1. What is your favourite knob/switch/fader on a piece of gear?
The knobs on my Hohner String Melody II… I just love the colours…
2. Do you have an ‘almost’ perfect bit of kit? What would you change?
I really like the sound of the drums on the Volca Beats , especially the kick drum, but I don’t like the snare . I would have loved one which was a bit more aggressive and snappy.
3. What setup do you bring on holiday/tour/commute etc.?
Just my laptop, a midi keyboard, my Apogee Duet Duo and the JHS ColorBox v2 for warming up and EQ’ing softsynhs / hardwaresynths or to record bass or guitar through or re-amping . It sounds so great and it has XLR input for mic as well. Perfect!
4. What software do you wish was hardware and vice versa?
I wish my Hughes Retriever could be emulated as a plugin, it has such a unique sound and I love the way it opens up the stereo image.
5. Is there anything you regret selling… or regret buying?
A lot I regret buying, ha ha… lately the Yamaha Reface YC. It sounds like plastic and not in the good corny way… don’t know why I bought it.
I regret selling my Thermionic Culture Vulture, I didn’t use it enough, but sometimes I have experienced actually missing what it did. The plugin version is not sounding as good at all.
6. What gear has inspired you to produce the most music?
I don’t have one specific thing, but it could actually be my upright piano that I have in my studio. It’s where most of my songs have been made.
I like to NOT sit in front of a computer, but instead using my ears and I love that the sound is coming from the instrument itself , not through speakers. It’s very intimate and I feel more focused on the songwriting rather than the sound. I also use it with the felt on, and I like that intimate sound it produces.
7. If you had to start over, what would you get first?
A Mac not a PC. [Editor: Woah-ho! Easy now everyone. Let’s all be friends, ok?]
8. What’s the most annoying piece of gear you have, that you just can’t live without?
My wireless Mac mouse . It loses the connection to Bluetooth ALL the time , and I tried different Mac mouses, same problem! And I just got a new MacBook Pro, so it shouldn’t happen… but it does!! It drives me crazy!!
9. Most surprising tip/trick/technique that you’ve discovered about a bit of kit?
Playing with the reels on my Revox while recording. To give it a bit of wow / flutter here and there.
I actually had a controller specifically made for that one thing only.
Artist or Band name?
Indie / electronica
Where are you from?
How did you get into music?
I started playing on all sorts of stuff, from pots and pans to toy pianos, from when I was 3 or 4 years old, and never stopped loving and playing music!!
What still drives you to make music?
I love the playful energy in it and the fact that I can create my own little musical world!
How do you most often start a new track?
At my upright piano.
How do you know when a track is finished?
It’s easier now, it was hard for me earlier. But I need to, still have that spontaneous vibe I had, when I started working on a song. It’s so easy to overproduce or overdo a track.
Show us your current studio
Best creative advice that you’ve ever heard?
“Use your ears” and “There is no right or wrong way to do things!“
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Trentemoller – Obverse [Editor: Go listen now! Really]
[Editor: I gotta say it! I’m stupidly glad that Mr. Trentemøller has answered these ‘9 Odd Questions for Music Gear Junkies’, on my tiny little 1 month old blog. It’s been a real pleasure to read about his gear and creative processes. If you have any of the gear he uses? Then leave a comment below]