Image of: multiple synthesizers in MW Gilbert studio

Siri's Little Corner Studio

"People sometimes like to ask me what instruments or effects I use on my projects. I have always been somewhat reluctant to go into this, not because it's at all a secret, but more because people tend to over-focus on the tools rather than on the sounds and sonic landscapes themselves. Having said that, I thought I would share what I actually use these days in my studio. I do not formally endorse these as products, but they are all excellent studio tools each in their own ways, and I would not hesitate to recommend them to a friend or fellow musician or composer.”

First and foremost, I have a Eurorack modular system:

Image of: MW Gilbert's Eurorack modular system

The system changes from time to time, but is pretty stable at the moment. It includes all of the Tall Dog Electronics SE series modules: uBraids SE, uClouds SE, uRings SE, and uo_C SE (Ornament & Crime). All of the modules are licensed CC BY-SA 4.0 and are designed, manufactured, and sold by my son Daniel and I as Tall Dog Electronics. More info and availability at

I also have a classic/vintage ARIES modular system, which I hand built from kit in 1975-6, and which was recently restored by Daniel Gilbert:

Image of: MW Gilbert's ARIES modular system

My main area, with various tools and Neumann monitors:

Image of: MW Gilbert's studio

Software (non-exhaustive list):

Arturia VI
East/West Ghostwriter
Garritan Personal Orchestra
Modartt Pianoteq
Native Instruments Komplete
Spitfire Ólafur Arnalds Composer Toolkit
Spitfire Ólafur Arnalds Chamber
Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2
Spitfire Phobos
Toontrack Superior Drummer
WayOutWare TimeWarp 2600

Blue Cat MB-7 Mixer/EQ
Celemony Melodyne
Eventide EQuivocate/Elevate bundle
Eventide Anthology XI bundle
   (Eventide makes great plugins!)
Exponential Audio R2 Stereo Reverb
iZotope Alloy / Neutron / Ozone
Kush Hammer DSP
LiquidSonics Seventh Heaven Reverb
Nomad/BBE D82 Sonic Maximizer
PSP Vintage Warmer2
Sonarworks Reference Monitoring
WaveArts PowerSuite
Waves Diamond Bundle

Logic Pro X
Expert Sleepers Silent Way
Ableton Live

...and a bunch of other things and devices, a small assortment of percussion, toys and instruments, and processed guitars and vocals. This list is fluid and likely always will be.

I'm so sad to say that Sirius (Siri), my studio manager, passed away in December after 12½ years of excellent service. He was very loved and is very missed. Watch this space for any future hires.

Image of Siri: Australian Shepherd and studio manager :)

Siri (July 2010 - December 2022)
He was the goodest boy!