Take a look around Gregor Tresher’s gear-packed Frankfurt studio, home to an envy-inducing collection of vintage and modern synths.
My Studio – Gregor Tresher
I used to collect studio equipment but eventually started to get rid of the machines I didn’t use a couple of years ago. I’m quite happy with the setup now and also to have daylight in the studio, as I used to work in a basement studio for over ten years before moving to this place five years ago.
Roland System 100
This is my most important synthesiser at the moment. I bought the main module in France last year and the expander a couple of months later in Los Angeles. It’s a semi-modular synth that was built in 1976, the same year I was born. I really like the fact that it has been on this planet as long as I have, and now – 37 years later – we make music ‘together’.
I use the Mono/Poly a lot. It’s the lead sound on a lot my of my records. I bought it in South Germany many years ago and I like it for its filter and also for its very fat sound when using all four VCOs.
This little, easy-to-use sequencer has been an integral part of my production for the last year. Ever since I bought it it really changed my way of composing. It’s the most important machine in my Cocoon and Drumcode releases last year, on which I sequenced the main synth lines with it. I basically record hours of variations while tweaking it live and then edit the best parts.
Telefunken V672 and SSL440 G Compressor
I bought this vintage Telefunken V672 Preamp on eBay many years ago and had it custom racked by the same guy that built this SSL 4000 clone. Looking good, right? Sounding good, too! I used to use it for mic recordings a lot.
Minimoog Model D & Voyager
Like many producers in electronic music I wanted to own my own Moog synth from the beginning. So the Minimoog was one of the first synths I bought when I started to make a little money with my music. I used it a lot in my early productions. My first records under my real name featured sawtooth basslines a lot. This is the synth I made them with. I have to have it serviced, though – it’s not very stable now. That’s why I bought the Voyager two years ago – to have a fully functional Moog synth when I need one. I’m not using it a lot nowadays but I will never sell my Minimoog as it was my first real proper synth.
DJ Bag Cemetery
We have this little DJ bag cemetery in the studio. These bags have been around the world and could tell a lot of stories – that’s why I wouldn’t throw them away.
Gregor Tresher’s Nightcolors LP is out now on Break New Soil.