Sub Focus: Desert Island Kit

We spoke to Sub Focus about why his modular Eurorack synth is on the coronary heart of his studio. 

“The most original and provoking piece of equipment I’ve in my studio is my Eurorack Modular synth that I began constructing in 2015. For the uninitiated, modulars are form of what all synths used to seem like earlier than producers like Moog began including keyboards to them within the ’70s – I’ve all the time cherished the ‘science lab’ look of them.

“You construct them utilizing elements from a number of totally different small producers so you possibly can find yourself with a mixture of modules that’s completely distinctive to your system. There are tons of of various modules obtainable now so there are numerous permutations! You create sounds by connecting them utilizing patch cables so when patched they find yourself wanting like oldschool phone exchanges.

Sub Focus: Desert Island Kit

“I’ve bought a 9U case that I’ve stuffed with modules from the likes of Intelijel, Make Noise, Mutable Instruments, ALM and extra. There are just a few ideas in modular that aren’t used a lot when making music in a pc. Using random mills to create melodies or rhythms for instance. You can use them to create routinely generated randomised patterns – the problem is to restrict the random to musically-interesting values.

“Also as you possibly can join something to something by patching you possibly can find yourself with attention-grabbing and generally surprising outcomes. It’s actually inspiring to have one thing within the studio to control together with your arms in the actual world fairly than being caught within the laptop the entire time.”


“Most not too long ago me and Dimension used it on our collab ‘Desire’, we began the observe by creating the intro pads utilizing Rings – Physical modelling synthesis – put by way of a Valhalla Shimmer reverb on the Z-DSP resampled into Morphagene – a granular sampler module.”

“For anybody desirous to get into modular listed here are some hyperlinks price trying out:

Mylar Melodies has a fantastic Youtube channel – his Metropolis video just about bought me into modular within the first place. 
Richard Devine makes wonderful music purely on modular. 
VCV is a digital modular platform – good for making an attempt out modular on a pc with out the expense of constructing one.”

Sub Focus and Dimensions’ new single ‘Desire’ is out now