New York City-based multi-instrumentalist Morgan Guerin has achieved much in his young, burgeoning career, from composition to significant stages. A talented producer and engineer, Guerin is skilled in several instruments including bass, saxophones, electronic wind instrument (EWI), drums, and keys. Notable collaborators include drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, (bass, sax, and EWI), bassist Esperanza Spalding (bass, sax, and Prophet Rev2), and multi-instrumentalist Tyshawn Sorey (tenor and soprano sax, and EWI).
Dubbed a “wunderkind saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist” by The New York Times, Guerin was born into a musical family with a pianist mother and bassist father. Later, he went on to study music at the prestigious Berklee College of Music and The New School. In 2016, the Huffington Post named his debut album, The Saga, one of the best Jazz albums of the year, and Stereogum named the LP one of its favorites in August that same summer. He was also a songwriter on and co-producer of Esperanza Spalding’s 2019 Grammy-winning record, 12 Little Spells. His third album, The Saga III, will be out on September 18th, 2020.
We chatted with Morgan on how he uses Sequential instruments in his music:
What made you choose the Rev2?
I chose the Rev2 because I was asked to tour with Esperanza Spalding back in 2018, and wanted a single synth that I could use to recreate all of the sounds from her records for the live shows. I was able to recreate all of the sounds effortlessly with the Rev2. Prophets are legendary in general, and the Rev2 continues the legacy as being one of the best synths out there.
How are you using it?
It is one of my main synths, and I use it for everything/on everything. It’s super versatile and I particularly love the string sounds that I’ve been able to create on it.
What is one of your favorite things about it?
I love how I’m able to tap into the vintage world with horns and retro pads, yet can also produce sounds and textures that are super futuristic and otherworldly. The Rev2 sounds and performs like no other. I can’t think of another 8-Voice analog synth with as much flexibility and functionality in the same price range as the Rev2.
Any interesting tricks or techniques you would like to share?
When I have maybe a warm percussive patch, I’ll take advantage of being able to use the B stack for a separate patch maybe a string patch or a pad of some sort with a long release. I’ll use an expression pedal to fade in and out of the B patch to create some cool automation on the spot, just using my foot.
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