I picked up a MiniBrute fairly early on. It does the necessary damage so I didn’t pay too much attention to the big daddy brute. Until I got my hands on one. The sound is just awesome but that was expected knowing the MiniBrute. What blew me away was the flexibility, wide range and ease of use, patching anything to anything without patch leads. Cool sequencer and arp too.
There used to be a bunch of drum machines scattered around the studio, well there still are but I only really need to use one coz they’re all incorporated. The features of the TR-8S make it a very intuitive, creative and a fun drum machine and now finally we can load our own samples which is a total game changer, especially live.
Native Instruments Komplete is an unmissable collection of all kinds of instruments but for me, Reaktor really stands out. In itself, a whole new collection of tools and toys but with user build or re-build functionality it lets you decide how you’re sound is generated and moulded. Unlimited power!
Ableton Live and Max for Live
Using Live for live performance goes without saying. Although I do use Cubase as my production host DAW, I use Live all the time as a rewire device too. Its unique session view window is great for tweaking and experimenting, especially with loops. Much like Reaktor, Max for Live lets you create instruments from scratch or tweak existing ones and you can share or use shared ones with the Max for Live community.
Genelec 8351 ‘the ones’
Over 20 years I’ve been monitoring on Genelec’s massive 1039’s. I decided a couple of years ago I didn’t want to go deaf so got some sensible 8050b’s. They’re great and I didn’t really consider upgrading except that they don’t have the SAM auto calibrate feature. Wanting to be certain of my mixes I checked out the 8351’s and couldn’t believe my ears.
The difference after calibrating, even in what I thought was a well-treated room, is well worth the extra buck(s).
CJ Bolland & Tom Wax – Nein Ooh Nein is out now on Rhythm Distrikt.