"I’ve got the most minimal “rig,” if you’d even call it that. Macbook Pro, Ableton Live, some KRK’s (I actually did the whole Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites EP with the right speaker blown!) and some plugins. I don’t even use a MIDI controller. I’ve gotten very quick at drawing everything in with the trackpad. I prefer it that way actually. No hardware as of yet, though I do plan on expanding my studio and collecting more toys in the future. But what I have does the trick for now!"
So there it is for his past, literally making tracks without a stereo field with a blown speaker. He later was on his first round of toura and made tracks in his hotel room and even in vehicles on the way to gigs.
This is Skrillex pictured in his current (as of January 2012) studio based out of LA, he lives in a 100 year old building that was a bank. Some sort of creative persons loft community. He has since gotten some upgrades since his humble Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites beginnings. Hes invested in what looks like Dynaudio monitors, a Virus Ti and panels. Very Neat.
He has an Akai MPK49 as his main interface connected to Ableton Live, 2 pieces of outboard grear that I assume could be a compressor on the left and some sort of soundcard interface (if anyone knows what they are let me know). You will then notice the Mac keyboard suggesting he is using Macosx and theres foam cups everywhere which could mean theres a coffee machine somewhere in this high traffic area. Or he doesn't like to do dishes.
Skillex is constantly on tour. As I said before he constantly makes music on the road anywhere he can. He travels with multiple MacbookPros (1 live, 1 toy/production mac and a backup). He uses Beats By Dre headphones, does everything on the trackpad and smokes a lot of cigarettes. Everything is in the box. He has stated in a recent interview that he makes tracks during the day and plays them out that night doing this, intense.
No doubt Skrillex uses Native Instruments Massive. On the software tip he uses that, FM8 and Abletons Operator. He has stated that he uses mostly effects within Ableton, he compresses, bounces audio and edits it again, he also uses techniques like Parallel Compression and Serial Compression but that will be a later Tutorial. Its been established that he most likely uses the L2 Maximizer (all dubstep people uses that) and a mixture of limiters, distortion plugins and some sort of bitcrusher.
Peace out Skrill drop it hard. =]=]=]