Studio Interviews: DJ Sylvester

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Interviewee Goran Colovic


  • Apple Mac Pro 12 Core
  • Focusrite Saffire PRO
  • Dynaudio BM5 mkIII monitors
  • Akai Timbre Wolf
  • M-Audio Keystation Mini 32
  • Sontronics STC-2 mic

Tell us about the studio, Goran…

Goran “It’s a studio I set up a year and a half ago in Knin, Croatia.”

What gear do you have?

“Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 interface; Dynaudio BM5 mkIII monitors; Apple Mac Pro; Akai Timbre Wolf analogue synth; Alesis VI61 MIDI keyboard; M-Audio Keystation Mini 32; Sontronics STC-2 mic; Harley Benton guitar; Settimio Soprani accordion; Pioneer XDJ-RX DJ controller; and Pioneer and PreSonus headphones.”

Which DAW and why?


“I use Logic Pro X…”

Favourite gear?

“The Akai Timbre Wolf synth, simply because it’s an analogue synth with four voices and has a great sound.”

How is the studio used?

“Most of the time, I’m producing my own tracks and I also make remixes, which I put into my live performances as a DJ. I’m also recording vocals for my tracks.”

Does anything annoy you about your studio setup?

“The software for my Focusrite audio interface is a little complicated to set up.”

What’s on your wishlist?

“It will probably be some new analogue-style synth – I’m thinking about the Nord Lead 4. In the near future, I’d also like to buy an Allen & Heath GS-R24 console and start recording bands.”

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What’s your dream gear?

“Definitely the SSL Duality 48-channel console. I used to work on it and it’s amazing. The workflow is great, it has a great-quality EQ and the compressors on it are perfect.”

Any advice for other producers?

“Never give up, make your music every day, and train your ears to your studio monitors. Also, invest in yourself and get educated. I went to the EMI Institute in Zagreb and finished their audio-engineer programme.

“It was a great help; you meet a lot of people – producers, singers, musicians – and you can collaborate with them later. And don’t be afraid to ask people for help. If you don’t know something, find someone who does and ask!”