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RJD2′s Studio

Submitted by on April 5, 2014 – 5:31 pm 5 Comments

In this video, Ramble John Krohn (better known as the musician/producer RJD2) shows off his incredible home studio – while baking apple-raspberry cobbler a la mode.

RJD2 shows off his massive collection of synths, drum machines, samples and organs, including a Hammond, a fantastic Yamaha CS-80, a wall of modular synths, vintage synths, home built gear, effects, amps, and a ton of other enviable items.

He also talks about how he acquires gear, and his approach to writing. I’d say this definitely puts Moby’s studio to shame in terms of plain synth coolness.

Beautiful. It’s a shame he listens to everything on Yamaha NS-10′s though.

Here’s a partial gear list:

Computer, DAW, recording hardware

  • Apple PowerBook G4 1 GHz computer
  • Digidesign Digi 002, Pro Tools|HD

Console

  • SSL 4000 Series console

Synth, instruments, amps

  • Ampeg B-15R Portaflex bass combo amp
  • Casio CZ-1000 synth
  • GMedia GForce M-Tron plug-in
  • Farfisa Professional Piano
  • Elka Synthex
  • Fender Rhodes ca. 1973 (2), Twin guitar amp
  • Hammond M3 organ
  • Hohner Clavinet E7 electric piano
  • Yamaha CS-80 synth
  • Ibanez electric guitar ca. 1979
  • Moog Rogue synth
  • Nomad 49B combo organ
  • Oberheim OB-Xa synth
  • Rickenbacker 4001 bass
  • Sequential Circuits Prelude, Prophet-5 synths
  • Yamaha CS-40m synth
  • Vox AC15 and AC30 guitar combo amps
  • Wurlitzer electric piano (2)

Mics, effects, EQs, preamps

  • AKG D12E mic
  • Electro-Harmonix Octave Multiplexer, POG, Q-Tron and Small Stone effects pedals
  • Lexicon 480L digital reverb
  • Microtech Gefell UM71, UM75 mics
  • Neve 33115 EQs
  • Pultec EQ-P1
  • RCA BA21 preamps
  • Realistic cardioid mic
  • Royer R-121 ribbon mic
  • Universal Audio LA-2A compressor/leveling amp
  • Urei 1176 compressor/limiter

Monitors

  • Alesis M1s
  • Yamaha NS10s
  • ProAc near-field monitors

SynthGear Tags

  • clavinet with ac30
  • rjd2 daw
  • rjd2 gear

5 Comments »

  • Ri Caragol says:

    lol, why is it a shame he listens to everything through ns-10s?

    I’ve heard they are quite transparent.

  • Jaeccles says:

    Ri is that sarcasm? NS-10s are very non-flat compared to a lot of the pro-grade monitors out there RJD2 could afford (they’re one reason why we have the “disco smile” EQ curve in so much music). However, like any monitor, if you spend enough time on them you learn their little eccentricities and can mix some great stuff, plus since they’ve been used so often there are little well-known tricks of the trade on ns10′s that’ll help you handle your bass better and some other stuff. Cool instrument list though!

  • Ri Caragol says:

    well it wasn’t sarcasm, now I see it was ignorance. I was not aware the ns-10s were not flat as I was under the impression they were? oh well, I know they were super popular at one time but they stopped manufacturing them because one of the materials for the tweeter was scarce.

    cool instrument list indeed!

  • Martha says:

    RJ is simply amazing. We put on an interview with him over the Summer with Martha and it was great. The show incredible and the entire crowd was out of control. Nothing but love for RJD2!

    Here’s the video: http://vimeo.com/6085648

    ~Martha & Crew

  • OneWerd says:

    This guy is freaking amazing.

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