Imagine being able to make your perfect studio. Where would it be? What would it look like? And if you only had six pieces of gear to choose from, what would they be?
This is exactly what we ask of guest artists, producers and industry figureheads. It might sound easy but there are strict rules in the Forever Studio. Hosts and shameless nerds Chris Barker and Will Betts guide guests through the dramatic journey to studio foreverdom.
There will be nostalgia. There will be anecdotes. There may be gags. But there will be no bundles! It’s MusicTech’s My Forever Studio Podcast.
Ep 27: Tycho's signature studio
This time, we’re joined by multi-instrumentalist producer Scott Hansen, aka Tycho. Scott’s instantly recognisable brand of downtempo guitar, analogue synths and crunchy drums has attracted genre labels such as chillwave and ambient, and he’s connected with a vast audience. He's earned hundreds of millions of plays and two Grammy nominations along the way
In this episode, learn about his love of a specific ‘80s rock band, how he harnesses noise on his Minimoog and which unexpected DAW he’s been using since 2009.
Ep 26: Gary Barlow can programme a DX7 (Christmas Special)
In a special festive episode, we’re joined by certified pop star and household name Gary Barlow, and his trusted studio collaborator Ryan Carline. This time, discover how Gary got the 80s synth sounds for his Eddie The Eagle film-inspired record, why the pair prefer speakers that are fun rather than accurate, and learn which dark-horse product makes it onto their Christmas list.
Ep 25: Andrew Huang is the studio Grinch
With over two million subscribers on YouTube, Andrew Huang is one of the most popular music technology personalities around. He's sampling obsessed and a modular synth nut, but what six studio items will make it into his Forever Studio? Listen to learn why Andrew is the Christmas studio Grinch, how he has managed bend our rules to change the game forever, and which non-musical items he could sample for eternity.
Ep 24: Flux Pavilion is trout fishing on Mars
Joshua Steele, better known as electronic producer Flux Pavilion, smashed onto the dubstep scene in 2010 with his ‘I Can't Stop’ anthem and has since continued to spearhead the genre in the UK and overseas with albums ‘Blow The Roof’ and ‘Tesla’. Now, with the time to experiment in the studio, his sound has evolved. This new stage of the journey has produced the “crowning achievement” of his career. We talk modular synths, building guitar pedals and why he's only now ready to upgrade to some really serious speakers.
Ep 23: Dani Bennett Spragg is harvesting air
Award-winning engineer Dani Bennett Spragg has achieved a huge amount in what seems like a short amount of time, working with Noel Gallagher, The Amazons, Jarvis Cocker, Baxter Drury and even The Rolling Stones. And she's worked alongside production heavyweights Alan Mulder, Flood and Catherine J Marks. But how will she be able to reconcile her British-American heritage when asked to pick a location for her studio? Which mics will make it into her very limited mic locker? And why are a modded set of dual-concentric speakers the best she's ever heard?
Ep 22: Butch Vig's steamy vintage mic
One of the biggest names in rock production, Butch Vig became a household name producing Nirvana’s Nevermind, and has worked with Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters and loads more. As a founding member of Garbage, he’s also a multi-platinum selling artist in his own right.
Take a trip into studio dreamland as we cook up a studio fit for rock royalty. This episode, hear how Vig beat out two of the biggest names in music to get his hands on a one-of-a-kind mic, why he draws similarities between coffee and rock records, and why no software emulation will ever beat his hardware tape delay.
Love this concept
Great stuff guys, hope this podcast continues to grow. A lot of fun to listen to producers/engineers gush over dream gear
Simplicity is the name of this game. 3 freebies + 6 pieces of gear is all they get. The fun part is the stories and discussions from the guests on why they choose what. It’s a repeatable formula that is fresh and interesting with every person they interview, whether it’s a live punk rock engineer or a laptop EDM producer. Great stuff.
My favorite podcast
I’ve tried to write this review a few times, and the iOS Podcast app seems determine to inhibit me from posting it! But I’ll square my jaw and try again.
I absolutely love this podcast. Every gear nerd will love the details and the exploration into why one compressor sounds better than the others, or why a certain synth is someone’s “must-have” instrument.
But the genius is in how the hosts use that conversation to explore not only production techniques but what really matters about making music. Boundaries help define our creativity and in an age of hard drives stuffed with terabytes of samples and DAWs filled with hundreds of plugins, every episode is a great reminder that the best ideas start simply.
Always entertaining, often insightful, and genuinely enlightening much of the time. Not to mention fun. It’s fantastic!