“I work a lot with modular synths and effects, as I feel it brings back the challenges and emotions of the old days of electronic music. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with computers – I use a lot of software and plugins – but it’s a different emotion to really feel the electricity becoming music”. TERR shows us around her studio.
TERR – My studio
This is my production studio. It’s cosy and has everything I need for the moment. It’s not too big, not too small and the sound is really awesome. There are some analog synths, a lot of effect boxes and some modular stuff, basically all the things I’ve been buying and collecting for the last few years.
I also have a smaller studio in another room where I usually record all my vocals and have a bigger practice space in the living room, as I am working on a live set with a lot of other instruments.
A true gem from the 80s. I am a huge fan of electronic music from that era – synthpop, electro and electro-disco. So, when I need this kind of flavour in a track I usually try something first on the SH-101. It brings this nostalgic feel but at the same time it goes a lot further than that, you can create really new and sophisticated sounds from it. There’s a new SH101 clone from the Roland Boutique series that sounds good as well.
Avalon Compressor VT-747SP
The Avalon Compressor VT-747SP is a great compressor and it also has a very beautiful and musical equalizer. It makes everything sound better, and at the end of the process, the whole mix sounds improved. I sometimes also like to use it in unexpected ways, with really crazy and extreme parameters to see what happens, creating new textures and atmospheres over the original idea. I think that it also brings some life and warmth when the original sound is too digital.
Make Noise 0-Coast
There are a lot of good modules on the market today, but the 0-Coast is my favourite at the moment. I work a lot with modular synths and effects, as I feel it brings back the challenges and emotions of the old days of electronic music. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with computers – I use a lot of software and plugins – but it’s a different emotion to really feel the electricity becoming music. And there’s the uniqueness of the experience – that sequence or sound will never be the same again, so every time is a new time, and every opportunity should be explored.
Alesis Andromeda A6
The Alesis Andromeda A6 is an analogue monster I’m totally in love with. It’s very heavy and almost bigger than me, with dozens of knobs and buttons, but it’s a gentle giant. Their sounds are really fat and rich, the pads are marvellous, so full of details… Its keyboard has five octaves with excellent keys, so I also like to use it to play more “normal” stuff or to practice the piano. It also has a ribbon for controlling effects – who doesn’t love synths with ribbons? Endless possibilities.
Strymon Big Sky
People usually think more about synths and tend to forget a bit about effects, but I think a big part of the secret of making an interesting track lies on reverbs and delays, creating different spaces and atmospheres. My favourite reverb box is Strymon’s Big Sky – it has endless possibilities, from nice and subtle tones to completely experimental and noisier possibilities. Sometimes when I am not 100% happy with a sound on the mix, I try some reverberation to see what happens, and it helps a lot. It’s also useful to have it on an aux channel, to create a unique spacial feeling for the track.
Funko Pops figures
I collect these small figures called Funko Pops with my label partner Daniel Watts. I have almost 150 in another room, and I always bring some of them with me when I am working, as they bring some colour and life to the studio. They are nice friends, and I think they like to watch me working too. Daniel and I like them so much that we run an Instagram account of Funkos with Synths, it’s a way to merge both obsessions in my life.