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My Music Studio in Progress!!!
« on: November 10, 2013, 05:00:17 PM »
My studio is still in progress, and it is not finished yet, and I guess it never willl cause of upgrades etc.
If you have any suggestions I am very interested, I am always looking for improvements .

but this is what I have so far.

Studio Monitors
Trident HG3

http://shop.db-professional.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/d8acdd9f4136c319c1f24beb83f82d67/h/g/hg3_pair_whitebg_with_reflection_cmyk_v02.jpg

Monitor Controller
Dangerous Audio Source
http://www.funkyjunk.fr/images/Dangerous%20Music_Source.jpg

Converter/interface
Lynx Aurora
http://www.musicalstore.net/images/B_LYNX_aurora16.jpg


AES PCIe card
RME HDSPe AES 32
http://www.rme-audio.de/images/products/products_hdspe_aes_3b.jpg

Effect Processor
Eventide H8000FW (it has been paid will be received next week)
http://www.sonux.it/shop/images/EVENTIDE-H8000FW.jpg

Working Desk
Zaor Idesk19 (the racks in the pictures is not mine)
https://www.session.de/out/pictures/master/product/1/Zaor-Idesk-19-Zoll-weiss-glaezend.jpg

Monitor stands
Towersonic TS 2 c TB (custom made for my HG3s)
http://i.imgur.com/MgL8V.jpg

Kemper AMP for guitars and bass
http://www.kemper-amps.com/_media/News/Kemper%20Profiler%20Rack.jpg

Only the highest quality cables in the world in my studio, imported from US to get the original cables.
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn317/markpoll/mogamiLogo.jpg

My custom made guitar
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.457637924289261.104982.173876595998730&type=1

Headphones
Beyerdynamics DT880 PRO
Beyerdynamics DT1350
AKG  K 240studio

I use a novation MK II 61 right now for soft synths.
I have bought Oberheim Xpander and Oberheim OB12.
While the Oberheim Xpander did sound amazing it did sound better then any other synth for certain type of sounds
, but it was just too much of a pain to program it, the knobs where useless.  With sound processing I can get a satisfactory sound without
a xpander... I would not mind analog synth in future though.. but it is no in the no 1 in my priority
« Last Edit: November 12, 2013, 08:26:33 PM by Immersion »

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Re: My Music Studio in Progress!!!
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2013, 06:31:45 AM »
Very sweet selection of equipment Immersion.

I did not know Trident made monitors but why not.  3 way is an excellent choice.  Lynx are great converts from what Ive read

Interesting that you went for the Dangerous controller and external AD/DA as opposed to an all in one box solution like Metric Halo or a Prism Orpheus.  I think you have gone the right way.  I use my Metric Halo ULN2 for DAW connectivity and their Pre amps and use external Lavry AD/DA conversion.

Mogami is the way to go!

Desk is very nice......low profile on the gear racks like a mastering desks.

I use an Eventide Eclipse so I have and idea of what your going to be hearing although with much more programming and sonic possibilities .

What pre amp will you use or mixing system?

Your signal chain is phenomenal, now all you need to do is acoustically treat your studio so that your beautiful gear can be heard accurately.

My Matrix 12 is very deep in programming and can be challenging mostly because of its age and depending on the day is a Matrix 9 or better a Matrix 11.  The voices can be switch off so its not that much of an issue when a voice chip is cranky.  The Matrix 12 / Xpander work best for me when I just dive in deep with no real sound in mind and start patching away......it does help having used a modular synth before because programming The Matrix 12 / Xpander is modular minded under the hood.

Excited for you new sounding sonic explorations.....Look forward to hearing them.
« Last Edit: November 11, 2013, 06:41:54 AM by Julio Di Benedetto »

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Re: My Music Studio in Progress!!!
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2013, 05:27:23 PM »
Thanks for sharing this, Immersion. Sometimes reading about other people's gear purchases and setups satisfies my desire to buy and explore my own new gear!

Keep us posted. Pictures, too.
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Re: My Music Studio in Progress!!!
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2013, 05:21:26 AM »
Nice looking stuff - just need to see the pictures of it all set up...... 8)

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Re: My Music Studio in Progress!!!
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2013, 06:13:36 PM »
Thanks for sharing this, Immersion. Sometimes reading about other people's gear purchases and setups satisfies my desire to buy and explore my own new gear!

Keep us posted. Pictures, too.


Thanks, I definitely will!
I love gear...I love technology.. and the last years I have also saved up money which made it possible to realize my studio..

The most fundamental part that is missing in my studio now is a MIC pre amp and microphones.
But I would say a pre amp is the most important that now, so I can start to record guitars...

in future, I want to try to have as much from the company "BURL" as possible in my studio, cause BURL stuff is the best studio gear in the world right now.

Unfortunately they have no full size rack pre amp yet only a 500 series for there mothership. Right now I am looking at this one



It is a phoenix audio DRS 8 Pre amp. Soundpure did review this on youtube...got very good results...
But I have a feeling BURL will release a mic pre amp soon..a new one... 


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Re: My Music Studio in Progress!!!
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2013, 06:40:28 PM »
Very sweet selection of equipment Immersion.

I did not know Trident made monitors but why not.  3 way is an excellent choice.  Lynx are great converts from what Ive read

Interesting that you went for the Dangerous controller and external AD/DA as opposed to an all in one box solution like Metric Halo or a Prism Orpheus.  I think you have gone the right way.  I use my Metric Halo ULN2 for DAW connectivity and their Pre amps and use external Lavry AD/DA conversion.

Mogami is the way to go!

Desk is very nice......low profile on the gear racks like a mastering desks.

I use an Eventide Eclipse so I have and idea of what your going to be hearing although with much more programming and sonic possibilities .

What pre amp will you use or mixing system?

Your signal chain is phenomenal, now all you need to do is acoustically treat your studio so that your beautiful gear can be heard accurately.

My Matrix 12 is very deep in programming and can be challenging mostly because of its age and depending on the day is a Matrix 9 or better a Matrix 11.  The voices can be switch off so its not that much of an issue when a voice chip is cranky.  The Matrix 12 / Xpander work best for me when I just dive in deep with no real sound in mind and start patching away......it does help having used a modular synth before because programming The Matrix 12 / Xpander is modular minded under the hood.

Excited for you new sounding sonic explorations.....Look forward to hearing them.

This is the first monitor by TRIDENT,  it is a very good value monitor since it compare with monitors with twice of the price or more.
Yes I doubt after you have ha a 3-way design monitor you will ever go back to a traditional one...it makes huge difference...
There is also a seprate amp for each element also...so 3 amps in every monitor which makes the seperation of the sound even more clean.
The treble is crazy sensitive, and transients is extremely fast,  which make sound details very apprenent, they sound very big and wide too... and balanced...I am happy with my buy.

the Dangerous audio is a good value, they use a  Burr Brown which is supposed to be very good.  We will see in future, I might replace it with something from BURL...But I still find it very good monitor controller for critical listening.. it is made to not color the sound just represent it without color and 100% true..  The monitor controller is important part of the chain..it has the ability to make your monitors sound like completely new but they should not color the audio...in any shape or form.  I was not aware the PRISM had built in pre amp and monitor controller ..I guess it make a good value..it still yet a rather expensive device..  Dangerous source is not that expensive, yet it has the dangerous audio sound quality without compromise. It does even sound better then their bigger brothers because it has a newer burr brown DAC.

Regarding Mogami, a lot of people seem to think cables does not matter, but I have been reading so many people saying that here a very big change..
if I spend so much other money on other equipment I will not let the cables come in the way.

Thank you the desk is made in Italy.  I am very happy with it, it is also comfortable to have the feet on the foot of the table...
There is a bigger model of this desk where you have more racks, but I think they will shadow the sweet spot of the monitors I do not want to be too high on the desk... I want to have it all quite low..

With a lot of research regarding eclipse, even though the algoritims in many cases are the same as in H8000FW most people on forums claim that it does not come near in sonic audio quality, and I have heard eclipse myself, it sound quite like a cheap version of H8000FW for me...so regarding effects I did decide to not take the shortcut... I have been wanting to have this machine for a long time and I know I will got a lot of use of it.  I can do a lot of effects like these in the computer but eats up my computer totally..so it will be nice to have this unit to relieve the CPU, to relieve CPU is also a main reason why I want to buy more hardware racks... I have found that all effects or sounds/sytnhs that sounds of good quality eats a lot of cpu, lexicon PCM native is the only plugin I have that sound good and expensive without totally eating up the CPU.

As I did write about regarding pre amp Phoneix DRS-8 MKII... unless BURL is realing a rack pre amp soon...

LYNX Aurora is a good and classic converted that has been in top studios for many years, I got it very cheap, if I sell it I can get more then what I paid for it wihtout doubt , so yeah.. there is only a matter of time before I will upgrade it to something better... again maybe something from BURL audio, their B2 bomber converters are said to be best right now.

regarding Oberheim,  if you drive a soft synths thru a analog chain, or virital analog chain for me this synt can sound 100% analog,  you need quite extensive sound chain to manipulate the audio to make it sound expensive and analog for real..I crash my cpu constantly doing this. But most people just use a simple reverb or something on their synths then the difference between soft synth and a real oberheim will be very big of course.  But there is soo much plugs right now to analogize and saturate the signal, I use tube amp simulation, tape etc, especially tube amps can add very interesting "analog" harmonics which you do not find in a soft synth.  One other trick I use is to maximize transients in the sound, this make it sound more analog too, all use a lot of processing power of course that is why it is better to invest in hardware equipment.

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Re: My Music Studio in Progress!!!
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2013, 08:19:37 AM »
my H8000FW did arrive today. It will take some time before I can actually use it though, I need to buy a pre amp and some more mogami cables before I can do so, this unit is even more expensive in EU then in USA, so I am completely broke now for some time.  This will maybe give me some time to study the manual,...from what I have been reading..there is some learning curve... but I guess it all depend on my pre-experience... I do not I aim to use the Firewall connection at all. I will use digital AES ports.


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« Last Edit: November 29, 2013, 01:24:48 AM by Immersion »

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« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2013, 06:40:26 AM »
Nice gear.
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Re: My Music Studio in Progress!!!
« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2013, 02:48:32 PM »
Nice gear.

Thank you, well it is atleast a start...
I am inte the process of trying to get a good deal of the Antelope Eclipse now..I hope I can get it for the pirce.

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« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2013, 04:06:24 PM »
Nice stuff, lets see some pics of the studio put together now.  :)
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« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2013, 04:14:13 PM »
Nice stuff, lets see some pics of the studio put together now.  :)

It will come later when it is more finished :)
I promise   ;)

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Re: My Music Studio in Progress!!!
« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2013, 09:35:06 AM »
Did receive my Antelope Eclipse today... I am dying...I am going fucking crazy...this sounds too good that my senses go nuts...  did make my Trident HG3 to sound like a new pair of speakers


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« Reply #14 on: December 22, 2013, 05:18:11 PM »
Looking great. I'd love to hear you make some music soon.
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