Producing for over fourteen years, Florian has become known for his deep, grooving powerful techno. His productions are characterized by his love.
From early in his electronic passion, Florian Meindl defined his own sound. After over a decade refining his craft along with a label of his own, Meindl has carved out his own slice of electronic production. Continuing to learn and progress as all
students masters must do, this Austria-born musician has a keen ear for quality soundscapes. Once describing techno as ‘half music half engineering’, his approach to production is scientific. As he returns with a four studio album, it’s clear this artist loves to experiment behind the board.
‘Nonlinear Times’ marks an apex in Meindl’s studio focus as he showcases his analog passion more than ever. As a long time student of sound design and engineering, he wields a deep quiver of modular racks heard across the gritty and powerful LP. Somewhere between the driving warehouse percussion and ominous industrial leads, the statement is clear that the album is made for the floor.
The physical world we are perceiving with our senses differs from the perfect mathematical model in the sense, that it is affected by small anomalies and errors and an incredible depth of detail. The same applies to analog gear, so the interferences, distortions and noises make the music how I do it, more physical and organic – even though it sometimes is very machine-like and mathematical.
Given Meindl’s stellar setup in the studio and dedication to combining analog and digital production, we had to learn more about his go-to’s in the lab. Knowing that his deep catalog of releases means lots of time to refine his setup, it’s no surprise that Meindl has a drool-worthy rack and much more lining the walls of a Berlin workspace. After giving the 1-track double vinyl a rinse, we asked Florian to share a few of his go-to hardware during the making of ‘Nonlinear Times’.
Dig into five hardware components that were essential in making the new album. Could you hear any of these working out in your studio?
Eurorack Modular Synth
Dave Smith OB-6
Manley Massive Passive
I went back a bit to the digital domain (Cubase and Native Instruments Komplete) in order to combine the best of both worlds. I figured out that working completely analog, with endless possibilities within the modular synth, distracts me personally too much from the musicality
A true artist, he knows it not all perfect in the world of production (and shouldn’t be). Meindl’s pragmatic approach the composition is a refreshing indicator of the current industry. By learning every step of the way, he’s defining a legacy in techno.
I will try to master every single piece of equipment as good as I can and at the same time I will continue to give errors a room to happen.
‘Nonlinear Times’ is out February 22, 2019