Sub Focus: Desert Island Kit

We spoke to Sub Focus about why his modular Eurorack synth is on the coronary heart of his studio. 

"The most original and provoking piece of equipment I've in my studio is my Eurorack Modular synth that I began constructing in 2015. For the uninitiated, modulars are sort of what all synths used to appear to be earlier than producers like Moog began including keyboards to them within the ’70s – I’ve at all times beloved the ‘science lab’ look of them.

"You construct them utilizing elements from a number of totally different small producers so you possibly can find yourself with a mix of modules that's completely distinctive to your system. There are tons of of various modules obtainable now so there are a lot of permutations! You create sounds by connecting them utilizing patch cables so when patched they find yourself trying like old-fashioned phone exchanges.

Sub Focus: Desert Island Kit

"I’ve acquired a 9U case that I’ve full of modules from the likes of Intelijel, Make Noise, Mutable Instruments, ALM and extra. There are a couple of ideas in modular that aren’t used a lot when making music in a pc. Using random turbines to create melodies or rhythms for instance. You can use them to create robotically generated randomised patterns - the problem is to restrict the random to musically-interesting values.

"Also as you possibly can join something to something by patching you possibly can find yourself with attention-grabbing and generally sudden outcomes. It’s actually inspiring to have one thing within the studio to govern together with your palms in the true world reasonably than being caught within the laptop the entire time."


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"Most not too long ago me and Dimension used it on our collab ‘Desire’, we began the monitor by creating the intro pads utilizing Rings – Physical modelling synthesis – put by a Valhalla Shimmer reverb on the Z-DSP resampled into Morphagene – a granular sampler module."

"For anybody desirous to get into modular listed here are some hyperlinks value trying out:

Mylar Melodies has a great Youtube channel - his Metropolis video just about acquired me into modular within the first place. 
Richard Devine makes amazing music purely on modular
VCV is a virtual modular platform – good for making an attempt out modular on a pc with out the expense of constructing one."

Sub Focus and Dimensions' new single 'Desire' is out now