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ryan says

Oi! I’m wondering what gear all you guys use to write things? Has this been covered before? What worked and what didn’t?

As mentioned in another thread I messed around with ScreamTracker a lot as a kid, ended up buying a Korg EM1 and then a Novation KS4 and Logic Express to sequence the thing.

I found hooking up all the hardware very time consuming and annoying, hard to bring it back into the state it was for performing anything. The most productive environments I reckon are fully managed like the EM1 or better something like Reason or Logic Pro.

But you just ain’t as cool performing off a laptop, you gotta have all the gear and cables :)

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Solidbeats Reviewer says

My setup is pretty basic.

A computer with lots of ram and harddrive.
Creative SoundBlaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro
M-Audio Keystation e49 (U S B )
Mixer + a decent mic
tons of VSTs
Wavelab (for editing)
Reason & Fruity
And most important of all, a new comfortable chair!! :)

i rarely have the keystation plugged in due to lack of space, so usually i just add notes with the mouse.

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JType says

Lol! Mine is even more basic I think:

  • Comp: 1gb Ram
  • HDD x 4: approx 700gb
  • Soundcard: Soundblaster Audigy 5.1dx
  • Software: Reason 4, Recycle, Cubase 3sx, Soundforge 5, Audacity, VSTs
  • Hardware: 2xPT-2500 Turntables, Rane TTM -56i Mixer, Mission Monitors
  • Chair: Extremely uncomfortable (need to sort that out..lol)

I don’t have a midi keyboard at the moment, so I have managed to trick reason into accept qwerty keys as midi input when programming. Less than ideal.. :(

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Solidbeats Reviewer says

your setup sounds great J
Lots of storage hehe :)

Wish that i could afford a decent turntable now, last one broke down on me.
I have tons of old vinyls that i wanna sample :(

Yeah, a good chair is very important. Used to sit on a kitchen steel chair until a few weeks ago. It busted my back and gave me that sexy quasimodo posture after a while.

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JType says

Yeah, I’m sittin on a fold-up, wooden chair at the moment, due to space restrictions :D

So, what’s your next essential piece of studio gear? Including software..

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Solidbeats Reviewer says
Yeah, I’m sittin on a fold-up, wooden chair at the moment, due to space restrictions :D … So, what’s your next essential piece of studio gear? Including software..

Hmm, think it will be this baby right here.
http://www.secondhandmusic.se/product_images/PA253.jpg

Portable, USB (!) Means, i can slim down my setup a little by removing the mixer :)

how about yourself?

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JType says

Ah yeah, thats cool! How about just getting an audio interface with Phantom power? Then you can use your existing mics…

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Ah yeah, thats cool! How about just getting an audio interface with Phantom power? Then you can use your existing mics…

Because this is the cheapest way to get a fully functional recording studio, without the loss of quality :)

I don’t wanna use the old mic, it’s ok for basic stuff but not recording songs. And i hate the static that comes along when you pitch it just a little from it’s original frequency you know?

it’s only $200 bucks.
And i will get most of it back when i get rid of the mixer that only sits there collecting dust :)

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JType says

Well, that makes sense then! :)

For me, my next purchase has definitely got to be a usb keyboard (I was actually interested in the axiom too.. Then this comp came along.. :D).

After that, a good audio interface..

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Well, that makes sense then! :) For me, my next purchase has definitely got to be a usb keyboard (I was actually interested in the axiom too.. Then this comp came along.. :D). After that, a good audio interface..

yeah.. that keyboard looks tasty! Tons of knobs.
Go for it ;)

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