When you think Grammy Award Nominated Artist – you think big high end music studios with a $100k+ SSL 32-channel console, vocal booths kitted out with a $10k Sony C-800G mic, and a wide range of preamps.

Refreshing then to see the home studio apartment of RAC (André Allen Anjos) – a Portland based record producer who received a 2016 GRAMMY nominee for his remix of “Say My Name“, by Odesza ft. Zyra. Yes, the studio is stacked with Modular Synth goodness but this studio is not some out-of-this-world inaccessible studio (Well a GRAMMY would help!). You can see RAC’s studio as a reflection of his music – thoughtful, cohesive, and most definitely creative.

RAC’s Music Studio (+ Cats)

RAC's Music Studio Apartment

Click on the highlighted music studio gear in the pictures below to learn more about what the gear is and what it does. If a piece of gear is not highlighted – it’s more than likely to be in the studio gear list below.

Note: Some of the links below link to music stores and marketplaces and as a result Spectralplex may receive a commission if you purchase gear via the links (Reverb, eBay, Amazon).

Teenage Engineering OP-1 Universal Audio Apollo Twin Universal Audio Apollo x16 Thunderbolt Audio Interface (x2)

Teenage Engineering OP-1

Teenage Engineering OP-1 Synthesizer

 

Now a modern day cult classic piece of studio gear - the Teenage Engineering OP-1 - is a synthesizer, sampler and sequencer designed and manufactured by the Stockholm-based company Teenage Engineering.

 

Universal Audio Apollo Twin

UA Audio Apollo Twin Audio Interface

 

The Universal Audio Apollo Twin is a professional desktop recording interface for Mac and Windows. It's an incredibly clean sounding device, and with the ability to run UA powered plug-Ins in realtime (reducing processing overhead on your main machine) this is an incredible pro interface to add to your sonic lab.

Universal Audio Apollo x16 Thunderbolt Audio Interface (x2)

Universal Audio Apollo x16 Thunderbolt Audio Interface

 

The Apollo 16 Thunderbolt Audio Interface offers Universal Audio's flagship A/D and D/A conversion with absolute crystal clear preamps and zero latency monitoring (perfect for recording bands in real-time). The UA Apollo 16 also boasts a Quad UAD DSP inside the 1U rack - enabling you to run all the UA plugins you could ever need. In the video tour of RAC's studio he shares a few of his favourite plugins - Studer A800, EMT 140, and the Lexicon 224 (full list below).

The Korg MS 10 The Roland Juno-60 Synthesizer

The Korg MS 10

Korg MS10

 

Dancefloor destruction tool - The KORG MS 10 is capable of insanely punchy bass sounds and the low pass filter (IC35) is sublime sounding. As used by The Chemical Brothers, Junkie XL, and Legowelt.

The Roland Juno-60 Synthesizer

Roland Juno 60 Synthesizer

 

The Roland Juno-60 is an iconic sounding synthesizer made in the 80s. It has 6-voice polyphony and the same filter chip as the Jupiter 8 (the IR3109 filter). Truly beautiful sounding machine - capable of sublime pads!

Fender Princeton Reverb Amp Wurlitzer Electric Piano VOX AC4 Guitar Amp

Fender Princeton Reverb Amp

Fender '65 Princeton Reverb 15-Watt 1x10-Inch Guitar Combo Amp

 

The Fender '65 Princeton Reverb Guitar Combo Amp is crystal clear and super expressive.

Wurlitzer Electric Piano

Wurlitzer electric piano

 

The Wurlitzer electronic piano, commonly called the Wurly, is an electric piano manufactured and marketed by Wurlitzer from the mid-1950s to the early 1980s.

VOX AC4 Guitar Amp

VOX-AC4

 

Don't let the size of the The VOX AC4 put you off - this little guitar amp is capable of a huge sound. Get classic Vox tones out of this Celestion 10" speaker.

Arturia BeatStep Pro Mutable Instruments Braids Korg Monologue Monophonic Analog Synth

Arturia BeatStep Pro

Beat Step Pro

 

Driving the Modular - Arturia's BeatStep Pro a unique performance sequencer and composing tool.

Mutable Instruments Braids

Mutable Instruments Braids

 

Mutable Instruments Braids Macro Oscillator is a voltage-controlled monophonic digital sound source. Insanely versatile module that has 6 synthesis models, from classic analog waveforms (CS-80 imperfect saw, _ variable waveshape, sine/triangle into wavefolder) to noise (tuned noise 2-pole filter, droplets granular synthesis). 

Korg Monologue Monophonic Analog Synth

 

The Korg Monologue Analog Synth is a slimmed down version of the Korg Minilogue - with one-voice polyphony (monophonic), an onboard 16-step note sequencer, and a four part motion sequencer. The presets, sounds and scale were designed by the legendary Aphex Twin.

RAC’s Modular Setup

Home music studio of the Grammy award winning Artist RAC

RAC’s Studio Gear List

Gear Type Product Name
Audio Interface Universal Audio Apollo Twin
Audio Interface Universal Audio Apollo 16 (x2)
ComputerApple Mac Pro 6-Core
DAW Ableton Live 10
Desktop SynthTeenage Engineering OP-1
Desktop SynthKorg Volca FM
Desktop SynthKorg Volca Bass
Desktop Synth

Roland JX-03 Sound Module

Desktop Synth

Roland JP-08 Sound Module

Desktop Synth

Roland Synthesizer (JU-06A)

Desktop Synth

Roland Tabletop Synthesizer (TB-03)

Desktop Synth

Arturia MicroBrute Analog Synthesizer

Drum MachineKorg Volca Beats
Drum MachineArturia Drum Brute Analog Drum Machine
Drum Machine Roland Rhythm Composer TR-808 
EffectsEventide Space
Effects

Boss DD-20 Giga Delay

Guitar Gibson SG Special
Guitar Fender Telecaster Thinline
Guitar

Fender Player Jazz Electric Bass

Guitar AmpFender Reverb Deluxe
Guitar AmpRoland Jazz Chorus-120H
Guitar AmpVOX AC4
Guitar Effects PedalsBOSS Compression Sustainer Pedal CS-1
Guitar Effects PedalsBOSS Chorus CE-2
Guitar Effects PedalsBOSS Phase Shifter PH-3
Guitar Effects Pedals TC Electronic Polytune
Guitar Effects Pedals

Fulltone OCD Obsessive Compulsive Drive Overdrive Guitar

Guitar Effects Pedal

Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Nano Reverb

Guitar Effects Pedal

Moog Minifooger Analog Delay Pedal

PluginsUAD Oxide Tape Recorder
PluginsUAD Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder
PluginsUAD Teletronix LA-2A
PluginsUAD EMT 140 Classic Plate Reverberator
Plugins UAD Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb
PluginsUAD Galaxy Tape Echo
Plugins

UAD EP-34 Tape Echo 

PluginsGood Hertz Vulf Compressor
Plugins Soundtoys EchoBoy
PreampUniversal Audio 2610
PreampUniversal Audio Solo 610
Speakers

SE Electronics Munro Egg 150

PreampBlack Lion Audio Auteur
Synthesizer Yamaha DX100
SynthesizerYamaha DX7
SynthesizerRoland Juno-60
SynthesizerKorg MS-10
SynthesizerMinimoog Voyager XL 
SynthesizerKorg Monologue Monophonic Analog Synth
500 SeriesAPI 500 8B 500 Series Lunchbox Rack
500 SeriesChandler TG 2-500
500 SeriesHeritage Audio Anniversary 1073/500
500 SeriesShadow Hills Industries Dual Vandergraph 
500 SeriesAPI 512c
500 SeriesDBX 580
CompressorAlesis 3630 2-Channel Compressor Limiter with Gate (x2)
Compressor

API 2500 

Parametric EQClariphonic MS Parallel Mid-Side Equalizer
Electric Piano

Yamaha CP-70

Electric Piano

Wurlitzer 200

Electric Piano

Rhodes 54 Stage Electric Piano

Desktop SynthKorg Monotron
Desktop SynthTeenage Engineering PO-14 Sub Bass
Desktop SynthTeenage Engineering PO-12 Rhythm Drum Machine
Desktop SynthTeenage Engineering PO-32 Tonic Drum Synth
Desktop SynthTeenage Engineering PO-28 Robot Lead Synthesizer/Sequencer

Look out for RAC’s 3rd studio album forthcoming in 2020. André recently stated that the album will be a huge departure from previous work. Like his ever changing and evolving studio setup – his music is always refreshing and moving.

“One of the most important things, I think is, the ability to know how to use your gear properly, because, if you understand what you’re doing, you can do anything with just one synth”

RAC on Gear

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