Larry Kleinke’s background in Techno goes back to 1991 when he started listening to it, and focused on what he called “Lazer Techno” at that time. Of course “Lazer Techno” turned out to be Acid. In 1993 he started getting into DJing, and in 1996 he bought his first synthesizer. A Korg Polysix.
What is your favorite piece of hardware gear to work with and why?
This really depends on what I’m working on, when doing Acid, it is of course the 303. But if I’m doing anything Industrial, it could be the modular, or it could be the E-MU Emax sampler.
Is there a specific VST plugin that radically changed your workflow?
That would be Arturia’s Pigments. This is my favorite VST Synth. It almost always works its way into my Black Agent material.
Do you have a specific process when it comes to creating tracks. For instance, do you start with a beat or with a melody?
This depends on the project I’m working on. If I’m doing some Computer Controlled (Acid) material, it’s either a drum beat, or a 303 sequence. If I’m working on Black Agent (Industrial) material, it could be drum/percussion sequences, or a bass sequence, or a sample I’m editing.
Which aspect of music production do you feel you excel at?
Probably the rhythmic elements, I’m not very good at all with anything melodic. Coming up with odd,/off putting samples as well, I really pay attention to what goes on between the dialogue in movies. Especially horror from the 70s/80s. So i’ll capture a lot of little atmosphereic samples that are only like 1 second long that most people would gloss right over.
Your best advice to get that kick drum pounding?
Parallel compression. And learning how to program bass drums, what makes them punch in the first place.
Out of all the productions you have made, what would be your personal favorite?
Well, if it’s my Acid stuff, probably Signal Freq off my newest Computer Controlled release. Industrial wise, definitely the cover of Skinny Puppy’s Assimilate.
What is the best advice you have for other producers in the game?
Practice. Learn your tools, whether it’s software or hardware. Learn mixing, processing, watch YouTube videos. There are lots of good ones out there to help you learn.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
Keep the sound Underground.
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