Mark de Clive-Lowe

The Korg Radias and the MPC have been part of your live rig for over a decade, and there are now more options than ever for musicians (DSI gear, Elektron, etc.) Why do you stick with these two items?

Mark de Clive-Lowe responded on 02/20/2011

interesting question. two other parts of my rig - the rhodes and honer clavinet have been around for 40 years. nothing sounds like either of them. the MPC3000 (my preferred model) has a sonic punch unlike anything. the SP12/1200 is comparable but that's about it. the radias has been ideal for me as a main midi controller and bass synth (i use it for some other stuff, but mainly as a bass synth). the MPC has some limitations and i love having those limiations to make music within - especially making it on the fly as i perform. i like not having a laptop on stage too. it's like driving a stick instead of an automatic ;)

one regular addition to the rig is the latest model korg kaoss pad. loving the KP3 at the moment and what that brings.

having said all that... i'm looking at ways to change the live rig and have it assimilate the studio setup more as well as being more modular and portable - in studio hardly use the MPC or the radias at all. i guess maybe the laptop is inevitable!!

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