Welcome to the studio!


My current studio is 100% digital.


It is really amazing what modern hardware and software is capable of, and I’m not even using anything terribly groundbreaking. The ability to meld both synthetic and organic sounds all based in a digital domain is extremely liberating as I don’t have to take time to track down audio sources. Yes, there are drawbacks.  One sound form that I have a very difficult time recreating is a simple repeating acoustic guitar strum with all it’s beautifully human inconsistencies. Yet, lacking the ability to mimic certain organic sound sources forces me to be creative and using my existing synthetic sources in new, unknown manners. What follows is a list of what makes up my current studio.


Hardware:

Apple 27″ late 2012 iMac – 3.4 GHz i7 / 8gb RAM

Commodore 64

M-Audio MobilePre USB preamp

M-Audio Keystation 49e

M-Audio Axiom 25

NI Maschine 2 Controller

M-Audio MicroTrack

M-Audio BX-5a studio monitors

Novation ZeRO SL MkII control surface

AKG Perception 200 mic

AKG K240 studio reference headphones

AKG K66 monitor headphones

SkullCandy FMJ portable monitor headphones

IKEA Ivar shelving


Software:

Logic Pro X (DAW/synths/sampler/drum)

G-Force impOSCar 2 (OSCar emulator)

G-Force Minimonsta (MiniMoog emulator)

G-Force M-Tron Pro (Mellotron emulator)

G-Force Oddity (ARP Odyssey emulator)

G-Force VSM (Virtual String Machine)

Plogue Chipsounds (8-bit chipset emulator)

NI Maschine 2.0

NI Complete 9 Ultimate

NI Absynth 5 (synth)

NI FM8 (synth)

NI Massive (synth)

NI Battery 3 (drum/sampler)

BIAS SoundSoap (audio scrubbing)

iZotope iDrum (drum/sampler)

iZotope Ozone 5 (postproduction/mastering)

iZotope Spectron (post)

iZotope Studder Edit (post)

iZotope Trash (post)

iZotope Vinyl (post)

Waveburner (mastering software)


Miscellaneous non-music bits:

I also currently do my own media work, whether that be artwork, layouts, or web presence work. For that I have a couple of Sony digital cameras and use the following software…

Photoshop CS3

Illustrator CS3

Wordpress

Ecto

Fetch


Equipment and software from past lives:

Above is listed what I’m currently piloting in my studio. Over the years I’ve used a variety of computers, DAW/sequencers, and a handful of cheesy home keyboards, and a trusty workhorse Yamaha 4-track. The one piece that I miss the most is my Commodore 64. (I still have it tucked away in a storage unit, and when I have the space, it will live again.) I spent countless hours programming music note for note, instance for instance using the Commodore 64 SIDPlayer. This went on for many years. There’s something joyous about having to create FM synthesis with nothing but silent numbers and then saving it to listen to it in another program just so you can hear what you spent hours fussing over.


Hardware:

Apple 15″ MacBook Pro – 2.16 mhz/1gb RAM

Apple 17″ iMac G5

Apple Blue & White G3

Apple Quadra 660av

Various DOS machines

M-Audio Trigger Finger

NI Kore 2

Yamaha MT-120II analog 4-track

Yamaha and Casio home keyboards


Software:

Logic Studio 8 and 9

Logic Express 7

Garageband 1 and 2

G-Force impOSCar (OSCar emulator)

NI Kore Player

iZotope Ozone 3 (postproduction/mastering)

iZotope Ozone 4 (postproduction/mastering)

PlayerPro (pretty much every version made for a Mac)

ProTools 4

ScreamTracker

669Tracker

ModTracker

SIDplayer


And for my other life as a live brass playing musician:


I own Yamaha, Holton, and Olds bass trombones, and an unknown used school baritone with no markings left on it that almost always sounds slightly out of tune because it’s beat all to hell.  (I might put that down to user error, but I’ve never played a horn whose pitch fluctuated as much during use as this one.  It is incredibly temperature sensitive.)