How I Play: Stimming Interview + Setup

Hamburg-based producer and live performer Stimming is a fantastic studio artist, but he goes above and beyond when playing gigs out on the road. With three powerful tools from Akai, Teenage Engineering, and Moog, he’s able to craft a live show that allows him to build on his tracks and create something new in a fun way. Watch our exclusive behind-the-DJ-booth Stimming interview now.

Stimming Interview: The Gear

As mentioned in the interview, Martin’s current live setup consists of three main pieces of gear that all are routed through/controlling Ableton Live. The two synths act as layered elements on top of his tracks, which he has mixed down to three busses in an Ableton project. Each track has the key written right next to it in the clip label, so he can quickly check and play overtop of it with his synthesizer gear.

For quick reference, here’s the three pieces of gear that Martin uses:

  • Moog Minimoog Voyager – difficult to travel with, so he actually requests it on his rider when traveling overseas.
  • Teenage Engineering OP-1 – the tiny but powerful synth that he takes everywhere with him.
  • Akai APC 40 MK2 – More ideal than a Push for Martin because he’s already doing a lot of performance aspects on the synths, leaving just clip launching and effects control as the primary Ableton control needs. Plus, having faders to mix the entire setup is key as he’s not using a hardware mixer.

Want to hear more of Stimming’s work? Check out his latest Soundcloud releases below:

Watch next: Max Cooper explaining his work with the 4D soundsystem (which Stimming has done work on as well!)

Special thanks to Amir Mirzaee for helping connect DJTT for this interview, and to the Monarch staff in San Francisco for allowing us to film there during soundcheck. 

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