Here are some quick & candid pics of the Viridian Sun sessions from Saturday. I'll annotate these a little bit later.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not much is visible here that's not visible in the other pics... except the back of the sheet music stand I guess.
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.