MELVILLE, NY, March 14, 2011 â€” Adam Young, perhaps best known under the name Owl City (just one of his many musical projects/personae), has become one of the most prolific and creative young musicians on the scene today. Originally from the small town of Owatonna, Minnesota, Young developed musical ideas in his parentsâ€™ basement, eventually discovering the world of synthesizers, sequencers and digital audio workstations. After generating buzz in indie circles, he signed to Universal Republic, and in 2009-10, Owl City broke through to the mainstream with the hit single â€œFirefliesâ€? and its album Ocean Eyes. â€œFirefliesâ€? topped the US and Canadian charts and became the most-downloaded song on iTunes in the US.
As he continues to make music, Young looks to Korg synthesizers for sonic inspiration. He notes, â€œWhenever Iâ€™m inspired, Korg is the first place I turn to â€“ be it
hardware synths or plug-ins. Korg allows me to be creative and ultimately achieve the sounds that I envision in my head and beyond.â€?
One of Youngâ€™s favorite synths is Korgâ€™s RADIAS-R Synthesizer Vocoder. He states, â€œIâ€™ve been a microKORG user since the beginning and Iâ€™ve fallen in love with that little synth. The moment I wanted to look into a bigger, more powerful synth, my eye landed on the RADIAS.â€?
He is particularly drawn to the RADIAS-R because of its user-friendliness: â€œI love how everything is programmable. The moment I switched it on, it was as if everything was right where it needed to be. I really like how everything is right there in front of your eyes, ready to edit. Iâ€™m the kind of guy who is always going back and tweaking patches and sounds and re-saving them, so the programmability of the RADIAS blew me away right out of the box. Plus, it sounds amazing! I love everything about it.â€?
Youngâ€™s recent creative process for Owl City has heavily featured the RADIAS. He explains, â€œI used the RADIAS quite a bit on the upcoming Owl City record entitled All Things Bright and Beautiful. The RADIAS was always my go-to synth whenever Iâ€™d be in a session and needed a synth-specific sound. I had it set up right next to my Pro Tools rig, so I could grab the knobs and get a sound fast, if I found I needed another synth layer during the mixing process. Itâ€™s so easy to be creative with the RADIAS and thatâ€™s what I really love about it.â€?
Other favorite Korg products of Youngâ€™s include the Legacy Collection soft synth and the SV-1 Stage Vintage Piano. â€œIâ€™m a huge fan of the Korg Legacy Collection synth plug-ins. The PolySix was a heavy hitter on the new Owl City record as well,â€? he concludes.