I met his producer Mikael "Count" Eldridge at the Genelec NAMM booth and he v... more
I met his producer Mikael "Count" Eldridge at the Genelec NAMM booth and he verified that Tycho does use Genelec.
This is from Tycho's instagram. He recently built a new home studio where he ... more
This is from Tycho's instagram. He recently built a new home studio where he has Genelec 8341s and a Genelec 7360.
A Fender Mark Hoppus Jazz Bass can be seen in this photo posted to Facebook b... more
A Fender Mark Hoppus Jazz Bass can be seen in this photo posted to Facebook by Tycho.
In a reddit post, a user asks about the bass sound on Tycho's Awake:
"First of all, the instruments sound absolutely fantastic on Awake. I know it was recorded with a lot of live instrumentation. As a bass player, I can't get over how awesome the bass sounds (especially on the title track). That pick twangy sound with the right amount of mid and low end just sounds so good - I can't get enough of it. Anyone know what rig the bass player is going through?"
"Thanks! I played that part on a Fender Mark Hoppus bass through a UA 6176. Used a lot of plugins to further shape things but that initial input did most of the coloring. I'm also not a great bass player so I don't play the parts correctly and generally only play the top two strings so that always effects the sound (the live bass player plays with the top 3 strings and it never sounds the same to me). If I recall I used a pick. Also haven't changed the strings since I bought the bass new about 4 years ago. It's the same bass we use live, here's Zac playing it (the stripes are console tape): http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/p3zVjRS9qrE/hqdefault.jpg When I first got the bass I had the pickups angled so that the higher strings were more muted. the pickups are closer "
"...I learned a lot touring with Alt-J and seeing their setup. Their producti... more
"...I learned a lot touring with Alt-J and seeing their setup. Their production was beyond anything I've ever encountered as a musician and it was really inspiring to see such a complex system and so many people working to bring it all together and present a seamless performance each night. That's what initially got me thinking about rebuilding our set and the loss of the laptops and a month off seemed like a good opportunity to make it happen.
For the benefit of any other musicians out there I thought I'd outline the basics of the new system. For the audio portion we're running two Macbook Pros, each with a set of RME UCX interfaces running in tandem via ADAT connected to them (we were previously using 2 single RME Fireface 800's). The ADAT tandem mode allows for more inputs and outputs per computer in one rackspace. The first machine handles playback of automation, SMPTE timecode for video sync, MIDI sync, and our in ear monitoring system (Sennheiser G3 IEM). The second machine is linked to the first via MIDI sync and handles all input channels, virtual instrument hosting and effects processing. Both machines are running Reaper with each project in its own tab. We were running into a lot of resource limitations when the entire set was on one computer so the only way to open things up and allow us to expand the set was to distribute the load across multiple machines. I also just switched to an API 3124+ for the front end of the input laptop as it fits 4 preamps into one rackspace, and it sounds amazing. We run the bass, guitars, and synths through it which lessens the amount of plugins we have to use to get a good tone inside the box."
In this Instagram photo posted by Tycho, his Kemper Profiler PowerHead can be... more
In this Instagram photo posted by Tycho, his Kemper Profiler PowerHead can be seen (it's a guitar amp system for playing and creating custom profiles of real amplifiers, with 600W power amplifier onboard). He says:
"Been nice having a little break to work in the studio again, going to miss this place over the next few months on the road"
In an Instagram comment thread, when asked how it compares to a real guitar, Tycho replies:
"it sounds better. in a perfect world with good studio access, amazing amps and mics and the knowledge to set it all up I'm sure you could get something great but this thing is just so convenient that if there is a difference in sound, it's far outweighed by the fact that you just get more done."
["They used to have those walls of modular synthesizers and crazy guys were t... more
"They used to have those walls of modular synthesizers and crazy guys were taking those on the road," Hansen said. "They tried to kind of simplify it and add some functionality. But it doesn't sound anything like [the Minimoog]. It's kind of its own thing. This is more disco-y, like electronic, '70s dance."
The Oberheim Four Voice was the first polyphonic synth, meaning "you can actu... more
The Oberheim Four Voice was the first polyphonic synth, meaning "you can actually play chords," Hansen said. "In the synth world it's all about this and the Minimoog. "I don't know if any normal people will appreciate this [instrument], but if any synth freak saw this article, they would go insane."
["It's the best-sounding virtual analog I've ever heard," he said. "I think a... more
This Vocoder is seen in a feature by Wired where Tyco shows his synth collect... more
This Vocoder is seen in a feature by Wired where Tyco shows his synth collection. The article says:
Hansen's Korg VC-10 Vocoder is rare in that it's paired with a microphone created specifically to be used with the synthesizer. Most people just bought a cheaper third-party microphone to use with the VC-10 rather than the one made by Korg. "That mic might be the rarest thing in the studio," Hansen said.
A photo of the Korg VC-10 Vocoder is also shown in the XLR8R article, "In the Studio: Tycho," in which his studio in San Francisco is displayed. http://www.xlr8r.com/gear/2012/01/studio-tycho
"That's the most famous synth of all time, I think. People who don't even mak... more
"That's the most famous synth of all time, I think. People who don't even make music sometimes recognize this. It's been on every album, ever. This is from my buddy. I got this from him a year ago and just fell in love with it. It's on permanent loan.", said Tycho in this interview with Wired.
In another interview, when asked, "Is there one piece of gear or an instrument that is the key part of that sound or has the largest impact on that sound?"
"It’s a 1972 Model D, and for whatever reason I just feel completely connected to that thing. It’s so responsive. It’s the closest thing I’ve ever found to a guitar in a synthesizer. For whatever reason when I sit down and play those, things just flow. With a lot of the newer stuff it’s harder just because for whatever reason it takes longer to get into a space where I feel inspired by the sound."
"In the '80s they got all smart and decided nobody needed tactile feedback an... more
"In the '80s they got all smart and decided nobody needed tactile feedback and they just used membrane switches," Hansen said, talking sarcastically about the Moog Source. "It's so indicative of what [synthesizer makers] thought the future was going to be." – Wired Magazine
In this photo from Tycho's official Facebook page, you can see his Moog Littl... more
In this photo from Tycho's official Facebook page, you can see his Moog Little Phatty Stage II Keyboard Synthesizer.
In this image of Tycho's studio, you can see the Voyager Rack Mount on the le... more
In this image of Tycho's studio, you can see the Voyager Rack Mount on the left hand side. More images of Tycho's studio, as well as confirmation of this being his studio can be seen here.
"Right back to it... Something I'm really excited about coming soon-ish" more
"Right back to it... Something I'm really excited about coming soon-ish"
"Load out in Santa Ana. Thanks everyone for last night, so fun." The Seque... more
"Load out in Santa Ana. Thanks everyone for last night, so fun."
The Sequential Circuits Six-Trak is a 49 key, 6 voice multitimbral (via sequencer) analog synthesizer, featuring a programmable oscillator, resonant low pass filter (24dB CEM), 3 envelopes, and LFO, along with 100 program memories, arpeggiator, 6 track (800 note) sequencer, and MIDI.
The synth in the bottom of this picture, posted to Instagram by Tycho, is the... more
The synth in the bottom of this picture, posted to Instagram by Tycho, is the limited edition Access Virus Indigo Redback.
Used by Scott in his gig at Santa Ana. more
Used by Scott in his gig at Santa Ana.
A Novation K station 25 can be seen on this picture been played by a dog. more
A Novation K station 25 can be seen on this picture been played by a dog.
The Korg MS-20 can be seen on this Instagram image taken by Tycho. more
The Korg MS-20 can be seen on this Instagram image taken by Tycho.
The Korg Minilogue can clearly be seen on the desk with loads of other analog... more
The Korg Minilogue can clearly be seen on the desk with loads of other analog outboard gear. In this Instagram post posted by Tycho his Minilogue can be seen as well. In the comments section one user asks, "do you use the Minilogue in your music? I just want to hear some truly professional applications of it." Tycho replies:
"yeah it's all over epoch"
"epoch" refers to Tycho's album Epoch, the fourth studio album he made, released on September 30, 2016 on Ghostly International. Another user says, "thoughts on the minilogue? Really wanting one" to which Tycho replies:
"love it. listen to any song on epoch to hear it used"
Yet another user comments, "So I've seen you really praising the Minilogue, how do you feel about the clicking issue that people often bring up? I don't own it but I've been considering it for a while now." Tycho once again replies:
"yeah that was a big issue on a few tracks on epoch. i used sonnox envolution to fix that"
The Korg Trident is pictured at the bottom of this picture on Tyco's instagra... more
The Korg Trident is pictured at the bottom of this picture on Tyco's instagram page, and he states: "Pictured is every synth used to record Dive and Awake" (his first two albums).
A Korg Triton is the second white keyboard at the bottom left of this IG pic ... more
A Korg Triton is the second white keyboard at the bottom left of this IG pic
"tychomusic After 10 years and 2 albums in my San Francisco studio I've decided it's time to change things up. Rebuilding the space and in the meantime moving everything to a new location in Berkeley for the next year to record a new album. Will be nice to spend some time and get inspired in a new locale. Pictured is every synth used to record Dive and Awake."
https://www.xlr8r.com/gear/2012/01/in-the-studio-tycho/ "I think my first real synth was the Korg Triton. It's a workstation. I got it because it could also do sampling and sequencing, so I knew that I could use that instead of a computer. Then I learned about analog. I really didn't understand the difference between analog and digital and virtual analog and all that. I got a Korg Mono/Poly, and that's when I realized what everyone was talking about. That was right when people were figuring out that the old synths were kind of better, anyways."
A Korg PolySix can be seen in this 2011 instagram picture. "3 favourites" more
A Korg PolySix can be seen in this 2011 instagram picture. "3 favourites"
In this [video posted to Twitter](https://twitter.com/ISO50/status/9950202362... more
In this video posted to Twitter, Scott is adjusting effects as a sequence plays. As the clip opens, he pans his camera past several synths; the bottom one is a Prophet 5.
In this [video posted to Twitter](https://twitter.com/ISO50/status/9950202362... more
In this video posted to Twitter, Scott is adjusting effects as a sequence plays. As the clip opens, he pans his camera past several synths; the top one is an Odyssey. (Unfortunately, as the top portion is covered, it's not currently possible to tell which version he has.)
Whenever you think of quality sounding analogue delay effects, you got to inc... more
Whenever you think of quality sounding analogue delay effects, you got to include Memory Man.
In this Instagram photo, the SDD-3000 is the center of attention, probably ev... more
In this Instagram photo, the SDD-3000 is the center of attention, probably even used in the live performance at Lightning in a Bottle. In the comment thread from the photo, when asked, "How is that Korg delay by the way?" Scott Hansen replies:
"awesome. not quite the original, the preamp is missing some of the magic but the algorithms are incredible."