In terms of keyboards, Vrenna notes, “I just like big, shiny keyboards with lots of lights. My sampler is still an E-mu: the E4 Ultra. I still use it every day of my life. They discontinued them because they've gone software, as well with the new E-mu X Series, so I've been picking up used E-mu's out of the Recycler and eBay and building a couple more hardware samplers just so I have them.” His arsenal also includes a Waldorf Microwave XT, Kurzweil K2000/R, Roland V Synths, an old Virus updated “as far as it will go,” a Nord Lead 2, Alesis Andromeda A6 and “a good old trusty JP8000.”more
In the video where Moonlight Matters is taking Future Music Magazine on a tour of his studio, at 0:6:30 he says "So, let's move on. We are now moving on to the Andromeda. As I said it's probably the most versatile analog synth I have in my studio. The reason for that is because it just has a lot of modulation possibilities that other analog subtractive synths don't have".more
"I have the Juno-60 that I mentioned, an Alesis Andromeda, which is very popular these days. Everybody's putting out analogue synths again and the Andromeda is a late 90s synth but all analogue. It's probably somewhat anachronistic today because there's so much around like it now, but I love how it sounds. I have a Waldorf Microwave XTC that I worship and control with a software editor called Monstrum XT that allows me to randomise its parameters, as I'm not very good at programming synths. I've also got an Elektron Analog Four, but the rest of the stuff's been decommissioned. If I'm not using something, I tend to sell it and move on, so I'm not too sentimental about hardware synths."more
For pads we usually use the Andromeda or try to layer something with the Prophet. With the Prophet there's a sort of Blade Runner-esque thing you can't really get from anything else. I use a lot of weird little freeware shit. [Krakli Software's] Cygnus is the best thing ever for spacey pads. It's like Absynth but just made for those sort of sounds in the background. If something that looks good comes out I just buy it.more
Equipment used in this song: Korg Poly 61, Polysix, Mono/Poly, Micro-preset M500; Roland TR-808, Juno 60, Alpha Juno 1&2; Jomox AirBase99; Touched-by-sound DRM1; Oberheim Matrix 1000; Alesis Andromeda A6; Dave Smith Tetra; MAM MB33 mk II; Akai MPC2500 (only for MIDI sequencing); Yamaha 01V96; Lexicon MPX500, MPX500, MPX1; Kenton Pro-2000 mk II, as well as a MIDI patchbay and additional preamps for my mixer.more
This is an EXTREMELY powerful machine / instrument!!! Recreate the sounds of Blade Runner ala Vangelis's CS80 to the deep growling techno bass of the rave days in the 90s to complex polyrhythms of chaos! This is an analog instrument that has unusual depth due to its wonderfully expansive control via the multitudes of expressive modulation options and voices!
The Andromeda A6 was my first analogue synth and remains a staple of my setup. It's a sixteen voice monster that can easily rival a large modular when setup correctly, and comes equipped with decent outboard effects (the analog overdrive is tasty too when used correctly). This isn't a beginner's instrument, it's something you delve into for hours to build sounds that just aren't possible with any other instrument.