The German techno veteran shows us around the studio he shares with production partner Mark Deutsche.
Timo Maas – My Studio
First of all, this is Mark Deutsche’s studio but we work on a lot of my productions here. The studio is only 10 minutes from my home and is in a quiet, beautiful area of Rinteln. I’ve been working with Mark since early 2015. Our first track together was the ‘Celestial Asterisms’ remix for HearThug.
Maschine Studio 2
Moving onto the gear! Maschine Studio is pretty much standard in every studio, which is the same for myself and Mark. Great for drum performances of any kind. I’m sure everyone writes the same thing here!
Novation Bass Station 2
A lovely natural analogue monosynth, creating big, angry and phat-sounding basslines. We used this piece many times on tracks such as my forthcoming Silver Lines EP coming out on Joris Voorn’s Rejected imprint and recent remixes including Claptone – ‘Puppet Theatre’ and Loco Dice – ‘Get Comfy’ featuring Giggs.
Very good sounding monosynth plugin, mainly used for lead and bass sounds. It has a very analogue feel to it, we absolutely love that!
The Manley variable-mu limiter-compressor is a classic standard in outboard equipment. It simply makes things sound warm and phat!
I always forget that it’s not a lighter, its a freaky electro shocker… we’ve had some funny moments with that.
Ashly SC-50 Compressors
The Ashly compressors are great for drum compression. These have been customised for us, which enables them to be used in mono or stereo.
Event Opal Monitors
Very exact, direct and analytic speakers. Behind them are Tannoys which we use for comparison.
We are using the SST-1 Origin Recording System for vocal recordings and also for fattening up synth sounds
Another favourite piece of outboard is the Princeton Digital Ursa Major Space station SST-282. This signal processor gives an old-school feeling due to its unique performance.
This is Wotan (or Buchse). He brings good luck and sometimes trouble as you can see… he’s quite a character!