Nicolas Velasquez is an artist and producer based in Gothenburg, Sweden. Falling in love with synthesizers about three years ago (about the same time he started producing music), Nicolas tries to enhance the organic capabilities that synthesizers possess.
His debut album Den stora kölden – Musik inspirerad av Trollvinter is an instrumental interpretation of the book ”Moominland Midwinter” by Tove Jansson.
We chatted with Nicholas about how he uses the Prophet Rev2 in his music:
What made you choose the Rev2?
I had only been producing music in a DAW for a few months but I already knew that software synths weren’t for me. I began searching for a polyphonic analog synth and I had heard about the Prophet-5, but I wasn’t going to get a Prophet-5 for my first analog synth.
So I checked to see if there was anything closer to my price range and found the Rev2. I watched some videos of it on YouTube and liked what I heard. I went to my local music store and there it was. I ended up having a shootout with another poly – the Rev2 just felt better to me. And honestly, the look of it played a big role. The designer did a hell of a job. It looks really cool. So I left the store with it!
How are you using it?
Pretty much everything. On this project it’s doing bass, pads, leads and then some.
I share my studio with a friend and he bought another synth during the production of the project but I decided to restrict myself to the Rev2. I’m very glad that I made that decision because it allowed me to really get to know it. Besides, I also feel that the synth plays an integral role in how the sound of the album turned out.
What is one of your favorite things about it?
Other than the workflow I’ve been able to develop on it and that I never seem to run out of LFO’s: I would say the auxiliary envelope and the fact that it can be looped. It’s just really fun to play with.
What does it give you that other synths might not?
The versatility and the modulation matrix. I feel like this is an unoriginal thing to say because its been said a million times. But it’s just true. I mean, I managed to record an entire album with almost no other instrumentation at all. It’s the swiss army knife of synthesizers.
Any interesting tricks or techniques you would like to share?
Sure, I recently figured out how to achieve polyphonic glide on it.
Use stack mode, enable unison on layer B and choose how many voices the unison is gonna steal from layer A. Pretty sure that you’ve got to put the note priority on “Last”. Proceed by turning the volume all the way down on layer B. Go back to layer A and enable glide. Make sure that you start off every chord with the lowest note. Should work!
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