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Alessandro Flashmob shows us around his Milan studio, complete with everything from Roland synths to washing up brushes.
Flashmob – My Studio
Here is my studio in Milan. The monitors are Focal Twin6Be along with CMS50s for mixing.
Sequential Circuits Max & Roland JX-8P
The JX-8P, this baby I use for pads, chords and so on. It’s a totally analogue machine (apart from the control section) and it’s the last fully analogue Roland machine if I recall correctly. It was used extensively by the UK pop band Duran Duran back in the 80s. It’s polyphonic with 8 voices. I used this to play all the synths and chords on my new album.
I’m using this with Mennie for an album track we’re doing together. It’s a 2MB memory sampler that can be used to edit and chop samples… very juicy. I got it from Mennie and I’m not sure I’ll give it back. Francesco found this for 100 Euro in an old market in Rome – a very lucky shot.
Audioscope Spectrum Analyser & RME FireFace
This is a spectrum analyser I use to work on frequencies and to see the slightest change in them. It’s also one of those pieces you just cannot leave out of your studio – I always dreamed of having one of these when I saw it in professional studio videos. It also enables me to see the two scopes of the separated channels, which can be very very useful. Before this, I used to use a spectrum analyser on the master channel in Ableton Live – it was good, but not as fascinating.
This helps me get fit and not have a sore back during all my daily long sessions. You’re training while you’re producing and instead of having a sore back you end up being fit. In my opinion you need to lead an athletic life to play this game for real and at max power. I used to have a really big back problem – that’s why I got into this.
In reality these should be used to wash dishes but I love them to be in the studio overlooking me on top of the door. I used to have these in a very small room I had in London when I was dreaming of doing what I’m doing now, so I’m particularly affectionate to them.
Rane xp2016s Mixer
I use this to control all the channels of the studio and to give the warm touch of an analogue mixer to everything I do. This mixer is also a representation of my love for old-school house, since all the old American DJs used to play on these. I have had this for two years now, and I bought it when I did my first very well paid gig. It was a dream come true.
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