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Red Lamp Studio

I have recorded the music of Homeless Balloon in Red Lamp Studio, a studio I have upgraded and downgraded since late in the 80's. The last couple of years, I decided to shrink the studio and got rid of (!) old stuff I didn't need anymore. Even if I love analogue audio equipment and synthesizers, today's digital equipment is so much easier to use and maintain. Now, I even don't need a mixer! I record my acoustic and electric instrument straight into my Universal Audio Apollo x6 Interface. Below are the tools and instruments I have been using when creating music during the years. I still own and use many of them (my current stash is marked with a bolder font). It's also a love affair, right? My Alembic electric bass, Fender Strat (with a great Fender tube amp!) and my beautiful sounding Matsuoka acoustic guitars will never be replaced. I just replaced my MiniMoog Voyager with the better Moog SUBSequent 37, and after listening carefully and comparing U-he's brilliant soft synth Repro-5 with my Sequential Prophet 6, I even sold the Prophet to make space in my current, small home studio!

acoustic and electric instruments
  • Alembic electric bass guitar
  • Martin acoustic steel string guitar
  • Ryoji Matsuoka acoustic guitar
  • Ibanez acoustic steel string guitar
  • Djembe
  • Drums (Slingerland snare, various handdrums)
  • Fender Stratocaster (U.S. model) electric guitar
  • Gibson ES-175 electric jazz-guitar
  • Mandolin (early 1960's model)
  • Mandolin (inherited from Helge Krabye's uncle Finn Olsvold)
  • Mountain Dulcimer (handbuilt for Helge Krabye by Jerry Rockwell, USA)
  • Recorders and wooden flutes
  • Mouth harp (hand built in Norway)
  • Rhodes Mark I Stage Piano Seventy Three
  • Santoor (90 strings Indian instrument)
  • Seagull 12 string guitar
  • Slingerland Snare Drum (Jazz)
  • Ukulele (well, it fell apart and ended life)
  • Violin
  • Electric violin
  • Zither

hardware synthesizers, samplers and fx boxes

  • Ableton Push 2 Controller
  • Access VIRUS TI Snow analogue modeling synthesizer
  • Akai APC40 MIDI controller for Ableton Live
  • Anode Meeblip
  • Dave Smith Prophet 6 Sequntial
  • Digidesign SampleCell II sampler (with TDM)
  • E-bow guitar fx tool
  • Elektron Analog Keys
  • Elektron Mono Maschine
  • Elektron Analog Rytm
  • Elektron Digitakt groovesampler
  • EMU Proteus 1/XR synthesizerl
  • Jimi Hendrix wah-wah pedal
  • KAT dk10 drumpad
  • Korg M3R sound module
  • Korg TR-Rack Trinity Module
  • Korg Wavestation SR
  • Korg Z-1 virtual analogue keyboard synthesizer
  • Kurzweil K2000R synthesizer module
  • Kurzweil PC3 Performance keyboard and synthesizer
  • MiniMoog analogue synthesizer (the original vintage version)
  • MiniMoog Voyager Anniversary Edition synthesizer
  • MiniMoog Voyager Electric Blue
  • MiniMoog Voyager Select Series Solar
  • Moog SUBSequent 37 analog synthesizer
  • Native Instruments Maschine
  • Native Instruments Maschine 2
  • Native Instruments KOMPLETE Kontrol S25
  • Novation Launcpad MIDI-controller for Ableton Live
  • Novation nocturn 25 MIDI-keyboard and controller
  • Oberheim Matrix 1000 analog synthesizer module
  • Oxygen 25 MIDI keyboard and controller
  • Rockman X-100 analogue guitar fx box by Tom Scholtz
  • Roland D-110 synthesizer module
  • Roland D-50 and D-550 keyboard synthesizer
  • Roland JX-8P analogue keyboard synthesizer with PG-800
  • Roland Juno-G with Sampling and SRX-12 Classic EP's sound card
  • Roland MKS-50 analogue synthesizer with PG-500
  • Roland MKS-70 Super JX med PG-800 programmerer
  • Roland MKS-80 synthesizer modul with PG-800
  • Roland XV-3080 synthesizer with four sound cards
  • ROLI Seaboard Block MIDI-keyboard
  • Sequential Prophet 6 analog synthesizer
  • Yamaha CX-01 monophonic analogue synthesizer
  • Yamaha DX-200 Desktop Control Synthesizer
  • Yamaha TX-81Z Synthesizer module
  • Yamaha TX-816 Synthesizer module
  • Waldorf Blofeld keyboard synthesizer
  • Waldorf Pulse 2 analogue synthesizer

music software
  • Ableton Live 10.1 performance sequencer
  • Ableton Live 6 - 9
  • Access Indigo soft synth (TDM for ProTools)
  • AIR Music Technology Hybrid, Loom, Strike, Structure, Transfuser, Velvet
  • Amp Farm TDM Virtual guitar amplifiers
  • AmpliTube guitar fx simulator
  • Apple Logic X
  • Apple Logic Pro 9
  • Apple Logic Studio (LogicPro 9)
  • Arturia Pigments (virtual analog and wavetable synth)
  • Arturia V Collection (all soft synthesizers)
  • Avid ProTools 10
  • Digidesign ProTools (verson 1.0 to 9.1)
  • Digidesign SoftSampleCell
  • GForce (all synths)
  • Korg Legacy and Digital Collection (MS-20, Wavestation, M1)
  • Metasynth 4 Pro, MetaTrack and Xx (see special page!)
  • MOTU MachFIVE soft sampler and Ethno
  • Native Instruments Komplete 12 Ultimate (powerful synthesizers and soft instruments)
  • Opcode Vision and Studio Vision Pro 4.2
  • Orange VST Vocoder
  • PSP Plugins (most of them - but VintageWarmer 2 is a killer!)
  • Reason 2.5 softsynth
  • SampleTank2XL softsampler
  • SFX-Machine effect plug-in for VST and AudioUnits
  • SoundToys TDM collection, SoundToys Native Collection
  • Synthogy Ivory 2 (sampled acoustic piano)
  • TC Electronic MD3 Stereo Mastering TDM-plugin
  • TC electronic TC-Tools Megareverb, Chorus, EQ
  • TC electronic SparkXL sound editor
  • TC electronic Spark Modular software synthesizer
  • U-he DIVA
  • U-he REPRO-1, REPRO-5
  • U-he Zebra2, Zebra HZ
  • U-he Hive
  • Universal Audio plugins:
    1176LN Limiter (excellent on drums)
    AKG BX 20
    CS-1 Channel Strip
    EMT 140 Classic Plate Reverberator
    EMT 250 (klang/delay/echo) (Phil Collins delay effect)
    EX-1 EQ
    Fairchild Tube limiter
    Fairchild 670 Legacy compressor
    Galaxy Tape Echo
    L7 FATSO. jr/Sr compressor
    Lexicon 224 (reverb)
    Marshall Plexi Classic
    Marshall Super Lead 1959
    Ocean Way Studio (reverb)
    Precision Mix Rack Collection
    Pultec EQP-1 Legacy
    Pultec Pro EQ Legacy
    Raw Plug-In for UAD-2
    RealVerb-Pro Custom Room Modeller
    Roland RE-201 Space Echo
    RS-1 Reflection Engine
    Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor
    Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder
    Teletronix LA2A Plug-In (limiter/gain) Leveling
    UA 610 Tube Preamp & EQ Collection
    UA 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ
  • Waves Platinum Bundle plug-ins
  • Yamaha CS80 softsynth

computers and recording equipment
  • Apple iPad Pro (2017)
  • Apple iMac Retina 5K, 27", 4 GHz Intel Core i7 (late 2014)
  • Apple iMac Core i7 3.4 GHz 27" (Late 2012)
  • Apple MacPro 2x2,8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon with 6 Gbyte RAM, three int. 500 G harddrives and 23" Cinema Display
  • (my earlier Mac desktop models include the Macintosh SE, Macintosh cx upgraded to Macintosh ci, PowerMac G3/400, Powerbook G3, PowerMac G4/867 and PowerMac G4 MDD 2x1G (the wind tunnel model which Apple finally admitted was a bad model and let me return, PowerMac G4 MDD 2x1,42 GHz with SuperDrive and 22" Cinema Display, Apple G5 2x2,5 GHz with SuperDrive and 23" Cinema Display)
  • Apple MacBookPro 2,33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Apple MacBook 2GHz Intel Core Duo with 1 Gbyte RAMApple G4 1 GHz 17" Powerbook (was stolen at Termini Train Station in Rome in July 2005)
  • Beyerdynamic MCE82 stereo microphone
  • Digidesign Mbox2Pro (my current system when using ProToolsLE 7.3 for editing and mastering in stereo)
  • Digidesign ProTools HD2 Accel (my previous versions of ProTools include SoundTools, ProTools, ProTools III, ProTools PCI and ProTools24|MixPlus)
  • Tascam DA-P1 Digital Audio Recorder (DAT)
  • Mackie 1402-VLZ analogue mixer
  • Millennia M-2b Transformerless Vacuum Tube Stereo Microphone Preamplifier
  • Neumann KM-84 condenser microphones (two of them in a French stereo setup)
  • RME Fireface 400 (my current setup when using LogicPro7.3 for composing and 5.1 surround mixing)
  • Røde Classic condenser microphone
  • Shure SM-58 dynamic microphone
  • Universal Audio Apollo DUO Thunderbolt audio interface
  • Universal Audio Apollo x6 Thunderbolt audio interface



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