Photo: Kelsey Hart
Automatic is the trio of Izzy Glaudini (synths, lead vocals), Lola Dompé (drums, vocals) and Halle Saxon (bass, vocals). The band first met while immersed in L.A.’s DIY music scene and started jamming together in 2017. Once they started playing out, word quickly spread about their explosive live shows and they became a mainstay on the L.A. club circuit. After their debut album Signal was released on Stones Throw Records in 2019, they began touring internationally and opening for acts such as Bauhaus. In 2022, they shared the stage with Tame Impala, Parquet Courts and IDLES. Their second album Excess is out now on Stones Throw.
We chatted with Izzy on how she uses the Prophet Rev2 in her music:
What made you choose the Rev2?
I wanted something that had the sonic and visual aesthetic of a classic vintage synth but the conveniences/capabilities of a modern one. My band Automatic is synth, drums, and bass… so it is a very synth forward band! The Rev2 has a lot of versatility in the patches, and because it’s easy to save presets, I don’t have to have to dial in patches live for each song. I also knew I wanted something polyphonic, with a built-in sequencer. Adding the cool wood paneling, I mean J.F.C. I’m sold.
How are you using it with Automatic?
For live shows I play through a guitar amp, usually a Jazz Chorus. I recently started to run it through a H9 Electro-Harmonix pedal, which makes it even more velvety and glassy.
What is one of your favorite things about using the Rev2?
I’m not ashamed to admit I love to use the presets on this synth. Sometimes when writing, I’ll randomly cycle through sounds until I land on a totally insane sounding patch…which usually gets featured prominently in the song. It makes songwriting more like collage.
What does the Rev2 give you that other synths might not?
You can get really in depth with soundscaping. I’ve had my synth for about 5 years, starting as a total synth novice, and I’m still learning about new ways to use it. There are two layers to every patch, and being able isolate and tweak each layer individually allows one to make really unique sounds.
Any interesting tricks or techniques you would like to share?
This might be a really obvious one, but don’t skip reading the manual. It is there to be your friend! Also, the sequencer is really fun to use.
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