Rare gear, custom-built furniture and a classic synth which once belonged to Vincent Gallo… Gui Boratto shows us round the amazing home studio where he made his new album, Abaporu.
Gui Boratto – My Studio
This is my home studio. It’s a floating wood box in my apartment here in São Paulo. I use a Mac Pro running Pro Tools and Logic 9.
This is one of my favorite pieces of gear. It’s the EMS VCS3, used by Pink Floyd on Dark Side Of The Moon. I bought it from the actor Vincent Gallo. It’s quite expensive but it sounds so unique. Songs like ‘Galuchat’ and ‘Stems From Hell’ were made with a lot of its sounds.
Sequential Circuits Six Trak
This is the Six Trak from the inventors of MIDI, Sequential Circuits. It’s a very cheap but still nice little synth. I’ve made some nice sounds with it. The main ‘Azzurra synth lines were made by this baby. I’ve even used it for some drum bleeps. It reminds me of some of Kraftwerk’s sounds.
Apogee Converters & Summing Box
My favourite AD/DA converters are the AD-16x and DA-16x by Apogee. The black summing box is from Electric Lane. It’s a hand-made analogue box built by Mitch, the same engineer from Robert Babicz’s studio. It sounds soooo nice!
The shape of my studio has been worked on by my friend Leo Leite. He worked for years with Sasha in NYC. Some years later he came back to Brazil and he specialised in studio acoustics and shapes. He made my entire studio and he also made the diffusers, all in wood. The walls are coated in ecological leather. As I smoke, I preferred this option instead of common studio fabrics, avoiding the smoke smell. And it looks and feel so much nicer.
Guitars, Bass & Mandolin
Some of my guitars and bass. The mandolin was a recent acquisition. I’ve been trying to play REM’s ‘Losing My Religion’ In the back, the 2010 Beatport Prize for Best Electronica Track with ‘Besides’, from my second album Take My Breath Away.
For monitors, I use a pair of ADAM S2X and Dynaudio AIR Series.
Koma Elektronik Sync Box
I was using the Pro Solo MkII from Kenton, but this year I discovered the super RH 301 from Koma Elektronik, a very small factory from Berlin. It can sync different types of old and new machines running together with no stress. It solved lots of problems using different syncs together.