One of the most beautiful aspects of electronic music is its creative portability. It’s the everyman genre, because you don’t need an expensive studio to break into the scene: You can just download Ableton to your laptop and start tweaking. Of course, once you have made it, good luck keeping your studio set-up so simple.
Electronic musicians are total gear heads, and Noisia just took its gear obsession to new heights. The Dutch trio is known for making some of the smartest and most nuanced drum’n’bass, electrohouse, breakbeats and more, so what goes into those mind-tickling sounds matters a whole heck of a lot. Noisia recently moved into an industrial neighborhood in the Netherlands and converted an old printing plant into a state-of-the-art production and recording fantasy land, and Billboard Dance has the exclusive behind-the-scenes studio breakdown to make your mouth water.
Three separate studios weighing 70 metric tons are suspended on springs for perfect shock absorption. Designed by Architect and Master Studio Builder Thomas Jouanjean of Northward Acoustics, it features hand-crafted furniture and diffusers equally beautiful in design and function, but it’s the suspended ATC ASL-110-Pro speaker systems that sit at the heart of the studio. You also get to check out the giant modular synthesizer that helped make 2016’s Outer Edges and more.
Special shout out to Razer and MAINGEAR, whose laptops and PCs afford Noisia the insane computing power necessary to test the limits of sound. Watch the full tour below, and look out for studio tutorials coming from Noisia very soon.