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Tycho Studio Standouts

Posted by Jakub

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We are living in a golden age of sound technology. The tools we have at our disposal today were only a dream just a decade ago. The industry has found the balance between the power and flexibility of digital and the character and nuance of analog. People generally focus on the end result, but for most musicians, producers and engineers, the process is the product and the tools are the enablers.
The following is an off-the-top-of-my-head gear list for this record, my favorite tools, created by the brilliant engineers who make what we do as recording artists possible.
I used a bunch of other things but these are the standouts, stuff I couldn’t do without. “Best” means “in my opinion this is the best I’ve used, personally” and “new” means “new to me, like I got it less than 18 months ago”. Feel free to ask questions about specific applications and I’ll do my best to answer. Would love to hear your favorites as well.

**DISCLAIMER: In this post I’m mentioning some high end (read: expensive) gear. But I want any of you who are just starting out to know that you should never think that expensive equipment is an answer to anything. All it does it add, incrementally, to your sound. A good engineer / producer should be able to produce quality recordings without the use of boutique or prohibitively expensive gear. I used inexpensive equipment for many, many years before saving up for and spending the time to understand higher level recording equipment. Of course, with the right tools a job can become easier, but it’s not impossible without them (but do invest in a good preamp before anything, that’s really the most important thing). That being said, after 18 years as a recording engineer and musician, these ended up being my go-to tools for this record.

Best New gear overall

Kemper Profiling Amp

Best New FX Unit overall: Strymon Blue Sky

Best New Synth: Korg Minilogue

Best New Old Synth: Moog New Minimoog Model D (can’t believe they actually did it. Just got it a week ago, somehow even better than my original 1972 Model D)
Dangerous 2-Bus+ (if you’re looking for analog summing, this is it)
Rupert Neve Designs Portico II Channel (the perfect balance of color and clarity, a modern classic)

Synths

Most used: Korg Minilogue

Late bloomer: Korg MS-20 (original)

Indispensable newcomer: Sequential Circuits Prophet 5

Staying power: Minimoog Model D (orignal 1972)

Deprecated: Access Virus C (we had a good run, but now I’m using the Kemper — same designer — so I feel we’re even)

Honorable mention: Korg Arp Odyssey

Preamps

Rediscovered an old favorite: Universal Audio 6716

Sadly underutilized: Chandler LTD-1

EQ

Trident 80B 500 Series

Guitars

Got a Gibson Les Paul after having an Epiphone Les Paul for years. Now I get why they’re so expensive.

Hardware

New Favorites: Strymon Timeline and Blue Sky

Stalwart: Ursa Major SST-282

Best new output conversion: Dangerous Convert-8

Best new input conversion: Lynx Aurora 16

Best adapter: Lynx AES16e

Best mixer: Neve 542

Underappreciated: Empirical Labs Distressor EL8-X

Software Instruments

Native Instruments Monark (as close as you’re ever going to get to a Mini in the digital domain)

Arturia Jupiter 8V (stunning clarity, always cuts through the mix)
XILS 3 (warmth)

Software effects

Valhalla Shimmer / Vintageverb, U-He Presswerk, Plugin Alliance VSM-3, Arturia Jupiter 8V, , Waves H-EQ, Waves RS56, Waves Scheps 73, Eventide Black Hole, SoundToys Native Bundle, Acustica Amethyst, Empirical Labs Arousor, Sonnox Envolution, SSL Duende Drumstrip, Kush Omega N&A

DAW

Reaper 5

Monitoring

Controller: Dangerous D-Box

Monitors: Genelec 8330A

Headphones: DT770 Pro 80ohm (great translation to/from speakers)

Tycho Division Fall Tour

Posted by Jakub

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TYCHO DIVISION FALL TOUR

09 16 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
09 17 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks w/ Lotus
09 18 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theatre * ^
09 19 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall ^
09 21 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection % ^
09 22 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore % ^
09 23 – Thorton, OH – Resonance
09 25 – St. Louis, MO – Murmation
09 27 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz # ^
09 28 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse $ ^
09 29 – Oxford, MS – The Lyric $ ^
09 30 – Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory ^ ~
10 01 – El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls ^
10 02 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre ^ ~
10 04 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl ^ ~
10 16 – San Francisco, CA – Treasure Island

^ – Heathered Pearls
* – Christopher Willits
% – Com Truise
$ – William Tyler
# – Made of Oak
~ – Big Wild

Tickets on sale Friday, July 22nd

Tycho in Michigan

Posted by Jakub

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Michigan. Two very special Tycho events just announced in Grand Rapids and Detroit with Ghostly International + Com Truise + Heathered Pearls.

09 21 16
The Intersection
Grand Rapids, MI

09 22 16
The Fillmore Detroit
Detroit, MI

Tickets on sale Friday at 10AM CT. Please share and tag your friends for a chance to win meet & greet, merch package and free tickets.

http://tychomusic.com/

Tycho DJ Sets

Posted by Scott


Have some Tycho DJ sets coming up here in San Francisco and a short US tour. Hope to see you out!

Tycho DJ Tour 2016

FEB 10 – CLUB VINYL – DENVER, CO
FEB 11 – BANG BANG – SAN DIEGO, CA
FEB 12 – GEM & JAM FESTIVAL – TUCSON, AZ
FEB 13 – EXCHANGE LA – LOS ANGELES, CA
FEB 16 – BARDOT – MIAMI, FL
FEB 17 – FLASH – WASHINGTON, DC
FEB 18 – INPUT AT OUTPUT – BROOKLYN, NY
FEB 19 – THE MID – CHICAGO, IL
FEB 20 – POPULUX – DETROIT, MI
MAR 04 – 1015 FOLSOM – SAN FRANCISCO, CA
MAR 05 – 1015 FOLSOM – SAN FRANCISCO, CA

TYCHO SUMMER 2015 TOUR

Posted by Jakub

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Just announced summer shows in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, United States and Canada! Yes, Mexico, I know its been a long time coming, finally our first headlining show in Mexico!

TYCHO SUMMER 2015 TOUR
MAY 21-25 | Bradley, CA | Lightning in a Bottle
MAY 27 | Buenos Aires, Argentina | Niceto Club
MAY 28 | Sao Paulo, Brazil | Beco 203 – São Paulo
MAY 30 | Santiago, Chile | Red Bull Music Academy – Centro Del Cerro
JUN 03 | Mexico City, Mexico | SALA
JUN 06-07 | Houston, TX | Free Press Summer Festival, Houston, Texas
JUN 09 | Tampa, FL | The RITZ Ybor
JUN 10 | Miami, FL | Grand Central
JUN 11 | Jacksonville, FL | Freebird Live
JUN 13 | Manchester, TN | Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
JUN 15 | Wilmington, NC | Ziggy’s By The Sea
JUN 16 | Norfolk, VA | The NorVA
JUN 17 | Richmond, VA | The National
JUN 18-21 | Dover, DE | Firefly Music Festival
JUN 19 | Baltimore, MD | Rams Head Live
JUL 08 | Ottawa, Canada | RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest
JUL 09 | Quebec City, Canada | Festival d’été de Québec
JUL 10 | Montreal, Canada | Parc Jean-Drapeau
JUL 11 | Toronto, Canada | Echo Beach
JUL 14 | Headingley, Canada | Adrenaline Adventures
JUL 15 | Saskatoon, Canada | Diefenbaker Park
JUL 17 | Calgary, Canada | Prairie Winds Park
JUL 19 | Pemberton, Canada | Pemberton Music Festival
JUL 24-25 | Tulsa, OK | Center of the Universe Festival
AUG 06-09 | Darrington, WA | Summer Meltdown Festival
AUG 14-16 | Somerset, WI | Summer Set Music & Camping Festival

Tickets and more info

Tycho Tour Update

Posted by Jakub

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Tycho just finished some dates with Shigeto and now have Beacon as support, dates below of the upcoming Alt-J run. The photos above give you a little catch up on whats been happening, the tire blow out from this morning was a bit of a bummer but the guys pulled through. Keep up with the photos on the Tycho facebook.

Tour Dates

MAR 27 | Royal Oak, MI | Royal Oak Music Theatre
MAR 28 | Toronto, ON | The Danforth Music Hall
MAR 29 | Indianapolis, IN | The Vogue Theatre
MAR 31 | Columbus, OH | Newport Music Hall
APR 01 | Cleveland, OH | State Theatre at PlayhouseSquare #
APR 02 | Pittsburgh, PA | Benedum Center #
APR 03 | Raleigh, NC | Red Hat Amphitheater #
APR 04 | Atlanta, GA | Chastain Park Amphitheatre #
APR 05 | Birmingham, AL | WorkPlay
APR 06 | Nashville, TN | Grand Ole Opry #
APR 08 | Oklahoma City, OK | Chevy Bricktown Events Center #
APR 11 | Indio, CA | Coachella
APR 17 | Berkeley, CA | Greek Theatre #
APR 18 | Indio, CA | Coachella
MAY 21-24 | Bradley, CA | Lightning in a Bottle
JUN 11-14 | Manchester, TN | Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
JUN 18-21 | Dover, DE | Firefly Music Festival

# – w/ Alt-J

Tickets and more info.