Louis Faro

Louis Faro is a full-time, professional pianist, keyboardist, composer, arranger, and producer. He graduated from the Béla Bartók Jazz Conservatory in Budapest, Hungary in 1976 where he studied with Kornél Kertész and Gustav Csík. He began his professional career at age 17, later moving to Chicago where he played with such greats as Michael Manson (bassist for George Duke), Richard Patterson (bassist for Miles Davis, David Sanborn, Roberta Flack, Boz Scaggs), Chuck Webb (bassist for Stevie Wonder, Joe Sample, Ramsey Lewis), Kirk Whalum, and Martha Wash (C&C Music Factory).

Louis currently performs extensively in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. He continues to broaden his fan base with his energetic and compelling blend of jazz, r&b, funk, latin, and classical styles. His original compositions feature bold melodies and rhythms, a unique breadth of musical language, and a mastery of modern synth media.

We chatted with Louis about how he’s using the Prophet 12.

Louis, what made you choose the Prophet 12?

“It is the ideal synthesizer. Digital front end with analog back end. It has immense sonic power, limitless sound design potential, and high-quality sound. It’s versatile and has absolute clarity of design, technically and user interface-wise. The Prophet 12 module’s solid, durable form factor also suggests long-term reliability. And DSI headquarters made a good impression on me.”

How are you using it?

“I play and record it in my studio almost daily. It’s that inspiring. Its design allows me to create and use it as an inexhaustible source of inspiration. It’s a perfect match for my multi-stylistic musical needs.

What’s one of your favorite things about it?

“Instant access to all parameters via external MIDI CCs while its front-panel features are only one or two buttons or knob adjustments away.”

What does it give you that other synths might not?

“The Prophet 12 stands out as the most interesting synth on Earth. I like the digital oscillators with feedback, analog filters, unique effects, musically useful distortion, and vast modulation matrix. I can radically alter a sound faster than ever before. It has a very wide sonic range.”

Any interesting Prophet 12 tricks or techniques you’d like to share?

“Tweaking the wave shape modulation, feedback, and effects is worth exploring in depth. I find very unique and interesting electronic or “organic” sounds every time I use it.”

Check out Louis’ music here.



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