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In an interview with [KMAG](http://www.kmag.co.uk/editorial/features/black-sun-empire-interview.html) Black Sun Empire say "We have two rooms. The main one and the small one are almost the same when it comes to PCs and synths; [Cubase5](http://equipboard.com/items/steinberg-cubase-5) with RME soundcards, Nord Modular G1 and [G2](http://equipboard.com/items/clavia-nord-modular-g2-synthesizer) and some random machines like [Waldorf Pulse](http://equipboard.com/items/waldorf-pulse-synthesizer), Korg Z1 and an Evolver Keyboard."more
When asked in this [reddit thread](http://www.reddit.com/r/edmproduction/comments/1vagak/i_am_optical_ama_virus_recordings/) what kind of equipment Optical uses, he responds: "I have owned (and still do mostly) as best as I can remember: Mackie 32/8 32 channel - (I have had 3 altogether), 3 x Emu [E6400 Ultra](http://equipboard.com/items/e-mu-6400-ultra) (also [E6400 orig](http://equipboard.com/items/e-mu-6400)), Akai S750, [S900](http://equipboard.com/items/akai-s900), [S1100](http://equipboard.com/items/akai-s1100), [S3000](http://equipboard.com/items/akai-s3000xl) samplers, Alesis Quadraverb, [Focusrite Green Eq](http://equipboard.com/items/focusrite-green-eq) x2, Focusrite Green Compressor, [Focusrite ISA430 Producer Pack](http://equipboard.com/items/focusrite-isa430-mkii-producer-pack), [Lexicon Alex](http://equipboard.com/items/lexicon-alex-digital-effects-processor), [Lexicon MPX1](http://equipboard.com/items/lexicon-mpx1), [Alesis MidiVerb4](http://equipboard.com/items/alesis-midiverb4-dual-channel-parallel-processor), [TC Electronics Fireworx](http://equipboard.com/items/tc-electronic-fireworx-multi-effect-processor), [TC Electronics Finalizer](http://equipboard.com/items/tc-electronic-finalizer-plus-studio-mastering-processor), [Joe Meek VC1](http://equipboard.com/items/joemeek-vc1-studio-channel), [Drawmer MX40](http://equipboard.com/items/drawmer-mx40-pro-four-channel-punch-gate), [Sherman Filterbank](http://equipboard.com/items/sherman-filterbank), [CryBaby Wah Pedal Boss Pedals](http://equipboard.com/items/dunlop-cry-baby-wah-pedal) - Too many, [Novation Basstation](http://equipboard.com/items/novation-bass-station), [OSCar](http://equipboard.com/items/oxford-synthesiser-company-oscar-synthesizer), [Sequential Circuits Pro1](http://equipboard.com/items/sequential-circuits-pro-one-synthesizer), [Prophet 5](http://equipboard.com/items/sequential-circuits-prophet-5), Wurlitzer, PPG Wave 2.1, [Neumann TLM 105](http://equipboard.com/items/neumann-tlm-103-condenser-microphone)*, Fender Strat 1972, [Oberheim/Viscount GM1000](http://equipboard.com/items/oberheim-gm1000), Korg Z1, [Kawai K1r](http://equipboard.com/items/kawai-k1), Otari Status 16R Mixing Console with Eagle Automation. [BSS DPR-402 Compressor](http://equipboard.com/items/bss-dpr-402). and more I can't recall right ow ;o)." *The Neumann links to the 103 because the moderator who approved this post believes Optical wrote 105 by mistake. If anyone believes this to be an error please follow up in the comments section so that we can adjust :)more
" In the planning stage, I have developed an intense activity in deeply programming new sounds in my habitual equipment, my beloved Korg Triton & Korg Z1, and sound processing outboard expansion units such Reverbs and Delays, as well some other esoteric gear. I have tried to create all the songs of this work "inside" my synthesizers exclusively, inside this deeply isolated world, an amniotic-like innerspace that develops in the synth and multieffects circuits, without insert any "external" element except for the voices in the first song. Also, I have experimented more and more with long, spacious reverbs and looping treatments "more