Dahlbäck’s music making gear has changed a few times over the years but he’s settled on Cubase running on a custom PC right now.
“In the beginning when I was 12, I used my dad’s Atari with Cubase on it. I was a complete newbie at it and I couldn’t figure out how to quantise or loop. So I would just tap hi-hats in for six minutes [laughs]. Then I moved on to Fruity Loops on my own computer, but it was the early version and it always just felt like I was locked to a grid.
“I think Cubase is like freedom to me because I’m not in this pattern mode. I have autoloads in Cubase with the Audio Damage Ronin, API compressor and the channels are set up so I have nice colours. I also start with seven or eight groups – one for sidechaining and the others for adjusting levels of things like drums, melodies etc.”