My recording studio

I own a reasonably well equipped music studio, where I write and record basically all my music.

As of January 2020, I mainly use the following gear in my standard setup:

Hardware synthesizers, samplers etc.
MOOG Sub 37
ARTURIA MatrixBrute
ROLAND Integra-7
NEKTAR Panorama 6 (midi controller)
KORG Triton Le 76 w/ sampler interface
KURZWEIL K2000RS synth/sampler

NI Maschine 2
XLN Audio Addictive Drums 2
Steinberg Groove Agent
ALESIS D5 Drum module

VST synthesizers, effects etc
Native Instruments Ultimate
Various Steinberg synths in Cubase Pro
Waves J37 Tape
Waves NLS
Waves CLA Vocals
Izotope Ozone 7
...and much more!

Guitars +
Fender Stratocaster el-guitar
Fender Squier Jazz Bass

RØDE NT2 condensor mic
Microphone booth
Shure SM57

Recording +
DAW: PC with SSD drive, Intel i7 4790k, 32 GB RAM
Steinberg Cubase 10.5 Pro
Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 audio interface
Focusrite Scarlett Octopre audio interface expansion
Lexicon MX400 multieffect processor

Other stuff
Primacoustic Broadway London 12
Yamaha HS-8 studio monitors
Peavey Bandit 112
Fender Rumble 100 Bass

Click here to see a list of other instruments and studio gear I own or have previously owned or used.

Studio history

In the mid- and late 80's, most of my recordings were done using a 4-track Tascam Porta one. The main instruments were Korg MS-20, Korg Polysix, Roland JX-3P, Roland Juno-106, a Petrof acoustic piano, a 12-string Ibanez guitar and a Schecter Stratocaster el-guitar.

In the 90's, most of the music was written with the help of a Alesis MMT-8 sequencer, which was later replaced by the built in 16-track sequencer of the KORG 01/W. An Alesis Adat 8-track digital tape-recorder synced with the sequenser took care of high quality audio recording with the superb Milab VIP-50 microphone.

I used a 20-channel analog Fostex mixer and several Alesis rack effect processors like the Quadraverb, Microverb, EQ, Compressor etc. During the mid 90's I started experimenting with computer based sequencers and music software.

Several samplers and analog and digital synths became vital elements of the studio, such as a Kurzweil K2000RS, KORG 01/W FD, Roland JX-8P, EMU Proteus and an Ensoniq Mirage sampler with a sound library that I really miss. In addition, I had a Schecter Stratocaster and an Ibanez Roadstar series electric guitar. Most of the instruments and studio equipment was sold during 1997-98.

In 2002, I bought a (for that time) new and powerful computer and installed Steinberg's Cubase SX 1.03 (combined sequencer, harddisk-recorder and more). I also added a high quality sound card (the M-audio Delta 1010LT).

The main synthesizers and samplers at the time were KORG TRITON 76 with sampling option, the Kurzweil K2000RS, Steinberg HALion VST-Sampler with lots of sounds, Native Instruments FM7, Korg Legacy and lots of various software-synths and VST-plugins. I also have bought a Fender Stratocaster el-guitar and a Boss GT-6 guitar effect processor. The old Ibanez roadstar guitar and an old acoustic guitar was also still around. For vocal recordings, I used RØDE NT2.

In 2008 I bought a Alesis DM5 digital drumset, mainly because my oldest son turned out to be a very talented drummer. I also bought a Peavey 112 Bandit guitar amp, a Shure SM58 microphone, a Ibanez jazz el-bass, a Fender Rumble 100 bass amp and a CME 49 key MIDI controller keyboard with integrated sound card. Later the same year I invested in a couple of more VSTs, like the Spectrasonics Trilogy (bass module) and XLN Audio Addictive Drums. I also bought a Roland/Edirol FA 101 firewire sound card to use with my laptop.

Between 2013 and 2017 I did some serious upgrading to my studio, investing in a new DAW with Cubase 8 Pro and several VST plugins for mixing and recording. I also bought new studio monitors (Yamaha HS-8), a quality 8 in/out audio interface, acoustic panels for the studio walls, the Roland Integra-7 sound module and the two analog synthesizers Sequantial Prophet 6 and Moog Sub 37.

Feel free to read more about and see pictures of my instruments and studio gear.