Composer & synthesist Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL, has announced plans to sell off his massive synth collection – because it got too big.
Good problem to have, right? Maybe not.
Holkenborg is known to most for his dance music production and his soundtrack work for blockbuster movies like Mad Max: Fury Road, Justice League and Deadpool.
But, synth fans also know him for his massively huge synth collection, which he’s featured often on his Youtube channel. If you’ve seen any of his Studio Time videos, you know his studio has walls and walls of 5U and Eurorack modular gear, shelves of vintage synths and drum machines, and gear stacked from floor to ceiling.
It makes an awesome studio, but – as Holkenborg notes in the video above – it also started to make him feel bad. The huge collection of synths takes a lot of attention to keep in good working order, and that’s time that took him away from making music.
He adds that he’d walk into his studio in the morning and feel guilty that he wasn’t using a lot of his gear. “They are instruments that deserve to be played, rather than used a couple of times a year,” he says. “I want to get this gear in the hands of creators who can use it every day.”
He’s also in the process of building a new studio. It’s designed to be a more compact, efficient work space – which also means there will be less room for gear.
As a result, Holkenborg plans to sell much of his collection: more than 200 synths, samplers, and other electronic instruments: nearly 100 pedals; 30-plus microphones; dozens of guitars, drums and more.
Highlights of his collection include:
- A Roland Jupiter-8 in immaculate condition;
- A Moog Minimoog Voyager XL, which has been used on several of his scores;
- An ARP 2600 clone, used on much of the Deadpool soundtrack;
- Yamaha CS series synths, including a rare CS-70M, a CS-60 and a CS-40M;
- An Oberheim Stretch DX drum computer, Obeheim Promer EPROM creator, an EPROM eraser and his custom EPROMs;
- A Sequential Circuits Prophet-T8; and
- A rare PPG Wave 2.2 with a Waveterm A wavetable computer.
The Junkie XL Reverb Shop will open December 9. You can sign up details at the site.