DéFilm – Live keyboard rig – v2
Taking the very synth heavy DéFilm production on the road was no easy task in 1985. The keyboard rack required massive synth power and total recall while still being roadie-friendly and stable enough to handle the rigours of the road.
For this purpose some truly special and spectacular flightcases were built by Dansk Studio Teknik (Lars Sorner and Jan Pelle) – also to be known as “the white boxes”. Featuring loads of synth and effects modules, internal wiring, ventilation, backside connectivity and special drawers for sequencers and drum machines, the racks were almost a complete rack mounted studio by themselves. The construction was a special box-in-a-box system, where the outer box could be lifted up and removed to reveal the inner part. The outer boxes could then function as keyboard tier and table when not in transport.
The gear included in my dual white racks was:
- 2 x Roland MKS-80 Super Jupiter with MPG-80 Programmer
- Roland MKS-30 MIDI Synth Module
- Korg EX-800 MIDI Synth Module
- 2 x Yamaha TX-7 FM MIDI Synth Modules
- Roland SVC-350 Vocoder w.headset mic
- 2 x Roland MSQ-100 MIDI Sequencers w.cassette interface
- Roland SRV-2000 Reverb
- Roland DEP-5 Digital Delay
- TC-2290 Digital Delay
- Roland TR-707 Drum Machine
- Roland SBX-80 MIDI/SMPTE Synchronizer
- Ensoniq Mirage Sampler Keyboard
- Roland JX-8P MIDI Keyboard Synth
- Roland Axis-1 MIDI Performance Keyboard (“KeyTar”-style)
Beside my 2 racks, Lars Nygaard and Søren Riis-Vestergaard each had a similar rack. Lars’ rack contained the electronic Simmons drums unit, some reverb units and a mixer. And Søren’s rack contained the his guitar synthesizer plus a string of effects units, controlled with a pedalboard.
My 2 white racks survived well into the period of opening my studio, where they served as ordinary studio racks for 4 years before being replaced with custom tailored studio racks.