The Past

Here we will take a look at PAR-2 East studio (aka Jikkenteki's Ex-Para-Mental Studio). Jikkenteki's setup has changed with each album and continues to evolve today. For starters, here is a look at the gear used on each album up to the present.

O.R.E. - (1999-2000)

Low-tech all the way here...

  • Korg EA-1
  • Boss DR-202
  • Zoom ST-224
  • Numark DM 2000X

Organic Imperfections - (2000-2001)

  • Roland MC-307
  • Roland SP-808
  • Korg EA-1
  • Numark DM 2000X

Ex-Para-Mental - (2001)

  • This album was recorded primarily with Fruity Loops 3 with a mountain of plug-ins, sample CDs and other goodies.

The America Period (2001-2004) -

In late 2001 Jikkenteki returned to the US and his studio gear. He also stopped actively releasing on mp3.com, hence the lack of "albums" after Ex-Para-Mental. The majority of tracks made between then and the summer of 2003 were made with a large array of different gear, both hardware and software. In the summer of 2003 Jikkenteki started to streamline his studio. One of the reasons is because he began planning his move back to Japan soon and simply could not take everything with him. Another reason is a lot of the equipment was aimed more towards live instrument usage and, while occasionally cool, wasn't being used much. Of the items sold, probably the most important item used in this period was a Yamaha SY-85 synth. In its place a Clavia Nord Lead 1 Rack and an Access Virus B Rack were purchased.

The Present (2004-Now) -

In April of 2004 Jikkenteki once again moved back to Japan on a more or less permanent basis. Several more key pieces of gear and software have been added to PAR-2 East. He continues working on tracks daily with a mix of both hardware and software synths. In addition, he is also working hard on further improving his live setup and well as doing some work with video production and editing. Below is the most up to date gear listing for PAR-2 East.

The Present

- Synths and Samplers-

  • Clavia Nord Lead 1 Rack w/ expansion card
  • Access Virus B
  • Roland Alpha Juno-1
  • Korg EA-1

- Outboard Gear -

  • Lexicon MPX1
  • Eventide Ultra-Harmonizer H3000-D/SX
  • Mackie SR24.4 Mixing Console
  • Dynaudio BM5A
  • Edirol PCR-300
  • Evolution UC-33e Controller
  • Ibanez RG7420

- Computers -

  • Athlon 2100 XP (1.7Ghz) desktop with 1 gig of RAM running Cubase SX3 and Cubase 4
  • MacBook Pro Dual Core (2.4Ghz) with 4 gigs of RAM running Live 7 and Cubase 5
  • T.C. Electronic Konnekt 8
  • E-Mu 1616M audio card
  • E-Mu 1212M audio card
  • Echo Audiofire4 audio card
  • Echo Indigo audio card

- Software -

  • Steinberg Cubase 5 (Primary Sequencer)
  • Steinberg Wavelab 4
  • Ableton Live 7 Suite (Sampler, Operator, Electric, Tension, Analog, Drum Machines)
  • FL Studio 8 Producer's Edition
  • Sony Vegas Pro 8
  • Sony DVD Architect Pro 5
  • Korg Legacy Collection (MS-20, Polysix, Wavestation)
  • Korg Legacy Collection Digital Edition (M1, Wavestation)
  • Arturia Moog Modular V 2
  • discoDSP Discovery
  • discoDSP Discovery Mac
  • discoDSP Phantom
  • discoDSP Vertigo
  • discoDSP Highlife
  • PSP Lexicon 42
  • PSP 84
  • PSP Nitro
  • PSP 608 MultiDelay
  • PSP Vintage Warmer
  • PSP MasterQ
  • PSP Neon
  • Linplug Albino 3
  • Linplug RMV
  • Linplug Octopus
  • Linplug Saxlab 2
  • Linplug CronoX 2
  • Image-Line Toxic Biohazard
  • Image-Line Hardcore
  • Image-Line Sim Synth
  • Image-Line Wasp
  • Muon Tau2
  • reFX Vanguard
  • rgcaudio Z3ta+
  • Steinberg HALion 2
  • Novation V-Station
  • Native Instruments Absynth 3
  • Native Instruments Reaktor 5
  • Native Instruments Massive
  • Native Instruments Battery 3
  • Native Instruments Spektral Delay
  • Native Instruments Guitar Rig 3
  • Native Instruments Guitar Combos
  • H.G. Fortune STS-24
  • H.G. Fortune ProtoPlasm TSM Pro
  • H.G. Fortune LaserBlade
  • E-Mu Emulator X
  • E-Mu Proteus X
  • Yamaha Vocaloid Meiko
  • IK Multimedia Classik Studio Reverb
  • IK Multimedia AmpliTube 2
  • IK Multimedia AmpliTude Jimi Hendrix
  • IK Multimedia AmpliTube Live
  • IK Multimedia T-Racks EQ
  • IK Multimedia T-Racks 24
  • Akai QuadComp