In our latest “The Making of…” we caught up with the two producers behind Rolling Techno – a collection of Classic 90s techno with a modern twist. In our interview, we discussed their extensive gear list, challenges they had to overcome during the production process, and what aspiring producers can learn from those who came before them.
“Rolling Techno” is quite an eclectic release. What inspired you during the production process?
I guess it’s hard for us not to stray a bit from the norm, especially when working on techno releases. Because we also perform quite an eclectic breed of techno ourselves when playing live, we tend to imbue that eclecticism into our samples as well.
We dug through a lot of classic nineties and naughties techno the past year for our studio mixes and as inspiration for our upcoming album. I think it was inevitable that we would have gone to release a sample pack that mirrored that classic vibe we had going on.
What was the greatest challenge in producing this release?
To be honest, the biggest challenge, or perhaps more of an annoyance has to be the final editing, naming, key labeling, the boring stuff. We get that with every release we put out. Otherwise, we had real fun recording this pack.
Can you provide us with the gear list, and which particular piece of equipment you used the most?
We put our classic drum machines to good work: Boss DR 660, Roland Mc 303, Yamaha RY 60, Korg S3. But we also resequenced some of the one-shots through Elektron Rhythm, Elektron Machinedrum, and Arturia Spark so that we could get an interesting blend of old and new.
Synth-wise we went heavy on the Moog Minitaur and Doepfer Dark Energy for the baselines. We also used the Waldorf Blofeld,Casio Vz-1,Yamaha Tq-5,Elektron Analog 4 and a SEGA Genesis Megadrive YM2612 FM software replica for the sequences and chords, Kawai K1,Yamaha TG 77 and 33, Korg Wavestation SR and E-MU Proteus for the pads and sound effects, plus Bastl Instruments micro-granny for the vocals.
The Yamaha Tq-5 was used quite a lot, surprisingly. I also have to mention that it has a battery problem so sometimes it malfunctions in fascinating ways. It’s a very odd looking synth, kind of like an 80’s digital phone prototype. Also, it sounds incredibly rich and sci-fi – perfect for retro-futuristic workouts.
What was your favorite part about working on this pack?
The drum loops, as you can see in the pack’s description, we made quite a lot of them!
Any tips or words of advice to aspiring producers?
Learn about electronic and experimental music history, composers, synthesists, and engineers when you’re starting out – get to know what so many men and women have done for this field. It’s a very humbling experience and a good starting point if your goal is to innovate as well, which you should.