Elias Landberg shows us around his inspiring workspace, packed with a jaw-dropping selection of hardware.
Skudge – My Studio
My studio is located in central Stockholm. I’ve been at this location for around four years now. It’s my own studio complex, so I also rent out studios to other producers. Before moving here I had a studio complex on the other side of town.
I’m using Logic Pro as my DAW – I’ve been using it more or less since it came out. Before Apple bought it, I used it when it was made by Emagic. I remember I hated Macs back then so it was kinda hard for me when Apple bought Emagic as I needed to buy a Mac to use it. So I tried Cubase, Reason, and Pro Tools for some years before I got my first Mac computer, which was an iMac. The first Skudge 12″ was made on that iMac and I still have it, but I only use it for surfing these days.
For monitoring I’m using Focal Twins. Really nice sound! Before I was using Adam monitors, but they were a bit too small for me.
Roland RE-501 Chorus Echo
I couldn’t live without this machine! It’s on all the Skudge recordings. For me it’s more like an instrument than just an effect box – it adds so much to your production. It has chorus, spring reverb and tape delay. I often tweak the knobs while recording straight through it. Sometimes I record a sound through it 100% wet, and then you can mix the wet signal afterwards in your DAW, and make automations. This unit is a must have!
Studer B67 Tape Recorder
I use this for pre-mastering our music and others I put out on the label. Every Skudge track since 2010 has been recorded on this one. I bought it from the Swedish Television’s tech shop many years ago. They sold a lot of these back then. It glues everything together in such a nice way and it adds some really nice tape saturation. They can be hard to find in good shape, and you often need to service them.
This synth is really easy to use. It’s very hands-on and has a funny built in sequencer. It’s one of the nicest synths for making basslines. These days I sequence it with my Beatstep Pro sequencer, as I can make more complex sequences that way.
Most of the early Skudge stuff has a sub bass made with the SH-101. Back then I had a grey one but I sold it after some time and got the blue one instead as it was in better condition and came with the mod grip.
I have two of these: one for the road, which is modified, and one in the studio. The modified one has extra envelopes for the kick and also pitch and drive, as well as pitch for the hi-hats.
I have connected the one in the studio through a BOSS KM-60 mixer, so that I can EQ and manipulate the sounds before I record them on my computer.
Sequential Prophet 5
This synth can go really deep! It’s a brutal polyphonic monster with some nice modulation capabilities. I often use it to create drones, pads, or stabs. It’s a synth that will never leave the studio for sure!
Pearl Syncussion SY-1
A really nice drum synthesiser with loads of capabilities! Really hard to find these days and pretty expensive.
I use mine a lot when I’m jamming in the studio, together with the SH-101 and the TR-909. It can sound both metallic and round. You can make nice bass sounds with it, and of course percussive sounds.
This synth is very special for me as it’s been a dream synth for many years before I finally got my hands on it. I bought it like five years ago, and I like it a lot! It’s very versatile and can do most sounds from deep bass sounds to really thick stabby chords, bleepy effect sounds and much more. It’s so easy to program because it has a lot of knobs and even some nice modulation capabilities.
Toy Robot Collection
Yeah, this is my old robot collection. I have been collecting these for many years and they have always been with me in my studios.
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