« 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...
PS Mike that is a really big violin along the wall !!!