Jesse Sola (NUMINA)

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Jesse Sola is an American keyboardist who goes under the project name Numina. He was born in 1971 in a musical family that currently resides in Denver, Colorado. Jesse began recording music in his 20’s while in college. Jesse’s choice of instrumentation was the use of synthesizers and acoustic instruments melded together to create deep, evolving music that ranges from melancholy to mysterious. Currently, Numina has released albums on his own Numinamusic label as well as on Gestalt Records, Hypnos, Dark Duck Records. He’s also been featured several times on the syndicated radio program Music From the Hearts of Space. Similar artists and influences include Steve Roach, Robert Rich, Vidna Obmana, and Stephen Philips.

We chatted with Jesse about how he’s using the Pro 2.

Jesse, what made you choose the Pro 2?

“As a sound designer and ambient musician, I chose the Pro 2 for its boundless sonic possibilities. Its deep modulation matrix and amazing oscillator section make it a sound designer’s dream synthesizer for creating intricate sounds and sequences.”

How are you using it?

“I’m currently using the Pro 2 primarily for deep textural drones, evolving soundscapes with the wavetables, and complex sequencer patterns.”

What’s one of your favorite things about it?

“Apart from the limitless sonic possibilities made possible by the extensive modulation matrix, the panel is intuitive and laid out perfectly for sculpting and manipulating any sound I can imagine.”

What does it give you that other synths might not?

“Its four complex oscillators combined with extensive modulation options and several real-time controls provide me with the tools to create unique sounds that I just can’t get out of my other gear. It is also an excellent controller for external synthesizers and my modular synth rig.”

Any interesting Pro 2 tricks or techniques you’d like to share?

“I like using the paraphonic mode, setting a different detuned wavetable for each oscillator, and modulating the filters while sweeping through the wavetable shapes with different modulations. Playing chords with the note hold on or using the sequencer results in gorgeous evolving drones and soundscapes.”

Check out Jesse’s website here.

Check out some of Jesse’s music here.


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