[Editor: Hey! Look everybody… it’s Hainbach! Wuhu! – But seriously. It gives me great pleasure to present to you this interview with the wonderful artist and inspiration to so many a music gear junkie… Mr. Hainbach101 himself]
1. Favourite knob/fader/switch on a piece of gear and why?
Genrad 1516. turn one knob and the other knob moves too. Magic!
2. Do you have an ‘almost’ perfect bit of kit? What would you change?
Rohde und Schwarz UBM, best Bassdrum in the world. I only wish it was not 18KG.
3. What setup do you bring on holiday/tour/commute etc.?
OP-1 for the longest time.
4. What software do you wish was hardware and vice versa?
Sonic Charge Permut8 should be a hardware box.
I am also working together with SonicLAB to turn an important piece of test equipment music into software. Fundamental it will be called, release is a few weeks away.
[Editor: This is a bit of an exclusive look at the upcoming VSTi. It has a lovely design and I really look forward to trying it out. Will stick a link here when it is released]
5. Is there anything you regret selling… or regret buying?
I wish I had kept my Roland SH2000, but I did not have the money to have it repaired then. Worst purchase was the Roland MC-303.
6. What gear has inspired you to produce the most music?
Ciat-Lonbarde Cocoquantus, the endless machine.
7. If you had to start over, what would you get first?
Koma Elektronik Field Kit and Field Kit FX. These have everything to make a whole lot of music at a decent price.
8. What’s the most annoying piece of gear you have, that you just can’t live without?
Probably any computer I ever had.
9. Most surprising tip/trick/technique that you’ve discovered about a bit of kit?
Phasers are awesome drum machines.
Artist or Band name?
Hi, I am Hainbach, electro-acoustic composer from Berlin and I talk experimental music and gear on YouTube.
Experimental and ambient music.
Where are you from?
How did you get into music?
I started with piano at age six and got hooked at 15 playing keys in a psychedelic rock band.
What still drives you to make music?
If I don’t make music I get withdrawal symptoms and get sad and grumpy.
How do you most often start a new track?
I write every day I can, starting with either a concrete idea or an experiment I set for myself.
How do you know when a track is finished?
A track is finished when I feel it does not want anything from me anymore, and vice versa.
Show us your current studio
Best creative advice that you’ve ever heard?
Best technical advice was three level technique for mixing, which I was introduced to by Tobias Levin. Basically by watching a peak/rms meter and grouping instruments into three level sets you can get a good mix going easily. Here is a video I made on that: https://youtu.be/FZ4XwbCI0Lw
Best Creative advice was a Little Plaque in my parents kitchen that read: the mind grows by what it feeds on. That had an impact on me as a kid, as corny as that phrase might be. It’s in this video: https://youtu.be/fCJdXA0wNTI
Promote your latest thing… Go ahead, throw us a link.
Check out my new album „Assertion“, wild oscillations and piano loops combining in a colourful world of hope against the the darkness of current events
[Editor: It’s a real treat to read Hainbach’s answers. He’s a super productive person and I for one really appreciate all the stuff he does, both musically and ‘tutorially’. If you have any fave Hainbach tips/tricks/videos?… then leave a comment below]