The DJ and pro­ducer is choosy about what she uses to cre­ate her shift­ing, hyp­notic grooves

Computer Music - - Contents - Francesca Lom­bardo

AP­PLE LOGIC PRO X “I ac­tu­ally stud­ied clas­si­cal pi­ano as a child and only came to elec­tronic mu­sic in my 20s, af­ter I moved to Lon­don. I took a sound en­gi­neer­ing course, which gave me a chance to work in Logic. Com­ing from the world of ‘real in­stru­ments’, I couldn’t be­lieve how much I could do with one pro­gram. For me, it’s still the most user-friendly plat­form out there.” LENNARDIGITAL SY­LENTH1 “There’s so much you can do with the ba­sic tools you get with Logic. If you’re go­ing to in­vest in a third-party synth, it has some­thing pretty spec­tac­u­lar to of­fer. Sy­lenth is all about the sound… such a beau­ti­ful sound. This is a synth I would find it dif­fi­cult to live with­out.” SPEC­TRA­SON­ICS OM­NI­SPHERE 2 “Even though pads and at­mos­pheres aren’t the main things in my tracks, they are still im­por­tant. Take them away and your track will feel naked; per­haps a lit­tle cold. But I also like to ex­plore be­yond the pads and see what else Om­ni­sphere is ca­pa­ble of cre­at­ing. With pa­tience, this synth will of­fer many re­wards.” ABLE­TON LIVE “I think I will al­ways be loyal to Logic, but I now recog­nise there are cer­tain days that feel like Able­ton days – usu­ally when you’re hav­ing a cre­ative block. Throw in a few ran­dom ideas and it will al­ways sur­prise you. Sorry, Able­ton, but once I get the ba­sis of a song, I switch back to Logic.”

“There are cer­tain days that feel like Able­ton days – usu­ally when you’re hav­ing a cre­ative block”

WAVES METAFLANGER “Like my synths, I want my pro­duc­tion tools to give me some­thing spe­cial. There are a mil­lion de­lays and com­pres­sors and ef­fects out there, and most of them tend to sound ex­actly the same. MetaFlanger is way more than a flanger… it’s to­tally crazy.”

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