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Imagine being able to make your perfect studio. Where would it be? What would it look like? And if you only had six pieces of gear to choose from, what would they be?

This is exactly what we ask of guest artists, producers and industry figureheads. It might sound easy but there are strict rules in the Forever Studio. Hosts and shameless nerds Chris Barker and Will Betts guide guests through the dramatic journey to studio foreverdom.

There will be nostalgia. There will be anecdotes. There may be gags. But there will be no bundles! It’s MusicTech’s My Forever Studio Podcast.
28 Episodes
This time, we’re joined by multi-instrumentalist producer Scott Hansen, aka Tycho. Scott’s instantly recognisable brand of downtempo guitar, analogue synths and crunchy drums has attracted genre labels such as chillwave and ambient, and he’s connected with a vast audience. He's earned hundreds of millions of plays and two Grammy nominations along the way In this episode, learn about his love of a specific ‘80s rock band, how he harnesses noise on his Minimoog and which unexpected DAW he’s been using since 2009.
In a special festive episode, we’re joined by certified pop star and household name Gary Barlow, and his trusted studio collaborator Ryan Carline. This time, discover how Gary got the 80s synth sounds for his Eddie The Eagle film-inspired record, why the pair prefer speakers that are fun rather than accurate, and learn which dark-horse product makes it onto their Christmas list.
Joshua Steele, better known as electronic producer Flux Pavilion, smashed onto the dubstep scene in 2010 with his ‘I Can't Stop’ anthem and has since continued to spearhead the genre in the UK and overseas with albums ‘Blow The Roof’ and ‘Tesla’. Now, with the time to experiment in the studio, his sound has evolved. This new stage of the journey has produced the “crowning achievement” of his career. We talk modular synths, building guitar pedals and why he's only now ready to upgrade to some really serious speakers.
Award-winning engineer Dani Bennett Spragg has achieved a huge amount in what seems like a short amount of time, working with Noel Gallagher, The Amazons, Jarvis Cocker, Baxter Drury and even The Rolling Stones. And she's worked alongside production heavyweights Alan Mulder, Flood and Catherine J Marks. But how will she be able to reconcile her British-American heritage when asked to pick a location for her studio? Which mics will make it into her very limited mic locker? And why are a modded set of dual-concentric speakers the best she's ever heard?
One of the biggest names in rock production, Butch Vig became a household name producing Nirvana’s Nevermind, and has worked with Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters and loads more. As a founding member of Garbage, he’s also a multi-platinum selling artist in his own right. Take a trip into studio dreamland as we cook up a studio fit for rock royalty. This episode, hear how Vig beat out two of the biggest names in music to get his hands on a one-of-a-kind mic, why he draws similarities between coffee and rock records, and why no software emulation will ever beat his hardware tape delay.
This episode, we're joined by Grammy-winning producers Alex Metric and Riton (Henry Smithson), two members of the new electronic supergroup KUU. hugely accomplished producers and remixers in their own right, the pair have joined forces to make Balearic House with their latest project. But what do they consider "the electric guitar of synths"? What vintage hardware processor is indispensable in the KUU Forever Studio and will they manage to find any unexploited loopholes? Listen to find out.
Our guest this time is Dirtybird Records founder and producer Barclay Crenshaw, known to the world as Claude VonStroke. As well as being a regular headliner at clubs and festivals all over the world and making some iconic club tracks, he heads the label that’s home to Green Velvet, Justin Martin and more. And he also releases ‘alien hip hop instrumentals’ under his real name! Listen to find out which animal he can’t escape, why he isn’t at all fussy about mics and which low-cost drum machine he can’t live without in his fantasy Forever Studio.
Genre-hopping DJ/producer Mat Zo is known for everything from DnB to dubstep to big room EDM and progressive house. And it's time for him to cook up his fantasy Forever Studio. Awkwardly, though, he pretty much has everything he needs already. Can we upsell the dreams of the Grammy-nominated producer? Listen to find out. Also, discover which outboard preamps he can't live without, which classic hardware synth he's always dreamed of owning and which single soft synth he could live with for eternity.
This time we’re joined by Seeb, the Norwegian duo behind the enormous dancefloor remix of Mike Posner’s, I Took A Pill In Ibiza. Listen to learn which affordable vintage mic recreation they can’t live without for pop vocals, how Espen upgraded a classic polysynth and find out the best-practice for avoiding confrontations with bears in the wild.
Creating his fantasy Forever Studio this time is Dutch DJ and producer Mason who rose to fame in 2006 with the Electro House banger, Exceeder, a track that went on to be remixed and re-released multiple times, topping charts and rocking clubs all over the world. Since then Mason has started his own label, Animal Language, and has released music on major labels and some of dance music’s most respected imprints. Now, with his new record out on Toolroom, we talk unusual musical origins, why Dutch is the best language for techno track titles and how he creates hundreds of track ideas for each record.
In this not-to-be-missed episode, we're joined by electronic music veteran and polymath instrument developer, BT. The Grammy-nominated composer/producer is widely credited with pioneering trance and IDM and is also the creative mind behind iZotope BreakTweaker, StutterEdit and Spitfire's Phobos convolution synth. With a career spanning 30 years, he's also amassed an incredible array of instruments in his Aladdin's cave-like studio. But, how will he react to being allowed only six items in this fantasy Forever Studio? Stick around for stories about geeking out over synth patches with Star Wars sound designer Ben Burtt, how Stewart Copeland saved his bacon, and why he uses $300 monitors for mixing.
Grammy-winning LA-based engineer Austen Jux-Chandler has credits including Adele, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, A$AP Rocky and John Legend. But which side of the Atlantic will the British engineer put his fantasy Forever Studio? We talk Zoom recording sessions, mixing pianos and why he can live without the mixing console.
Marco Niemerski aka Tensnake is a producer, DJ and label boss known for making 80s-inspired house and disco. Following his huge 2010 hit, Coma Cat, he collaborated with Nile Rodgers, Jacques Lu Cont and Jamie Lidell, played stages from Coachella to Glastonbury. But what will happen when we ask him to spec up his fantasy Forever Studio? Can we successfully upsell his dreams, or will he get bogged down in plumbing logistics? Listen to find out.
To learn out more about Romesh's online production community, Control Room, visit up with Romesh Dodangoda at and follow @longwaveromesh on Instagram.Read more about the Klon Centaur pedal.Recording a tiny Marshall MS-2, documented on  Instagram.   
We kick off Season 2 with technical producer and self-professed gear geek Ørjan Nilsen who joins us from his studio on the edge of the Arctic Circle. Listen for tales of vintage keyboards lost, a tough decision about soft synths and learn how travel restrictions are affecting his music.
In the final episode of Season 1, Grammy-nominated producer, remixer and DJ Morgan Page phones in from his studio in Los Angeles. Find out about the super softsynth that has earned a special place in his heart, and why car-building tech would be essential in his Forever Studio.
Founder of legendary label Ninja Tune and one-half of sampling pioneers Coldcut, Matt is a production veteran. Find out how he declutters tracks, why the Ninja Tune Zen Delay isn't "off the wall" and hear the story of how he came to own one of the rarest synths on the planet.
Beardyman has no interest in utopian visions of studio foreverdom. No, the vocalist, beatboxer and comedian is prepping a creative outpost that can withstand the coming nuclear apocalypse. Expect musical interludes.
Spitfire Audio founder and composer Christian Henson (Poirot, Alien: Isolation) has his own unique take on the Forever Studio, stealing specific pieces of equipment from recording facilities he's visited. Learn what he'd pilfer from the studio made by Mark Knopfler, and what he'd love to take from Air Studios. And hear the surprising story behind his non-gear-related item... Listen to learn more.
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