Nero Bellum is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, performer, sound designer, and composer living in Los Angeles, California known primarily for his work as vocalist and sole songwriter of the internationally acclaimed act Psyclon Nine. He is also the live synthesist of Skold (Tim Skold of Marilyn Manson/KMFDM solo project).
We chatted with Nero on how he’s using Sequential’s instruments in his music:
What made you choose the Prophet 12?
It’s common knowledge throughout the synth community that Sequential is the top of the line. Dave Smith is an absolute legend. By the time the Prophet 12 was released, Sequential had already been on my radar for quite some time and I saw the Prophet 12 as an ultimate “desert island synth” and simply had to get my hands on it.
How are you using it?
I use the Prophet 12 everywhere. From sound design for sample packs to film score to performances in the studio and on stage in the various bands I play in… the Prophet is always my go-to instrument. It’s just so incredibly flexible and powerful.
What’s one of your favorite things about it?
As difficult as it would be to name only one thing here I would have to say that as a big fan of modular synthesis, I find the P12 modulation routing absolutely fantastic. Being able to route almost anything to anything else is wonderful and paramount to my sound design workflow.
What does it give you that other synths don’t?
Again, I’ll mention the extremely flexible modulation routing options but, it’s also one hell of a live performance instrument. Having the modulation sliders allows me to create presets that can morph throughout a song to accommodate many different sounds.
Any interesting tricks or techniques you’d like to share?
When I approach a complex song that might require up to four different sounds to be played in a live setting, I’ll often create a split but also assign complex modulation settings to the sliders that allow me to completely change one or both of the split sounds. Another really fun trick is to assign feedback to the pitch wheel to get some nasty pitch bends!
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