Visiting Top Floor Studios

I do quite some work with/at Gothenburg based Top Floor Studios, located inside Stora Teatern (“the big theatre”) – built in the 1850s and one of Gothenburg’s trademark buildings. The studio was designed and built by renowned studio architects Claes and Ingemar Olsson and the design includes floating floors, double doors, high ceilings, natural daylight and a smart climate system that ensures a perfect working environment.

Defined by a controlled yet lively sound, the recording room is designed for recording a variety of music styles and instruments. 48 input channels are wall mounted around the room, together with dedicated guitar amp/cab connections, and eight ethernet outputs for the Aviom personal monitoring systems, making this room suitable for all sorts of recording.

Zappa - the real manager

Zappa – the real manager

Upstairs from the regular studio lies the big theatre stage. 40 microphone channels go straight down to the control room, together with 4 ethernet outputs for the Aviom systems, transforming the stage into Gothenburg’s biggest studio connected recording room. Highly suitable for grand piano, choirs, brass or strings. Main engineer Jakob Herrmann works within a lot of different music styles, and has earned a reputation for drum recordings.

Jakob has worked as engineer and drum tech on a large number of albums, and has provided material for software companies and audio plugin manufacturers, including Softube,     Centipeak´s Drum Experience, and Addictive Drums by XLN Audio.

The client list for Top Floor Studios, and for Jakob Herrmann as recording engineer or drum tech, includes artists and musicians such as Europe, Hurts, Machine Head, Raised Fist, Hardcore Superstar, Evergrey, Mikael Wiehe, The Resistance, Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed), Body Count, Engel, Jesper Strömblad, Mustasch, Freak Kitchen, Draconian, H.E.A.T, Avatar, Ammotrack and BatAAr. The list also features many new and exciting up-and-coming artists and bands.

The studio’s employers and other various album collaborators also include producers and mixing engineers such as Roberto Laghi, Tobias Lindell, Joe Barresi, Jens Bogren, Jacob Hansen, Tue Madsen, Forrester Savell, Jonas Quant, Ryan Kelly and Steve Lagudi.

Out today: Ludvigson & Marchione – The Apolitical Hymn

Today a collab track I did with Håkan Ludvigson is released via the Mareld label, along with a great retexture version by Mechanist. Another remix will be released next month on another label since it was too up-tempo for the Mareld standards.

mareld102The track was originally a rough one-take I did with my Ableton Push that I was very close to deleting altogether. However; Håkan saved the idea and, after I sent him the stems, he loaded them into a Steinberg Cubase session and added his magic. The result is glitchy electronic piece in a church-like setting and the Mechanist version adds a fantastic, experimental remix with a dark, cinematic atmosphere.

Why don’t you just have a listen via Spotify, iTunes, Beatport, SoundCloud, Google Music et cetera? :)


mareld102 – Ludvigson & Marchione – The Apolitical Hymn

Visiting José González in his studio

In mid February José González released the album Vestiges & Claws and I had the honour meeting up with him at Svenska Grammofonstudion in Gothenburg. In his small studio, which he shares with electronic music producer Christoffer Berg, he guided me through the recording and production process of his brand new album. A very fundamental difference was that he did it almost entirely on his own and was also totally computer based this time.

Photographer: Fredrik Wik

Photographer: Fredrik Wik

González uses a portable rig with a MacBook Pro, running Apple Logic Pro, and a Universal Audio Apollo Quad interface . All effects on the album were UAD- and/or AU-plugins and the most frequently used microphones were a Neumann U 67 and an AKG 414.



During our conversation the artist gave a full in-depth view of his setup, along with mixing and routing tricks, but also non tech things like his song writing methods and how to balance album tracks of different characteristics.  A long five page feature in Swedish is available in the April issue of Musikermagasinet but I am currently looking into different options to get this translated into English. I am convinced that quite a few, outside of Sweden, might be interested in reading about the working procedures of José González.


Steinberg VST Connect Pro 3 – review project started

A few days ago I started out testing Steinberg’s brand new version of their remote recording solution: VST Connect Pro 3.

41006646_HALion4_Slip_GBDF.fh11Since an SE version was delivered along with the installation of Cubase Pro 8 one might be a bit curious about what the actual differences are so, here’s a list of all the stuff that the Pro version supports but not the SE:
1: Multi-channel support, up to 16 tracks (SE is 1 stereo only)
2: LAN support
3: Downstream transfer of uncompressed audio files
4: HD Audio resolution
5: Studio Pass support

The other night I had a basic try out with my fellow electronic musician Lars Netzel. We didn’t do any creative work but we got the basics going.
However; we both are having some issues with scanning our VST instruments in our systems. I am currently on a MacBook Pro and he’s on a PC desktop so it is not a platform issue. In my case the scanning crashes the Performer app and in his case the app doesn’t seem to scan the right location in the first place. In my case I highly suspect that that one or a few (i.e. too many) specific plugin(s) are causing the failure. We will run some more tests to sort this out within the upcoming week. We also had problems getting monitor effects running but that might be the result of me not having read the manual properly. Stay tuned!


Ableton Operator masterclass

Jut handed in a brand new Ableton masterclass to the editor at Musikermagasinet. In recent issues of the magazine I’ve been focusing on creating deeper introductions of the internal Live devices. This time it was the FM synth Operator‘s turn to be presented.

Ableton Operator

Ableton Operator

Don’t miss my earlier Ableton and Steinberg masterclasses that you may get a hold of over at the magazine’s web page, in either printed of digital formats.

A chat with Susanne Sundfør – coming soon

A couple of weeks ago I had a long chat with Susanne Sundfør for upcoming features in both Musikermagasinet and Release Magazine. The focus of the conversation was mostly technical stuff, like e.g. favourite synths and effects but also creativity, producing on your own vs. with others and being a woman in a business still dominated by men.

Photographer: Michael Strandtoft

Photographer: Michael Strandtoft

An English, shortened version of the interview will be online soon over at Release Magazine’s web page and in the June edition of Musikermagasinet the full, extremely tech-geeky conversation will be published. The latter will be in Swedish so start practicing your skills in Scandinavian languages, folks!