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  • What's your setup?

    What sort of setup do you have?

    I have a VERY simple setup. PC, KORG microKEY, a TASCAM US-1800 interface, Yamaha HS50M monitors a Steinberg CMC-QC controller, and a CAD GXL2200 condenser mic. That's about it as far as hardware goes.

    I also have a TASCAM DR-05 recorder, but I don't use it as much as I thought I would, and now that I have my mic I don't really see myself using it for music production, unless I finally take it on the road with me wherever I go.

    Soon I'm going to be building a music production desk with rack spaces and a pull-out computer keyboard shelf so that I can have my MIDI controller and my computer keyboard out at the same time. That will help with my motivation, too, because I won't have to rearrange my desk every time I want to start writing music.

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    I'm minimal too now.

    I never had a big setup, just what was necessary at the time (four track cassette then digital multitrack, couple of effect racks, patch bay, drum machine, couple of synths, small mixer etc etc).

    Now I can do it all (and much more!) in software I'm down to a laptop, Tascam us122l interface, pair of audio technica headphones, MXL condenser mic and a behringer keyboard.

    Actually gone through a few keyboards this year; retired my ageing edirol pc160 (no controls, horrible mod lever), then picked up an emu xboard from ebay (DOA...), then an MAudio axiom25 (nice keys and pads but horrible, clicky encoders), then tried an akai lpk25 mini keys (too small for my meagre kb skills) so have just picked up from ebay again a behringer 25 key thing (umx... something...)

    Oh and some guitar stuff but had a major clear out there too; vintage strat copy, zoom g2 effects, volume pedal. Everything else I can do in software.

    And a ukelele.

    And a stylophone...

    And a couple of circuit boards with some droney oscillators on that I'll one day put into a case to make a quirky modular drone station. Maybe.
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    • #3
      weeeelllll...my set up currently, until my other studio is totally re-wired, is a Peavey usb6 channel mixer/interface into a 5 year old Dell laptop. Instrument wise, arp2600, 1966 Burns Baby Bison, 1966 gibby SG-much modded and monstrous looking, a pair of condensor mics and a few assorted other things

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      • #4
        I'd love an ARP2600! I only have one reason for wanting it, though...I want to make R2-D2 sounds with it. :giggle:

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        • #5
          My setup...oh how simple it can be these days! Ready? 27" mid 2010 iMac, Roland A-300 Pro 30 key midi controller, Mbox 3rd gen interface, and my newest addition...Equator D5 monitors. That's it!!! :D

          I'd love some outboard gear like a hardware reverb of some kind, a bigger midi controller with more keys (mine has 30), maybe even a Access Virus or something along those lines. I'm also thinking about creating a mobile rig so I can play live!
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          • #6
            My setup is incredibly small and consists of the following.

            - Macbook Pro 15" screen (late 2011 model) *I7 Quad @ 2.4ghz, 4GB ram, Nothing upgraded yet..*
            - Roland/Cakewalk A-800 Pro with the Cakewalk logos sanded off... lol
            - KRK KNS8400 headphones
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            • #7
              I have KRK KNS-8400 'phones, too, and I'm thinking of getting an A-800Pro, as well as soon as I build my new desk.

              What do you think of the A-800Pro? In theory, I really like how they set up the mod wheel/pitch bend on it.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Dax IX View Post
                I have KRK KNS-8400 'phones, too, and I'm thinking of getting an A-800Pro, as well as soon as I build my new desk.

                What do you think of the A-800Pro? In theory, I really like how they set up the mod wheel/pitch bend on it.
                I really like Roland Midi controllers. My first controller was a roland controller so their pitch mod wheel setup just feels "right" to me, so this is kind of why I went for the A-800 Pro. In my opinion the Roland built controllers are solid and the key action is responsive and nice feeling. For synthesizers the feel of the keys are perfect, especially for legato needs and the mod wheel just begs to be tweaked while you do that...

                I still have not dived into learning how to take advantage of the A-800s programming as it is fairly deep. You don't really get the same plug N play as you would with say a Akai or Novation product. It does work out of the box with Ableton live, but I am still trying to figure out how to do some custom map settings.

                The build quality is nicely done! I am not worried about this breaking on me anytime soon and I can hammer away on it roughly when i am jamming away. If i had any complaint it would be the drum pad sensitivity as I am used to the likes of LPD8. I could just need to change velocity curves on it which i am still trying to figure out. Once I pick up the manual and sit down more I will get back to you on this. If all else fails I will just resort to getting a LPD8 again, because these worked really well.

                The keyboard itself is fairly light and is completely bus powered meaning no need for a external power supply! It also has Midi in/out for any external instruments you might have.

                I would recommend this if you need a solid synth action midi controller!
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                • #9
                  I was looking at getting an LPD8, only thing I really miss from the axiom I used to have are the pads.

                  So, recommended then?
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by GaryG View Post
                    I was looking at getting an LPD8, only thing I really miss from the axiom I used to have are the pads.

                    So, recommended then?
                    I would definitely recommend it! Alot of people have said that the velocity sensitivity on the LPD8 is better than the MPDs.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by trimph1 View Post
                      weeeelllll...my set up currently, until my other studio is totally re-wired, is a Peavey usb6 channel mixer/interface into a 5 year old Dell laptop. Instrument wise, arp2600, 1966 Burns Baby Bison, 1966 gibby SG-much modded and monstrous looking, a pair of condensor mics and a few assorted other things
                      One day I want to buy an Arp2600 and a MS20 for my studio because they are both classics imo

                      How much maintenance do you have to do on your arp ? Is it one that requires constant recalibration and work? I am seriously considering buying one someday so anything I can find about them is great !
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                      • #12
                        Aside from the warm up issue I've really had no trouble with it. I've recently came across some NOS parts for it so I'm set when that issue comes up:whistle:

                        Actually this one was used a lot on the road when I was doing a lot of show way back...so it has had some issues before being redone bit...it' been a good operator for while...

                        http://www.sonicstate.com/synth/arp_2600/

                        http://ia600202.us.archive.org/18/it...nersmanual.pdf

                        Some good info to start with here....

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                        • #13
                          Quite a bit of varied stuff, both hardware and software.

                          I play quite a few acoustic instruments, have some hardware to play software and the software itself, and of course a PC dedicated to running the software plus a mixer.

                          I've probably listed this elsewhere before, but the 'hardware' that I have aside from the computer-related stuff is: electric guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin, 5 string banjo, bass guitar, violin, alto sax, Bb trumpet, concert flute, bansuri, dizi, tin whistle, recorder, chromatic harmonica, diatonic harmonicas, and assorted other accessories like ebow, slides, etc.

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                          • #14
                            I do not run a lot of hardware anymore. Most of mine wasn't high-end anyhow--and was getting quite old.


                            In the closet: DX7IIFD, Ensoniq EPS, MC303, DR606, Fender Bass, Jackson Bass, Peavey Guitar, VS880 V-Xpanded (just turned 16!), Alesis Quadraverb, Peavey Profex II, Sony DPS V55, Digitech DSP128, Aphex 105, PreSonus DEQ624, DOD R830B, a dozen footpedals, including 2 Small Stones, Digitech PDS 1002, some others I can't think of...a collection of late 80's to early 90's stuff.


                            Physical things I use currently: Mackie Control Universal 8, BCR2000, Arturia MIDI controller 49key, Focusrite ISA One, mics: {ST77, SM57, SM58, V63M}, same old guitar and basses, self-built computer (i7 920, Win7 64, 12G RAM, GTX285, Xonar D2X), Monitor Audio S2, Mbox Gen3 Mini.

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                            • #15
                              Well i am in the process of selling my D16 and Waves stuff right now. I like both companies and their products, but at the moment I really feel as though I have more than enough.

                              I am feeling with D16's products that they are more aimed at the "DJ" type producers rather than the modulation crazy types like me. The Waves stuff that I did have was good sound-wise, but again I think it was aimed more at people who wanted simplicity vs complexity and that just does not vibe well with me as I always want tons of options. I also think.. that Fabfilter saturns tape algorithm sounds just as good as the Kramer Tape.

                              I may however end up keeping the Waves NLS plugin because I find that you can never run out of harmonic saturators.
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