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"This is pretty much one of the most important pieces around here. I usually ... more
"This is pretty much one of the most important pieces around here. I usually start all my demos with it. It's really fast to go to. Its MIDI sounds great. We've kept it on some songs, but it will be the starting point for everything basically. It's kind of a poor man's LinnDrum, I think. It's easier because it's MIDI, first of all. I guess the Linndrum you can retrofit to MIDI as well, but this one is a little more simple to work with. It can sound pretty much like a LinnDrum, you can make it sound like it. It's great! We start all of our stuff with it."
"The Roland R-70 is a bit more 90s. We haven't used it that much yet - first ... more
"The Roland R-70 is a bit more 90s. We haven't used it that much yet - first album - but maybe it's going to come back. We've used crashes and little elements from it. This was one of my first drum machines. It was very cheap and it's very 90s."
"The classic CR-78, we've used it on our Eagles Cover and 'J'ai Claque La Por... more
"The classic CR-78, we've used it on our Eagles Cover and 'J'ai Claque La Porte.' What we did for the French song on the album is that we actually separated all the sounds and reprogrammed it ourselves. So we have the sounds from that machine, but we're not using a pre-existing pattern in it."
Patrick: "The MPC 5000, that's where you can see our hip-hop roots... It's a ... more
Patrick: "The MPC 5000, that's where you can see our hip-hop roots... It's a great machine. It’s very clean, a bit cleaner than the [MPC] 1000. It sounds great, it's really good."
Dave: "So P samples. When P's not working on demos he samples drum sounds, like when you produce hip-hop (or at least when you produced hip-hop in the 90s, which is how we came into production in the first place)."
Patrick: "This has a built-in funnel in so that you don't have to go through a mixer or anything... I think it makes the sound cleaner. The MPC, of course, has a built-in compression, one that it's always had, since the days of the [MPC] 3000."
"The Yamaha RX5, we've used that a couple times. This is very, very 80s. Ther... more
"The Yamaha RX5, we've used that a couple times. This is very, very 80s. There's like an integrated reverb that's kind of not like a real reverb... but it's a delay. It’s pretty good."
"The Akai s950... that's what I used when I made hip-hop beats. That's my old... more
"The Akai s950... that's what I used when I made hip-hop beats. That's my old one, that's what I started with. We used it on the first album. The drums from 'Needy Girl' were on there, but we haven't used that recently. The MPC is just more powerful. The s950 is good when you you're dealing with loops and you want a filter. At this point it's just an old school sound."
"The only old piece of gear that I think we're going to bring back, or that I... more
"The only old piece of gear that I think we're going to bring back, or that I would still use in making comtemporary electronic music, is the SP-12."
"Ah yes, another thing we haven't used much. The snare in 'Night by Night' is... more
"Ah yes, another thing we haven't used much. The snare in 'Night by Night' is a sample of this. But somewhat like the Minimoog, it's almost too ubiquitous. When you start using it you recognize that. What's really amazing about the LinnDrum is that we haven't really ever used it. P has it just to have it for the archives. What's amazing about the LinnDrum is, well obviously the sounds because you hear them like you do in a Prince record, but also it's the internal sequencer because you have that groove that's just like the Prince - that kind of internal swing. You can't really recreate that with anything else. But we don't sequence on those machines, we use an old-school 90s computer sequencer. So we have our own - just have our own groove, as cheesy as that sounds."
"The drums are all either vintage drum machines, or an Akai MPC1000, which is... more
"The drums are all either vintage drum machines, or an Akai MPC1000, which is one of the two smallest ones. It has a clean sound, and makes everything really punchy and loud. I’ll sometimes sample, say, a kick from the DrumTraks into it, if I want it to have a more bottom-y, compressed sound."
"For 'Momma's Boy,' for instance, we actually used a plugin, the Lizard Loung... more
"For 'Momma's Boy,' for instance, we actually used a plugin, the Lizard Lounge. We used it because it's giving us something more modern. That and the effect on the vocal gave it more of a twist."
Chromeo's Dave 1 can be seen playing live with the Epiphone Les Paul '56 Gold... more
Chromeo's Dave 1 can be seen playing live with the Epiphone Les Paul '56 Goldtop guitar.
Chromeo's Dave 1 records some guitar on his Rickenbacker 360. more
Chromeo's Dave 1 records some guitar on his Rickenbacker 360.
"This is great sounding. It has a particular sound because it's actually stri... more
"This is great sounding. It has a particular sound because it's actually strings. There's pickups for every string and the basses have a single string. This piano gives you that really compressed gritty feel. It's really thin. It runs beautiful. We've used it on songs like 'Don't Walk Away' and 'The Right Type.' If you really want, it has an integrated tremolo - it's amazing. It's got direct XLR outs - it goes straight into the board with no complications."
While Chromeo prefer vintage hardware synths in the studio, they turn to Logi... more
While Chromeo prefer vintage hardware synths in the studio, they turn to Logic to jot down ideas on the road: "The Logic people from Apple took me into a studio for a tutorial on Logic Studio. It’s pretty cool, and I intend to use it on the road for ideas. If I have something in my head that I want to get out, I can bust out Logic and with the included soft synths, I’ve got a great Wurlitzer sound, great Rhodes and Clav sounds, B-3 sounds, synth sounds, all that."
The drum tracks in Chromeo's live show are triggered from a Mac running Ablet... more
The drum tracks in Chromeo's live show are triggered from a Mac running Ableton Live.
In this video, Chromeo talk about the old Pentium 2 computer they use to run ... more
In this video, Chromeo talk about the old Pentium 2 computer they use to run an early version of Cakewalk.
Live, Chromeo run their guitars through the Fender Deluxe Amp, with "nice and... more
Live, Chromeo run their guitars through the Fender Deluxe Amp, with "nice and warm 6L6 tubes inside."
"One of my first synths, the Six-Trak, which we still use very heavily. The s... more
"One of my first synths, the Six-Trak, which we still use very heavily. The sequential Six-Trak is the baby brother of the Prophet 5 and the baby brother of the T-8."
"This was used on the pad on 'Needy Girl,' 'Night by Night,' and 'You're So Gangsta.' So this made its way up to the new album. We still use it."
"This is the... Dave Smith Prophet 08, which is serial number nine - very, ve... more
"This is the... Dave Smith Prophet 08, which is serial number nine - very, very important. It's actually one of Dave Smith's own keyboards, it’s one of the first he did."
"...Since the first album we've had this. It’s one of the best out there for ... more
"...Since the first album we've had this. It’s one of the best out there for re-creating vintage sounds. Especially the second generation, which they call the G2. I have the original and the G2, and you can basically re-create any synthesizer if you know its basic structure and signal path. The G2 series has options to do the FM synthesis of the Yamaha DX7, which so much of the digital-sounding part of '80s songs relied on. You can even import old DX7 patches as Sys-Ex data, right into the Nord! Between the Nord and Native Instruments FM7, I don’t need my DX7 anymore!"
"We used a Juno patch as a bass and it's stereo, so it could be cooler becaus... more
"We used a Juno patch as a bass and it's stereo, so it could be cooler because then it doesn't interfere with your kick. This is because your kick stays in the middle and the bass pans hard left and right, and the track breathes more."
"At the end of the day, the Juno we've used has come in hand for bass, it's come in handy for chords. If you notice, all of my default bass sounds are just one octave low or one octave high, and they all sound Minimoogish. I like fake Minimoog sounds because they always sound really different. When I want that Minimoog sound I try to recreate it with something else. It always gives something interesting because this one is stereo. It's a bit colder but it's still trying to be the Minimoog."
"We actually wrote a lot of the record just on a Wurli in vocals. So, for ins... more
"We actually wrote a lot of the record just on a Wurli in vocals. So, for instance, when we came in with the riffs, say like on a P demo or one of my demos we had a main riff and we wanted to work on a pre-chorus, or maybe a chord change, then we'd just sit and hum ideas and P would find the right chord and we'd flush the idea out just with the Wurli. So this is there almost more for making demos and song writing. We have this on some songs: 'Grow Up,' it's in the back of 'Night by Night,' and in the back of 'The Right Type.'"
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