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For all of the gear geeks out there.....

Collecting geeky gear is a passion of mine. I don't mind if it's old or new, analogue or digital, hardware or software. I grew up and was in education right around the turn of the Analogue to Digital era so it is all golden to me!

I learned analogue circuit design as well as digital logic of FPGA's and generic software programming. I also in my younger years used to make and sell Class A/B amps, hi-fi and in-car audio speakers with custom design enclosures, hand-wound passive crossovers, etc.

So far as music composition and creation is concerned I still live comfortably with one foot in both domains. Being a classically trained pianist there's nothing quite like an acoustic instrument. That said, today my acoustic piano isn't in my studio but I do have the Kawai MP11se in the studio which I have to say is an amazingly good instrument both to play and listen to.

Almost all my piano sounds are recorded as audio directly from the MP11se. I also enjoy using the Nils Frahm Una Corda NI plugin with my DAW (Ableton Live 10).

I use a range of hardware and soft synths in my music, the two that feature the most are my Roland Juno 60 (more recently it became a Juno 66!) often paired with my Roland 501 tape delay and Arturia's VST re-creation of the amazing Synclavier.

For midi I use a Novation 61SL MKIII. Sometimes I also dust off my 25yr old Yamaha P120 which has great piano, pipe organ and choir voices.

Mixing and monitoring I use ADAM Audio S3V mid-field and Yamaha HS5s near-field, Bayer Dynamics DT 990 Pros and Whetstone W60s but I also tend to playback my final mixes via an active Q Acoustics system using a Chord Mojo DAC for that final check. 

Just recently invested in a Roland TR-8 Rhythm Performer second hand from e-Bay so will be tracking the drums machine myself too soon, been using software drum kits up until now. Full list of my gear below.

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  • Apple Mac mini - i7 3.2GHz 32GB RAM 2x1TB SSD's

  • Novation 61SL MKIII

  • EditorKeys - Ableton Live Mac Backlit Keyboard

  • JBL M-Patch 2 Passive Monitor Controller

  • Motu Midi Express 128

  • Universal Audio Apollo X6

  • Universal Audio Satellite (UAD-2)

  • Roland Juno 66 (A stock Juno 60 upgraded using Tubbutec Midi and CPU upgrade kit)

  • Roland TR-8 Rhythm Performer

  • Roland RE-501 Chorus Echo

  • Arturia MicroFreak

  • Moog Grandmother

  • Moog Matriarch

  • Moogerfooger Ring Modulator

  • Kawai MP11se

  • Bayer Dynamics DT 990 Pro

  • Adam Audio S3V Active Monitors

  • Yamaha HS5 Active Monitors

  • Kemble Upright Piano (1982)

  • Yamaha U3 Upright Piano (1973)

  • Clough & Warren Reed Organ (built circa 1899 and still has the best sound of any instrument I own!!!)

  • Bansuri (Various)

  • Aria ProII electric guitar

  • Akai LPD8 - pad controller

  • Korg nanoKontrol2

  • Korg Volca FM

  • Yamaha P120 Digital Piano

  • Eventide Modfactor

  • Eventide Space

  • Tascam CD-RW750

  • Zoom F6 

  • Rode NT1A (x2)

  • Rode M5 match stereo pair

  • Paragon Bass

While waiting around in a freezing home
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