Exploring the studio with Khen — progressive’s rising star
Khen‘s identify is synonymous with high quality. Throughout the final half decade or so, the progressive home magnate has confirmed himself to be one of many greats after being taken beneath Guy J’s wing and releasing on nearly all prime labels within the subgenre together with Lost&Found, Bedrock, Vivrant, Sudbeat, and past. His monitor “Children With No Name,” which Dancing Astronaut premiered, ended up changing into an anthem that was has been rinsed far and broad throughout the progressive sphere. His releases on Jeremy Olander’s Vivrant and John Digweed’s Bedrock have earned comparable success, incomes him additional acclaim within the producer sphere. Outside of that, he’s well-proven his excellence behind the decks, regularly hypnotizing his audiences with advanced mashing and bootlegging on the fly via Ableton—and naturally, together with his eager curatorial and storytelling ear.
The finish of 2018 introduced alongside a very momentous event: the discharge of his extremely sought-after “Closing Doors,” which Anjunadeep had been combating for for the reason that monitor emerged in his and others’ units properly over a 12 months in the past. It’s a massively emotive and melancholic piece, concurrently catalyzing introspection and one way or the other, joyful nostalgia beneath its bittersweet melodies. “Burgundy,” a sultry afterhours weapon, follows. No shock right here as to why James Grant and his associates needed to snag each for a landmark output that broke the label’s establishment.
Obviously, Khen produces from the center and soul; the eagerness he pours into his work is palpable in every of his tracks. However, there’s a sure technical brilliance to every as properly, and we had been decided to get a glimpse at this aspect of the spectrum as properly. We sat down with the Tel Aviv native to debate gear, with him kindly mentioning a few of his favourite studio items that assist make his releases so well-rounded and ethereal.
Roland JUNO 60
My treasured child. Warm and total superb sound that I take advantage of for basslines, pads, and crispy leads. I used it on each ‘Pecas’ that got here out on Lost & Found and ‘Closing Doors’ that simply got here out on Anjunadeep. I take advantage of it to layer melodies to make them sound hotter; that is one other factor it’s actually good for. In essence it’s a quite simple synth, however the sound could be very wealthy, even to the extent that that I normally don’t want so as to add any delay or reverb.
Dave Smith Prophet 12
My foremost studio synth. Analog and digital hybrid. This one has a really broad and various capability when it comes to sound output. I primarily use it for melodies, pads and as a sequencers. It sounds completely different from any synth on this planet I’ve tried, and yow will discover a really completely different, loopy sounds with relative ease with out the usage of distortion and modulations. This one was key within the making of ‘Closing Doors.’
The Tanzbar is an analog drum machine and among the finest I’ve each labored on. This is the place I get lots of my kick drums from. I truly prefer it a lot I typically use it to make a bassline out of a kick drum. Sometimes I add a second bassline on some tracks for that added groove.
Pedals(Strymon Tape Delay and DOD Envelope Filter)
I take advantage of two completely different pedals. One is the Strymon tape delay and the opposite is a DOD Envelope Filter. Both normally work nice with the highest loops to make them extra sparkly in sound. Also, utilizing the delay with a protracted suggestions on completely different sounds, recording it after which chopping and slicing it up could make for cool FX utilizing current elements from the monitor.
Padshop Soft Synth (Steinberg)
Very a lot my go-to synth for pads, atmospheric and hypnotic sounds. It’s a granular synth that used samples of stuff like strings, guitars, vocals and different stuff and rework them to make them sound manner cooler. I additionally use it to layer melodies, which provides added depth to the common lead sounds.
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