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RJD2’s Studio

Ramble John Krohn (better known as the musician/producer RJD2) gives us a tour around his incredible home studio – while bakes us an  apple-raspberry cobbler while he’s at it…

His massive collection includes a Hammond, a fantastic Yamaha CS-80, a wall of modular synths, vintage synths, home built gear, effects, amps, and a ton of other enviable items.

Here’s a partial gear list:

Computer, DAW, recording hardware

  • Apple PowerBook G4 1 GHz computer
  • Digidesign Digi 002, Pro Tools|HD


  • SSL 4000 Series console

Synth, instruments, amps

  • Ampeg B-15R Portaflex bass combo amp
  • Casio CZ-1000 synth
  • GMedia GForce M-Tron plug-in
  • Farfisa Professional Piano
  • Elka Synthex
  • Fender Rhodes ca. 1973 (2), Twin guitar amp
  • Hammond M3 organ
  • Hohner Clavinet E7 electric piano
  • Yamaha CS-80 synth
  • Ibanez electric guitar ca. 1979
  • Moog Rogue synth
  • Nomad 49B combo organ
  • Oberheim OB-Xa synth
  • Rickenbacker 4001 bass
  • Sequential Circuits Prelude, Prophet-5 synths
  • Yamaha CS-40m synth
  • Vox AC15 and AC30 guitar combo amps
  • Wurlitzer electric piano (2)

Mics, effects, EQs, preamps

  • AKG D12E mic
  • Electro-Harmonix Octave Multiplexer, POG, Q-Tron and Small Stone effects pedals
  • Lexicon 480L digital reverb
  • Microtech Gefell UM71, UM75 mics
  • Neve 33115 EQs
  • Pultec EQ-P1
  • RCA BA21 preamps
  • Realistic cardioid mic
  • Royer R-121 ribbon mic
  • Universal Audio LA-2A compressor/leveling amp
  • Urei 1176 compressor/limiter


  • Alesis M1s
  • Yamaha NS10s
  • ProAc near-field monitors

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