WHAT’S ON YOUR HARD DRIVE?

Bris­tol-based pro­ducer-film­maker An­thony Tombling Jr re­veals his favourite apps and plu­g­ins

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ABLE­TON LIVE 10

“Able­ton is a rel­a­tively new plat­form for me. I’d been on Logic for years, but it got to a point where see­ing that Logic win­dow come up on the mon­i­tor used to ruin the whole day. It was turn­ing me into a pro­gram­mer, when I re­ally wanted to be a mu­si­cian. Able­ton is a bril­liant pro­gramme, but it doesn’t tie you down with tech­nol­ogy. The ideal link between both worlds.”

ABLE­TON SIM­PLER

“Yes, this is Able­ton again, but Sim­pler has be­come one of the most im­por­tant tools in the whole stu­dio. You can lit­er­ally take any piece of au­dio, drag it over and get some­thing hap­pen­ing in sec­onds. A lot of the drum sounds on the new al­bum came from field record­ings I made in Ice­land – the crack of ice, storms, rocks crash­ing down a moun­tain. With Logic and EXS24, that would have been so long-winded. With Sim­pler… no faffing at all!”

ARTURIA BUCHLA EASEL V

“Let’s be hon­est: how many of us are go­ing to be able to af­ford a real Buchla? And even if you could af­ford it, you’d prob­a­bly need a cou­ple of sci­ence/mu­sic-based de­grees to work out how to use it! It’s a lot of fun to play with and you can get some crazy sounds, but it’s still some­thing of a mys­tery to me. Maybe that’s why I like it.”

WAVES L3 MULTIMAXIMIZER

“My new al­bum was mas­tered at Abbey Road, so I de­cided to try and keep my mas­ter bus as empty as pos­si­ble. What’s the point of us­ing a plugin when it’s go­ing to one of the great­est mas­ter­ing stu­dios in the world? When I was al­most ready to send the al­bum off, I did one fi­nal mix with the L3 and an SSL EQ. That did just enough to give me a ref­er­ence point – some­thing to take to the stu­dio and say, ‘This is roughly what I’m aim­ing for’. It’s one of those weird bits of soft­ware that seems to know ex­actly what your mu­sic needs.”

IK MULTIMEDIA AMPLITUBE 4

“I like to stick my synths through real gui­tar amps and ef­fects if pos­si­ble, but if I’m trav­el­ling, this will do the job for me. By far the best amp sim­u­la­tor out there.”

“Multi-max­i­mizer knows what your mu­sic needs” Cuts’ de­but al­bum, A Grad­ual De­cline, is out now on Vil­lage Green Record­ings

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