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Tom Holkenborg to Sell Much of His Vast Gear Collection

11/20/20 • by Team Tom

The Official Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL) Reverb Shop will feature synthesizers, samplers, and more from throughout the famed composer’s career.

Reverb, the largest online marketplace dedicated to buying and selling new, used, and vintage musical instruments, is partnering with multi-billion dollar box office composer Tom Holkenborg to sell a collection of analog gear that he’s accumulated over the years, dating all the way back to his chart-topping recording career as Junkie XL. The Official Junkie XL Reverb Shop will launch Wednesday, December 9, and will include music gear used to create some of the most unique and powerful sounds in Hollywood’s recent film history. 

 

A full-contact composer with a literal hand in everything from mixing, mastering, and sound design to playing instruments and conducting an orchestra, Holkenborg is known to use a wide array of instruments, but thirty years of collecting gear led to him accumulate more equipment than he can possibly use. Holkenborg wants to pass his beloved collection—used to create everything from the dance hits of his earlier career to scores for Mad Max: Fury Road, Deadpool, Alita: Battle Angel, and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice—on to the next generation of creators.

 

“I’ve always been a bit of a gearhead,” said Holkenborg. “Throughout my career I’ve amassed an amazing collection of instruments that I love and have cherished, but I simply can’t use them all anymore! I’ve made some amazing music with these items and they are instruments that deserve to be played, rather than used a couple of times a year. I want to get this gear in the hands of creators who can use it every day.”

 

The Official Junkie XL Reverb Shop will feature more than 200 synthesizers, samplers, and other electronic instruments, nearly 100 pedals, dozens of microphones and guitars, drums, and more—including a Moog Minimoog Voyager XL that he used on some of his biggest scores. Of the synthesizer, Holkenborg said: “The sound design possibilities in the low frequencies are amazing. It’s used in Mad Max: Fury Road. It’s used in Deadpool, Alita: Battle Angel, Mortal Engines - I can go on and on. It’s used everywhere. It’s a workhorse.”

 

Other music gear that will be available in The Official Junkie XL Reverb Shop includes:

  • A Boss Chorus Ensemble pedal that Holkenborg used in Deadpool to give the film an ‘80s guitar sound. “I remember picking this up on my first U.S. tour as Junkie XL, so it's been with me for 22 years or so,” said Holkenborg. “It's an incredible pedal and I made incredible results with this. I've used it with synthesizers. I've used it with bass. I've used it on guitar. It's a really great pedal, especially for the connoisseurs out there.”
  • An Oberheim Stretch DX drum computer, Obeheim Promer EPROM creator, and an EPROM eraser that Holkenborg used to create his own samples. “This set was used a lot for Deadpool, where I sampled my own drum kit and cymbals and stuff,” said Holkenborg. “I created my own drum kit and with that, I was programming all the beats.”
  • An Orange Thunderverb 200 amp set Holkenborg used to record guitar for a Nike European Cup commercial with Guy Richie. “I also used it on Booming Back at You in 2008, and then I started using it on all kinds of film scores,” said Holkenborg. “It’s extensively used on 300: Rise of an Empire with all these really aggressive bass riffs and it is the amp that I recorded all Mad Max: Fury Road’s signature riffs with various Gibson guitars.”
  • Several CS series synths from Yamaha, including a rare CS-70M, a CS-60 he used on Netflix's Spectral, and a CS-40M he has employed often. "I've been using it for bass sounds primarily. Excessively used on the Zack Snyder cut of Justice League, very much used on Max Max, and everywhere where I needed that really growling sound."
  • A rare Sequential Circuits Prophet-T8 that Holkenborg used on the surfing documentary Distance Between Dreams and Netflix's White Lines.

 

“I remain a full contact composer, hands on will always be my approach,” said Holkenborg, who has created a new streamlined working set-up and studio with select drums, guitars, pianos, synths, and more. “My new set-up is certainly slimmed down, but I’ve found it to be quite liberating and inspiring, and I look forward to showing you what I’ve been up to very soon.”