In his Studio Time Youtube series, composer & synthesist Junkie XL (Tom Holkenborg) gives a tour of his new studio.
Holkenborg is known for his dance music remixes and his soundtrack work for blockbusters like Mad Max: Fury Road, Deadpool and Zach Snyder’s Justice League. He previously had a massive studio, featuring a museum’s worth of classic synth gear. But he announced last year that he found that he had too much gear – keeping it up was interfering with his work – so he put much of it up for sale on Reverb.com and downsized his studio.
His new studio is surprisingly compact. And, while it’s packed with synths, they’re mostly modern flagship synths, like the Korg Prologue, Waldorf Quantum and Moog One, and not the rare vintage synths and modular systems that filled his previous studio. It’s interesting to see how his views on what gear is needed to score Hollywood films has evolved in the last few years.
Has Junkie XL traded vintage classic synths for modern classics? Check out the video and let us know what you think in the comments!