This week we caught up with SLV, the producer responsible for part one of Soma Records Sample Pack. He took us through his Studio Setup & Gear List, the preparation involved when creating a sample pack, and also offered some advice for aspiring producers.

Tell us a little bit about the Soma Sample Pack and how you prepared for this release. 

“I always wanted to create a Sample Pack, as I’ve always created my own samples. Chatting with the guys at Soma, we thought that it was time for me to funnel this energy into the development of a brand-new library. I spent many hours recording live jams in my studio with synths and drum machines. Then, I did the cuts & categorized those samples into folders.”

What got you inspired during the creation of this pack? Any particular influences?

“Obviously, my intent was to create a sound which Soma has embraced nowadays. This was my main inspiration as well as, living for many years in Berlin, I wanted to capture the city vibes & feelings.”

What was your biggest challenge in creating this sample pack?

“I tasked myself to finish this project in only 5 days (before wrapping up for my summer DJ dates): it was a laborious process but I really enjoyed the journey. Plus, this has helped me a lot to discover new functionalities and capabilities of my machines. I really hope to create more of them in the near future as SAMPLE IS MAGIC!!”

Tell us a little bit about your current studio setup.

“Recently, I’ve reworked my studio in between gigs this summer: an extensive and exhausting process which was worth every single minute. My new setup is:”

  • x2 Genelec 8040, 
  • Apollo QUAD,
  • Fireface 800, 
  • Nord Lead 2x
  • Analog Rytm
  • Analog Four
  • Korg Minilogue
  • Moog Slim Phatty
  • Cyclone 303
  • Dave Smith Mopho
  • Korg Microkorg
  • Korg XL
  • Korg MS 2000
  • Korg DX7
  • Korg SQ-1
  • MFB 522
  • Roland TR-8
  • Roland 707
  • Roland 606
  • Roland SH
  • Waldorf Pulse 2
  • Waldorf Blofeld
  • Lexicon MX400
  • TLAudio 5021 Dual Valve
  • and other machines.

Top 3 favorite pieces of gear?

  • Elektron Analog Rytm
  • Dave Smith Prophet REV2-16
  • Korg Minilogue

What’s a unique, unconventional production technique that you would like to share with our readers?

“A technique that I use very often is to begin the creation of a track from a melody. Then, I’ll crack on the drums and uncover a way to fuse the both in symbiosis. I also spend a lot of time to perfect my sound because I believe is the essence of a track.”



What DAW do you normally use, and what are some plugins you typically use?

“Ableton Live is my go-to production suite as it’s very easy to synchronize all my hardware/machines with it and simplifying/smoothing my creative process. Also, UAD, D16 Group, Waves and other plugins are essential in my workflows.”

Any tips or advice for aspiring producers?

“Push yourself to the limit, never impose boundaries to your vision and funnel your creativity in what you believe.”

Gear List:

  • x2 Genelec 8040
  • Apollo UAD
  • Fireface 800
  • Modular Synthesizer
  • Nord Lead 2x
  • Analog Rytm
  • Analog Four
  • Korg Minilogue
  • Moog Slim Phatty
  • Cyclone 303
  • Dave Smith Mopho
  • Korg Microkorg
  • Korg XL
  • Korg MS 2000
  • Korg DX7
  • Korg SQ-1
  • MFB 522
  • Roland TR-8
  • Roland 707
  • Roland 606
  • Roland SH
  • Waldorf Pulse 2
  • Waldorf Blofeld
  • Lexicon MX400
  • TLAudio 5021 Dual Valve

Plug in:

  • UAD Plugins
  • Decimort 2
  • Devastor 2
  • FF Timeless 2
  • Toraverb
  • WOW2
  • UAD Raw
  • UAD Oxide Tape
  • A.N.A
  • ABL 3
  • Bazille
  • Buchla Easel v
  • Zebra
  • SEM V2
  • Sylenth1