Sahab is an artist/musician from Fresno, California. Born to Iranian parents, he has spent a lot of his life back and forth between California and Tehran. His blend of dreamy synth wave and hip-hop has earned him a cult following. His debut album is set to be released on Zabte Sote – Opal Tapes in November 2020.
We chatted with Sahab on how he uses Sequential instruments in his music:
What made you choose the Prophet ’08?
I wanted an analog synth I can easily express myself with, and I was getting tired of soft synths. I needed something I can also use live without having to worry about a laptop. Also, my eyes aren’t the best and nothing beats not having to stare at a computer screen all day. When I turn a knob, that knob is always that knob, or when I go to a preset it never changes.
How are you using it?
I used the Prophet ’08 on every song on my new album – sawtooth/strings/leads/bass. I started working on this album around the time I was getting more comfortable and knowledgeable with the Prophet, so I ended up using it not only for its sound – but because it was just so easy and hands on it made workflow faster and more fun.
What is one of your favorite things about it?
When I was recording this album, I found myself staying away from EQ and compression for the Prophet parts. It gave the album a lot of depth and warmth, without needing a lot of post-production work.
What does it give you that other synths might not?
Character, it has a vibe. It is very expressive and fun to play. The Prophet has become my main instrument and as my music evolved the Prophet evolves with me and my sound
Any interesting tricks or techniques you would like to share?
I’m sure everyone already knows this one, but I like to use a CV pedal to control the LP filter to make some very unique sounds happen.
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