This week we caught up with the producers responsible for Leftfield Techno. They took us through their 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 Leftfield Techno and how you prepared for this release.
“Leftfield Techno was one of those projects that came about naturally, and we had carte blanche to make it as weird and quirky as we wanted to.”
What got you inspired during the creation of this pack? Any particular influences?
“Listening to a few Lee Gamble, Object Blue, Clark, Machine Woman and Blawan mixes in the car while traveling through secluded mountainous areas – this helped us shape a specific vision for the project.”
What was your biggest challenge in creating this sample pack?
“Our newest studio addition – Korg ES 2’s sample management was a bit tedious at first, but it made up for a great sound and its portability was a major plus.”
Tell us a little bit about your current studio setup.
Various Elektron, Korg, and Yamaha synths including, mannequin heads, antlers, gas masks and a lot of scrap metal.
Top 3 favorite pieces of gear?
- “Elektron Rytm
- Elektron Analog 4
- Korg Radias”
What’s a unique, unconventional production technique that you would like to share with our readers?
“Record everything! We brought a rare soviet synth called Cadans S12 in the studio and it started acting up, bellowing eerie hellish noises by itself. I don’t blame the poor thing, it probably had iron curtain induced PTSD”
What DAW do you normally use, and what are some plugins you typically use?
“Ableton Live, processing with Slate Digital and the ancient Korg MDE-X being a recent addition. I’m a freak for Korg Radias and ES2’s fx processors and I thought, “Hey having them in my DAW would be the absolute bee’s knees.”
Any tips or advice for aspiring producers?
“Keep your old abandoned project files and recordings, you will use them later on for other tracks. That way you won’t feel that the work you put into them was a waste of time. This tip goes hand in hand with one of the previous questions: record everything, no matter how bad it might sound at first, once you stumble across it again, you might approach it with a different mindset.”