WHAT’S ON YOUR HARD DRIVE?

Ami­rali Tehran-born, Lon­don-based Ami­rali Shahrestani loves ana­logue synths and soft­ware em­u­la­tions

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ABLE­TON LIVE 10

“I’ve played mu­sic since I was a kid. Tra­di­tional mu­sic; the pi­ano. My first move to elec­tronic mu­sic was via Rea­son, then Cubase, but I have been with Able­ton for around ten years now – a friend in­tro­duced me to it, and that was the end of the story. The won­der­ful au­dio/MIDI work­flow, easy in­te­gra­tion with ev­ery­thing I bring into the stu­dio, the sound en­gine… it re­ally has in­fi­nite pos­si­bil­i­ties!”

ARTURIA ARP 2600 V

“In the early days, I used 100% soft­synths, but as time went on I started to in­tro­duce a few hard­ware synths and drum ma­chines into my stu­dio. Now I’m al­most 100% hard­ware. Al­most. The ARP 2600 V is still one of my main tools. It was one of Arturia’s first em­u­la­tions, so they’ve had lots of time to im­prove. And the sound qual­ity is ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble!”

WAVES ABBEY ROAD REVERB PLATES “By far the best plate reverb on the mar­ket. It gives you a deep, rich reverb that I’ve never heard from any other plugin. You can go from sub­tle to lush with just a few tweaks, and it will al­ways fit eas­ily in any mix. I use it a lot on vo­cals and snares, to add re­al­ism and punch.” SOUNDTOYS DECAPITATOR

“Some peo­ple might try to tell you that this is just a sim­ple plugin; that all it can give you is ba­sic sat­u­ra­tion and dis­tor­tion. I don’t agree with that at all! You can add it to vir­tu­ally any­thing you like – vo­cals, drums, synths – and it will im­me­di­ately take the sig­nal to the next level. For some rea­son, I find that it gives any el­e­ment the abil­ity to slice right through the mix.”

UAD NEVE 1073 PREAMP AND EQ COL­LEC­TION

“I record a lot of vo­cals, and this one gets used ev­ery time. What I love is that you can just add it to the chan­nel and, with­out tweak­ing any con­trols, the vo­cal will sound bet­ter. That’s the sign of a good plugin: it does the job with lit­tle ef­fort!”

“I’m al­most 100% hard­ware. Al­most. The ARP 2600 V is still one of my main tools”

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