How It Was Made: Deetron - Body Electric [Running Back Records]

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Not all too long ago, Gerd Jansen's Running Back records announced a hefty 3-piece EP from Swiss legend Deetron. Running back has become one of the hottest imprints around, and Deetron's latest offering is a perfect example of why. The EP has a very classic electronic music sound, with a modern edge, which gives it the perfect amount of nostalgia-inducing bliss. We loved the release so much, that we invited him to How It Was Made to see what all went into the production. Deetron's catalog spans nearly 2 decades, so you already know his production knowledge is second to none. The EP is up for streaming below, so press play and listen as you read along. 

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Main press pic - Deetron - credits Jos Kottmann

The Korg SV-1 is the heart of my studio being my main midi keyboard and my go-to instrument for all piano sounds. It has a great sound with it’ built in amp in particular for the Rhodes sound. Due to its great key velocity, I play everything on this keyboard, even the drums sometimes. For the title track of the ‘Body Electric’ EP, it was used for the piano chords starting in the breakdown.

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I don’t use synth plugins very often, but I really like Omnisphere a lot. I am still using the original version of the plug-in, which I bought over a decade ago. It’s really great for leads and strings with a very hands-on approach and beautiful effects. The choir lead sounds in ‘Body Electric’ were made using Omnisphere. I am a sucker for choir sounds anyway and Omnisphere is definitely one of my favourite instruments for those ooohs and aaahs.

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For the bassline of ‘Body Electric’, I was looking for a “live“-sounding E-bass and thought about getting my father in the studio to play the bassline. I ended up using Kontakt 5 however, which is a great sampler including beautiful libraries. My favorite ones are the Scarbee libraries such as the ultra-fat jay-bass sounds.

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The Alpha Juno 2 is one of many great Roland synths that I keep going back to. It’s a bit complicated to access the menu, especially when adjusting parameters in a live take but it’s still considerably easy to use. This makes me miss my Juno 106 sometimes, which I gave away a while ago. I really like the controller wheel of the Alpha Juno (alpha dial) in particular. I’ve used this synth for the pads in ‘TXT’ and also for some parts in T-Symmetry.

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Here’s my favourite piece of gear in the studio, the JX-8P. It’s a bit old and wonky sometimes by now but that’s partially the reason why I love it so much. It’s super user-unfriendly but that requires you to dig a little deeper and work a little harder to get it to sound the way you want. Many times, I’ve made a great sound via trial and error and it seems the machine plays its own part in the process. The chords starting at the beginning of ‘T-Symmetry’ as well as the bassline, come from the JX-8P. Furthermore, I used it for the arpeggio in ‘TXT’.

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The Voyager is my bass machine supreme. Not many a track has been made without this synth. As commonly known the sound of it is unsurpassed and it’s just a funky machine to work with. On the ‘Body Electric’ EP, I only used it in one track, which is a bit of a change for me. I used a super deep sub-bass sound in ‘TXT ‘after the first break just adding to the overall depth of the track. I really struggled with the mixdown of this one, but I had the track stem-mixed by Lopazz, which turned out great.

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Deetron's Body Electric is available now via Running Back. Grab it here.

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