Hotel Pools is a chill synth project from Portland, Oregon. Drenched in Portland rain and reverb, musician Ben Braun has created his own niche in the synth scene, releasing two albums and an EP over the last year. Hotel Pools’ latest album Constant spent two weeks on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Album Sales Chart.
We chatted with Ben on how he’s using the Prophet-6 in his music:
What made you choose the Prophet-6?
The Prophet-6 has been on my wish list since it was first announced. Once I played one, I knew the sound was just something special. It gives me that classic quality and it’s versatile enough to use on a regular basis for different sound applications.
How are you using it?
Currently I’m using it in the studio recording new songs for Hotel Pools. Like I said, it’s a really versatile synth, so I’ve used it for everything from warm pads and thick basses to spacey sweeps and FX. It always comes through for me. I own a few go-to synths and since I’ve had the P6 it’s jumped to the top of the list.
What’s one of your favorite things about it?
I love the character of this keyboard first and foremost but beyond that, having menu diving minimized is also convenient. Keeps everything fluid and doesn’t interrupt my workflow when I’m creating a patch or using it alongside vintage gear.
What does it give you that other synths might not?
I think with Sequential you always get a quality instrument. I owned a Prophet ’08 for years and loved it as well. I found the P6 to just suit my needs and tastes better currently, but you can’t really go wrong with anything Dave Smith has his hands on.
Any interesting Prophet-6 tricks or techniques you’d like to share?
I think some of the on-board FX are really cool and stacking and manipulating them in different ways can spark creativity for me.
Also, I like messing around with the PolyMod section. You can go from really out-there modulations to subtle additions to the character of a sound.
Using it along with Oscillator 2 in LFO mode with keyboard tracking on is pretty rad. Each note has its own LFO speed so you can get some really dreamy, far-out pads.
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