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It's not just the professionals who have impressive studios these days: we know that many of you put a great deal of time, effort and money into creating your home facilities, so it's only natural that - like proud parents - you'd like to show them off to the world.
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While there’s no denying the quality of gear rammed into the racks of Manuel’s Pro-Tools-centric, Italian studio. We cannot take our eyes off the beautiful acoustic treatment.
Check out the Studio Showcase group thread for more photos from Manuel, there’s some real artistry at work there.
When on his travels to his second home in Lisbon, Duncan pack the essentials, some controllers and a laptop.
The Akai APC controller looks like it can take care of all the mixing duties, while the Roli Seaboard Block’s MPE support opens up a ton of creative possibilities.
It’s been a while since Joe posted this pic of his guitar-strewn studio, informing us that he’d hoped to add some acoustic treatment soon.
We’d love to see how it has progressed since, perhaps some more gear has arrived? Who knows.
Marcel’s Moldovan musical hideaway holds some classic gear, which goes to show that some of this stuff can, indeed, last the test of time.
We’re liking the high representation of grooveboxes here. From the Boss DR-202 Dr Groove, through to Korg’s valve-powered Electribe EMX-1 all the way up to one of Roland’s last in the line of its Groovebox range, the MC-808.
I favourite piece of ‘vintage’ gear here has to be the E-mu Orbit 0909. This 1u rack synth was an instant classic and kicked off E-mu’s line of dance-oriented synth line, which was quickly picked up by the likes of Orbital and Todd Terry.
Andrew Keith Russell
The hub of Andrew’s studio focusses on the Mac Mini running PreSonus Studio One and there’s plenty of control options too.
The iPad deployed to run PreSonus Studio One Remote and we can see the PreSonus Faderport DAW controller nestled alongside the Apollo Twin and Mackie Big Knob passive 2x2 studio monitor controller too.
Daniel Dante Finardi
The low-lighting and Buddhist iconography all make for a very calming setting for those long sessions, working on critical mixes.
Daniel’s setup centres on an iMac running Cubase and we can see interfacing is taken care of by the Apollo Twin and monitoring with the help of the classic Yamaha NS-10s.
With monitoring completely sewn up, courtesy of KRK. Igor’s studio is kitted out with a fair amount of controller action that would have us believe that much of his work involves Native Instruments Maschine.
Alongside the NI tools, the diminutive Numark controller also points to live performance and a desire to get more hands-on when producing.
Satira’s guitar-centric home studio looks to be brimming with all the right stuff for tracking guitars, bass and vocals.
Plenty of stringed options and pedalboard, all primed for capturing guitar tones.
Residing in the small college town of Edinboro, Pennsylvania is Shawn Preston’s rather spacious studio and it looks like he could pack up and move to new premises rather easily.
You’d be right in thinking this would make a great live room as behind the camera is enough room for a fully mic’d up drum kit.
Shawn’s kit list includes a Behringer X32, Mackie HR824 Monitors, M-Audio Oxygen 25 and a Macbook running Pro Tools, Logic, Finale, and Reason.
Now this is a space we can all relate to. Whether you are cramming your production stations into a one-bed flat, or have been demoted to a corner in the spare room with the impending growth of the family unit. You make do with what you’ve got.
We’d take a Juno-60 (a particular favourite of ours) casually placed on a coffee table next to the Moog Voyager any day of the week.
There’s no doubting Denmark-based Knud-Henrik is a keys-man, with this little lot surrounding his studio.
A blend of workstations, stage pianos, synths and controllers are joined by some in-the-box sound creation, headed up by the jam-packed Omnisphere.
Terrany Johnson, aka Tee-Double, show us once again that a jam-packed studio is a thing of wonder. First you're met with the sight of gear from floor to ceiling, then the more you look, the more you see the gems that lie within.
A few highlights are undoubtedly the LinnDrum, Oberheim DMX and Sequential Circuits Drumtraks - a triumvirate of old-school beat-makers right there, we’re sure you’ll agree.
Pierluigi’s studio is so rammed with synthy goodness that it is impossible to do it justice in one photograph, so we implore you to check out our Studio Showcase group on Facebook for more photos.
This arbitrary snippet shows there’s much love for the new and not so new. The Pioneer AS-1, Modal Craft and Roland JD-XA are joined by the likes of the Novation Nova and you can just make out the corner of the Korg Radias.
There’s something beautiful about the symmetry of Yann’s studio. While we’re massive fans of your production dungeons swimming with gear, this feels like a more considered approach and we love it just as much as all the others.
Our guess is Yann has not long started out in the Eurorack game and looks like he making great headway in filling those cases, but to what end? All we can say is good luck and that Pro 2 would look even lovelier with a couple of skiff cases on either side.
Looks like performance and hybrid-controller production are high on the list of workflows in Dan’s studio.
It’s clear to see that his colours are firmly pinned to the Native Instruments mast, with Komplete Kontrol, Maschine Studio and Maschine Jam all in attendance. Although there are plenty of Novation controllers for Ableton lurking around the place too.
There’s no mistaking that the Studiologic Sledge is very much the dominant force here, visually, but we really love the lack of computational device and a DAW in this stripped-down homage to hardware. However, Richard informs us that the computer is just out of shot.
Edward is obviously a connoisseur of the small synth/groovebox with the inclusion of the kult classic that is the Korg Electribe ER-1, moving through the ages all the way up to a future classic that is the Make Noise 0-Coast.
Adi is a true DJ and has obviously been in the game for some time. We wish we could squeeze in more of this panoramic shot, which is entirely festooned with decks and vinyl.
Swinging round to the production side of things and the studio features plenty of controller and outboard options, but perhaps the most intriguing part of this space is what looks like a modern teasmade - classy!
Much like our good friend Mr Rowe, Alfred’s studio is also heavy on the turntablism with a side order of in-the-box control, courtesy of Dicer.
The creative spark that is Novation’s Circuit is always a good sight alongside the Ableton Push, Maschine Mikro and Arturia MicroBrute, in blushing rouge colourway.
While Milo’s studio is lean in the gear department, it is quite obvious that he takes analysis very seriously in Logic Pro X.
Any studio that rocks a Korg Radias is alright in our book. The improved polyphony and sound palette to it’s predecessor, the MS2000B, were slightly overshadowed by the bold statement that was the synth’s separate keyboard. There’s no sign of that here, perhaps as there’d be no room?
The Radias is in rather good company and is joined by a Korg Kronos, Nord Lead A1R, Waldorf Blofeld, Hypersynth Xenophone, and a DSI OB-6 module. No doubt with control and sequencing duties taken care of by Squarp Instruments’ Pyramid sequencer and the Arturia KeyStep
There’s something faintly Death Star-like about Tommy’s studio, not sure if it’s the white geometric acoustic treatments, or just the pair of Stormtroopers holding sentry.
You can’t deny that he’s gone all in, with the likes of the white Alesis keytar, monitors, console and Audio Technica MT50x headphones. It’s just a shame there isn’t more outboard gear available in his favourite hue.
Star Wars fan, Andy, is rocking some lovely new bits of kit in his studio. Roland’s Boutique range is well represented with the likes of the reimagined Jupiter-8, Juno-106 and TB-303. Not sure if there’s enough room, but we think he should go for the complete set.
A Moog Sub-37, Mother-32 and Nord Lead 4 are joined by the very useful pairing of the Maschine Studio and Machine Jam - taking care of sequencing and beat-making duties.
Marvin’s compact studio space has been made full use of with the Akai controller, complete with the helpful handwritten hints across the keys.
We’d also take a stab that Mr Culler could also a keen designer in the digital art realm, judging by the size of that tablet and presumably, it’s rather easy to navigate round a DAW with it too.
There are some rather enviable synths lurking in the dark and brooking studio of Max Merk.
It looks like the Roland SH-101 maybe a favourite, taking pride of place on the workstation, although the rack to the right isn’t all that far away - not many studios can boast a Juno-80, Korg M1 and a Korg Polysix. There’s also space for one more. Perhaps something like an old Sequential Circuits, or an Oberheim would look good there?
We think you’ll agree that this studio from Ilario Liburni has everything you could ever want. From the fully-decked out DJ booth, to the racks of synths, multiple desktop controllers and noisemakers, right down to copies of Computer Music magazine.
Yes, the impressive display of synths, samplers, controllers and grooveboxes may be be the headliners here, but who wouldn’t want to get hold of that array of monitoring options? In a word: jealous.
Not wanting to be outdone by our new best friend, Ilario, Mr Sarrouh here has all the hallmarks of a producer who’s not so much battling with GAS (gear-acquisition-syndrome) as embracing it.
Roland is well represented in this den of musical iniquity. We’re especially liking the tower of Japanese synth history with the Jupiter-6, JX-3P and the JD-XA on top, which is also flanked rather nicely by a 303 and 606.
It’s worth mentioning that just out of shot is another workstation that holds an entire collection of Aira goodies and a healthy array of Eurorack modular. Phew.
Now this setup from Ben Williams is the sort of studio that we could all aspire to having. It could be said that too much gear can be detrimental to productivity, so Ben’s streamlined approach could be a good one.
The Streichfett, Mopho and Akai controller - teamed with Logic Pro X and a Focusrite Saffire interface - are all this producer needs.
There’s a good balance of in-the-box and outboard activity here. Roland’s System-1 synth and the Ableton Push controller are classic examples of hybrid music-making.
Despite the compact nature of Dan’s space, it’s good to see a whopping great 88-key controller in situ.
This rather pro looking studio is the home of Kevin Avon and it is positively dripping in Universal Audio gear. Which, of course, is no bad thing.
Touchscreen control, NI’s Kontrol S series keyboard and the ROLI Seaboard Rise should be enough to keep idle hands busy.
Geoff is taking acoustic treatment seriously, as we all should, but we’re mostly enamoured by the colour scheme in this studio. Check out the neat placement of the Digitech Whammy underneath the coordinated Focusrite Scarlett 18i20.
Never let it be said that you can have ‘too much control’. Alan’s domain of digital audio is manipulated by a plethora of controllers and devices. Not one, not two, but three Akai controllers are joined by the good old Maschine from Native Instruments and Korg's NanoKontrol Studio.
We’re guessing that Alan is running multiple computer rigs here along with the iPad, for a whole lot of soft synth action.
This is the Athens-based studio of composer, producer and sound designer John Valasis. He’s signed to Ninja Tune’s publishing house Just Isn’t Music and has worked on projects for Native Instruments, BBC, Ableton, 8DIO, Virgin, Vice Magazine and Zero-G.
Michele Di Salvo
The tracks created in Michele Di Salvo’s studio are mainly driven by sampling, layers of drones, keyboards and effected guitars using a Boss ME70 pedalboard and GR-55 guitar synthesizer. According to Michele, most of the equipment was chosen after reading many copies of Future Music and Computer Music magazines.
Sometimes you’ve just got to get it out of the box and plug it in, which is exactly what Marcell has done here. A burgeoning Eurorack collection is patching its way into this setup, not minding what’s in its way.
There's plenty going on in Jason’s studio, with lots of outboard gear to go along with the virtual instruments displayed on all those screens (including the obligatory huge TV monitor). It’s also good to see that he’s plugged into the Matrix at all times.
Jim’s music-making sanctuary can be found in Sweden and is home to not one, but two dartboards. There's plenty of gear on display here, and don’t think we didn’t see MusicRadar displayed on the screen there. Nice touch - cheers Jim!
Neil’s studio could be seen a mini-homage to some of Roland’s past glories; a JP-8080, SP-808 EX, TR-727, MC-505 and the TR-8 round off what is quite the collection. An honourable mention must go out to the Micromoog, once the cheaper alternative to the Minimoog.
Phil’s studio is designed to let him produce music in various genres. He’s using a combination of Ableton Live, Traktor, Maschine and external gear like TC Helicon’s VoiceLive to process his voice. He also employs the Boss GK technology to layer guitar sounds with generated synth chords and bass via MIDI.
All monitoring options are covered in Kyle’s ultraviolet idyll, and he’s got plenty to keep his hands busy with the likes of the Moog Mother-32 and Minitaur, Korg Minilogue and MS-20, and a Softube Console 1 all in attendance.
Suri’s studio is the embodiment of calm. Wherever you look, natural wooden tones surround you, calling you to let loose your creativity. Well, that’s what we reckon, anyway.
This guitar-centric utopia is the studio of Joe Kiernan, who is rolling some serious amp-modelling and quite the selection of wah/expression pedals.
Let’s not be distracted from the music gear on display here, but big props surely must go out to the Robocop mug and the rather huge curved 49-inch 4K Samsung TV which serves as a monitor.
The clean, unhurried workspace that is Kevin Osborne’s studio is flanked by the old and new - a Roland Juno DS 88-hits us in the foreground, while a good old Korg 700 can be seen lurking in the background.
This is Matt’s studio live room - mid-session. The Blackdown studio was built by his own hands as a dissertation project for his music production degree.
The studio took eight months to design and six months to build. Matt has now been developing it for over six years.
Shadows of Life
Electronic, orchestral, pop and piano productions can be heard emanating from the home of semi-pro producer Shadows of Life. It’s all looking pretty complete from this photo, but he informs us that acoustic treatments are next on the shopping list.
If you want to hear what it all sounds like, then on over to the Shadows of Life Soundcloud page.
Infinite Ego (Infinity, Go!)
At the heart of this studio is an Argosy Halo workstation filled with a Universal Audio Apollo interface, Fractal Audio Axe-Fx II XL+, assorted power strips, preamps from Joe Meek and Mesa Boogie, and a Yamaha Motif synth module.
Other instruments include a Korg Kronos special edition keyboard as well as numerous PRS, Suhr, Fender, and G&L guitars, as well as a Carvin hollow body with onboard Ghost system that's used as a synth controller.
Additional guitar processing is provided by a Roland VG-99 and a rack-mounted Lexicon Vortex. The one guitar amp in this room is a Swart AST Pro, while downstairs is a Bogner Shiva and a Vox AC15 Handwired.
This gear-strewn studio is the home of Marco Vedder. Lots to admire here, not least the multiple workstations and beat-tastic hardware that includes the Spark LE, Maschine, Ableton Live and the Beatstep Pro.
Big props go out to Neil Parker, not just for his quad-screen setup, but also for seamlessly integrating some old groovebox classics, such as the MC-505 and SP-808EX, alongside some more contemporary numbers such as the Aira TR-8 and Moog Werkstatt 01.
Vincent de Azevedo
No chance of getting the blues in this subterranean studio - this vault is owned by Bordeaux -based Vincent de Azevedo. There's a lot of in-the-box action and several controller keyboards, including the Akai Advance. As for the outboard, a notable mention must go to the extremely versatile Universal Audio 710 Twin-Finity preamp.
The calming hues of Benny Irzik’s studio are no doubt an aid to productivity, while multiple workspaces will help focus the mind on the task at hand.
Cai Richard Beck
Plenty of acoustic treatment surrounds the studio of Cai Richard Beck, and we’re particularly liking the addition of a keytar in this vocoder-heavy environment.
Shawn Owen Dowd
Simplicity is the key to Shawn Owen Dowd’s studio setup - that and some epic artwork as a muse. You can’t go far wrong with a pair of monitors, multitracker, microphone and a multi-effects pedal. And a DAW, of course.
Steve’s updated studio still rocks the Slate Raven MTi as the centerpiece, but many improvements have made made, including a brand new desk, acoustic treatment and a lovely pair of DynAudio LYD-7 monitors.
While some of us dream of having a functioning grand piano in our studio, Dominik has given one “the chainsaw treatment” and converted it into a desk. Which works for us, too.
Kot says that he focuses on “live techno improvs,” and his setup looks pretty conducive to creating them.
We worry a bit about the depth of that table, though, and the risk of things falling down the back.
The variety of gear on display here suggests a multi-instrumentalist's setup, though the fact that the Tele gets its own chair implies that this is its owner's pride and joy. Where do you sit, though, Frank?
“The instruments on the wall suggest my location,” says Ian, which turns out to be Johannesburg, South Africa.
A look to the left suggests that Ian gets through a lot of hard drives.
A well-organised setup from Imploded View, which features a Korg PolySix, Roland SH-101, Jen SX-1000, Casio CZ-101, Novation KS Rack and a Korg Electribe ER-1.
Old-school cred comes courtesy of the reel-to-reel tape machine.
Tero Civill's new studio
After sending us his 90s studio complete with angry raver pose [see slide 49]. Now Tero has sent his modern studio, which is a smaller space with less machines, but embracing the enormous Roland JD-800, NI's maschine and Genelec monitors.
Ben De Graaf's studio
A huge desk full of toys! We love the mix of old and new, and the hands-on approach to all the gear. A studio that many people will be envious of - including everyone here at Future Music...
AKZ has really put the work in with the acoustic treatment in this room. It's impossible to tell how it sounds, but a rugunderneaththat glass coffee table might take some reflections away from the floor too.
Amazing studio furniture and a proper studio chair. A great space that would benefit from some large LCD displays to stop you being so hunched over the small laptop screen.
Avery Wonacott's studio
A compact studio that revolves around the Akai APC20, Ableton and the Novation Mininova. Could be worth trying to get some isolators for the monitors. But with the awesome V-Moda headphones you have a good second reference.
Danny Dellamorte's studio
A neat little studio here albeit missing a decent set of studio monitors. We're loving the DSI synth and Maschine stand. Looks great!
Andris Rinkis' studio
A compact studio using Roland's Gaia synth at the heart and with a huge subwoofer sat under the desk, we sure hope you have nice neighbours! Time for a new studio desk maybe?
Mauro Meddi's studio
Another studio jam-packed with acoustic treatment that should hopefully make this room sound super clean. Yamaha HS-80 monitors and a few choice bits of kit in the racks make for the bones of a really nice studio. Make sure you send us another pic when