Onstage and in the studio, DeMarcus relies on Yamaha keyboards, especially the Motif ES8. "I have a grand piano shell with a Motif inside that I play live," he says. "I have another one here in my studio, and I also have the Motif Rack. It's my favorite synth--it's been the meat and potatoes of everything I've worked on and everything I've produced. It has exactly what I'm looking for: I can dial up sounds so quickly, and it has all the textures I need, the pads and the other synth sounds. For just about every application I've ever needed, the Motif has fit the bill. I also have a Yamaha C7 grand piano in my studio, and the Motif feels more like it than any 88-key weighted keyboard I've ever used."more
"I record mostly on a grand--I recorded our first two singles, 'How to Save a Life' and 'Over My Head,' on a Yamaha C7. But we're always challenging ourselves to make it sound a little more approachable. Actually on this third record we're starting to demo a lot of stuff out, and we haven't used the grand yet. We're trying to get away from it, to get a little less of the sweeping, epic sound."more
From an interview with Boom Gaspar and Josh Evans on Keyboard Mag. "For the recording of Lightning Bolt, the rig was completely different, says Evans, and was based on the needs of longtime Pearl Jam producer Brendan O’Brien. 'In the studio, we used a Yamaha C7 grand piano, Hammond B-3 with a Leslie 122, a Korg Triton, and lots of the new digital Mellotron M4000D,' continues Evans. 'Brendan tracks the synths through guitar pedals and analog filters — too many to keep track of here!'"more
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