WHAT’S ON YOUR HARD DRIVE?

The techno and house-lov­ing pro­ducer has Rob Papen to thank for his funky, chunky bot­tom end

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ABLE­TON LIVE 9.7 “I started with Cubase and found it way too dif­fi­cult. At the time I was more of a DJ than a pro­ducer, and Cubase didn’t make sense. Able­ton wasn’t so good tech­ni­cally, but it al­lowed me to find my way in the world of the stu­dio. On aver­age, I cre­ate three or four tracks ev­ery week on Able­ton – that’s good enough for me.” ROB PAPEN PLU­G­INS “Al­most all my bass sounds come from Preda­tor and SubBoomBass. Many peo­ple com­ment on the qual­ity of my basses, so I know th­ese are the right plu­g­ins for me. When it comes to bass, I try not to make things too com­pli­cated – I make a cut around 40-50Hz, match the lev­els to the song, and that’s it. Any­thing else I leave to the mix­ing en­gi­neer.” ARTURIA ARP 2600V “Some of my tracks have more of a techno feel, and for that, I al­ways turn to my Arturia pack­age. The way they’re laid out and the way they sound seems to make sense in the techno en­vi­ron­ment. A lit­tle bit more elec­tronic, a bit more quirky. Yeah, it would be great to have real hard­ware, but… maybe when I win the lot­tery.” OHM FORCE OHMBOYZ DE­LAY “If I had one small com­plaint about Able­ton – a pro­gramme that I love – it would be that the sound could be big­ger. Sure, you can use the on­board de­lays and they sound OK, but as soon as you put it next to this you can hear an im­me­di­ate dif­fer­ence. Not only is it big­ger, but it’s warmer and wider. This was a dif­fi­cult choice for me… I use [Sound­toys] EchoBoy too, so I have to men­tion it – al­ways my num­ber two.”

“When you first start mak­ing mu­sic, it’s nat­u­ral to get a bit crazy with your plu­g­ins”

IK MUL­TI­ME­DIA CSR RE­VERB PACK­AGE “When you first start mak­ing mu­sic, it’s nat­u­ral to get a bit crazy with your plu­g­ins. But as time passed, I re­alised that I was al­ways com­ing back to the CSR pack­age. You get four re­verbs with tons of pa­ram­e­ters to play with. It’s very, very rare that I have to look for any other re­verbs.”

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