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Simian Mobile Disco 's Live Equipment Set Up

Published: Mon October 20, 2008  News Feed

Simian Mobile Disco are best known for their studio work with bands like Justice, Klaxons The Go! Team and The Rapture.

Simian Mobile Disco ’s Live equipment list comprises of a large range vintage analog equipment (Sequential Circuits Drumtraks,  KORG MS20 and so  on) paired with a Mac Laptop Sequencer. This gives the act the best of both worlds utilizing those ‘Phat’ analog sounds with the reliability of digital technology.

James Ford and James Anthony Shaw are together aka Simian Mobile Disco, James Anthony had this to say about the live shows:

Instead of leaving their studio behind for their first solo tour, SMD packed the whole thing up, brought it around the world and dissected it for us in this film [Taken from revision3 ]


You do live shows as well. How does it work?
James Anthony Shaw: Well there’s loads of stuff for the live show. We have a mixer and loads of vintage analogue synths, a modular synth, lots of outboards. We can play the tunes, change the structure, the mix. There’s loads of room for improvising, like segways between tracks, mixing them on top of each other or sections on top of each other. There are lots of bits we make up things on the spot. Depending on how that goes, we’ll either develop that for a while or jump onto the next track. The whole idea is that it’s fun for us.

[Taken from state.ie]

Live Equipment

  • Doepfer A100 Modular Synth

  • Sequential Circuits Drumtraks

  • Synare 3

  • Korg MS20

  • Korg microKONTROL

  • Live Mixer

  • Ribbon Controller

  • Basic Analog Synthesis: Using Doepfer A100 Modular Synth

Advanced Analog Synthesis: Using Doepfer A100 Modular Synth

Drum machine: Using Sequential Circuits Drumtraks

Synthesizers: Using Korg MS20

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Korg Kaoss Pad 3

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