Christian Flake Lorenz Equipment

Christian Flake Lorenz Biography

Roland PC-180 A

Roland PC-180 A

Roland’s ‘desktop music’ (horrible term) series has more of a pro-level style than the entry-level range of their Japanese counterpart, Yamaha. The PC-180 bridges the gap between the smaller PC-160 and larger PC-200 MkII (both of which are apparently now defunct). The full-size keys stretch just over four octaves (that’s 49 keys) and offer velocity-sensitivity, but still no aftertouch. Aftertouch is available via one of the extra keyboard functions, but that’s hardly intuitive and doesn’t add much to the performance. However, you do get the usual Roland combined-pitch-and-modulation-stick to add expression and there’s a socket for a sustain pedal on the rear panel.

Price: 160 EURO


Akai S3200 Midi Stereo Digital Sampler

Roland A-37

Roland A-37

– Affordable 76-note controller keyboard for MIDI studios and performance
– Synth-weighted keys respond to velocity and channel aftertouch
– GM2-compatible; 128 User patches and 2 independent keyboard zones
– Easy to use with improved 7-segment LED and assignable Data Entry slider
– Convenient sequencer Start/Stop buttons, Clock TX and Transpose buttons
– Includes 2 independent MIDI outputs, MIDI In and Thru, plus Hold and Foot Pedal inputs
– Battery or AC powered

Ensoniq ASR-10

Ensoniq ASR-10

The ASR-10 stands for the Advanced Sampling Recorder – a completely digital music production studio. It’s a 16-bit sampler that came in both keyboard and rack-mount versions. It shipped with 2 MB of sample memory which could be expanded to 16 MB for a few minutes of stereo cd-quality sampling time. It lets you choose from sample rates of 30 to 44.1 kHz and has all the professional sample editing functions you would expect to find from a pro sampler including autolooping, volume smoothing, normalize, crossfading, and time comp/exp. Even resampling through its effects, EQ, etc. is possible!

Segway Human Transporter (HT) i180

Segway Human Transporter (HT) i180Segway Human Transporter (HT) i180Segway Human Transporter (HT) i180

Maximum speed: 12.5 mph
Carrying capacity: 260 lbs
Footprint: 19 x 25 in
Weight: ~ 83 lbs
Battery type: Two lithium-ion or NiMH battery packs
Battery range: 15-24 miles (Li-ion), 8-12 miles (NiMH)
Motors: Two brushless, DC servomotors
Wheels: 14 in glass-reinforced thermoplastic
Tires: 19 in tubeless, puncture-resistant
Platform height: 8 in
Ground clearance: 3 – 4 in
Display: Multicolor backlit LCD

During a concert in Gothenburg, Sweden on July 30, 2005, Till Lindemann suffered a knee injury when Flake accidentally ran into him with the Segway he rides during the performance of Amerika. This caused concerts scheduled in Asia to be canceled.


Christian Flake Lorenz with keyboard


  1. What are the 2 sounds in laichzeit? I know just the strings are from Fairlight cmi the preset is orch 2

  2. does anybody know, where the beginning sound of “du hast” comes from? Could it be a Halion Preset?

    • The looped techno “dance chord” is just that: A single techno dance hit, sequenced and very heavily processed into a loop by Flake. You can find MANY dance chords which sound as if they could have been used, in various sample packs such as Best Service Dance Mega Synths and Xstatic gold mine. I did find one which I was certain he used, but I can’t remember where it was from, it was many years back. It takes a LOT of skill to make it sound good though, I tried a while ago (admittedly before I really got into music) and it’s got SO many effects on it, it’s unreal.

    • The lead is a triangle wave, that has been very heavily processed with the ASR-10 onboard effects, adding distortion, filtering and artifacts to make it sound digital, and telephone like.

  3. I find preset from Flake solo on live version “Wiener Blut” – preset from Massive, called “MSX Spectravideo”

  4. Thank you very much BEN for the Mehr patch, it is awesome! I also have found some patches in Omnisphere which was used by Rammstein: the patch “Alert the Feet was used in the intro of Made in Germany tour when the bridge came down.

    Secondly, when Richard plays in the small stage and uses that weird saw sound, it is from Omnisphere from Moog Tribute Library the patch called “The Wrestler”.

    The third one I found is not a patch, it is a soundsource called “Thrusters” and it was used in Links 2 3 4.

    The fourth one called “Pop Fem1+Fem2 Ohs”. I’m not sure that FLAKE uses exactly this one, but it is very similar to the Ohne dich outro.

    If everybody knows more patches from Omnisphere or any other vst that rammstein used please tell us I would appreciate it!

  5. Thought I’d share another Rammstein preset discovery.
    In Omnisphere, the patch “Sustenance” is used in the intro to the song Mehr.

  6. That would be the Roland PC-180 A mentioned on this page, hooked up wirelessly, you can see the transmitter unit in some shots. Just like Richard and Paul’s guitars.

  7. can someone tell me what was the keyboard he smashed to pieces at the end of ‘los’ in the ‘volkerball arena des nimes’ show?

  8. I take everything back about the ASR-10 and distortion! Turns out Flake has been using the ASR-10R (the rack mount version of the ASR-10 keyboard) for years. You can see it very clearly sitting above his AKAI S3200 in some videos, and there’s one particular photo from the Mutter tour where you can see it mounted into his crazy keyboard rig.

    He may well have chosen to use the ASR just because he could in that case. Plus it really is an evil looking keyboard, truly suits Flake with all his creepy choirs and strings!


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