Electronic musicians? Working with machines?

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Hey all. I make music primarily with hardware synthesizers these days, or at least that's been my inspiration, passion, and driving creative force since I got into it towards the end of 2015. I wonder if anybody else here is doing the same? I've met a few 50/90 folks who work this way, and I want to find more!

Admittedly, I'm having a hard time finding a little corner of the community that I fit into. I'm not trying to be exclusive - it's just that I find it even more inspiring when you have someone to nerd out with about the shared creative tools that you may be using.

I'm kinda ambivalent about gear lists, but I'll share here if anyone else is interested in doing the same. Most importantly: Please drop a line in this thread if you plan on making electronic music of any kind, or are working with hardware synthesizers and such. I'd love to hear your work throughout the months!



  • Arturia Microbrute
  • Eurorack Modular Synth
  • Korg Minilogue
  • Korg MS-20 mini
  • Korg volca beats, FM, keys, sample
  • Teenage Engineering PO-12 Rhythm


  • Arturia Beatstep Pro
  • Korg SQ-1

I have a bunch of synths, some dating back to the 70s and 80s (my gear list is here http://headfirst.www.idnet.com/about_music.htm ) and they will absolutely be making an appearance this summer.

The Minilogue is a lovely bit of kit, as is the MS-20. I'm definitely a Korg fan.

I'm working on two electronic tracks at the moment, but I predominantly use soft synths included with my DAW (primarily FL Studio).

I only own 2 "real" synths, a cheapo e media keyboard, and the Roland GR-55 Guitar synth.

I'm messing with modular synths a bit and it will absolutely show up here. But I'm getting off to a slow start, have gigs and social commitments and so forth.

I have an Elektron AnalogFour that I'm trying to use as much as possible. Hopefully hooked up to a Minibrute if I can work out CV

All of my synths are software based vst's. My only Korg is a 37 key midi controller. If I need 88 keys, the Yamaha P-115 does midi too.

I am so lacking in the knowledge of how to use my keyboard "properly". I bought it a few years ago new- Korg Pax3 and let it sit.
This year for my first FAWM I decided to try using it to make my demos.
I still do not know how to sequence. I use the style mode and play my chords- all the backing tracks get added as if by magic!
I can choose various pads and arrangements- I did figure out how to change the instruments that are tracked.
My biggest hurdle is recording with it. I did not want to use a desktop audio device and software to record.
I can record direct to MP3 on the keyboard but to use the mic functions I have to record my singing and playing live...no splicing.
This has been good for me though. I have been watching the online instruction videos and how to record multi tracks.
I just did oh..about 12 takes to get my latest song up.