To accompany our in-depth interview, Huxley gives us a breakdown of the key tools in his studio.
My Studio – Huxley
It took me a long time to get used to the sound of this room when I moved here from my studio in London. I need to move it all around really – this is just the way the equipment got set up when I moved in and I haven’t been bothered to move it– but I think if you’re happy in your environment and you know how to use it, it doesn’t really matter what you use as long as the end product’s good.
I’ve been using Logic for ten years. My brother used to make music with Impulse Tracker so that was the first thing I started using, when I was about 13. Then I used Reason for a while, but I swapped over to Logic when I was about 18.
Novation Bass Station 2
The Bass Station’s one of my favourite synths. I use it a lot for bass sounds. I’ve been trying to use the Arturia Minibrute too but I haven’t really found anything yet. It’s not an obvious synth for what I’m doing, which is why I got it, but I think actually it’s just a bit too aggressive.
Korg MS-20 Mini
This is the most fun thing I’ve got. I got it half way through making the album and it’s my first foray into modular stuff. I need to get into it a bit more. After making the album I’m kind of a bit bored of everything, so I’ve been looking to see what I want to get next. I’ve been looking at a Jupiter but I don’t know yet. I think by Christmas I’ll have a couple of new bits. I never sell anything that I’ve got, though. I just think that I’d like to go back to it at some point even if I’m bored of it at the moment.
Roland Alpha Juno 2
The Alpha Juno is something I use loads. It was my main synth. It’s really good for strings and you can get some good arpy bits out of it.
I bought Maschine to try and use it for drums but I’m not that into it. It’s a great bit of kit and every time I go to someone else’s house they’re using it really well, but it just didn’t integrate that well into the way that I’m working.
I just started a project with my friend Sam, doing proper Drexciya-vibe electro, and he’s got a DSI Tempest. I’ve never wanted a drum machine before but that’s one thing I’d like now.
I’ve only just bought this so I haven’t used it yet. I’ve got a habit of buying stuff and not using it, so I made a decision when I moved here to have all my hardware set up and ready to use. Before, most of my music was made in the box. A lot of it still is.
This is Bert.