GEAR RUNDOWN: FLUME

The Gear Behind The Hits

Australian producer, musician and DJ Harley Streten, better known by his stage name Flume, has amassed a long list of accolades, acclaim and accomplishments since the release of his 2012 debut album Flume. It’s taken a lot of hard work to get to where he is today – and a lot of gear.

COMPUTERS

APPLE MACBOOK PRO

Having initially started off with a single laptop, Flume then began to carry a back up machine that would sit underneath the main one in case something went wrong. He now has two Macbook Pros that are networked together with the same show file running and a spare one waiting in the wings with his production manager.

 

SOFTWARE

FL STUDIO

Flume started out using FL Studio.

 

ABLETON LIVE

Despite originally using FL Studio, Flume now operates with Ableton Live. The decision to change wasn’t necessarily based on manufacturer preference but rather was “more just a case of whatever works”.

 

“I know a lot of people who’ve stuck with FL Studio and they’re making amazing stuff,” he told Future Music in 2014. “The only reason I switched to Ableton was a friend who I share the studio with introduced me to it. At that time, FL Studio couldn’t do a lot of things that Ableton could, so I gradually weaned myself off FL Studio, although there are still things I like about FL Studio more.

 

“At the end of the day I feel like it was the right move, but if he hadn’t inclined me towards Ableton I would still be happily using FL Studio and making strong music regardless.”

 

CONTROLLERS

AKAI APC40

Flume told Future Music that he doesn’t often use this Ableton Live controller for production, but “more for the live shows and when I’m programming stuff for the live shows.”

 

NOVATION ReMOTE 25SL Mk II USB MIDI CONTROLLER

Flume often uses this popular compact MIDI controller as his keyboard, ensuring there’s no question it’s his with his name printed in purple on the far right C note on the keyboard.

 

NOVATION LAUNCHPAD USB MIDI CONTROLLER

Flume has used the Novation Launchpad as an Ableton Controller for his live setup for some time now, as can be seen in this set from London's Boiler Room.

 

 

AKAI PRO LPK25 25-KEY USB MIDI LAPTOP PERFORMANCE KEYBOARD

In the same performance above Flume’s setup also includes an Akai LPK25.

 

SYNTHESISERS

TEENAGE ENGINEERING OP-1

In the same interview with Future Music, Flume described this synth as “a lot of fun and great for experimenting."

 

AUDIO INTERFACES

RME FIREFACE UCX USB 2.0 AUDIO INTERFACE

Keen observers spotted the RME Fireface audio interface in photos of Flume’s studio included in this 2014 MusicRadar article.

 

APOGEE DUET 2 USB AUDIO INTERFACE

The Apogee Duet 2 is included in Flume’s 'tour bus studio”', as seen in this picture from his Instagram account.

 

APOGEE QUARTET AUDIO INTERFACE

In a post to his Instagram from October 2016 the Apogee Quartet audio interface can be seen, with the caption "Home".

 

SAMPLERS

ELEKTRON ANALOG HEAT SOUND PROCESSOR & ELEKTRON OCTATRAK DPS1 SAMPLER

 

In this post from his Instagram with the caption "Setting up the new space", a range of gear including the Eletron Analog Heat sound processor and the Elektron Octatrak DPS1 sampler can be seen.

 

MONITORS

KRK ROKIT VXT8

Flume started out using these popular monitors in his bedroom studio and then whilst traveling, as per the tour bus Instagram shot and in this segment from 2013 at the 2:00 minute mark.

 

 

BAREFOOT MICROMAIN 27

But eventually upgraded to these.

 

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