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Little Daylight - Lush Electropop With Novation

Published: Tue June 25, 2013  News Feed

Little Daylight  - Lush Electropop With Novation

By Hugh McKenna

Little Daylight Novation Synths LiveThey started out making waves with a huge range of remixes in 2012 and once they had sufficiently whetted the appetites of blogs released their debut single Overdose in early 2013. Since then they've played SXSW, supported Marina And The Diamonds and appear to be on a rapid upward trajectory.

As ever we're most interested in geeking out on the gear however, so what do Little Daylight use on stage? A laptop running Ableton is the core of the setup while Matt and Eric both use Novation Ultranova synths and Nikki a Novation Impulse 61 controller. Great laptop/Ableton integration has been crucial to getting the performance right. The fact it's easy to use, has piano style keys and back lights on the drum pads really helps when it comes to getting creative and playing live.

"We were looking to get synths that have the ability to interface with Ableton but that also have the ability to create sound. And the UltraNova kills it on all those things."

If you wanted get the same laptop integration then the Mininova delivers the same synth engine, while being a little more compact and affordable. Once you've witnessed the possibilities of a flexible live synth setup the ambition only grows.

Eric says, "we're excited about expanding how we use the keyboards and the computer. Anything we can think to do, we can figure out a way to do it between Ableton and the Novation controllers, which is really cool. You can really do anything, it might just take 15 minutes to figure out how to do it." Matt adds, "right now we automate all our reverbs and delays, but it would be nice for Nikki to be able to throw a delay at the end or a word or something like that."

For the full lowdown check out this interview from Novation, meeting up with Little Daylight on a lovely day at SXSW.




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