Berlin-based GHEIST show us around their studio.
For us and our attitude when it comes to making music for GHEIST, our focus is always the composition before the the sound. So when we do tracks, we could get inspired by one of our drum-machines like e.g. an old and still very cool Korg Electribe R, our piano, anything we sampled from us or some song on YouTube or a picture. But then we regularly switch instruments to produce the idea. So more or less any old or shitty instrument hanging around in our place could be useful at some point.
We still feel very lucky to have an old Trident console from the ‘70s, which we love too much when it comes to recording drums. For recording vocals, we couldn’t wish for any more than our Neve 1073 preamp.
As you see we love old equipment, but we’re also happy to work on ideas on a laptop. Plugins sound so good these days and we can achieve a lot only working in the box. When it comes to mixing we work a lot with UAD plugins, but also a Lexicon 480 L for reverbs. Incredibly, these machines are much older than our computers but still sound deeper!
Old Berdux Piano
Looking around our place you will find a lot of instruments like our beloved and very old upright which is from the 1920s. It doesn’t tend to keep its tuning for any more than two days but it sounds beautiful either way.
Ludwig Maple Drumkit
And here we have the adorable Ludwig Maple Drumkit.
Fender Rhodes Stage 73
Coming from many years of touring, carrying and playing heavy instruments like our beloved Fender Rhodes 73, we can say we never lost the love for playing and recording noisy instruments!
That, however, doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy a tiny electronic and midified setup both in the studio and playing live.
If you walk around our studio you shouldn’t take a look behind one of the doors, because you would find the storage for all the touring equipment we collected during the years.
We remember many years of using our amazing Roland Juno-60 for almost every warm pad we needed in our songs. Now we also love our Dave Smith Prophet ’08 for that or these incredible sounding new Arturia Plugins, like their Jupiter (Jup-8 V) recreation.
Sometimes our studio feels more like a playground than a professional music studio. But we love the surrounding playful attitude when it comes to making music.