Chromeo’s Californian studio is a synth wonderland



Masters of funk. 

Montreal duo Chromeo are electro funk legends, with a career that stretches back to 2002 and classics like ‘Fancy Footwork’ to their name. With a new single out and a fifth album on the way, we decided to pay a visit to their studio in Burbank, CA where they’ve been recording for the past year.

Here the duo walked us through the vintage synths that have shaped their sound, from the Juno-106 to the Elka Synthex. They also told us how Steely Dan inspired their studio location, gave us some insider tips on starting a synth collection and even recorded a FACT jingle. Watch it above.

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37 thoughts on “Chromeo’s Californian studio is a synth wonderland

  1. MichnaOfficial November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    I never had money for a Juno 106 so bought a Alpha Juno 1 for $200 and just tweaked the sounds until I had custom bass and leads, and I'm no Aphex

  2. El Morto Beats Hip Hop Beats November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    3:20 i got the same talkbox and mic 😉 cool. i need to get theyre albums. is it out on vinyl too??

  3. Thomas More November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    P is the the real genius behind the group

  4. ScepticDJ November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Is this an actual song at 4:04? ID?

  5. Michael Alfonso November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Can recreate all this shit in Serum. lol waste of money.

  6. E L I T E O N T H E B E A T November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    My only question is WTF would you go to Pro Tools For Vocals? Guitars? Overdub?
    Cubase is just unbeatable especially with Maschine 2 + Jam, KK, Studio. 🙂
    Hardware is being extinct. Were pretty much in the digital golden era. Its starting to become impossible to beat software. 
    I have a motif es but some of the sounds in komplete 11 ultimate are breath taking….

  7. Manuel Proto November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Name track????

  8. mrlithium69 November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    no more pentium 2. Funny i just watched that video the other day.

  9. sketchyj November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    my system 8 has the juno 106 and jupiter 8 built right in with room for an sh-01

  10. Matthew Paluch November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    No Fairlight or Synclavier?

  11. Nick Herman November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    I get the sense people in Montreal dance to a lot of music like this that was imported from places like L.A. a few decades back and are going on about how edgy and urban they are even though every city in Canada is exponentially safer than any medium sized American city.

  12. Nick Herman November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    L.A.? No one cares about real music there; you guys should go to Berlin.

  13. Sloppy Crotch November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    A black robot pirate. I need to get me one of those mugs for my studio!!!!!!

  14. Krist Berti November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    That FactMag song should be on the new album.

  15. N November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    "FactMaaag" – You guys should release that track!

  16. spicecrop November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Vocoders and talk boxes , were gay as fuck in the 80's , now it's beyond comical. "Do you feeeel like i doooo". Yeah that shit is over. I love vintage synth but that shit is disco gay.

  17. Farine November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Is it me or the fat one is less fat than he used to be?

  18. ShreadTheWeapon November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Now, I think I better understand the difference between a vocoder and a talkbox.

    How does the proprietor of one studio get his/her hands on all those synths when they're on a damn budget?

  19. JamisonKills November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    I hope these guys are married irl

  20. Ariel Núñez Ramírez November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    what about Yamaha dx-100, what do you think about it people?

  21. makeshiftbattlefield November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    So cool

  22. Bobby Cressey November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Very nice! Of course you gotta know what to do with it and how to mix it, and that's where these 2 guys rule.

  23. Kevin Dietz November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Love these guys' vibe

  24. rokeeffe91 November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    i knew id dig this video… their set has everything I love about dance music

  25. dontcallmejon November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    these dudes are cool af

  26. Tyjon Adgerson November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Nosaj Thing for Against The Clock

  27. Donis Almanzar November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    curious as to what they'll come up with. Interesting time for funk, I think tuxedo doing it better.

  28. djcoolcliff November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    No Roland JX 8P? One of my favorite groups!!!!!!

  29. Makraska November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    106 WAS my first synth : ) 1983

  30. Makraska November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    "..for P and I to make music…"? No, friend. …for "P and ME".

  31. illijah009 November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    These guys are so fucking talented it's disturbing

  32. Jeremy Abel November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Juno-106 was my first too. Got it for free, my college was throwing it out

  33. ChristianIce November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Moving from Cubase to Protools to record vocals?
    So, you can use intel hardware and plugins instead of intel hardware and plugins? 🙂

  34. PJ Jackson November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Cubase is superior to all this pro tools hype

  35. Diji November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    ELKA SYNTHEX?! (sorry… I've been hypnotized by the Jean Michel Jarre Laser Harp sound x) )

    Man… This synth collection ain't cheap today xD

  36. Paul McKenzie November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Love the studio tour. I'm pretty much all software now but I still have great affection for the old hardware.

  37. tumbo sned November 30, 2017 at 1:08 am

    so the guy with the durag ghost produces everything i though that dude with the glasses was the interviewer he talked like he didn't know his own studio

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