How I Play: Stimming (a 2022 update) and the Instant Mastering Chain

You remember how in 2015, we did a great How I Play with live hardware performance wizard Stimming? Well, he’s back for more with this 2022 update.

Earlier this year, Stimming launched his first piece of production hardware – the Instant Mastering Chain. It’s an analog audio processor chain built for artists on the go, as he designed it to be portable enough to fit into carry-on luggage. Upon its release, our first question became – naturally – well, how does he use it?

In this edition of our How I Play series, we’re stepping into a gear-lover’s dream. Stimming shows us how he crafted the Cyborgs Like Unicorns Too (Stimming Remix) track using his current gear kit and the IMC. As he calls it – it’s “a balance between complexity and simplicity.”

Gear that Stimming uses

Let’s take a look at the rundown of Stimming’s (massive) gear kit:

  • 1010 Music Blackbox/Bluebox
  • Intech Studio Grid Controller
  • DOCtron – IMC Instant Mastering Chain
  • GFI System Specular Tempus Reverb/Delay
  • Nozoid OSC-2 Synthesizer
  • Tasty Chips GR-1 Granular Synthesizer
  • Arturia Microlab Controller Keyboard
  • Wacom Cintiq 13HD Pen Display
  • Nonlinear Labs C-15 Digital Keyboard
  • Merging – Hapi Audio Interface
  • Bricasti Design M7 Stereo Reverb
  • API Audio 2500 Stereo Compressor
  • AL.SO Dynax 2 Stereo Compressor/Limiter
  • Electrodyne 511 EQ Pair
  • Kii Audio Acoustic Speakers
  • DOCtron – DOA Preamps
  • Malekko Manther Monosynth
  • Neumann U87 Microphone
  • Elektron Digitone Synthesizer
  • Elektron Digitakt Drum Computer/Sampler
  • Erica Synths Zen Delay
  • MFB Synth Pro
  • Teenage Engineering OP-1
  • Korg Electribe ER-1 Drum Synthesizer
  • Elektron Analog RYTM Drum Machine
  • Elektron Octatrack Performance Sampler
  • SoundForce SFC-5 MIDI Controller
  • ATV aFrame Electrorganic Frame Drum
  • Waldorf M Wavetable Synthesizer
  • Vermona PERfourMER MKII Quad Analog Synthesizer
  • Meng Qi Wing Pinger Synthesizer
  • Shakers
  • Ed Seiler Upright Piano

You can dive into more about Stimming’s Instant Mastering Chain – sitting at a cost of 2,999 euros – here, and watch our past How I Play features here.

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