Richard Devine’s Synth Studio

This video, via Future Music Magazine, offers a look inside the studio of composer and sound designer Richard Devine:

If his music isn’t in your collection, there’s a good chance his sounds are in that synth you own, a videogame you just played or the TV ad you just watched. Watch and let Richard take you on a tour of his North Carolina studio

Check it out and let us know what you think!

15 thoughts on “Richard Devine’s Synth Studio

  1. A lot of times when I see a huge studio, I don’t hear the need for it. But with Devine, I do. He’s a brilliant sound designer, and really uses his gear.

  2. Met Richard and family at Make Noise last year. Don’t lump him into your “must shoot” category; he’s a great musician and a nice guy to boot.

  3. I like his studio, it’s not pretentious( like deadmouse) . Although I would love to have anyone of there synths.

    1. People like to diss Deadmau5 and Hans Zimmer for their awesome studios.

      I say more power to them for being smart enough and dedicated enough to have successful careers. There are a lot stupider things they could do with their money than buying cool gear!

      1. I don’t think you can fruitfully compare a major motion picture composer to an electronic dance music artist. In the motion picture world every minute is precious and if having a bunch of expensive custom built samplers (i.e. PCs running custom sample playing software) and custom control surfaces make the composer(s) more productive there’s a solid return on investment, I guess. And it’s not like all the stuff that Hans Zimmer owns is exclusively used by him. The sampling bits are shared by all the other composers and arrangers working at his company for example. And keep in mind that Hans Zimmer has been in the business for a long time and has accumulated much of the stuff he owns over decades, not years or months.

        I’m not so sure if an EDM artist, however busy or talented he may be, has the same return on investment when he buys everything in the store twice over. Or if anyone can use a truckload of gear bought at once. I have problems using what I have and I’d say I already have an unreasonable amount of gear, even if I were a commercial artist. It’s nice to have many possibilities and just use one instrument for “that sound” and nothing else but after a certain threshold is crossed it does get a little arbitrary and perhaps silly. But I don’t deny that other people who own lots of stuff might feel totally different than I do.

      2. Zimmer yes, Deadmau5 no, he complains about the the crowds that come to see him even though it’s the people that made him rich, which he also complains about being bored.

        Rich musicians who enjoy and appreciate their success are awesome, those that bitch and blame the crowd they took money from are tools. If he’s that bored he should learn to play an instrument live better or start an initiative that will make him happy not more music he apparently hates.

        Millionaires that complain are useless people.

  4. Hugely talented sound designer who is reassuringly down-to-earth. Would love to be a fly on the wall in his studio…

  5. @zootook: that’s an OpenLabs Neko (or one of its incarnations). Basically a laptop with exchangeable control surfaces integrated into a controller keyboard.

  6. Ooh, a circuit bent Yamaha RY30 drum machine on the floor. I would never do that to my baby, but I’m curious to hear what it sounds like and/or what modifications were made.

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