version of what the setup was a few weeks ago. I’ve been having a bit of a shuffle around so a few things aren’t plugged in. Please don’t accuse me of pulling a Justice.
Elektron Analog RYTM & Octatrack
I bought these two boxes for a live set. It was the first time I’d used anything by Elektron so had to learn their way of doing things. Once you’ve learned one of them I think you’re pretty safe with all of them. I initially had a DSI Tempest but swapped it for the RYTM (with Kowton no less) and it’s doing more what I wanted the Tempest to do originally. The Octatrack is great because it has some pretty expansive step-sequencing capabilities and has somewhat phased out the Orb.
Moog Moogerfooger MF-101 Low-pass Filters
I love the drive on these things – so much so that I’ve got two so I can use them in stereo. We often run our drum bus through these, or sometimes the entire mix.
Phonon SMB-02 Headphones
Hands down the best headphones I’ve used. I got a friend to get them for me direct from just outside of Tokyo. I DJ with these too.
The cheapest 12-channel desk money can buy. I bought this off a church and had change from a tenner.
The Incomplete Tim Key
Poem#636 – Untitled
I counted my wife’s hands.
‘One, two.’ I said ‘Two hands.’
She rolled over and faced the other way.
I think she knew I was avoiding the subject.