Braxton Turner has been interested in music from a very young age. As time passed, that interest grew into a desire to pursue music as a career. Today, whether he’s behind the camera or engaged in live performance, Braxton has worked alongside many Grammy-nominated and award-winning producers and artists while consulting on music production and audiovisual endeavors for Christian organizations and online projects.
We chatted with Braxton on how he uses the Prophet Rev2 in his music:
What made you choose the Rev2?
Initially, the look [laughs]. It has that classic synth vibe with the wood panels that I always thought was pretty cool. Then I started watching videos about it and I was sold. It sounded great! Everything from basses to arps to pads. Also after discovering that it’s supported by Omnisphere, I couldn’t help but get one!
How are you using it?
I’ve been using it mainly for two things. First, pads. I love the pad sounds I can create, especially when pairing it with a Mercury 7 or BigSky pedal. Second, arps. You can create a simple arp that sounds clean or create an arp that is full of mojo. I also use it in conjunction with Ableton. It brings a whole new palette of sounds when automating filters and envelopes and creating different Max4Live devices.
What’s one of your favorite things about it?
I love how easy it is to create the sounds that I hear. Synths can be intimidating when you first start diving in but the Rev2 takes that pressure off and makes it so easy to learn. I also love having Layer A/B. It’s great for creating new textures that you think you couldn’t with just one keyboard.
What does it give you that other synths might not?
I think the Rev2 gives me a wide range of great sounds. Not many keyboards can do a solid deep bass synth type thing then do a nice pad and sound great at both. It gives you that great classic sound with modern reliability.
Any interesting tricks or techniques you’d like to share?
One of my favorites is using the Envelope section for modulation. If you route it to the frequency of one of your oscillators, or all of your oscillators, you can create some pretty cool pitch bending type sounds. Also, using the sequencer on one of the layers to make textures is cool, too.
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