Me in my studio: Marc Romboy
20th Apr 2012 | 11:45
With over a decade in the music industry, Romboy is the producer/DJ famed for deep, engaging house and techno. Since 2004 Romboy has headed up his own highly respected label, Systematic Recordings, releasing artists such as Ripperton, Robert Babicz and his own club tracks.
We knew he was a fan of analogue kit when we heard his growling basslines, evolving envelopes and filters. So, we thought it was worth asking for a tour of his studio to find out more.
"Here's my studio and me being too fast for this shot!"
"Atomosynth Krakken is a dirty, analogue, synthesizer monster which I have just used for a track together with Ken Ishii.
"It looks pretty bananas and also the sound is really bad and techno-ish. Especially for additional lead sounds. It's a killer tool for me!"
"One of my beloved machines is without any doubt the Wasp, a limited produced machine from Oxford.
"This synth was born in 1982 as far as I know. You see me highly concentrated but I'm just pretending." [Laughs]
"This is a classic and as far as I know Hawtin's favourite analogue synth of all time. I like the simple structure of the Roland SH-101 and you can always use it in any kind of production.
"There are limited red and blue colour editions and there was also a guitar edition my buddy Rodriguez Jr. used on stage when he performed as The Youngsters back in the day!"
"Without the Roland 808, electro and Miami bass would never have happened. There are also endless old-school hip hop productions from the '80s and '90s that wouldn´t exist.
"Do you remember Whitney Houston´s I Wanna Dance With Somebody? The alien sounding cowbell comes from this machine. Totally unnatural sounding but highest cult status! Oh, and excuse the dust on the surface - spring cleaning soon..."
"The Objektivity party poster is from my studio mate André Hommen. I tried to remove it by Photoshop but it didn´t look too good. [Smiles]
"Yeah, just a joke. How do you like my synth tower anyway?"
"Chaos says the captain! My plan is to order my hundreds of DAT copies from the past but I never find the time. Well, it looks at least creative and artist-like!"