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Title: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Numina on December 24, 2007, 12:32:32 PM
In the spirit of gear talk, let's post some studio pics for oggling purposes, eh?  Yes, all of you, do it... do it... The Mysterium as of late 2007:

(http://www.numinamusic.com/photos/DSC03638.JPG)

(http://www.numinamusic.com/photos/DSC03637.JPG)

(http://www.numinamusic.com/photos/DSC03636.JPG)

(http://www.numinamusic.com/photos/DSC03639.JPG)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: APK on December 24, 2007, 12:42:35 PM
Jesse, you have way too much gear :)

Oooh ... didn't know you had an Andromeda !
And is that a v-synth at the top ... how long you had that?
And what happened to the OB12 ? I don't see it.

Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Numina on December 24, 2007, 12:46:43 PM
APK - there is no such thing as too many synths.  :-* I stil have the OB-12, K5000S, Juno106, SH101, MiniMOOG, FIZMO, XP-80, and E-mu E-synth, they're just not shown.  Now show me yours. - J.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: APK on December 24, 2007, 03:19:32 PM
(http://www.dataobscura.com/odd_things/oct2007.jpg)
Only shot I have right now. Its a temporary setup in teh basement
while I renovate my studio room.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Numina on December 24, 2007, 03:51:49 PM
Nice!  And a Yaesu scanner to boot! - J.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le) on December 25, 2007, 08:43:19 PM
Here is a few shots I took a few weeks ago...

(http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii209/xj32/Moss-Garden-01.jpg)
Mix Position
(http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii209/xj32/Moss-Garden-02.jpg)
Keys


Paul
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: dwight on December 26, 2007, 11:02:08 AM
In the spirit of gear talk, let's post some studio pics for oggling purposes, eh?  Yes, all of you, do it... do it... The Mysterium as of late 2007:

Okay, here's a shot circa 2002-ish. Things change a bit since then. I will post a new image soon. -d

(http://www.nepenthemusic.com/assets/studio2000.jpg)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: mgriffin on December 26, 2007, 11:09:59 AM
I've enjoyed this newest round of studio pics, and will try to post some of my own soon.

Lena snapped some images of me and David Tollefson doing some Viridian Sun studio work this weekend, so maybe I'll post some of those in both this "Studio Shots" topic and in the Viridian Sun discussion in the "Hypnos CDs and Artists" section.

Keep the pictures coming, everybody.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Bill Binkelman on December 26, 2007, 11:33:28 AM
As a non-musician, I have to say that when I look at all those gizmos (and I've visited a few artists in their homes too, e.g. Kevin Kendle, John Flomer, James Asher), I am in awe that you guys and gals can keep it all straight. I had to laugh when Kevin Kendle said to me "Oh, it's not that hard to learn to use these things."  :o :o :o Yeah, right! I consider myself a bright person and am the local go-to guy here at my program at Hamline University for computer issues by staff and faculty and even students (I give training seminars on PowerPoint, advanced Word, etc), but I take one look at all that....STUFF...all those dials, switches, read-outs...and I just glaze over. It does not compute. So, FWIW, my hat's off to ALL of you ambient and EM wizards. I don't know how you do it. IMO, cooking a meal or writing is child's play but when it comes to making music using THOSE, well, I wouldn't even try it on a bet.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: mgriffin on December 26, 2007, 11:38:27 AM
There's some truth to what you're saying, Bill.  Most of the people you'll talk to who have a studio full of gadgets like that, tend to be computer programmers, engineers, IT managers, and other tech-savvy types, which might explain why they (we) seem to think it's no big deal to understand how to interface with dozens of different machines.

Having said that, it's not quite as intimidating as it may seem to you, looking at 30 or 40 unfamiliar gadgets, when you're the individual who has bought them, one at a time, months apart, and learned each one individually.  If I had obtained every item in my studio all at once, it might have been overwhelming, but since I've obtained maybe 3-5 new pieces per year, it's been pretty gradual.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: mgriffin on December 26, 2007, 12:02:42 PM
Here are some quick & candid pics of the Viridian Sun sessions from Saturday.  I'll annotate these a little bit later.

(http://www.hypnos.com/forumpix/viridiansun1-.jpg)
First pic (these are posted out of the order they happened)... I'm playing bass front and center, Dave is playing guitar with mallets.  I'm actually sitting in front of the main computer (Mac Pro) in the center of the studio and Dave is over to one side.  None of the pics show the other half of the studio, which is more set up for graphics stuff anyway. You can't see much else in the studio at all, actually, but that's Lena's cello behind Dave, and there's a microphone stand and a mostly-empty gear rack back there too.


(http://www.hypnos.com/forumpix/viridiansun2-.jpg)
Slightly out of focus shot of Dave, taken from the studio doorway.  You can see my Nord Modular (not used in these sessions) in the foreground.  I think we're actually playing and tape is rolling at this point, even though Dave's not touching the guitar.  He has some loops running and he's just tweaking settings.  In the background you can see most of the keyboard & synth part of the studio.  On the left is my Yamaha 01/V mixer mounted almost vertically, then a 3-tier keyboard stand with a Kawai K5000S on top, then a Korg Triton, and a Roland D-50.  The two racks in front of the keyboard stand include a bunch of rack-mount synths in the one on the left (Waldorf Microwave XT, Roland JV2080, Korg O3R/W, Yamaha TG77, and the one on the right is a pre-amp & FX rig for recording guitar and bass, with a Joe Meek pre-amp/compressor/EQ, and effects including a TC Electronics M2000, a Digitech Studio Quad that I just use for weird, noisy modulation effects, a Behringer Ultrafex reverb, and a couple of Electrix filter effects.


(http://www.hypnos.com/forumpix/viridiansun3-.jpg)
This third pic shows more of the computer setup.  The computer (out of frame) is a Mac Pro quad Intel processor with a bunch of RAM and a bunch of hard drives.  The monitor is an Apple 30" HD cinema display.  There are Mackie 824 monitors on the desk, though at present the right monitor is raised up on top of a small rack that holds a patch bay, an Alesis Masterlink, a Lexicon PCM91 reverb, and an Avalon 747 analog compressor/EQ.  There's a black Steinberger electric guitar leaning up against the desk, mostly covered by a white Steinberger bass.

(http://www.hypnos.com/forumpix/viridiansun4-.jpg)
I'm not sure if we're actually playing here, or just talking about "what next?" in between tracks.  But you can see Dave's setup a bit more clearly (I don't know the names of all the pedals), and you can see my Yamaha S80 weighted piano/synth up against the wall, with a little lamp on top of it.

(http://www.hypnos.com/forumpix/viridiansun5-.jpg)
Here we're playing.  I'm wailing on the bass to such a degree that I'm about to tip over backward in my chair!  You can see Ableton Live on the screen but it's a very simple setup, just two audio tracks, each with a stereo pair from the MOTU 828 interface (on the shelf below the monitor), one pair from my bass & FX and one from Dave and his guitar & FX.

(http://www.hypnos.com/forumpix/viridiansun6-.jpg)
Not much is visible here that's not visible in the other pics... except the back of the sheet music stand I guess.

(http://www.hypnos.com/forumpix/viridiansun7-.jpg)
Here's another on the "scene" from the first picture, except Dave has picked up the guitar, and I'm looking at the screen with a concerned expression.  The small rack with the patchbay, the Lexicon PCM91, the Masterlink and the Avalon is more visible here and on the shelf below that you can see the MOTU 828 and the rarely-used Tascam DAT deck.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le) on December 26, 2007, 12:25:19 PM
I think Mike brings up a great point about learning vs timing vs quantity.

My studio and my studio "life" as such are divided into two distinct areas,

On the recording side I have a pretty hard and fast rule that If there is a piece of equipment that I have not used in six months or so, I usually sell it. It makes no sense to have a studio full of stuff that sits there and does nothing while we tend to gravitate toward certain pieces over and over.

Only once have I sold a piece I regretted, I spend much more time wondering..."Do I really need this and could that money be better used elsewhere?"

I have also mapped out what I want / need for my studio to run efficiently and professionally without need or excuses, but with out gratuity.

For instance, my design was to have 16 channels of high end mic pre, an A-D/D-A system to handle tracking that at once and then sufficient, quality outboard EQ's and Compressors for a hybrid "out of the box" mix down.

I am about 5 pieces away of accomplishing said goal...

Keyboard wise I have also adopted this approach slightly, I have slimmed my keyboard rig down to 5 (not counting my Rhodes) and even that may get chopped down to 4 soon (bye bye V-Synth).

It just seemed irresponsible in a way to have a mountain of synths most of which I had barley scratched the surface of their true potential. So I decided to focus on ringing out the most of what I could from fewer synths instead of having one synth which I only played a patch or two. Plus like a guitarist will "fall in love with, or at least respect in the morning" a particular instrument, I wanted a few synths I could look at as instruments in and of themselves, vs a commodity of sound sources.

Plus with soft synths being so good, the uniqueness of most digital instruments has diminished in my eyes, unless it is for some aspect like the time stretching and control of the V-synth or the architecture of some of the Waldorf pieces.


Anyway, I know that for many gear hounds and synth enthusiasts this is pure heresy...


Paul



PS Mike that is a really big violin along the wall !!!
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: dwight on December 26, 2007, 12:42:44 PM
...If I had obtained every item in my studio all at once, it might have been overwhelming, but since I've obtained maybe 3-5 new pieces per year, it's been pretty gradual.

This is quite true. If I had bought everything at once, I think my wife would have divorced me.
The last time I went through a major upgrade (multiple items) I was not a happy camper to be around.

-d
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Bill Binkelman on December 26, 2007, 01:22:59 PM
Not that I have any interest whatsoever  ::) in ever recording music, but just out of curiosity, if one wanted to record non-rhythmic ambient music (i.e. no drum programming machines needed), what would be the minimum one would need to spend to a) compose and play it b) record and mix it c) make high quality CD-Rs of it. Again, this is not meant as a veiled statement by me, since 1) I have no talent and, 2) I have no money. I'm just curious about the cost of all that gear. It LOOKS like a minimum set-up has to run well into the six figures...is that close? Do any of you have a limit on what you would spend on any one piece of gear?

I'm just really curious, folks, that's all. I'm pretty meager, income-wise, working in higher ed (as staff, not faculty) and I'm kinda cheap, to be honest. I blanche at spending more than 12 bucks for a bottle of wine, a dinner out that costs more then 80 bucks better be spectacular, and I go to matinees or second run movies whenever possible. So, the prospect of spending what looks like mega bucks on all that gear (and, knowing how small the market is for ambient music and how "well" it sells) :( well, to be blunt, how do you justify it? Not meaning that at all for it be critical or shaming or anything like that...maybe I'm just too pragmatic when it comes to money. I don't know. Anyway, I sincerely and truly hope no one here takes offense at my asking. Honestly, when I hear the music you all make, well, I'm glad you invest in the gear obviously. The music kicks ass. But man, I understand Dwight's statement. I think if I ever returned to printing a magazine in hard copy, Kathryn would change the locks and leave my all of my shit on the sidewalk with a terse note!  ;D
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: dwight on December 26, 2007, 02:56:02 PM
Not that I have any interest whatsoever  ::) in ever recording music, but just out of curiosity, if one wanted to record non-rhythmic ambient music (i.e. no drum programming machines needed), what would be the minimum one would need to spend to a) compose and play it b) record and mix it c) make high quality CD-Rs of it. Again, this is not meant as a veiled statement by me, since 1) I have no talent and, 2) I have no money. I'm just curious about the cost of all that gear. It LOOKS like a minimum set-up has to run well into the six figures...is that close? Do any of you have a limit on what you would spend on any one piece of gear?

Okay, do I want to admit this?
Sure. Here we go...(full disclosure).  Since 99-2007 I have put 63K into my project studio.
From 90-98 I shared a commercial studio with Tim Story and another guy. We put a lot $$ into that studio.
It's still around but it's hard to get in. It's always booked...

In the early 80's I lost a studio to a lighting strike.
The whole thing burnt to the ground. Ouch!!

As a qualification, the only thing I have sold out my purchases is an OB 12 (original), Roland D50 and a Moog Source.

...But man, I understand Dwight's statement. I think if I ever returned to printing a magazine in hard copy, Kathryn would change the locks and leave my all of my shit on the sidewalk with a terse note!  ;D

That's good one Bill. I can visualize that happing to me under the right circumstances.

Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: APK on December 26, 2007, 03:03:06 PM
Hi Bill.
Hey, I don't even have a job !
:)
On the music front ... with the advent of powerful computers, excellent analog to digital converter boxes/cards, and clean signal paths, you could setup a studio in a laptop/desktop using only software instruments or samples, and a pair of headphones. And you could do that with free software. So the expense could be very low. Maybe a small midi keyboard to play the soft-synths.

That sort of setup is not what you see in the pictures above, but it is workable and inexpensive.

Heck, Biosphere does "live" concerts with just a laptop and small midi keyboard.

Hardware gear is another fascination. But most digital hardware is just a program burned to a big chip with a physical interface of knobs and stuff added on. Not really different from a software program on your computer. But software doesn't have the tactile appeal, or the dedicated and unproblematic use.

I use more software synths and effects than I do hardware ones. Software is convenient and powerful. It is cheap to add 'knobs' for every parameter to software.

Of course, getting usable, cheap software for music production is no guarantee that a person will produce music worth listening to.

It is relatively easy to string together pre-configured samples, but its another game to play and compose like a musician.




Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: ffcal on December 26, 2007, 03:22:39 PM
Cool gear, guys.  Bill, there isnt really any minimum amount necessary for creating your own beatless ambient music.  You could probably even make do with just a computer, a keyboard controller, some software-based synths and software to record your performances.  (But you might also get what you pay for!)  Im not really a gearhead myself, but I can certainly understand the appeal.  Instead of having a collection of vintage Fords in your garage, you might be saving up the cash for that long-lost vintage Moog Mark V, or maybe the latest and greatest new Doepfler module.  That said, I did recently picked up a used Wavestation A/D from Loren, and have been enjoying the hell out of it.

Forrest
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: mgriffin on December 26, 2007, 03:27:38 PM
(http://www.dataobscura.com/odd_things/oct2007.jpg)
Only shot I have right now. Its a temporary setup in teh basement
while I renovate my studio room.


I like your setup, APK, even though the pic is softer-focused than an episode of Moonlighting!

What's the keyboard in the right foreground?
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: APK on December 26, 2007, 03:35:10 PM
Yep, its a nice little working system, everything in reach where I need it.
That synth is a korg MS2000 keyboard version -- it came with
those old-school hardwood ends.


Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: LNerell on December 26, 2007, 05:56:43 PM
Not that I have any interest whatsoever  ::) in ever recording music, but just out of curiosity, if one wanted to record non-rhythmic ambient music (i.e. no drum programming machines needed), what would be the minimum one would need to spend to a) compose and play it b) record and mix it c) make high quality CD-Rs of it.

Their is no real answer to this as their are so many ways one can make this type of music. It depends on the way you want to work and what you want to achieve. You could spend only a few hundred bucks and make some music. Or, like most of us here go crazy and buy tons of gear just because we like too.  :P ;D

So, the prospect of spending what looks like mega bucks on all that gear (and, knowing how small the market is for ambient music and how "well" it sells) :( well, to be blunt, how do you justify it?

I don't think making this kind of music you can justify the costs, you do it because you have to. But again, these days you can spend very little and still make something decent. In the end its not really the tools that make the music but the person and how he/she uses them. Like building a house, you don't need a lot of the tools they use today to make houses, people have been making houses for thousands of years with very basic tools.


BTW I will contribute with photos of my studio later, I just finished moving my studio to a different room and am in the process of fixing some minor problems. Probably post something in a day or two.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: einstein36 on December 26, 2007, 08:38:23 PM
Hey there Mike,

I didn't realize what a great looking guy you were:)....hmmm..when do we get to see shots of Lena now doing her thing???? hmmmm:)...

I will probably post mine soon but considering my studio is very very simple and laid out simple enough....I am one of those that do everything, most everything through the computer, etc....only thing I use is my keyboard....
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Hypnagogue on December 27, 2007, 07:56:42 AM
I'm kinda cheap, to be honest. I blanche at spending more than 12 bucks for a bottle of wine, a dinner out that costs more then 80 bucks better be spectacular, and I go to matinees or second run movies whenever possible.

I knew I had a long-lost brother out there somewhere!
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: mgriffin on December 27, 2007, 10:40:17 AM
Yep, its a nice little working system, everything in reach where I need it.
That synth is a korg MS2000 keyboard version -- it came with
those old-school hardwood ends.

I thought I recognized that thing, and was pretty sure it was a modern mini-synth with retro-style wood end caps.  In fact, I almost bought an MS2000 keyboard once, and always thought it was a good-sounding and fun-to-twiddle synth for the money.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: mgriffin on December 27, 2007, 10:44:51 AM
Hey there Mike,

I didn't realize what a great looking guy you were:)....hmmm..when do we get to see shots of Lena now doing her thing???? hmmmm:)...

I will probably post mine soon but considering my studio is very very simple and laid out simple enough....I am one of those that do everything, most everything through the computer, etc....only thing I use is my keyboard....

Lena can't do her thing with anyone watching.  Oh, you mean her music thing!  Well, I think Lena's shy enough about recording music without having me photograph her while she's playing.  Maybe some day.

As for me, I'd have to be a "great looking guy" to win the heart of a red hot sexpot like Lena, wouldn't I?   ;)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Hypnagogue on December 27, 2007, 01:57:37 PM
red hot sexpot

Which, not surprisingly, is the title of her next CD.

 :o
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Bill Binkelman on December 27, 2007, 03:58:07 PM
Hey there Mike,

I didn't realize what a great looking guy you were:)....hmmm..when do we get to see shots of Lena now doing her thing???? hmmmm:)...

I will probably post mine soon but considering my studio is very very simple and laid out simple enough....I am one of those that do everything, most everything through the computer, etc....only thing I use is my keyboard....

Lena can't do her thing with anyone watching.  Oh, you mean her music thing!  Well, I think Lena's shy enough about recording music without having me photograph her while she's playing.  Maybe some day.

As for me, I'd have to be a "great looking guy" to win the heart of a red hot sexpot like Lena, wouldn't I?   ;)

It's nice to meet someone who isn't afraid to admit his wife is so attractive...seriously, Mike, I applaud you 8). So many men push the "jealousy" button so easily that one doesn't know if one can tell a guy that his wife is good looking without the guy kicking his ass.

Although, I have to say, you two seem way too well-adjusted to be ambient music artists! Where are your insecurities, foibles and idiosyncracies! ;D
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: michael sandler on December 27, 2007, 05:08:39 PM
As a non-musician, I have to say that when I look at all those gizmos (and I've visited a few artists in their homes too, e.g. Kevin Kendle, John Flomer, James Asher), I am in awe that you guys and gals can keep it all straight. I had to laugh when Kevin Kendle said to me "Oh, it's not that hard to learn to use these things."  :o :o :o Yeah, right! I consider myself a bright person and am the local go-to guy here at my program at Hamline University for computer issues by staff and faculty and even students (I give training seminars on PowerPoint, advanced Word, etc), but I take one look at all that....STUFF...all those dials, switches, read-outs...and I just glaze over. It does not compute. So, FWIW, my hat's off to ALL of you ambient and EM wizards. I don't know how you do it. IMO, cooking a meal or writing is child's play but when it comes to making music using THOSE, well, I wouldn't even try it on a bet.

My humble, um, "studio" might be less intimidating. Note that half the stuff isn't even plugged in.

(http://g.virbcdn.com/cdnImages/noResize/Image-171416-1049306-msandler_studio.jpg)

The cat's real by the way. She likes to walk over the keys and make noises. I also get help from Zhao the Ambient Gargoyle, visible on the speaker.

The piles of paper are my unfinished opera.  ;)

Mike
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: mgriffin on December 27, 2007, 05:24:04 PM
I think Mike brings up a great point about learning vs timing vs quantity.

My studio and my studio "life" as such are divided into two distinct areas,

On the recording side I have a pretty hard and fast rule that If there is a piece of equipment that I have not used in six months or so, I usually sell it. It makes no sense to have a studio full of stuff that sits there and does nothing while we tend to gravitate toward certain pieces over and over.

Only once have I sold a piece I regretted, I spend much more time wondering..."Do I really need this and could that money be better used elsewhere?"

...

Anyway, I know that for many gear hounds and synth enthusiasts this is pure heresy...

Paul, I think you're right that many gear hounds and collectors are much better at acquiring new equipment than at selling it or getting rid of it.  But I think your approach is sane and practical, and I'm trying to figure out how to get there myself.  I made some efforts a year or two ago to get rid of maybe 10 pieces of gear that I wasn't using at all.  I still have some redundant or (for me) obsolete gear that I think I'll try to sell soon. Maybe after the new year I'll make a little list and put it up here.

Lately, though, I'm moving the opposite direction, having purchased two pieces of gear in the last few months from people selling it here on the Forum!
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: mgriffin on December 27, 2007, 05:28:45 PM
I have a question about how some of you (you know who you are) who have lots of music gear, especially lots of synths and samples, cope with patching everything.  Do you:

1. Use multiple patchbays to keep everything plugged-in all the time (into patchbays, I mean) and only selectively patch the stuff into your mixer or audio interface?

2. Leave only the most-used stuff plugged straight into the mixer all the time, and when setting up a less-commonly-used piece, temporarily plug it in, maybe unplugging something else to make room?

3. Utilize LOTS of mixer inputs or audio interface inputs, to leave everything plugged into its own input, all the time?

I've done all of the above at various times, and probably am somewhere between #1 and #2 right now, not really fully committed to either approach.  I have 3 full-size patch bays but I'm using less than 1/3 of the patch inputs, and I have some synths plugged straight into my mixer and others not plugged into anything at all.  It seems like a lame approach, but in my own defense, I'm actually only getting active in the studio again fairly recently.

So, I'd like to get a bit more organized and structured approach but I'm actually not quite sure how I want to do it... leaning toward #1.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: mgriffin on December 27, 2007, 05:35:30 PM
As for me, I'd have to be a "great looking guy" to win the heart of a red hot sexpot like Lena, wouldn't I?   ;)

It's nice to meet someone who isn't afraid to admit his wife is so attractive...seriously, Mike, I applaud you 8). So many men push the "jealousy" button so easily that one doesn't know if one can tell a guy that his wife is good looking without the guy kicking his ass.

Although, I have to say, you two seem way too well-adjusted to be ambient music artists! Where are your insecurities, foibles and idiosyncracies! ;D

Well, I was kidding a bit, and you're kidding a bit, but I'll say I agree with you that it's just crazy for a man who has an attractive wife or girlfriend (or for that matter, a woman who has an attractive husband or boyfriend) to be jealous and suspicious, or to get angry at other people for looking at their partner.  It's just completely irrational, and demonstrates the terrible insecurity of the jealous party.

Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: APK on December 27, 2007, 05:37:44 PM
When I have my studio up and running properly I use #1.

I patch everything into patchbays so I can easily route them in and out of each other and into the audio interface. Stuff not connected this way tends not to get used because its then too much trouble to set up. I don't use a mixer. Only patchbays.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le) on December 27, 2007, 06:27:22 PM
My synths are sub-mixed through a Mackie VLZ3 mixer, they are linked MIDI-wise with a Roland/Edirol UM-880 patchbay which can be switched at the touch of a button to my studio DAW or my laptop.

I also have (3) 48 point patchbays, 2 are balanced and one is unbalanced which can route any mic pre, compressor, eq or effects unit to any daw input/output at anytime.

When I get really anal about sound quality I will disconect my synths from the mackie and go direct in through a pre and such.
Paul
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: APK on December 27, 2007, 06:46:39 PM
I use an Edirol UM-880 midi box as well ... great piece of gear !
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: LNerell on December 28, 2007, 12:31:31 AM
When I was using a mixer I mainly did #1, I use to use four patchbays to connect everything to route everywhere. But now that I have given up using the mixer I use #3 with about 8 inputs on my soundcard that are not connected to anything patched into a patchbay in case someone brings something over to record. So now I have no mixer and only use 1 patchbay.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Seren on December 28, 2007, 03:32:30 AM
I don't use 1, 2 or 3 ;D, mainly because I don't have a lot of equipment and connecting things up does not take a lot of time. I may look into patchbays at some point, but currently I am only working on one sound chain at a time.

I am considering how to do some live music so will have to get a mixer at some point.

How many chains of sound do people have running at once?
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: einstein36 on December 28, 2007, 11:04:01 AM
hmmm...maybe we could "collarabate" on something together...:)


Hey there Mike,

I didn't realize what a great looking guy you were:)....hmmm..when do we get to see shots of Lena now doing her thing???? hmmmm:)...

I will probably post mine soon but considering my studio is very very simple and laid out simple enough....I am one of those that do everything, most everything through the computer, etc....only thing I use is my keyboard....

Lena can't do her thing with anyone watching.  Oh, you mean her music thing!  Well, I think Lena's shy enough about recording music without having me photograph her while she's playing.  Maybe some day.

As for me, I'd have to be a "great looking guy" to win the heart of a red hot sexpot like Lena, wouldn't I?   ;)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: lena on December 28, 2007, 11:32:06 AM



QUIT BEING GOOFY!  :D QUIT BEING GOOFY!  :D QUIT BEING GOOFY!  :D QUIT BEING GOOFY!  :D QUIT BEING GOOFY!  :D :D :D
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Numina on December 28, 2007, 12:32:37 PM
I have a question about how some of you (you know who you are) who have lots of music gear, especially lots of synths and samples, cope with patching everything.  Do you:

1. Use multiple patchbays to keep everything plugged-in all the time (into patchbays, I mean) and only selectively patch the stuff into your mixer or audio interface?

2. Leave only the most-used stuff plugged straight into the mixer all the time, and when setting up a less-commonly-used piece, temporarily plug it in, maybe unplugging something else to make room?

3. Utilize LOTS of mixer inputs or audio interface inputs, to leave everything plugged into its own input, all the time?

Mike - I started out much more organized that I am now - I used to have all the synths and fx run in/out of a 1/4" patch bay but I found that it was a pain in the ass sometimes and there were some grounding issues... then I played live and tore a bunch of stuff out and when I set everything back up I just sort of wired things directly into others.  Either way worked for me and to be honest I'd like to go back to the patchbay setup but I don't have time to record like I used to so it's no urgency for me. 

I find myself more just playing for fun these days.  Not recording anything.

Bill B. - as for the cost of doing floaty/drifty ambient stuff, there are several alternatives and different combinations of things you could explore all of which are relatively inexpensive these days. Here's what I would do for the least expensive route: go to local pawn shops and Music-go-round and Craigslist and find a synth you like, haggle the price down 20%.  Same with fx.  You could probably find an Alesis Quadraverb for $60.00 and a useable synthesizer for as low as $250, buy some cables at about $20, a used p/c audio card interface could be as cheap as $20, and maybe look into the home edition of Sony ACID or something as your mutli-track recorder which I believe is under $100.  So, for $500 (or less) you could start creating ambient music.  There's also the Korg MicroX , Novamusik has a re-boxed one here: http://www.novamusik.com/search.aspx?type=Model&keyword=3600&mid=35

Anyway, the point is it doesn't take talent or a lot of money, just a lot of reverb.  Take me for example... I just alike all the blinky lights and pretend I'm Cap'n Kirk half the time.

J.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: jblock on December 28, 2007, 01:58:14 PM
Here's my current set-up: Akai EWI4000s, Vox Tonelab LE and a Boss DD-20. I don't really use the Micron much.

(http://www.synthblock.com/graphics/studio08.jpg)

Jonathan



Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: APK on December 28, 2007, 02:06:48 PM
And its great to see a 1,000 watt heater element wired in, Jonathan !

A man needs power in the mix  :)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: petekelly on December 28, 2007, 02:18:31 PM
A shot of my studio would be very dull - as I use very little hardware. However, here's an arty shot
of 2 things I use a lot - My Ebow and my lovely Tokai Les Paul copy.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2267/2144836146_d00087fe29.jpg)

cheers
Pete


Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Numina on December 28, 2007, 02:31:37 PM
Speaking of e-bows, I was surprised to see The Edge (from U2) using an e-bow on the Live in Paris video from 1987 on I think it was "The Unforgettable Fire". I didn't know the e-bow had been used that much for that long. - Jesse
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: mgriffin on December 28, 2007, 02:36:15 PM
There never would've been a "Cocteau Twins sound" without the e-bow.  And I seem to remember Fripp and Adrian Belew both using them early on, and Bill Nelson.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: jkn on December 28, 2007, 05:11:46 PM
I just read this wikipedia article - it's interesting...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-bow
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: lena on December 28, 2007, 06:00:22 PM


Anyway, the point is it doesn't take talent or a lot of money, just a lot of reverb.  Take me for example... I just alike all the blinky lights and pretend I'm Cap'n Kirk half the time.


Uh-uh, Jesse,

No WAY are you going to get away with insinuating that you have no talent! You are one of my very favorite ambient musicians EVER, & I think that your music is WON-DER-FUL! (Besides, it takes a HUGE amount of talent to make all those blinky lights & reverb sounds work for ya')!

(That is all. Beam me up, Scotty)... ;)

Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le) on December 28, 2007, 06:12:59 PM
nahhh he's right its the Verb !!!  ;D
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: LNerell on December 28, 2007, 08:33:25 PM
I just read this wikipedia article - it's interesting...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-bow

I remember first hearing about the ebow back in the 70s, I think it was even out of production for a few years.

Here's another cool one that is somewhat related. The Gizmotron:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gizmo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gizmo)

(http://www.ensemblepittoresque.net/downloads/gizmotron.jpg)
(http://homepage.mac.com/djjord/iblog/C1555525095/E20070207154551/Media/gizmotron_promophoto.jpg)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Scott M2 on December 28, 2007, 09:04:38 PM


Anyway, the point is it doesn't take talent or a lot of money, just a lot of reverb.  Take me for example... I just alike all the blinky lights and pretend I'm Cap'n Kirk half the time.


Uh-uh, Jesse,

No WAY are you going to get away with insinuating that you have no talent! You are one of my very favorite ambient musicians EVER, & I think that your music is WON-DER-FUL! (Besides, it takes a HUGE amount of talent to make all those blinky lights & reverb sounds work for ya')!

(That is all. Beam me up, Scotty)... ;)

http://www.dreamstate.to/audio/transporter.mp3 (http://www.dreamstate.to/audio/transporter.mp3)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: ffcal on December 29, 2007, 01:16:06 AM
The Gizmotron was the creation of Lol Creme and Kevin Godley from the 70s art band, 10cc.  After they split from 10cc, they did a pretty wild 3 LP project called "Consequences," that was supposed to spotlight the Gizmo, but ended up blowing a huge budget in the process.  It's an entertaining album if you don't mind dialogue (Peter Cook does the voices), and even has Sarah Vaughn guesting on one track, "Lost Weekend."

I think the Gizmo is a little different from the ebow, in that there is more physical contact with the strings, but I never got to try one out.

Forrest
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: LNerell on December 29, 2007, 12:15:57 PM
The Gizmotron was the creation of Lol Creme and Kevin Godley from the 70s art band, 10cc.  After they split from 10cc, they did a pretty wild 3 LP project called "Consequences," that was supposed to spotlight the Gizmo, but ended up blowing a huge budget in the process.  It's an entertaining album if you don't mind dialogue (Peter Cook does the voices), and even has Sarah Vaughn guesting on one track, "Lost Weekend."

Yes I have that album, I found the first side of the first disc to be interesting but after that not so much. My guess is they blew their budget making the first 20 minutes and then made the rest of the album with the money they had left.

I think the Gizmo is a little different from the ebow, in that there is more physical contact with the strings, but I never got to try one out.

Its different in that it uses spinning balls of rosin to make the string vibrate but its trying to do the same thing as the ebow. It had one big disadvantage in that its has to be attached to the guitar to be used, unlike the ebow.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Scott M2 on December 29, 2007, 03:22:28 PM
I also heard that the little spinning/rubbing/bowing disks would wear out too
and it's kinda hard to get replacements.   E-bow = no moving parts!   :)
However... Gizmo = up to 6 notes at once
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: lena on December 29, 2007, 05:59:31 PM

(That is all. Beam me up, Scotty)... ;)


http://www.dreamstate.to/audio/transporter.mp3 (http://www.dreamstate.to/audio/transporter.mp3)


Whoa, I've been beamed aboard the Starship dreamSTATE! Very cool sounds, (can I be a member of your crew)?  ;D
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Scott M2 on December 29, 2007, 07:13:03 PM
You're in. We leave orbit on the first. The Next-Next Generation...

O_=

BTW - That was a sample supposedly actually used in the first Trek series.


Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: darkenedsoul on December 29, 2007, 07:43:27 PM
When a) I figure out how to put a picture in the post and I get my *studio* area set up and gear on the desk I'll take a photo or two to show the layout. Maybe even sneak the guitar stand in there ;-)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Scott M2 on December 29, 2007, 08:46:57 PM
No recent full studio shots on my hard-drive now but here's a few images...

A shot I made to document some of my realtime Buddha Machineries manipulations earlier this year.
(http://www.dreamstate.to/photos/misc/gear/buddha-machineries-3740.jpg)

and the sounds that resulted:
http://www.dreamstate.to/audio/sidd.mp3 (http://www.dreamstate.to/audio/sidd.mp3)    http://www.dreamstate.to/audio/kan.mp3 (http://www.dreamstate.to/audio/kan.mp3)


A shot of the controllers I'm using for live laptop performances. Recently a Kaoss Pad has replaced the small Doepfer.
It all fits on a board on an X-stand with the laptop out-of-frame on the left.
(http://www.dreamstate.to/photos/misc/gear/controllers_3743.jpg)


A shot of the corner of my small modular system taken when I was making an avatar for this forum.
My favourite module and my favourite knob.    ;D
(http://www.dreamstate.to/photos/misc/gear/bode_3607.jpg)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: LNerell on December 29, 2007, 11:32:30 PM
Bode frequency shifter, now that is nice.  8) The Moog modular I learned synthesis on had one of those. So how big a modular system do you have? I use to own a model 15 but I sold it about 14 years ago. It paid for two months of fieldwork in Bali that year.  ;D
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Scott M2 on December 30, 2007, 06:53:11 AM
Bode frequency shifter, now that is nice.  8) The Moog modular I learned synthesis on had one of those. So how big a modular system do you have? I use to own a model 15 but I sold it about 14 years ago. It paid for two months of fieldwork in Bali that year.  ;D

Bali, even nicer.  :)   My system is just a modified model 15 with some additional Moog modules:
the Bode FS, envelope follower, the dual trigger delay and a high pass & coupler (which I've rebuilt into one module)
plus some Aries modules: dual LFO, VC phaser, S/H & noise plus some PAIA modules: 2 ADSRs, VCA, ring mod (surprisingly good),
sequencer and a wizz-bang digital noise module I built from a Polyphony or Craig Anderton article long ago.
It gets much less use these days, but can also be handy as an audio tool box of bits for other gear.
The 921 osc. is an amazing slow LFO to patch here and there, as you'll probably remember.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Hypnagogue on December 31, 2007, 10:39:03 AM
Thanks to that big analog rig in Scott's post, I think that if ever I got around to recording anything, I would have to do so under the moniker "Squelch Threshold."
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Scott M2 on December 31, 2007, 02:46:56 PM
Thanks to that big analog rig in Scott's post, I think that if ever I got around to recording anything, I would have to do so under the moniker "Squelch Threshold."

Good one!   I've had Frequency Shifter noted as a project title for a while now - but Squelch Threshold trumps it.   8)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: LNerell on January 01, 2008, 10:24:37 PM
Ok, finally got the studio in order enough to take some pictures here they are:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v128/lnerell/studio05.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v128/lnerell/studio04.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v128/lnerell/studio03.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v128/lnerell/mod01.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v128/lnerell/studio06.jpg)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: jkn on January 02, 2008, 05:04:59 AM
I love all the studio shots.   Great to see the variety of gear used by different people - whether it's a huge studio or a small one. :)

I'm revamping mine - moved some furniture out of my studio into the living room.   We gave our big couch to my niece - so a chair that was in my studio and some furniture in our bedroom has moved out to the living room - it's like our house grew several feet... woo hooo!

Pics in a few weeks.  :)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: APK on January 02, 2008, 06:28:18 AM
Good stuff, Loren ! Nice setup.
What is the little blue/silver box on the right end of the Kurzweil ?
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: LNerell on January 02, 2008, 11:36:35 AM
What is the little blue/silver box on the right end of the Kurzweil ?

The remote for the Presonus Central Station, which I really need seeing that the main box is a whole 6 inches away from the remote.  ;D
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: mgriffin on January 02, 2008, 01:55:57 PM
I've been enjoying this topic for a while now, so I have to ask... who the hell is "Deb?"
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: jkn on January 02, 2008, 02:43:58 PM
Either:

a)  It's Jesse's wife / girlfriend (sorry, can't remember if you're married!)
b)  It's Jesse's other personality temporarily taking over his forum account


Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: mgriffin on January 02, 2008, 02:49:20 PM
Yep, Jesse is married, so I guess that's his wife's name.  He always talks about "my wife" but I don't remember him ever telling me her name before.  Or maybe he has more than one wife... or a wife and several mistresses?
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: jkn on January 02, 2008, 03:04:06 PM
Good point ... let's change the poll...

a)  It's Jesse's wife
b)  It's Jesse's mistress
c)  It's Jesse's secret transvestite side (an "executive transvestite" I'm sure - see Eddie Izzard / Dressed to Kill)
d)  It's Jesse's other personality
e)  It's Jesse's other mistress

Hmmm - maybe I should be moderating myself?



Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Numina on January 02, 2008, 03:36:59 PM
It's none of the above... I was being silly... like "glamour shots by Deb"... think Napolean Dynamite... here's some examples: http://www.flickr.com/groups/glamourshots   ;D
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: APK on January 02, 2008, 03:40:28 PM
Nah, I think Jesse's just trying to cover up the mistress !
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Seren on January 03, 2008, 11:34:40 AM
two shots of studio gear.

First is what I started with in Dec 2005. Korg D16 was second hand and Keyboard borrowed from work.
Early stuff on Umbra and Penumbra recorded on this extensive set up.
(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc98/SerenFfordd/initialstudioDec2005.jpg)
Second is current studio, though it has been relocated to a smaller room as we moved to a smaller house in a smaller street after taking this photo. Veils, Shadows recorded on this set up.
(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc98/SerenFfordd/currentstudio3.jpg)

addition at Christmas was this:-
(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc98/SerenFfordd/korg_mr1.jpg)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Wayne Higgins on January 03, 2008, 11:34:59 AM
The world of Oenyaw
(http://a754.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/86/l_2711b875a38851f1b452950c773447c1.jpg)
Detail of effects
(http://a590.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/1/l_29f2e7fd5363345ce649a255aef55eb5.jpg)
Instruments closer
(http://a527.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/65/l_0206ad06e77730e3b913966891750a26.jpg)
The recording device
(http://a909.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/99/l_d5e1bc4ba2783b4e33b736731d0fac1c.jpg)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: LNerell on January 03, 2008, 12:55:35 PM


Second is current studio, though it has been relocated to a smaller room as we moved to a smaller house in a smaller street after taking this photo.

Ok, so what is the silver box on top of your rack? It looks like a TC Electronics box but I can't figure it out. Also, what make are your speakers?
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: mgriffin on January 03, 2008, 01:03:40 PM


Second is current studio, though it has been relocated to a smaller room as we moved to a smaller house in a smaller street after taking this photo.

Ok, so what is the silver box on top of your rack? It looks like a TC Electronics box but I can't figure it out. Also, what make are your speakers?

That looks like a TC M3000 to me.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: jblock on January 03, 2008, 01:40:43 PM
It's great seeing everyone's set-up. I especially enjoy seeing how folks are using different furniture and other items to hold their gear.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: jkn on January 03, 2008, 01:57:41 PM
I've noticed a lot of people in this thread (and in past "gear shot" type threads) - not everyone, but many people have a tendency towards indian, native american, aboriginal, african, etc... types of decorations - whether it's rugs, blankets, wall hangings or artwork, masks, etc...   Of course, quite a few drums tossed in as well which are both functional and ornamental... :)

Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: APK on January 03, 2008, 02:13:58 PM
I've noticed a lot of people in this thread (and in past "gear shot" type threads) - not everyone, but many people have a tendency towards indian, native american, aboriginal, african, etc... types of decorations - whether it's rugs, blankets, wall hangings or artwork, masks, etc...   Of course, quite a few drums tossed in as well which are both functional and ornamental... :)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but this seems to be basically an American sort of new age / native association thing ?
I don't see it in European studio shots.


Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: jkn on January 03, 2008, 02:49:29 PM
You might have a good point.   Maybe it's more of an American (US) sort of thingy.

I also wonder if it's not really a new age type of thing - but a coincidental thing.   My wife and I have a lot asian influenced decoration in our house, but we're not really 'new agey' in the spiritual sense - and her like of it has nothing to do with the music side of things.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Wayne Higgins on January 03, 2008, 03:16:17 PM
Well, there is a poster of Dean Martin on the opposite wall.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: LNerell on January 03, 2008, 04:13:59 PM
I've noticed a lot of people in this thread (and in past "gear shot" type threads) - not everyone, but many people have a tendency towards indian, native american, aboriginal, african, etc... types of decorations

For the record the wall art in my studio consists of a sarong that was given to me as a gift for some performance I was in (can't remember which one now). A string of buddist prayer flags that a friend gave to me which I found wadded up in my closet last week so decided to put it to use. Two paintings I aquired in Bali, one of which was painted by a friend. A poster of a concert that Steve Roach and Robert Rich performed in Spain back in 1992 that Steve gave me. A concert poster of a gamelan performance I was in several years ago. And probably the most useless of them all, one MA degree in Ethnomusicology from some little known university called UCLA.  ;D
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: APK on January 03, 2008, 08:49:58 PM
Then you can be excused, Loren.
Unless you also have a poster of Dean Martin on another wall !
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Bill Binkelman on January 04, 2008, 02:27:14 PM
I've noticed a lot of people in this thread (and in past "gear shot" type threads) - not everyone, but many people have a tendency towards indian, native american, aboriginal, african, etc... types of decorations - whether it's rugs, blankets, wall hangings or artwork, masks, etc...   Of course, quite a few drums tossed in as well which are both functional and ornamental... :)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but this seems to be basically an American sort of new age / native association thing ?
I don't see it in European studio shots.




Ohhh, be careful there, Anthony. You're treading on thin ice... ;D

(Bill, Lover of new age music and damn proud of it!)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: APK on January 04, 2008, 02:44:22 PM
But Bill, I deliberately avoided any negative connotations   ;)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Seren on January 04, 2008, 03:58:16 PM


Second is current studio, though it has been relocated to a smaller room as we moved to a smaller house in a smaller street after taking this photo.

Ok, so what is the silver box on top of your rack? It looks like a TC Electronics box but I can't figure it out. Also, what make are your speakers?

That looks like a TC M3000 to me.

Yep - TC M3000 - got it at the end of their sale on the box - half price ;D  ;D ;D well actually after the sale ended but the rep agreed to honour the original discount, lucky me as I had not got the money together before it ended.

The speakers are the JMLab Cobalt 816 - technically part of my hi-fi set up but in our previous move their was no where to put them in the living room due to window or radiator placement so they migrated to the studio along with the Technics gear under the table as main amplification source.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Seren on January 04, 2008, 04:09:25 PM
I've noticed a lot of people in this thread (and in past "gear shot" type threads) - not everyone, but many people have a tendency towards indian, native american, aboriginal, african, etc... types of decorations - whether it's rugs, blankets, wall hangings or artwork, masks, etc...   Of course, quite a few drums tossed in as well which are both functional and ornamental... :)

Posting from Europe here.

Had my drum for a few years - made in South America. The faces on the wall were made by a friend of mine - the smaller one is Blodeuwydd, one of the celtic beings from the ancient myths who was made of flowers. The larger face is a representaion of Grandmother Earth, and she always looks like she is just about to open her eyes.

The other circular artistic objects I created myself and are based around the tree of life in celtic myth and my wonder at the Stars. The smallest one has a celtic knot at the bottom with a wild boar roaming under the oak trees.

I've always been interested in both ancient and other cultures, both for their spiritual beliefs (which like any others can be both positive and negative) and other ways of understanding the worlds around us (such as Irish moneylenders able to retrieve the debts in the borrowers and their own next lives, and some native American ceremonies not just held to affect,say, the buffalo hunt about to happen, but also the celebratory dance still affecting the outcome of the hunt after it finished)

Not into the new age argument - other than concern that western attitudes of dabbling and believing we can cherry pick parts of belief systems can lead people into dangerous areas.........

Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le) on January 04, 2008, 07:50:01 PM
I think Seren really hit on something for me and thats the interrest in other and ancient cultures.

I have no native american artifacts in my studio, but I do have african & east indian masks as well as a large collection of african, arabic, indonesian and indian drums.

Decor wise I am still working on having a studio that is very Frank lloyd Wright.

Paul
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: LNerell on January 05, 2008, 11:59:07 PM
The world of Oenyaw
(http://a754.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/86/l_2711b875a38851f1b452950c773447c1.jpg)
Instruments closer
(http://a527.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/65/l_0206ad06e77730e3b913966891750a26.jpg)

I just noticed this, what is in that odd shaped case in the background of these two photos? My guess would be a sitar or vina, am I close?  :)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Wayne Higgins on January 07, 2008, 06:42:15 AM
It's a sitar.  I took lessons for 8 months.  My dog Cleo loves it when I play, but I don't consider myself good enough on it to perform or record.  I love the music although.  Some day I'll get a Sarod, that's what I really want.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: LNerell on January 07, 2008, 01:26:48 PM
Some day I'll get a Sarod, that's what I really want.

When that day comes you might have to think about going here for some lessions. http://www.aacm.org/ (http://www.aacm.org/)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Wayne Higgins on January 08, 2008, 07:03:31 AM
If I win the lottery, or retire and sell the farm, that looks like a wonderful place to spend a few years!
Thanks much for the link!
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: mgriffin on January 14, 2008, 11:32:23 AM
Just posted more recent (and color) studio "action shots" in the Viridian Sun topic, in the Hypnos Artists & CDs section of this Forum.

http://www.hypnos.com/smf/index.php?topic=73.0 (http://www.hypnos.com/smf/index.php?topic=73.0)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Kendall Station on January 24, 2008, 12:58:26 AM

I am noticing a lot of instances of the Electrix Filter Factory....a personal fav, as well as the Alesis Mod FX.  On the lower left is a tabla drum machine my friend got in India....super cool...kinda dopey.

Here's one from a long time ago...this was a set-up from a jam-session with a visiting friend so its not my normal way of things (thank god).

(http://www.futurekomp.net/studiopic.jpg)

Not pictured (just to the left) is all the cool stuff:

TR-909, TB-303, Sh101, Soundlab Minisynth, Korg Poly-6, Juno-60, Casio CZ-101 (just can't bring myself to get rid of it!)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: LNerell on February 02, 2008, 12:37:24 AM
I just ran across these photos today of Steve Roach's studio taken about two years ago. A lot of things have already changed in the Timeroom since I took these pics.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v128/lnerell/Steve%20Roach/PICT0017.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v128/lnerell/Steve%20Roach/PICT0018.jpg)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: michael sandler on February 07, 2008, 07:03:46 PM
Detail of effects
(http://a590.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/1/l_29f2e7fd5363345ce649a255aef55eb5.jpg)

Probably a stupid question, but what is that contraption the effects are sitting on? Is it a common step ladder or something purpose designed for musical gear?

Mike S.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: mgriffin on February 07, 2008, 07:05:08 PM
It looks like a plain old Target stepladder thing to me.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: APK on February 07, 2008, 07:12:49 PM
It's a common step ladder purposefully designed for musical gear :D
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: jblock on February 08, 2008, 08:18:17 AM
It must be tough to reach those top stomp switches with your foot.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: APK on February 08, 2008, 08:55:36 AM
It must be tough to reach those top stomp switches with your foot.

But maybe that's why he uses a real ladder !
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: jkn on February 08, 2008, 09:39:37 AM
Hey - is that bit of blue gum on the top step?

*  Yes, it is "international pick on Wayne" day!

I hope to get my studio torn apart and rearranged over the next couple of weeks.  I just got my new Firestudio Project in the mail (woo hooo!) and I'll snap new photos after I get it all sorted out.   
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: LNerell on February 08, 2008, 01:31:43 PM
It looks like a plain old Target stepladder thing to me.

It looks like an ordinary $20 stepladder now, but paint some flames on it, add the word "tube" in its name and its now a $200 a "tubestompadder."  ;D
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: sraymar on February 26, 2008, 09:51:32 PM
I prefer a more zenlike minimalist approach that complements my fensue.

(http://home.earthlink.net/~sraymar/Synths/MyStudio.jpg)

Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: bunkdata on February 28, 2008, 12:41:16 PM
I couldn't help but add to the great studio shots!

(http://www.bunkdata.com/images/greyhatstudio.jpg)

My studio is pretty minimal but very effective.  Keep the images coming!

Best,
Nathan
www.bunkdata.com
www.darkwinter.com
www.wanderingear.com
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: mgriffin on February 28, 2008, 01:37:55 PM
Hey Nathan, we haven't seen you around here in a while -- welcome back (under a new name)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: bunkdata on February 29, 2008, 08:48:47 AM
Hey Mike!

Things have been quite busy with me so it's been hard to keep up on the forums.  I have been reading the forums when I get some freetime.  I think I lost or misplaced my old ID when the upgrade occured so I created a new one.  Thanks for the welcome back!

Best,
Nathan
www.bunkdata.com
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le) on February 29, 2008, 10:51:05 AM
Nathan, welcome back, what size monitors are those, that looks awesome!

Paul
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: bunkdata on February 29, 2008, 10:57:28 AM
Thanks Paul!  The monitors are Behringer Truth B0231's.  Basically they are generic Mackie HR824's.  For $300, they are a great deal!
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: APK on February 29, 2008, 11:32:05 AM
I bet Paul meant your 2 screens ... they look great !
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: bunkdata on February 29, 2008, 12:00:13 PM
Good catch!  They are 22" Widscreen monitors from Westinghouse.  They would not be the best for gaming, but for audio and graphics, they work great!  I bought some VESA pole mounts to attach them to the A frame.  The monitors can rotate 360 degrees if I wish but for my purposes, they sit as they are.

Best,
Nathan
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: LNerell on February 29, 2008, 07:36:00 PM
The monitors are Behringer Truth B0231's. 

Behringer Truth, not thats an oxymoron if I have ever seen one.  ;D

Basically they are generic Mackie HR824's.  For $300, they are a great deal!

Great deal because they have no development costs to consider so they can sell stuff super cheap, as all they do is rip off other companies designs. True story, about a year ago I was on their job forum, of the 20 or so jobs they were advertising at the time 3/4 of them I kid you not were for photo copying.  ::)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le) on March 01, 2008, 12:37:01 PM
Copy-boy at Behringer  ::) wow I thought that was the CEO's title.

PV
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: bunkdata on March 03, 2008, 08:10:44 AM
Quote
Great deal because they have no development costs to consider so they can sell stuff super cheap, as all they do is rip off other companies designs.

I hear ya, but if they can get away with it and I can save a few bucks, I can't complain.  There is something to say about quality though.  Even though they rip others off, their overall product quality can't compare to the real stuff.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: LNerell on March 03, 2008, 12:20:14 PM
I forgot to mention my favorite Behringer product, the Behringer MIC2200 Ultragain Pro also known as the "fake tube" preamp. All the glow of tube electronics but none of the warmth.  ;D

http://www.record-producer.com/learn.cfm?a=2838 (http://www.record-producer.com/learn.cfm?a=2838)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Campus Stellae on March 04, 2008, 12:32:10 AM
Behringer stuff is embarrassing, I've had some bad experiences in the past with mixing boards, microphones, processors and the Truth series speakers.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: APK on March 04, 2008, 06:53:29 AM
I really like my Behringer BCR2000.
Think that's all I have apart from a couple of their cheap patchbays.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: APK on March 04, 2008, 09:48:16 AM
I forgot to mention my favorite Behringer product, the Behringer MIC2200 Ultragain Pro also known as the "fake tube" preamp. All the glow of tube electronics but none of the warmth.  ;D

http://www.record-producer.com/learn.cfm?a=2838 (http://www.record-producer.com/learn.cfm?a=2838)


In a similar vein, I really enjoyed this little article about an expensively packaged
preamp that was essentially functioning on a few $3 chips inside:
http://www.record-producer.com/learn.cfm?a=4350

Packaging can certainly be deceiving. Its clear with software, but I wonder how much high-end hardware is also just a handsome case !


And thanks, Loren, for pointing out this site, I didn't know it.


Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: mgriffin on March 04, 2008, 09:59:13 AM
When you purchase software, let's say some DAW application that costs $1,000 or so, you don't expect to open the box and find any material object with a value close to $1,000 contained inside.  It's apparent to most people when they're opening up the box that the contents will probably be just a few dollars or so worth of plastic discs and paper booklets.  What you're paying for is the development of the application, programming and other overhead costs at the software company, plus their profit margin.

I would argue that in some cases, the same is true when you're buying certain physical products, which is that you're paying for design and development and testing.  If I opened up the most expensive piece of audio gear I ever bought, I wouldn't expect to find any magical semiconductors or fairy dust or solid gold connectors.  I'd expect to see a fairly normal circuit board, and better-than-average quality connectors and knobs, and a nice solid case, and that's it. 

My big, heavy, solid Avalon compressor might feel like it's full of gold bullion and uranium, but I think they mainly just spent an extra couple bucks worth of aluminum for the case, and bought nice, big, solid knobs so it would give the impression that what was inside was really extraordinary.   
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: APK on March 04, 2008, 04:58:45 PM
I remember reading a review of an Avalon preamp where the guy concluded that he would rather have an ugly case and better internal components   ;)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: mgriffin on March 04, 2008, 05:26:30 PM
That heavy, machined aluminum if REALLY beautiful and posh, though!

Nah, seriously I consider my Avalon compressor to be really good gear.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: APK on March 04, 2008, 05:37:57 PM
Yep, its certainly good gear.
But i personally prefer the black look over the silver:

http://www.mercenary.com/vtspecmered.html
http://www.mercenary.com/vtvactub.html
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: mgriffin on March 04, 2008, 05:42:31 PM
I don't think they make a Mercenary edition of the 747 which is the one I have.  I do like that black, though.

The thing that doesn't come through in the picture is that the front panel is 1/4" thick aluminum, and the part surrounding the VU meter is about an inch thick block of aluminum that sticks out in front.  And they weigh a ton! 

What they should've done to impress people is use steel instead of aluminum, because it weighs even more and costs less.  Better yet, use lead or tungsten or something.  Sell a 500 pound compressor!
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: APK on March 04, 2008, 05:46:59 PM
Yep, use heavy metal and sell them Avalons by the pound  :)


On the aluminum thing, my Virus Indigo has 1 cm thick solid aluminum ends.
Its heavy too for a 3 octave keyboard synth.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le) on March 05, 2008, 09:15:58 PM
According to Fletcher (Mercenary guy) the only thing differnent with the Mercenary Edition is the color change, unlike other Mercenary gear which is designed to their specs.

Speaking of Mercenary Editions the Drawmer 1968 Tube Compressor is aaammmaaazzzziing for running whole mixes through.

Paul
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: spunknik on March 07, 2008, 03:19:21 PM
I still can't understand why somebody so untech like me was drawn to this music so many years ago.I can barely turn on my computer and I've had a fax machine for two years and still can't get it to work.Oh,well guess I'll just have to go listen to Unity By J.J.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: jkn on March 07, 2008, 04:04:20 PM
There's no rule that you need to be a techie geek to enjoy music!   :)

Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le) on March 08, 2008, 01:56:09 PM
There's no rule that you need to be a techie geek to enjoy music!   :)



Yes there is its on page 27, paragraph 2, article 13...sheesh, everyone knows that!  ;D
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: jkn on March 09, 2008, 05:50:51 AM
Foiled again!!!  And I would have gotten away with it too if it hadn't been for those pesky Vnuk kids!
Title: My Desk Finally Arrived
Post by: Gemini Ambience on March 13, 2008, 07:15:49 PM
I thought I'd share two pictures of my newly assembled studio. I'm just a hobbyist...so don't laugh too hard when you see it.  :)

(http://lh6.google.com/jsekoch/R9nezFtwqtI/AAAAAAAAARM/UB1a8kETlOI/s800/Studio.jpg)

(http://lh4.google.com/jsekoch/R9nezltwquI/AAAAAAAAARU/OpcFtJUqB-8/s800/The%20Universe.jpg")

Now the real education begins.  :)

Peace,

Jim
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: jkn on March 14, 2008, 07:33:03 AM
Nothing funny about your studio... looks really nice to me.   I like your desk - I think I looked at some similar ones a few years ago when I needed to get a new desk - ended up getting something not specialized for music, but it worked out well enough.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Seren on March 14, 2008, 09:13:07 AM
looks good to me too.

Don't be hard on yourself, just create....
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Gemini Ambience on March 14, 2008, 09:40:16 AM
looks good to me too.

Don't be hard on yourself, just create....

Thanks.  :)  I just hope I can get everything connected properly this evening after work.  lol

Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Seren on March 14, 2008, 03:32:06 PM
looks good to me too.

Don't be hard on yourself, just create....

Thanks.  :)  I just hope I can get everything connected properly this evening after work.  lol



Have fun and enjoy
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: 1000snakes on March 15, 2008, 09:47:41 AM
That's a clean and efficient looking operation there Gemini. Best wishes to you for much joy in creation.
What happened to Saul Stokes photos? I liked the gear and the artwork!
Thanks for posting the photos people.
Peace, Kirk
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: APK on March 15, 2008, 11:45:14 AM
(I'm recreating Saul's post in this thread where it belongs. APK)

I think I'm late with this but I thought I would post a few pics of my studio which is really a closet.

cheers,

Saul

(http://www.saulstokes.com/stokesstudio/IMG_0891.jpg)

(http://www.saulstokes.com/stokesstudio/IMG_0892.jpg)

(http://www.saulstokes.com/stokesstudio/IMG_0894.jpg)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: James Johnson on March 20, 2008, 07:25:13 AM
After extensive room calcs and adding in new 703 bass traps and new 703 broadband traps, I've managed to clean up enough of the mixing area of my studio 1st....this picture shows the new corner bass traps and the new broadband trap on the front wall. I'll keep the heavy tapestry on the front wall, because it helps with taming front wall reflections, just need to re-align it into the center of the mix position. What you can't see is  the 2nd broadband panel directly behind the mix position, that helps with rear reflections. Ohhh, you also cannot see the absolute mess the rest of the studio is in either....After I did the room calcs and got my monitors and mix position out of all frequency nodes, I had to re-arrange everything...

The center of the monitors bass cone are 23" off the front wall and 43" off the floor..as well as positioned horizontally out of node positions form the side walls. The mix position is 67" off the front wall, with my ears aligned with the center of the bass cones. All these positions keep the mixing stage out of as many nodes and frequency harmonics as possible in order to improve mix quality.

"what the hell is he talking about" is probably what your saying..:)

This equates to a massively improved stereo field, and stereo separation, much better frequency response from the monitors, the monitors are not working as hard, and above all else greatly improved mixing and tracking. Mixes out of this new station are like night and day as compared to older mixes. Bad mixes really sound bad now, as I can hear all the frequency overlap issues, as well as bad stereo panning choices. Great mixes are much easier to attain and sitting at the mix station for 10-12 hours at a shot are very easy on the ears. Everything sound better!!!

(http://www.james-johnson.net/demo/3-panels-temped-in.jpg)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: mgriffin on March 20, 2008, 08:23:51 AM
Oh, crap... my monitors' base cones are only 21.9" off the front wall -- I am so screwed!

Seriously, thanks for posting this James.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: James Johnson on March 20, 2008, 09:45:49 AM
Oh, crap... my monitors' base cones are only 21.9" off the front wall -- I am so screwed!

Seriously, thanks for posting this James.

:)

everyone's frequency nodes and frequency harmonics are different..it's all based on the room dimensions and such...so please EVERYONE do not simply set-up your stuff using my dims.....each room will come up with different calcs.....:) as well as different treatments to deal with specific frequencies within the room..."tuning a room" is pretty complex....this set-up took me about a month to layout properly..and in reality..I still need more broadband absorption on the side walls....you can never have too much..:)



Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Seren on March 22, 2008, 04:39:17 AM
Oh, crap... my monitors' base cones are only 21.9" off the front wall -- I am so screwed!

Seriously, thanks for posting this James.

Nice info, nice pic, nice blanket... ;)

Oops - not paying attention - should have been James's post - sorry !!
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: LNerell on March 22, 2008, 08:58:37 PM
More studio pics, this time Robert Rich's studio from about five years ago:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v128/lnerell/robert%20rich/PICT0014.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v128/lnerell/robert%20rich/PICT0016.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v128/lnerell/robert%20rich/PICT0017.jpg)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: jkn on March 23, 2008, 07:01:35 AM
thanks for posting the studio shots, Loren!   Keep 'em comin'.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: caul on January 30, 2009, 10:21:01 AM
Since we're introducing ourselves, I though I'd post a pic of my setup.

(http://caul.org/IMG_1923.JPG)

Kinda messy when I took the photo but here's what I have setup-

24" imac
Ensoniq Eps Classic
Kore 1 (I'm running Kore 2 software)
Monitor One Mk2
Eurorack MX2004a mixer
A500 Reference Amplifier

Software- Logic Pro, Garritan Personal Orchestra, Omnisphere, Camel 5000, FM8.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: mgriffin on January 30, 2009, 10:30:14 AM
Thanks for contributing, and bumping this topic up, Caul/Brett.  This is one of my favorite topics on this Forum and I had forgotten about it!  My studio looks exactly the same as in those pictures back on page 1, still.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: APK on January 30, 2009, 12:43:34 PM
Current setup here:

(http://www.dataobscura.com/odd_things/apk_studio_2009.jpg)

APK
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: caul on January 30, 2009, 02:06:54 PM
Current setup here:

(http://www.dataobscura.com/odd_things/apk_studio_2009.jpg)

APK



Nice! what's that tiny mixer to the left of the headphones? I've been thinking about selling my larger (and mostly not used) mixer and getting a small firewire mixer of some kind.


brett
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: APK on January 30, 2009, 02:43:59 PM
Hi Brett.
Left of the headphones is a Behringer BCR2000 midi control surface. So not a mixer. Its what I use with VST synths.
The only mixer I use is the tiny one on the very corner of the other desk.
I too have little use (or space) for larger mixers.

I was thinking of retiring that little mixer and getting one of the smaller Alesis mixers. It could be useful:
http://alesis.com/multimix8usb20

APK
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: caul on January 30, 2009, 02:57:31 PM
Hi Brett.
Left of the headphones is a Behringer BCR2000 midi control surface. So not a mixer. Its what I use with VST synths.
The only mixer I use is the tiny one on the very corner of the other desk.
I too have little use (or space) for larger mixers.

I was thinking of retiring that little mixer and getting one of the smaller Alesis mixers. It could be useful:
http://alesis.com/multimix8usb20

APK

I've read about the BCR2000, I've been considering looking into something like that. I would ideally like something would be small, have phantom power, preferably firewire and would also be a control surface for logic. Thanks for the link, I'll take a look at the Alesis models.

the Kore unit I have has physical controls on it, unfortunately I can't use them for anything but Kore. I know people have complained to NI about this, maybe someday they'll change their mind.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: LNerell on March 25, 2009, 12:41:44 PM
I just finished revamping my studio, I moved it to a bigger room and also pulled the old mixer out of storage and have put it back in service. Other then that not much different except for the layout and location. So here is the latest version:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v128/lnerell/My%20studio/PICT0283.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v128/lnerell/PICT0281.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v128/lnerell/PICT0279.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v128/lnerell/PICT0275.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v128/lnerell/PICT0276.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v128/lnerell/PICT0284.jpg)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Seren on March 25, 2009, 05:02:08 PM
Very Nice pics indeed Loren
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le) on March 25, 2009, 09:11:34 PM
Some very nice vintage effects tucked away on the Loren, very nice.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: ffcal on March 25, 2009, 11:04:43 PM
Loren,
That Ursa Major unit looks particularly cool.  I remember seeing a brochure for that many years ago, but never actually saw one in person.  Also nice to see your vintage Emu gear.  I still use my Emu sound modules, especially the Morpheus.

Forrest
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: SiF on March 26, 2009, 12:46:53 PM
Current setup here:

(http://www.dataobscura.com/odd_things/apk_studio_2009.jpg)

APK

LOVE this Setup. Everything is on its spot and its well structed (at least from my point of view).
Looks very professional.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: LNerell on March 26, 2009, 04:45:20 PM
Loren,
That Ursa Major unit looks particularly cool.  I remember seeing a brochure for that many years ago, but never actually saw one in person.  Also nice to see your vintage Emu gear.  I still use my Emu sound modules, especially the Morpheus.

Thanks Forest. The Ursa Major is pretty cool, given its age. Yeah I still use all those Emu modules, even my Emax II sampler at times. The Morpheus I like, it kind of bookmarks the Wavestation in my mind, both good at making long evolving pads but in different ways. I still have to set up my keyboards and patch a few things here and there but its getting their.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le) on March 26, 2009, 09:59:46 PM
I spent a few months redesigning my room and equipment set up, added a new desk and room treatment. You can see the "before" earlier in this thread.

(http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii209/xj32/Mossgarden2-09.jpg)

(http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii209/xj32/Mossgarden-09.jpg)

(http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii209/xj32/Mossgarden3-09.jpg)

Paul
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: APK on March 27, 2009, 05:21:33 AM
Paul - looks like you have a fine collection of 2001 black slabs !!   ;D
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le) on March 27, 2009, 09:02:21 AM
 ::)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: psycherhexic on May 08, 2010, 08:21:02 PM
paul your studio is gorgeous.

I am an aspiring electronic musician.. and only use software right now. BUT. I don't like my desk I built (cosmetically and functionally) and I was curious if you had any thoughts on desk design, like how to make it "future proof".

I am a custom cabinet maker so its sort of fun to build stuff for myself, Its just at the moment i'm working with a couple controllers and a monitor/speakers... so the whole rack mount stuff is unnecessary.. just worried I will have to make ANOTHER one once I mature?

here is what i'm working with now.. except I ditched the black box holding my interface/controller/laptop and made single stands out of clear finished birch that can sit on the desk in front of me instead of to the side.

(http://pic100.picturetrail.com/VOL718/13028144/23181270/386541539.jpg)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le) on May 08, 2010, 09:18:58 PM
Hey psycherhexic ,

Thanks for the kind words. My brother in law is a cabinet maker so he made all of my furniture out of Alder laminated MDF, which helps resonances. For me my set up is future-proof only in that if I ever acquire more rack gear, he has the plans to make another side rack.

I didn't necessarily design my desk for unknown growth as much as what would accommodate my final goal. I knew what pieces I had, what I still want/needed and how many rack spaces they were etc and I designed around that.

I think in any situation you could do the same. If you see no need for rack gear then don't bother. If you could see your self with 4 spaces of rack gear in 2 years or 8 spaces in 4 years, and so on, decide now what that would take and build around the dream, but with one foot in reality. I see you already have some rack gear (looks like a powercore and presonus box maybe) so you could build a 4 space rack or a 6 space rack and get some blank panels which will look cool for now, but allow for growth.

In any situation a desk should accommodate two goals, one is sonics of the room whenever possible. In other words, proper angles of monitor speakers, placement of your video monitor, distance from the rear wall, your head and so on. The second goal should be ergonomics and work flow. Is everything in reach? Is it at the proper heights and distances for long periods of comfortable and productive sessions?

Just two cents and best of luck!

Paul
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: LNerell on May 12, 2010, 06:11:41 PM
Not my studio but someone who obviously has more money then sense  :o

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_rScBRKlTdoE/S-nyKnUcU1I/AAAAAAABBMo/b6BSmKF3TpI/s1600/Synths+at+Redwood+1.jpg)

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_rScBRKlTdoE/S-nyKGWBSEI/AAAAAAABBMg/Hv9bFmBR6cc/s1600/Synths+at+Redwood+2.jpg)

I certainly love gear but I think studios that look like this are just way over the top. When you have this much gear you are either a collector or a hoarder or both, but not a composer.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: APK on May 12, 2010, 07:21:03 PM
Yep ... that's not a studio, its a museum.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le) on May 12, 2010, 08:22:50 PM
Is that Amanda's collection?
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Scott M2 on May 13, 2010, 09:02:09 AM
That's a shot of one side of my "B" studio.  My main collection is in the "A" room and the rest is in several large storage units.   ;D
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: mgriffin on May 13, 2010, 09:27:32 AM
Numina will be really embarrassed when he finds everybody here making fun of his studio.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: michael sandler on May 13, 2010, 09:42:43 AM
(http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii209/xj32/Mossgarden3-09.jpg)

Love the pink Tele (?)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: michael sandler on May 13, 2010, 09:44:07 AM
Not my studio but someone who obviously has more money then sense  :o

This person really likes to turn knobs.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: LNerell on May 13, 2010, 09:56:55 AM
Is that Amanda's collection?

No, even her studio isn't that big. Just some guy from the Matrixsynth blog.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le) on May 13, 2010, 10:37:19 AM
Numina will be really embarrassed when he finds everybody here making fun of his studio.

Priceless!!!
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: mgriffin on May 13, 2010, 11:19:36 AM
Actually I forgot... Numina's studio pix appear on page 1 of this thread, and these new pix are slightly different from Numina's.  So maybe he's expanded a bit.  ;)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Numina on May 18, 2010, 02:25:50 AM
Hello everyone! My studio setup has changed considerably from the images in first post. I still have most of those synths but I've moved and my studio is in now in the basement where I've been able to spread out a bit more. I'll post some new pics soon.

Loren - your modular system has grown!

Jesse
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: jkn on May 18, 2010, 07:21:54 AM
Numina will be really embarrassed when he finds everybody here making fun of his studio.

This made my day.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: petekelly on June 23, 2010, 03:59:58 AM


Here's a shot I took today of my current studio set-up. As you can see, it's based around two computers (one connected to the Internet and one not).

(http://www.petekelly.eclipse.co.uk/Igneous-studio-2010600.jpg)

I use a KVM switch to use a single keyboard and monitor with the 2 machines. I like things to be minimal and uncluttered.

The blue elephant wallpaper is a remant of the previous owners of the house, but I kind of like it.

Those two guitars are my Yamaha 112 and my Tokai 'Love Rock' (Les Paul copy), both great 'workhorse' instruments.

The book is a yearly diary / log that I use to document what I've done on a day-to-day basis and has proved to be very useful.

I'm a headphone man, I pretty much do everything on phones, the KEF Q3.5s speakers I rarely use are out of shot.

The thing I take most inspiration from is the view outside;

(http://www.petekelly.eclipse.co.uk/Studio-View-1600.jpg)

cheers
Pete
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: jkn on July 06, 2010, 12:09:26 PM
In process shot of my studio from last Wednesday or Thursday -

http://relaxedmachinery.ning.com/photo/kinetoscope-studio-rebuild-in

I have power and most audio hooked up now.  Haven't tackled midi connections just yet.

I actually hit record yesterday... finally.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: 1000snakes on July 06, 2010, 06:18:33 PM
Go John!!!
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: virtual on August 02, 2010, 12:19:13 PM

cool thread guys , heres one from last year  , kind of downsizing now ......ok trying to or having to...

(http://music.hyperreal.org/artists/ishq/virtual/ix1.jpg)

currently my feng shui is really wrong but ive been banished to the loft now , i feel like i am in a triangle.

(http://music.hyperreal.org/artists/ishq/virtual/ix2.jpg)

how it was in 1992 ? or was it 94 ? theres no effects on this photo  , its how everything looked back then....

(http://music.hyperreal.org/artists/ishq/virtual/lillianplace.jpg)


Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: jkn on August 03, 2010, 08:03:58 AM
how it was in 1992 ? or was it 94 ? theres no effects on this photo  , its how everything looked back then....

Ha!  Brilliant.

As far as my studio goes... I haven't taken any photos yet, however it is all setup and I have been recording.

Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Julio Di Benedetto on December 04, 2010, 01:12:34 PM
Heres a few shots of my studio.......

2006-2008 Hybrid Set up for Mastering/Recording.
(http://digitalvoices.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/img_01463.jpg)

(http://digitalvoices.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/img_01722.jpg)

Studio as of 2009
(http://digitalvoices.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/img_20205.jpg)

Current Studio Setup
(http://digitalvoices.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/dscn02652.jpg)

(http://digitalvoices.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/dscn02682.jpg)

(http://digitalvoices.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/dscn02804.jpg)

Regards....Julio






Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Numina on December 04, 2010, 01:54:57 PM
(http://www.inquisitr.com/wp-content/drool-for-sale.jpg)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Julio Di Benedetto on December 04, 2010, 06:33:30 PM
Jesse.....thats just too funny, never really been a fan of Bart, perhaps I missed something.....still, Ive been laughing all evening.

Anyway...Dude, your a short, hop, skip & a jump away from this.  You do have the equipment, its just a few tweaks away.  This setup reflects trying to adhere to the classic console style approach, substituting the Daw for the console .  I have  scaled the environment back so every thing is in arms reach, most of the action, so to speak, takes place between the Matrix 12, Rack & Virus TI, the Andromeda and Juno play some what of a supporting role.  I don't use any soft synths...currently.

Its kind of emotional to lay out the evolution of a studio.....Lots of good memories, lots of good sounds I miss.  Having setup the mastering side of things it complete ruined/spoiled me for everyday monitoring.  I wish I could indulge in that kind of sound for the pleasure.  I did find monitors that could deliver the accuracy for mixing and a sparkle of that sweet elixir sound audiophile speakers bring.....

Focal Twin6 Be....http://www.focalprofessional.com/en/sm6-line/twin6-be.php (http://www.focalprofessional.com/en/sm6-line/twin6-be.php)

Hope you don't mind the Dude idiom.....Im a Surfer, its a brotherly thing.

Regards......Julio
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: mgriffin on December 04, 2010, 06:58:22 PM
Thanks for all the pictures, Julio. What a great-looking studio space!
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Scott M2 on December 04, 2010, 08:50:21 PM
Fantastic and efficient looking studio spaces Julio!

What's the gray "hose" in front of your Mastering Room power amp?
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Julio Di Benedetto on December 05, 2010, 06:03:43 AM
Ah yes, the hose.......its actually foam insulation tubing wrapped around all the power cables, simply done for aesthetics!
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: richardgurtler on December 05, 2010, 06:46:33 AM
Yes, nicely looking studio, Julio! Thanks for the pictures and informations. Can't wait for your future projects and releases, keep on going and ciao!!!

Richard
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: jkn on December 06, 2010, 07:17:59 AM
Julio....   WOW. 

What strikes me most is the space.   Space between equipment - space to move - space to breathe - space to record.  Wow. 

Ok - now I'll "WOW" over the gear.    Oh my.

drooling.

Great photos also!
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Julio Di Benedetto on December 06, 2010, 10:53:57 AM
Thanks for your remarks about my studio...... The room's no more the 15 ft square, maybe less, that is the present setup, not the mastering setup, that was much bigger.  There's not a lot of equipment, just a few good pieces.  I do miss the Serge Modular, it sat unused for quite a while and I end up traded it for the Matrix 12, of course now I have lots of ideas that I could really use it on.

Richard,  good to to chat with here!

Regards......Julio
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le) on December 06, 2010, 12:23:55 PM
Julio, is that a Furman AR-1215 ? How do you like it? I am looking at some power conditioning solutions as I have been experiencing lots of gear and transformer whoas so I am looking at a voltage regulator such as that one.

Paul
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Julio Di Benedetto on December 06, 2010, 04:10:58 PM
Yes Paul, its a Furman AR-1215.......Im very happy with it, it has brought a certain stability to my rack and It does a great job of regulating voltage.  I experience fluctuation from 120v upwards of 125v, especially during the evening. Im also looking at Equitech balanced power to work in conjunction with the AR-1215. Still need to research more the benefits of balanced power and how it will improve things for me before I make that kind of investment.

Julio
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le) on December 06, 2010, 05:11:52 PM
be careful there as the only people who really seam to buy into the balanced power myth are the folks who sell it.

Paul
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Julio Di Benedetto on December 06, 2010, 06:05:22 PM
That's true.....Im treading with careful feet.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Julio Di Benedetto on January 01, 2011, 09:08:02 PM
Just for beer money I wrote down the current number of views this thread had received when I first posted on it in early december 2010......49,257, that in itself is a staggering amount.  As of today its 50,233.....!

Gear seems to be popular.



Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Scott M2 on January 02, 2011, 04:06:10 PM
Gear and beer!     ;D
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: LNerell on January 29, 2011, 06:02:52 PM
Finally took a few photos of my upgraded studio. I did a posting of my studio on this thread a couple of years ago, so go back and check them out if you want to compare. I didn't bother taking a new photo of my modular as it hasn't really changed since the last round of photos:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v128/lnerell/My%20studio/PICT0002.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v128/lnerell/My%20studio/PICT0003.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v128/lnerell/My%20studio/PICT0007.jpg)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: ekkoarkitekt on February 17, 2011, 05:39:02 AM
Hi everybody. Im a long-time lurker on this terrific forum. Have been enjoying reading through posts of great advice and info, and thought it was about time i delurked. Hopefully Ill be able to contribute to the forum with some good spirit at least  :).

Thought a good way to introduce myself would be to post some pictures of my setup, so here they are. As you might notice, Im a sucker for analog synths :)

(http://www.ekkoarkitekt.com/ekkoarkitekt/Studio_files/IMG_5074.jpg)

(http://www.ekkoarkitekt.com/ekkoarkitekt/Studio_files/IMG_5063.jpg)

(http://www.ekkoarkitekt.com/ekkoarkitekt/Studio_files/IMG_5066.jpg)

Also feel free to visit my website:
http://www.ekkoarkitekt.com (http://www.ekkoarkitekt.com)


Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: jkn on February 17, 2011, 06:53:29 AM
Just for beer money I wrote down the current number of views this thread had received when I first posted on it in early december 2010......49,257, that in itself is a staggering amount.  As of today its 50,233.....!

Gear seems to be popular.

Gear pr0n is one of the major addictions of musicians!

Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: APK on February 17, 2011, 07:20:08 AM
Very nice collection of synths, Anders.

Thanks for posting ! 8)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: mgriffin on February 17, 2011, 09:22:48 AM
Nice workspace. Thanks for posting, and welcome to the forum.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: jkn on February 17, 2011, 09:30:22 AM
ekkoarkitekt  - wow - some really nice synths!
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Ekstasis on January 03, 2014, 09:17:17 AM
(http://www.danalexanderaudio.com/danspics/redconsole.jpg)

wow :)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: LNerell on January 07, 2014, 06:54:24 PM
wow :)

Looks like the old Helios mixer from 10cc's Strawberry Studios. I'm not sure what happened to that mixer, did you purchase it Immersion?  ;) I thought this thread was about personal studios that we have and not general gear porn.  ;D Here's another picture of it back in the day:

(http://media.soundonsound.com/sos/jun05/images/classic2heliosdesk.l.jpg)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: jkn on January 20, 2014, 07:29:05 AM
Studio shots from this weekend - still a wreck - still a lot to do (including moving the modular down a shelf and general de-cluttering - but actually workable now.

(http://api.ning.com:80/files/bdOTGlbNKtoCv0zeBmmA2PbrrW5PK9ARxSZV-sMaoyEeA-ow7RXO*Fhyfe8PAycn*fcnwTIUnK1vftnMol7ZnBh3-4ZUFIyP/studiopiano600.png)

(http://api.ning.com:80/files/bdOTGlbNKto8CUpzT6tBr5VWbIdq3-B9KIMsVG4GN*sB8bP68D1DqLVHLpsSgrv6HIg6fkjMxk*Iy5r9-m2Sj9hzIMrSfeIo/studiodesk600.png)

(http://api.ning.com:80/files/bdOTGlbNKtpHVHGbxoagwn-L456ZX6gZlwUmmBWvk2gcUaz2oMziXExAoIWvALRZRFya0DUYpB2VlSKvGey1oohYMe74hzxq/studiocloset600.png)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Seren on January 20, 2014, 10:10:13 AM
Nice - the cage is an unusual piece of studio equipment...... :o
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: jkn on January 20, 2014, 10:35:08 AM
Hahahahahahahah!   Yeah!    It's for our dog...  14 yr old blind dachshund...  has her bed, a pee pad, and some water.  Big enough for her to walk around a bit.  there's also a paper shredder next to the piano - essential to recording...  ;-)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: jkn on July 07, 2014, 05:59:25 AM
Shot taken yesterday. Har suggested this Hercules 5 guitar stand and now I finally have all of my guitars/basses ready to play.

Left to right:

* Fender Jaguar HH
* G&L L1000
* Fender fretless Jass Bass
* Gibson Grabber
* Gretsch solidbody - circa early 60s

(http://api.ning.com/files/c2nk1pk6akQbWHIlTV78JyMAdd1XSMdjFE0JOSES1Ts8i28hjS0RAm59Fpzn2QRY8W8IZY9LtKObkxa3Alq40GCLDnNroUaW/BrzZw5WCQAEFsdw.jpg)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: jkn on July 18, 2014, 08:08:11 AM
Another shot of the studio after more work on it.

(http://api.ning.com/files/R*tm0ukPJZeJ1LWwqmLrSQ6BQBR*LpoLGOGA*c565VP2SFhftv8MEzQ057Z8SUnTaie2tWIw1gEn-EUt3ahVFsni9p3uSa6H/photo.JPG)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: jkn on July 18, 2014, 08:09:33 AM
And here's the piano side of the room...

(http://api.ning.com/files/R*tm0ukPJZdvlErUNdUMpgLgpEUENyIiqZBZGP6jE0x9N6pO5HMI5bfWgiV7*Z87HXtdRgIUJbLcVvRDupfjv3vX-cj3ob0N/photo.JPG)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Julio Di Benedetto on July 22, 2014, 02:55:59 PM
Love that last picture.....very warm and the painting I like a lot....the whole atmosphere mellows out the somewhat stern looking bronze dude.....pray tell who is he?  Beethoven perhaps.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: hdibrell on July 22, 2014, 08:46:41 PM
Roland HPD-15. I love that instrument!
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: jkn on July 23, 2014, 07:15:42 AM
Julio- that's a stern looking fellow named J.S. Bach.   My parents had him on a pedestal at home when I was growing up - he fell into my hands.  He's kinda sentimental. 

My orangish Metropolis framed poster isn't showing in any of the shots.   

Got that handsonic off of James Jimmie Johnson from his secret lair.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Julio Di Benedetto on October 14, 2014, 05:17:21 PM
Some older photographs from a few years back of my studio emerged in a recent debate.....so I thought I would updated them.

New add ons....wood floor, on top of the Focal Twin Be monitors, an Iron Chef trophy, no not the tv show, a local thing that I won.  Next to that a stain glass fairy my girlfriend made. On the left monitor, a rocket blower for blowing off dust from digital camera sensors with microphone windscreen on top and a little jar that I put my Chinese fortune cookie sayings in.

Oh, almost forgot...a new desk.  KK audio out of LA.

Studiologic 88 weighted Numa piano controller and a John Bowen Solaris Synth.

23" Cinema Display run off the 17" Macbook Pro via thunderbolt....gets really noisy.

Sorry about the grainy quality.....the cheap point and shoot had the widest best lens for the job.

(https://digitalvoices.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/p1020449.jpg)

(https://digitalvoices.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/p1020448.jpg)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: LNerell on October 14, 2014, 11:33:31 PM
Very nice setup Julio. I too have a KK Audio desk, except mine is this gigantic thing with lots of room for rack gear.  :o I'll try to get some pictures up. Too bad KK Audio went out of business, they made great studio furniture.

How do you like the Solaris compared to the A6 you had, or your Matrix 12? Right now I too have a Matrix 12, except it's not mine, I'm taking it in for repair for a friend.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: jkn on October 15, 2014, 06:00:07 AM
Wonderful desk!  Love how it keeps clutter out and all the gear right there easily accessible.  I have the problem of desk on one end of the room - everything else... on the other end problem... hahahahaha.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: APK on October 15, 2014, 06:45:23 AM
The Solaris is looking pretty ! I'd also like to know what you think of it.

Desk is certainly nice, though perhaps not as deep as I'd like ... I do tend to use some flat, desktop gear and controllers that need quite a bit of space.

And are those 3-way speakers really meant for near field monitoring? They look huge  :)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Julio Di Benedetto on October 15, 2014, 07:24:02 AM
Hi Loren.....would love to see some pictures of the desk.  That is too bad KK Audio are gone.

The Solaris is quite amazing, firstly for its programability, as deep as the Matrix 12, though with more access.  Each "module" and it does feel like programming a modular synth has its own dedicate lcd window with mod sources a button click away.  Its complex yet straight forward.  The A6 was complex and just odd to program

The sound is very unique.  Its virtual analog oscillators sound very good as does the filters but for me having the addition of Waldorf Wavetables & Prophet VS waves under the same hood makes the programming that much interesting.  In a way the sound of the Solaris does remind me of A6 which had a certain bite in a good way to the sound.  I have heard it said that the Solaris has a Teutonic edge to its sound....it is bright if thats what is meant.  It is made in Germany, though Design by John Bowen.  Ive only had the synth a few months.....it took 10 months to make it, longer than usual but that was due to a delay from Fatar who made the actual keyboard.

The build quality is fantastic! Never touched a synth that felt like this. Bowen put the best he could find into the construction.

Software has a few issues though nothing serious.....there are only 150 made so far so R&D is still on going with the users being a part of that.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Julio Di Benedetto on October 15, 2014, 07:35:48 AM
The Solaris is looking pretty ! I'd also like to know what you think of it.

Desk is certainly nice, though perhaps not as deep as I'd like ... I do tend to use some flat, desktop gear and controllers that need quite a bit of space.

And are those 3-way speakers really meant for near field monitoring? They look huge  :)

Hi Anthony....the Focals are large but I think the wide angle made the whole room look bigger than it is which is 12ft x 11ft.  I think Im at the limit in small room size for these monitors.  Setup in the correct triangulation as they are with sonic reflections dealt with by the hanging treatments the monitors are just right.  :)  The actual sweet spot is about 2 ft back from the desk.    They are designed for near to mid field.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Horizon 1982 on October 16, 2014, 11:13:47 AM
I say it again...You are not in the little gear category :)

You can buy a really nice car here in Europe with just those 2 synths.

Sure you don't have plenty of 500usd synths and I don't see the usual suspects, wavestation, jd-800, waldorfs etc.
What happened to the Juno-60? That was a huge loss IMO. A synth with great warmth.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Julio Di Benedetto on October 16, 2014, 05:53:46 PM
Very nice setup Julio. I too have a KK Audio desk, except mine is this gigantic thing with lots of room for rack gear.  :o I'll try to get some pictures up. Too bad KK Audio went out of business, they made great studio furniture.

How do you like the Solaris compared to the A6 you had, or your Matrix 12? Right now I too have a Matrix 12, except it's not mine, I'm taking it in for repair for a friend.

Loren... I would be grateful for any leads to a tech you may know when the time comes.  I have a short list of names but no actual reassurance . My M12 is working just fine albeit form day to day it can be an M9 or M7 and back to a M12, though usually most things are stable......Thanks so much.
 
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: LNerell on October 17, 2014, 12:06:58 PM
Loren... I would be grateful for any leads to a tech you may know when the time comes.  I have a short list of names but no actual reassurance . My M12 is working just fine albeit form day to day it can be an M9 or M7 and back to a M12, though usually most things are stable......Thanks so much.

For what it's worth I took it to Advanced Musical Electronics:  http://www.advancedmusical.com/ (http://www.advancedmusical.com/)

They have been around forever it seems. I remember back when I worked for Oberheim the owner Ruth use to come by at least once a week for parts and such, they always had a close relationship with Oberheim.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Julio Di Benedetto on October 18, 2014, 03:06:00 AM
Thank Loren!
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: LNerell on October 25, 2014, 02:05:17 PM
Here's my ridiculously over the top studio. Hmm, maybe I should change the name to that from now on.  ;D Sorry about the picture quality, taken with my iphone and I don't feel like making anything better for now.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v128/lnerell/My%20studio/studio2014-1_zps80c25de1.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/lnerell/media/My%20studio/studio2014-1_zps80c25de1.jpg.html)
Desk is by KK Audio, the keyboard is the Korg Oasys. Monitors are custom made with a Yamaha M85 amp attached.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v128/lnerell/My%20studio/studio2014-2_zps9b956957.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/lnerell/media/My%20studio/studio2014-2_zps9b956957.jpg.html)
Keyboards here are Prophet VS and Korg Z1, box up in the left corner is an old Oberheim DSX sequencer.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v128/lnerell/My%20studio/studio2014-3_zps26f41cdc.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/lnerell/media/My%20studio/studio2014-3_zps26f41cdc.jpg.html)
Here is my eurorack and Blacet modular, with Alesis AirFXs off to the right.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v128/lnerell/My%20studio/studio20145_zps2843ff82.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/lnerell/media/My%20studio/studio20145_zps2843ff82.jpg.html)
Rack on left from top to bottom, TC Fireworks, MOTU 24i/o, Ursa Major Stargate 323, Sony R7. Rack on the right  Presonus Central Station, MOTU 2408mkiii, TC Reverb 4000, Lexicon M300, MOTU 308. Below that are a T-Resonator and an Alesis Wedge.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v128/lnerell/My%20studio/studio2014-4_zps18689da5.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/lnerell/media/My%20studio/studio2014-4_zps18689da5.jpg.html)
Left rack, Clava Nord Rack 2X, Roland XV-3080. Right rack, Oberheim OBMx, Emu Proteus 2000 which will soon be replaced with my Emu Morpheus now that it is working again.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v128/lnerell/My%20studio/studio2014-6_zpse65810b6.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/lnerell/media/My%20studio/studio2014-6_zpse65810b6.jpg.html)
On the left is an old obviously dirty (since cleaned) 8 core Mac Pro with UAD2 quad on top. In the rack, 2 MOTU midi timepieces, Waldorf Microwave 1, Korg Wavestation A/D, Emu Proteus/3 world, Oberheim Matrix 6R, TC Powercore.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v128/lnerell/My%20studio/studo2014-7_zps3793445a.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/lnerell/media/My%20studio/studo2014-7_zps3793445a.jpg.html)
Last but not least, Juice Goose powerstrip, Roland SPF325 Flanger, Sony D7, Lexicon MPX1, Presonus VXP, Presonus Eureka, Oberheim Digital Echoplex.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Julio Di Benedetto on October 25, 2014, 02:50:21 PM
Thats great the everything has been brought within reach more or less.  The modular at one side and the VS & Z1 at the other.  Also like the racks at desktop level are angled.  The KK desk has consolidated your equipment in a very accessible way......thats what a good desk is for.

Curious about your monitors.....they are very deep (physically).

P.S. Thanks for taking the heat off me ;) ;D
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Julio Di Benedetto on October 25, 2014, 03:11:47 PM
Actually I just went back in this thread to see your older studio setup.....nice evolution.

Also looked at the the traffic coming through this thread......91,606 today.  3 years ago I mention it was at 53k.  As you suggested Loren it must be the link to Gearslutz you made.  The question is how to make ambient music as popular as gear....no, bad idea ::) 
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: jkn on October 27, 2014, 12:14:52 PM
Loren Loren Loren...  I love your studio.   :-*
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le) on October 27, 2014, 12:22:41 PM
Wow great space Loren!!! I would love to come over and check it out on one of my NAMM trips  ;D
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: LNerell on October 27, 2014, 12:27:49 PM
Curious about your monitors.....they are very deep (physically).

They are made locally, called Exacta, hand made by a guy named Ken Goerres. I bought them off of Paul Haslinger when he upgraded to a bigger floor mount versions. Brian Lustmord also uses these monitors. They are by far the best monitors I have ever owned. They are two ways, I also have a Hafler sub that you can't see in these pictures which helps with the low end.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: LNerell on October 27, 2014, 12:30:42 PM
Wow great space Loren!!! I would love to come over and check it out on one of my NAMM trips  ;D

Sure come on by, more than likely Robert will be staying over again. Maybe we can a little NAMM party.  :)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: mgriffin on October 27, 2014, 12:35:54 PM
Wow, Loren. Great pix!

My old Mac Pro accumulates dust in the front vent too.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: APK on October 27, 2014, 07:06:59 PM
Wow !  yeah ... 8)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le) on October 27, 2014, 08:18:32 PM
It's funny Loren, I kept looking for the like button as if this was facebook...
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Seren on October 28, 2014, 03:03:36 PM
Stunning studio Loren, but you forgot to mention the sticks and the goat hoof rattle.....what other acoustic elements do you have?
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: LNerell on October 28, 2014, 06:08:54 PM
Yeah I didn't include my acoustic stuff because I need to organize it more. I'll add some photos of that stuff later. In the mean while here is a photo I took of my gongs that I got in Indonesia:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v128/lnerell/gongs_zps13c5243e.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/lnerell/media/gongs_zps13c5243e.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: jkn on October 29, 2014, 07:50:37 AM
love your acoustic stuff loren!
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Seren on October 29, 2014, 09:44:57 AM
some acoustic stuff here:
(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc98/SerenFfordd/shakers.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc98/SerenFfordd/bowls.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc98/SerenFfordd/horn.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc98/SerenFfordd/bells-1.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc98/SerenFfordd/drum.jpg)

Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: jkn on October 30, 2014, 01:28:04 PM
I cross-posted this thread over on Relaxed Machinery and want to cross post ours over here... most of us are at both - but a few aren't... so here you go!

http://relaxedmachinery.ning.com/profiles/blogs/where-do-you-do-your-creative-work (http://relaxedmachinery.ning.com/profiles/blogs/where-do-you-do-your-creative-work)

Many of the studios are in both threads.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: LNerell on October 31, 2014, 12:58:21 PM
Working on my next album with new guest artist.  ;D

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v128/lnerell/RobbyinMancini_zps967ac0ff.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/lnerell/media/RobbyinMancini_zps967ac0ff.jpg.html)

Actually that's an old picture from the early 1980s I found of the current studio I work in. And yes that is the actual Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet. Funny enough that space was my office up until today, I just moved into my new office. Too bad all that moog, Emu, and buchla modular goodness is long gone.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: thirdsystem on October 31, 2014, 01:34:19 PM
Nice gongs  8) and bass drum  8) could have great fun with them !!

Here's my wee studio......

(http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l482/thirdsystem/IMG_0323.jpg) (http://s1120.photobucket.com/user/thirdsystem/media/IMG_0323.jpg.html)

Most of the drums are out of view.....with several in another room. I need more space and have now stopped purchasing drums  ;D
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: LNerell on February 08, 2016, 02:16:30 PM
Alright, here's my current studio after a move and clean up.

Midi synth wall:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v128/lnerell/My%20studio/IMGP6391_zpsrusm4kby.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/lnerell/media/My%20studio/IMGP6391_zpsrusm4kby.jpg.html)

Computer audio connections and processing:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v128/lnerell/My%20studio/IMGP6393_zps5w1rtdlz.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/lnerell/media/My%20studio/IMGP6393_zps5w1rtdlz.jpg.html)

Modular synth:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v128/lnerell/My%20studio/IMGP6394_zpsgzb9yncj.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/lnerell/media/My%20studio/IMGP6394_zpsgzb9yncj.jpg.html)

Here's a pan of the room showing everything:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v128/lnerell/My%20studio/IMG_20160205_151409886_zpsqfl3uvyr.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/lnerell/media/My%20studio/IMG_20160205_151409886_zpsqfl3uvyr.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: Julio Di Benedetto on February 09, 2016, 07:08:51 AM
Great space Loren.....love the setup of the midi synth wall controlled by the P12.  I see the KK Audio desk is gone or is the midi synth cabinets part of it?
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: LNerell on February 09, 2016, 02:53:00 PM
Great space Loren.....love the setup of the midi synth wall controlled by the P12.  I see the KK Audio desk is gone or is the midi synth cabinets part of it?

The midi synth cabinet is another KK Audio desk I bought awhile ago. I still have that other big desk but its sitting in my garage, it's just too big for that room. I'll probably end up selling it.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: LNerell on February 10, 2016, 03:27:55 PM
your synth rack with your prophet and all the sound modules it looks inspiring to me.
You everything kind of compact and kind of reachable while playing.

The only downside is that you speakers when infront your synth comes from the right.
That HP printer on top looks very hot lol

That printer is hardly ever on, I might put it somewhere else. Yes if I had an extra set of speakers I might put them on top of the synth rack.

I spot that Alesis Theremin

That is an Alesis airfx, I mostly use it live to give people something to watch instead of just me doing my email on a laptop.  ;D I send it audio and then manipulate the sound with filters or other effects built into that device using the sensor on top. It has some theremin type settings but I never use them, the airsynth had more of that.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: APK on February 10, 2016, 04:05:11 PM
I'm a fan of the AirFX unit. Use it a fair bit.
Surprised they dropped this concept ... it was so practical.
Alesis are like that.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: LNerell on February 11, 2016, 10:46:24 AM
In that last photo my friend sat on a stool and used his phone to take a panoramic shot of the studio, that's what its all stretched out.
Title: Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
Post by: LNerell on February 13, 2016, 12:06:59 AM
In that last photo my friend sat on a stool and used his phone to take a panoramic shot of the studio, that's what its all stretched out.

I can imagine the new OB synth will take its place soon ?

You mean in place of the P12? No way, I like it too much, it's different enough from all the other stuff I own that I find it useful. I might get a desktop OB6 and put it off to the side if they decide to make one.