The French duo’s debut ‘Homework’ remains heralded as one of their best releases, and one of the finest electronic music albums of all time too, featuring classics such as ‘Around The World’, ‘Teachers’ and ‘Da Funk’.
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If you’ve ever wondered how Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel De Honem-Christo made the masterpiece, an archival Japanese magazine article from 1999 shared on Reddit holds some of the clues.
It features photos of a pre-robot mask wearing Daft Punk (they were opting for frog and pig masks in this shoot) alongside a list of all the equipment they used to make ‘Homework’.
Among the list are beloved synths and drum machines such Roland’s TB-303, TR-707, TR-808 and TR-909, and less obviously, an IOMEGA floppy disk zip drive. The 90’s!
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There’s also some quotes from Thomas Bangalter discussing their process alongside some handy diagrams.
He says: “In the first step when making music with hardware, it goes through the mixer and the compressor and is recorded on the DAT. After that, effects are put on the sound source before going into the mixer to be recorded. We don’t use the AUX on the mixer.
“The second step is directly putting the sounds from the DAT into the S-760 sampler and editing/cutting the two tracks into however many pieces, like hard disk recording.
“Lastly, we recorded it directly from the S-760 to the DAT. From here we do the rest with the Macintosh.”
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Check out the article (bigger version here) and a full list of the gear featured below.
- Alesis MMT-8
- Apple Macintosh + EMAGIC MicroLogic
- AKAI S01
- E-MUE III
- E-MU SP-1200
- ENSONIQ ASR-10
- ROLAND S-760
- ROLAND Juno-106
- ROLAND MC-202
- ROLAND MKS-80
- ROLAND TB-303
- SEQUENTIAL Prophet-VS
- Drum Machines
- LINN LinnDrum
- ROLAND TR-707
- ROLAND TR-808
- ROLAND TR-909
- ALESIS Microverb III
- ALESIS 3630 Compressor
- BEHRINGER Compressor
- BEHRINGER Parametric EQ
- ENSONIQ DP/4+
- LEXICON Vortex
- LEXICON JamMan
- LA Audio Gate/Compressor
- WALDORF MiniWorks 4-pole
- YAMAHA Digital Delay
- MACKIE. MS-1202
- MACKIE. CR-1604
- PANASONIC SV-3700
- IOMEGA Zip Drive
Patrick Hinton is Mixmag's Digital Features Editor, follow him on Twitter
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