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Depeche Mode Behind the Scenes - Part I
Don't miss our
exclusive cover story in the May 2009 issue. Until then, enjoy this sneak peek!
Stephen Fortner, Executive Editor
Youve probably heard the latest
single, Wrong, from Depeche
Modes new album Sounds of the Universe, which drops in late April. To
tide you over until our fantastic cover story in the May 2009 issue, wed like to
share some behind-the-scenes photos that the albums producer, Ben Hillier, sent us.
Given that they were taken in a dimly-lit recording studio, some are a bit blurry, but you
can make out whats there. Im beginning to think that Wrong refers
to the sheer number of gorgeous vintage analog synths that were involved, thanks in no
small part to principal songwriter Martin Gores eBay obsession. Maybe whats
Wrong is that he has all this cool stuff, and you and I dont
yeah, that must be it.
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DM Studio Shot 1: Most in the
foreground is an Oberheim Matrix 12. To its left on the keyboard stand is a Roland
Alpha-Juno 1 above a Roland Jupiter-6. To the left of all that is producer Ben Hillier,
partially whited out by the Macs flatscreen display. On the other wall, to his
right, is where things get even more interesting. That big rack contains two vintage ARP
2600 analog synths, and at far right is an EMS VCS3 above an M-Audio MIDI controller
DM Studio Shot 2: Heres a
view of the same room from a different angle, showing the Matrix 12 at dead center. At
right foreground, a Rhodes Mk. I Suitcase electric piano is holding up an extremely rare
analog synth, the Steiner-Parker Synthacon.
DM Studio Shot 3: Depeche Modes
Martin Gore (left) plays an ARP 2600 as recording engineer Ferg Peterkin (right) gives
feedback.On the wall behind Martin, from left to right: Part of an EML ElectroComp synth,
a MacBook Pro, EMS VCS3, Korg Analog Sequencer, Korg MS-20, table lamp, Oberheim Matrix
12. In the foreground, you can see an additional MacBook Pro, and a couple of pieces of
gear to its right is this tiny little keyboard facing to the right. Thats an EML
PolyBox, another very rare unit that was intended to be hooked up to your monophonic
analog synth. Through use of a divide-down circuit (not unlike the one used in home and
church electric organs of the day), it let you play chords!
DM Studio Shot 4: The band worked by going into the studio and setting up multiple song production stations to work on demos that Martin Gore and David Gahan had brought in. These consisted of MacBook Pros running various DAWs and soft synths, flanked by vintage analog goodies to die for. Heres one of the MacBook Pros running Ableton Live, with an EMS VCS3 to its left.
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