Our recent studio travels have taken us to Glasgow, where we spoke with Boldizsar Sarkany (Mynameis) about his DJ background, love of Moog and production tips…
Tell us a little about the studio…
It all began after I moved to Glasgow about 5 years ago. I have a DJ background and still love to play as a DJ, so I started to build my studio, which is equipped for both production and DJing. There are still a few things to be done, but I like to take my time and build what will work best for me.
What kit are you using?
We’ll start with favourite synth and core studio component, the Moog Sub 37. It’s connected to the Focusrite 18i20 (2nd Gen) audio interface. My DAW is the Ableton Live 9.7 controlled with Ableton Push. My new “friend” is the Arturia DrumBrute analog drum machine. I’m a massive fan of Allen & Heath too, so I’m using the Xone DB2 mixer. As for my ears, I’m using Focal Alpha 80 studio monitors.
Which DAW do you use and why?
I use Ableton Live 9.7 now. In the beginning I started with Reason, but Ableton gave me the opportunity to do live set stuff and music production really easily. It’s a great DAW that offers easy control, but also teaches me something new every day and that’s what keeps me coming back it. New ideas new sounds. It means I’ll never get bored with my DAW, which is so important when you’re creating music.
What is your favourite piece of gear and why?
That’s hard to answer because I love all of them. That’s why I have them! All of them is special for me, but if I had to choose one them it’d be the Moog Sub 37. I use it for so many things. I like to just use a random preset and then I can turn it something interesting. Or sometimes I use it for getting drum sounds too. Outside of my studio, my favourite bit of gear at the moment the is the Akai MPC Live. I tried it few times and I think “we” could work well together in the future.
How often would you say do you spend in your studio per week?
Not enough! I think everyone who loves music will say the same. It depends how busy I am with other things like work. I always manage my time, and even if it’s not as long as I’d like, I make sure to spend it on my current project.
How do you use your studio?
I had a few collaborations with other musicians. We recorded some instruments together, but we’ve yet to finish the whole track, but we’ll see. I’m always open for making new contacts and listening to new interesting bands and music. At the moment I’m producing my own music and videos, which is really fun.
I prefer to start from scratch with some random noises and drums. There is a function on the Sub 37 to get random presets and then I can find the sound I like or that suits the track. The same with the DrumBrute, I like to use the Randomness function to find interesting drum sequences.
What is next on your studio shopping list?
Fist of all, I’ll be building my new PC in the next few months. I need more power for producing music and also for easily editing my own videos. After I started to edit my own videos I quickly realised I needed more power.
Anything annoy you about your set-up and why?
Well I don’t buy anything which could annoy me because it affects my workflow. If I decide to buy anything I always read about it as much as I can and I try it out first. That’s why I love my setup.
One thing that does annoy me sometimes is the window in my studio room. It’s not good at all for acoustics, but the view can be very inspiring, especially if I’m stuck on a particular project.
What is your dream piece of gear and why?
Well, maybe one of the synths from Dave Smith Instruments. I’m looking for a polyphonic synth and I’m sure the Prophet would be an excellent addition to my studio! I love how it sounds and it’s easy to use, clear and nice!
What is your top piece of production advice?
I think it’s important to recognise when a track deserves more time and when you need to step away. Sometimes you can push a little harder with a track when you think you’ve finished and it reveals something new and amazing.
On the other hand, if things aren’t going well, you just have to stop and do something else. I prefer to give my ears a rest and go for a walk and just enjoy the natural noise or read something without any background music.
What is the one piece of advice you would give someone starting out building a studio?
Be smart and don’t buy anything just because it looks good! Buy it because you can and you will use it in your studio, not because you want more gear! I think if you love what you’re doing, you can do so much with whatever gear you have!
Instead of dreaming, push yourself to be better and better every day. But don’t try to be better than others! Try to be better than yourself!