Aerodrömme is a techno project based in Toronto, created in 2008 by Boris Kurtzman and Steve Chan. Over the years, and with an ever-growing discography and collection of gear, Boris and Steve have transformed their sound from a deeper progressive influence to the more hypnotic/deep techno sound heard in their latest releases. As well as working in the studio, they have had the opportunity to take their sound to clubs and festivals around the world.
We chatted with Boris and Steve about how they use the Prophet Rev2:
What made you choose the Rev2?
“We had been looking for a versatile analog poly synth for some time and were considering either the Prophet-6 or the Prophet ’08. When the Rev2 was announced, it had the best of both synths. For example, it has the ability to layer or split sounds like the Prophet ’08, and has a sub oscillator and effects like the Prophet 6. The new features like the Shape Mod on every waveform and USB support were a big hook for us as well.”
How are you using it?
The Rev2 is definitely our go-to synth for lush pads or string sounds, and there are a ton of presets to get you started. We usually use the editor/librarian software to go through the sound categories until we find something we like, then tweak it until it fits perfectly in the mix. A lot of times, when we have been looking for that perfect lead to cut through the mix, we have found it on the Rev2. There is a bit of an edginess in the filter that seems to help lead sounds push through.”
What’s one of your favorite things about it?
“It’s such a fun synth to jam on because the layout of the Rev2 is so well thought-out. With all of its knobs and buttons, you can quickly and easily program any sound that comes to mind, then get lost in it. Shortcuts for assigning LFOs and other modulations makes it so simple to experiment with sound design.”
What does it give you that other synths don’t?
“Programming interesting and original synth patterns is a key component in techno. The Rev2 has everything we need, with its arpeggiator, polyphonic sequencer, and a really powerful gated sequencer, we just play around until we get something that really grooves. Add in the Chord Memory and you can quickly create interesting chord sequences as well.”
Any interesting Rev2 tricks or techniques you’d like to share?
“Something else we have wanted in a modern synth is a trigger input for the arpeggiator and sequencer like some of the old classics had. Setting the SeqPedalMode to Trigger and plugging a cable from an external sequencer that sends triggers into the Sequencer jack, you can take any sequence to new levels by jamming out endless variations on the trigger source.”
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