“Going off piste a little, I’m going to go with the Synclavia. While I never owned one, I think it kind of broke the mould for me. I know it’s a hybrid of a synthesizer and a sampler really, but it was beautifully designed and I really loved the functionality of it. It really opened my mind to certain possibilities.
“We used to have a Fairlight, which was frankly rubbish! It was very expensive and looked great, but apart from a few middling string sounds and things like that it was quite terrible, whereas the Synclavia was a different level of hi-fi really.
“I used one on my first ever third-party production, which believe it or not was for Hot Gossip. I used it on a Sting-written tune called I Burn For You. I did a string arrangement on it which now sounds banal, but in those days, it was cutting-edge to use sampled strings like that.”