Studio Interviews: Alican Yazicioğlu

Alican Yazicioğlu first sent us some incredible photos of his incredible Manhattan studio (including one with him sleeping with some synths while Manhattan shone at night), but by the time we got in touch, he had relocated back to his native Turkey (below). Both incredible studio spaces…

Alican Yazicioğlu

Interviewee Alican Yazicioğlu
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  • Argosy Aura.260 desk
  • Antelope Orion 32 convertor
  • PMC twotwo6, Dynaudio BM5A and Avantone MixCube monitors
  • ROLI Seaboard RISE controller

Tell us about your studio, or should we say ‘studios’…

“It started in New York, when I decided to turn my hobby into a career and started to acquire several instruments. I met my writing partner Dmitri, aka Pitch Black, and gradually the whole bedroom turned into a home studio with great vibes through the ambience and its inspirational Manhattan view – a great place to keep us motivated. I’d lived abroad for 10 years and felt like it was time to move back home.

“In order to keep the same vibe as New York, I chose to move to the Zorlu Center in Istanbul, which is near the Bosphorus Bridge that connects Asia and Europe. As well as acoustics, aesthetics are also a priority for me. Lighting can intensify the creation process, so we use colour-changing RGB light strips that can be controlled via iPad. I also have full control of the studio through the iPad, to turn all the equipment on and off.”

Tell us about all of that fantastic gear you have?

“It’s based around an Argosy Aura.260 desk with a Dangerous ST monitor controller; Antelope Orion 32 converter; plus PMC twotwo6, Dynaudio BM5A and Avantone MixCube monitors. I also own a Toft ATB16, Universal Audio 6176, a pair of Empirical Labs EL8-Xs and a ROLI Seaboard.”


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Which DAW is your favourite for production, and why?

“Ableton Live, because of its flexibility when it comes to workflow. From the first day, I used it I felt engaged with it and it was also pretty easy to pick up. I always work in Arrangement View, because it allows me to move around the song with ease and keep my workflow neat.”

What’s your favourite piece of gear?

“The JoMoX SunSyn, because of its in-depth modulation capabilities and nostalgic character.”

How do you use your studio day to day? For fun or finance?

“It’s my personal home studio, but used for work I get, either through labels or publishing companies for scoring film. I occasionally record artists, too.”

Any studio advice?

“A good audio interface is one of the most important investments and will reward you with accurate translations, great conversions and stable clocking with no jitter.”