In The Studio w/ Till Von Sein

Berlin artist Till Von Sein is a typical urban kid; growing up in the nineties with skateboarding and hip hop, he was running his own street wear shop for seven years until he in 2006 decided to focus 100% on his music career.

Besides working as the booking agent for a number of infamous German acts, Till is also a heavily acclaimed dj and producer with releases on labels like Supplement Facts, Suol and Dirt Crew Recs, with collaborations with Tigerskin, Aera, Chopstick, Catz’n‘Dogz etc. and with remixes on Ministry of Sound, Plastic City and many others on the discography.

With his new Album Precious & Raindance remix with Tigerskin out now on Traxsource. We caught up with Till to discuss what tools he used & a tour around Chopstick’s amazing Studio where he recorded the Album, in the next instalment of ‘In The Studio’

Get “Precious” on Traxsource: HERE

Get “Raindance” (Till von Sein & Tigerskin Remix) on Traxsource: HERE


1) What equipment do you have in your studio? (full studio kit list).

Studio Equipment

CONSOLES:

ADT 5MT (48 Channel)
EMT 400 Series (Custom)
TL Audio Valve Master

RECORDING:

MacPro 8 Core (5. Generation)
Studer A80 Master Recorder
Apogee Symphony 64
Apogee DA-16X
2x Apogee Rosetta 800
Sony DAT PCM 2600

OUTBOARD:

Neumann Distributor (2 to 12 channels)
TAB V72
2x Telefunken V676a
2x Ampex 351 (Custom)
Höf Dynamic Master (Custom)
SSL Bus Compressor (Custom)
2x Manley Variable Mu
Great River MP-2NV
RSP Technologies Saturator
LA Audio Classic Compressor
Tegeler Vari Tube Compessor
Universal Audio 1176 Revision A
Universal Audio 1176 Revision G
Universal Audio Teletronix LA-2a
SPL Vitalzer
8x Otari Preamps
CBS Laboratories Volumax
µ GE-102 Harmonic Saturator

FILTERS:

2x Filtek Mk3a
2x SL 502
2x Ward Beck WBS 502B
4x Telefunken W695
2x Siemens W295B
2x Pultec EQP-1A
2x SSL 4000E (Black Knob EQ) Channel Strips

EFFECTS:

Dolby Model 365 (w/ modified Cat 22 cards)
2x Dynacord DRP 20X
Sony V77
T.C. Electronic M-One
Lexicon 224 XL
Lexicon LXP-1
Lexicon Model EX102 Delta-T (Custom)
3x Lexicon Alex
Boss SX-700
Boss SE-50
Boss RPS-10
Korg SDD-200

MICROPHONES:

AKG C414 (w/ CK12 Brass Capsule)
Royer R-121
AEA R84 Model DJV
Saje U47 Fet
BPM CR-73
BPM TB-95
2x Neumann KM 185
AA CM87 (Custom)
AA CM67 (Custom)
AA CM-67 (Custom)
Sennheiser MD 421
2x Sennheiser SM57
2x Sennheiser SM58
2x AKG S1000

SPEAKERS / MONITORING:

Klein + Hummel o300
2x Adam sub10 MK2
Yamaha NS-10m
Tannoy System 8 NFM II
JBL 4312a

METERING:

DK Audio MSD100T
RTW Peak Meter
NTP 277-500
Spectre

SOFTWARE:

Logic Pro
Ableton Live
Studio One
UAD-2 Quad
Waves
Arturia V Collection
Spectrasonics Stylus Remix
Spectrasonics Trillian
SoundToys Native Effects
Spectre Analyzer
Native Instruments Komplete 9

ACOUSTIC TREATMENTS:

Control Room-in-Room:

8 Broad Band Absorber Modules
2 Ceiling Absorber Modules
3 Diffusor Modules
3 Helmholtz Resonator Modules

Recording Room-In-Room:

6 Broad Band Absorber Modules
4 Ceiling Absorber Modules
3 Diffusor Modules
3 Helmholtz Resonator Modules

SYNTHS / SOUND SOURCES:

Fender Rhodes MK2 (73 Suit Case 1979)
Emu 6400 Sampler
Roland JX-8P
Roland JX-3P
Roland JV2080
Yamaha CS-5
Yamaha CS6R
Yamahas DX7
Yamaha AN1X
Access Virus B
AKAI MPC 2000 XL
AKAI MPC Renaissance
AKAI S3000 XL
Electro-Harmonix Micro Synth
EMU 6400
Boss Dr. Rhythm
Yamaha RX-17

INSTRUMENTS:

Guild Starfire 4 (1965 Hoboken)
Baby Taylor
Fender Bass
Matsuoka Concert Guitar
Juan Cortes Concert Guitar
Traunstein Upright Piano
Zildjian Hats + Cymbals

CABINETS:

Guild Model Two
VOX AC 30 C2X

Pictures

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Studio Interview

2) What’s your favourite piece of equipment to use in the studio & why??

As we mixed the album here and recorded vocals/Rhodes, etc. I must say the centerpiece for me is his Mixing Console. It’s a beast! And chopstick certainly knows how to tweak it.

3) Give us some insight into your production process. How do you typically begin constructing a track?

Most of the time, I work on a rhythm first, or I hear a sample I want to use and then take it from there. I’m quite fast when it comes to creating the body of a track.

4) What piece of studio equipment or production process defines your sound?

I’m all about Rhodes.

5) What piece of hardware/software elevated your production to a higher level & how?

Ableton was a big step for me. My whole workflow changed, and everything became so fluent.

6) What fresh equipment have you recently added to the lab?

I just bought a Roland TR8, but it went straight to the Keinemusik studio. Guess you will hear it on upcoming releases from those guys ;) so in return I’m really looking forward to finally getting my hands on Rampa’s Teile Delay he is working on right now.

7) What are your essential studio supplies (food, drink, cigs, etc.)?

Coconut water and gum. Thats it. I don’t like to eat in the studio.

8) What list of artists have influenced your sound?

Dilla, Theo Parrish & Motorbass

9) What are your 3 favourite productions?

  • Heart of Stone feat Wenawedwa.

  • Gestern

  • Tilly’s Jam

10) What handy studio tip would you pass onto producers out there?

Don’t get too nerdy and most important, do what you feel. It should be your soul, not the urge of making people dance to what they need.

11) What new production should your fans be on the lookout for at Traxsource soon?

My ‘Precious’ album that just dropped on suol and a remix I did with Tigerskin for classic will be out in a few weeks.


Till Von Sein artist page & releases on Traxsource