Having grown up in Canada and mentored by Richie Hawtin, Marc Houle has long been established as a techno veteran. For his latest EP ‘Min and Soda’ released last week on DirtyBird, he invited Attack in to show us around his studio.
Marc Houle – My Studio
Hello Attack – let me show you around my studio.
The Roland CR-78 is such a pure sounding machine and the first drum machine to get me excited about electronic percussion. From Blondie to Ultravox it really sets a nice warm tone on a track. It’s like the 808’s cooler older brother.
This has got to be the best synth I have ever owned. It totally encapsulates all that I love sonically. It’s warm, punchy and has such a beautiful chorus on it.
This little gem is pretty fun to play with. First of all it takes batteries so you can bring it anywhere. It’s basically the SH-101 but with a sequencer instead of the arpeggiator. Compact magic.
Another vintage Roland machine cause they’re so good. I could make music from now on using only this and the Juno and would be just as happy. I picked up an Acme-4 just to make it shuffle and it was worth it. The Linn Drum is also pretty good but for me the warmth of the 808 can’t be matched.
Once I finally wrapped my head around how to get this thing to work well and once it was all repaired I realized why it’s so loved. The purity of the waveforms coming through the built-in spring reverb is damn impressive. Sometimes I like to mic the built-in speakers instead of a direct out to give it that mega vintage sound.
This is a piggy bank someone gave me on tour. People are nice.