Me in my studio: Henry Saiz
7th Jun 2013 | 14:00
"So, this is my last studio. It´s at the yard of my house, just in front of the beach on the Mediterranean coast. I don´t have all my gear in here - it would be too messy - so I just bring something when I need to use it. But this is pretty much what I use for my productions."
"Originally, this was an old shed next to the swimming pool, but I thought the place was just perfect for a studio so some friends helped me to turn this into a beautiful place. To be honest, I always wanted a studio exactly like this. I did my whole album here. It´s a special place for me."
"I was looking for a nice, inspiring spot rather than a big super-professional studio. This is cozy and pretty isolated which is what I need to focus on my music."
Allen & Heath ZED-R16
"I work with Ableton Live and Reason via ReWire through an Allen & Heath ZED-R16 analogue mixer. I use Native Instruments Komplete and hundreds of plug-ins, but I mostly work recording my own samples and live instruments using many different analogue signal flow machines."
Vintage mixers and tape machines
"I have a quite big cassette player/recorder collection. I like music and sound to tell a story, to feel organic and alive.
"For me, the best way to do that is by using old hardware and analogue formats. There´s nothing better than a 20- or 30-year-old dusty cassette tape that has been used hundreds of times. What you find there... sometimes it´s just amazing, haunting and mysterious.
"That old Yamaha mixer is a true gem. You can´t believe how beautiful its equalization sounds and it even has an amazing built-in spring reverb and a drum machine! I use it all the time; most of the time the sound goes through it before it goes through my main mixer and Ableton."
"Some of my hardware synths are here. That dirty Kawai SX210 has an amazing fat, crunchy sound. I'm in love with it.
"The Nord Wave is wicked too. I use it mainly for my live sets since I can import my studio sounds to it. My friend Pional recommended this synth and it was indeed a great idea [to get one]."
"The Korg M1 is one of my favourite synths ever, a total classic. I used to work a lot with the virtual version but the real synth is just unbelievable. Although it was one of the first digital synths the sound is much better in the hardware version.
"The Roland SH-101 is another classic synth that I love. I sync it with Ableton using some Doepfer CV-to-MIDI connections or just play it live."
Maschine and Virus
"My Access Virus 3 is also a great piece of hardware and you can see in that picture a Native Instruments Mikro Maschine which I use as a drum controller. I always prefer to play the beats myself to give real feeling."
"I play drums using the Drumit5, for me the best digital drum kit on the market. It feels JUST like a real drum. Well, actually, it is a real drum..."
"The Roland 707 is probably my favourite drum machine along with the SP12 and the Oberheim DMX. It's really a different experience to make beats with hardware drum machines than write a sequence with MIDI, and definitely more interesting for me."
Old Casios and a parrot
"I love an old Casio. I use them a lot, not only for synth sounds but for drum sounds. My MicroKorg and MicroSampler are up there along with a lovely fake parrot from Playa del Carmen, Mexico, which fits great with the cheesy Scarface Miami-like wallpaper. Don´t judge me - it just works for me! Haha!"
Weird old machine
"This is an old weird piece of hardware which has Casio keyboard-like sounds, a cassette deck, a microphone and a radio integrated! Bizarre. I love it."
MIDI guitars and Q-chord
"I play a lot of guitars in my tracks and also converted that guitar into a MIDI guitar. Plus, I also use the You Rock MIDI guitar which is pretty awesome. The other little machine I love is the Suzuki Q-chord, the last version of the classic Omnichord. It's a very special and fun instrument to use."
"My beloved Roland TB-303, which I use a lot"
"I also have a setup based around recording to VHS which I used a lot on my album. I love the texture of the VHS - you can get quite amazing sounds by bouncing the sound onto really damaged VHS tapes."