Taylor Bartholomew

Taylor Bartholomew played bass and toured with American Pop band Courrier, most popular for their song placements in TV shows like CW’s Vampire Diaries, and also being in Rolling Stone magazine’s “Best Artists of Texas.” Taylor now spends most of his time producing for up-and-coming indie electronic artists.

We chatted with Taylor about how he’s using the OB-6:

What made you choose the OB-6?

“As a company, I appreciate Sequential’s willingness to be a luxury brand and not cut corners for a better bottom line. I specifically chose the OB-6 because as I work toward sharpening the sounds in my toolbox, quirkiness and character have become everything. At one point two years ago, I had switched to almost 100% in-the-box. But with every song, I was missing out on those “happy accidents” and I missed touching something that felt like a real instrument. The other thing that makes the OB-6 special: everything is so obvious. I hate when saving a patch is like a 10-step process. I like to move quickly, and the OB-6 lets me do that.

The OB-6 is a playground of colorful sound-design and one of the most effortless user-experiences out there. It’s the synth equivalent of having-your-cake-and-eating-it-too.”

How are you using it?

“The OB-6 is quickly becoming my go-to for pads, creamy bass, brass, and arpeggiators. I love that every knob I turn is musical. I get to a good sound super quickly which is so important to me.”

What’s one of your favorite things about it?

“The oscillators are like lightsabers cutting through the mix. I’m so sick of weak-sounding synthesizers that get lost and buried easily. There is an edge in the tone that makes its own place in a mix. It’s like owning an old Strat. There is nothing like it.”

What does it give you that other synths don’t?

“With every other synthesizer, I’ve found there is some sort of compromise. Sequential has anticipated my needs fully in this synthesizer. Every function you could want is on the front panel. The sound is versatile, but it doesn’t just do one thing well. It’s a workhorse for the studio and live. Very rarely in life can you have an instrument that sounds as good as the OB-6 and that is also completely reliable.”

Any interesting tricks or techniques you’d like to share?

“I love when things sound unstable and alive. When I turn the LFO’s shape to Random and turn the frequency up really high and just kiss the VCOs with it, it makes it sound like it’s on an old busted tape machine. It is vibes for days.”

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Taylor Bartholomew

 


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