Klaus Schulze's Instruments  

The periods
KS' tools over the course of time
Klaus Schulze's studio inventory in April 2003:

Klaus Schulze explains the new Big Wall he has been using on stage since 1996

The periods

Drawing the line between the various instruments used in course of time can only be done approximately. Please, also check the record covers. In general there are the following basic periods:

Until 1972: Acoustic and Electric (Experimental and searchin' time)
1973-1979: Analogue Synthesizers (The Golden Age of Klaus' Electronic Music)
1979-1986: Digital Synths and Computers
1986-1990: Midi, Computer, Sampling
Since 1990: Even more Sampling (A new High Time for Klaus Schulze)
Since Jan. 1996: Rebuilding his studio completely, partly with new equipment

KS' tools over the course of time
Sixties Guitar, electric guitar, electric bass and drumset
1969/70 Drums, and at times strange organ sounds (with TD)
1970/71 Drums, odd electric guitar (Höfner Solid Body '164'), tape echo: Dynacord Echocord Mini (with A.R.T.)
1972 Teisco organ, guitar, voice, tapes, tape echo, 4-track Telefunken home recorder, cheap 3-channel Telefunken Echo Mixer, Revox, broken Fender guitar amplifier.
1973 Farfisa Duo organ, drums, EMS VCS 3, cheap effects, tape echo, second Revox, two little Farfisa mixers.
1974 Farfisa Duo organ, EMS Synthi A, ARP Odyssey, ARP 2600, Farfisa Syntorchester, tape echo, Revox, 10-channel Barth mixer.
1975 As above, plus Crumar Brass-Man, Crumar Multi-Man, Crumar Compact-string synthesizers, Syntanorma sequencer, 8-track tape recorder
1976 As above, plus Moog Synthesizer IIIp & Sequencer Complement B portable (these 4 parts are 'The Big Moog'), Mellotron, two Farfisa Syntorchestras, AKG BX 15 reverb, early PPG
1977/78 As above, plus larger mixer and various other keyboards: Minimoogs, Polymoog, Yamaha CS 80, Korg PS 3300, Korg as well as Sennheiser vocoders, AKG BX 20 reverb, Dynacord DRS 78 reverb and echo, TAM 19 flanger
1979 As above, plus G.D.S. synthesizer computer, PPG, Publison, PCM 1610, 16-track recording.
1983 Computer (G.D.S., PPG, Fairlight), much better effect devices, Oberheim DMX, custom made EEH rhythm-computer, EMT plate reverb.
1986 Midi with master keyboard, expander parts (Roland, Korg, Akai), Computer, Publison Infernal machine, 24-track recording & digital master recording.
1989 Atari 1040 ST, Atari Mega ST 4, Roland: Super JX 10, S 50, D 50, MKS 80, MKS 30, U 110, MPG 80; Akai X 7000, Fairlight, Yamaha TX 81 Z, Akai S 612, Korg DVP 1, Roland SRV 2000, Korg SDD 1200, Ibanez SDR 1000, Eventide Harmonizer, 3x Hohner HS-1/E, 2x Klark EQ, Arsonic-Sigma 5.2, EMS Synthi A, and others...
1990-'95 Plenty of sampling, including from 1993 to '95 plenty of operatic voices.
1996 Total rebuilding of his studio.
2002 See article A visit at Klaus Schulze's studio.
2007 Another rebuilding of his studio.

Klaus Schulze's studio inventory in April 2003

Keyboards and Synthesizers

  • Access Virus B
  • Alesis ION synthesizer and vocoder
  • Alesis Andromeda 6 voice analogue synthesizer
  • Alesis QS 8.2 keyboard
  • EMS Synthi A (2x)
  • EMU K 4
  • Memory Moog (Midi-Lintronics)
  • Minimoog (Midi-Lintronics) (2x)
  • Novation BassStation
  • Quasimidi Cyber 6 (2x)
  • Roland JD 800

Recording Studio

  • Akai Digital Patchbay
  • Alesis Prolinear 7200 SP surround speaker set
  • Alesis ProActive 5.1 Dolby surround control system
  • Alesis Studio 32 Recording console (mixer)
  • Alesis Studio 12 R Rackmixer
  • Alesis ML-9600 (CD master recorder)
  • Alesis HD 24 harddisk recorder (3x) with remote control
  • Event PS 6 Speakers (nearfield)
  • KS Digital Speakers (5.1 surround)
  • Mackie 32 Channel Rackmixer
  • Various Sennheiser micros
  • Sony DAT 2700 A
  • Soundcraft Mixer "GHOST" 32 channels (Midi automation)
  • Tascam DAT 30
  • Tascam DAT 30 MK II


  • Apple Macintosh G4, 733 MHz and G4, 933 MHz
  • Apple Macintosh Titanium G4, 667 MHz
  • Apple iBook G3 (for concerts)
  • Atari STACY
  • Apple Display (3x)
  • NEC Projector, 2100 lumen, including a silver screen, 200x300 cm


  • Emagic Logic Platinum 5.0
  • Steinberg Cubase 5.1
  • TC Sparks
  • Virtual Synths (Steinberg and Native Instruments)
  • Various plug-ins

Rack Synthesizers

  • Access Virus A (5x)
  • Akai S 1100 (32 Mbyte)
  • E-mu Vintage
  • E-mu E-64 (2x)
  • Korg M1r
  • Korg M1ex
  • Midi Moog (Studio Electronics) (2x)
  • Moog SE 1 (Studio Electronics) (3x)
  • Moog Vocoder
  • Prophet 2002
  • Quasimidi Polymorph (7x)
  • Quasimidi Quasar (TRE und Hardcore) (5x)
  • Quasimidi Rave-O-Lution (7x)
  • Roland JV 880 (Classic Board) (2x)
  • Roland JD 990
  • Roland SC 55
  • Roland U 110


  • Alesis Guitar FX
  • Alesis Acoustic FX
  • Alesis CLX-440 limiter and compresssor
  • Alesis Akira multi effects
  • Alesis MidiVerb 4 multi effects
  • Arsonic Sigma 5.2 (2x)
  • Roland RSP 550 (2x)
  • Roland SRV 2000 (3x)
  • Roland SRV 3030
  • SPL Vitalizer (2x)
  • SPL Vitalizer MK 2
  • SPL SX 2
  • SPL Optimizer (2x)
  • SPL EQ Magix
  • SPL Pro Mike
  • TC Fuzz
  • TC Stereo Chorus
  • TC M-ONE

Strings and Percussion

  • Alesis DM pro drum machine
  • Fender Stratocaster
  • Höfner electro
  • Hohner acoustic
  • Hohner Revenge
  • Hohner ST Savage
  • Hohner L59
  • Hohner L60
  • Hohner Fretless bass and 5-string bass
  • Martin 12-string
  • Paiste gongs and cymbals

Klaus Schulze explains the new Big Wall he has been using on stage since 1996

"It's from Quasimidi, especially made for me. It's shaped like the "Big Moog". Essentially, it's seven independent Polymorphs, which is a kind of a rebuild of the old Moog sequencer: it also has eight steps in three different rows. For instance I can use one for filtering, one for the envelope and so on, whatever I want. In addition, the new Big Wall includes seven Rave-O-Lution 309 drum computers, each with five MIDI channels, the fifth being the sequencer for synth sounds.

The Rave-O-Lutions are used for rhythm: bass, drums and percussion, whilst the Polymorphs do all the real sequencer work. The whole unit is linked with a rack-mounted "Live Clock" that handles program changes and the MIDI clock to synchronize the whole unit."

You can take a look at it in our studio photos section.