For a few years now, team Novation have been huge fans of Gotye and his camp of super-talented musicians, stage techs and engineers. We're glad to say that the feeling is mutual, and we've recently been talking to bass player Lucas Taranto about his experiences with Novation gear on stage.
We should precede this with a little nod to Lucas' love for Novation: normally when we write these little blurbs about the cool people we work with, we write a story to contextualise the situation. But in this case, Lucas has done all the hard work for us, and written us a detailed history of his relationship with Novation keyboards. Thank you Lucas!
"It all started with the Novation Bass Station. Best keyboard ever. Unfortunately with the Bass Station being so old and touring being so rough, I needed to update my bass keyboard. Enter the Novation UltraNova. The UN has delivered those thick bass sounds I needed to hold down the bottom end in Gotye shows. It has the ability to dive into the sounds and really create whatever I hear in my head or, whatever sounds I need to re-create. As a second keyboard I took a Novation MiniNova out on the road with me. In my opinion, the Mini is a slightly more awesome synth in a package half the size. The sounds are huge, especially the bass sounds, but its the MiniNova's ability to create multiple changes in real time that sets it apart for me. Between the filter and the animate buttons, creating live sounds/lines on the gig is so much fun. I can easily adapt to whatever is happening musically on stage, instantly. It's easy to get around the functions and it almost fits in my pocket! Perfect for when I need it at a gig for only a couple of songs. It fits in my bass guitar gig bag and I can run it straight into my bass amp. Thumpin'!"
Lucas also sent us some pics of him on the Gotye tour with his custom wood-grain UltraNova. Check them out!