Gear Porn thread - pics of your slutty setups
#4411
27th February 2012
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Wow! that looks like a great setup man!
#4412
27th February 2012
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Are thoose Event TR6?
#4413
27th February 2012
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Love the idea of using a snare drum stand. Might have to do the same :D
#4414
28th February 2012
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One part of my studio I'll post more pics later.
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28th February 2012
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My corner of the house

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I admire your slutty sense of contradiction and obfuscation, sir!
Thanks. I actually always encourage everyone to make unsure their actions never contradict everything they have never preached in parallel in order to prove their coherence and righteousness beyond any unreasonable doubt. It's simply the wrong and justified thing to do.
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28th February 2012
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1-3 of 10



Takamine
LTD
Godin
Epiphone
LTD bass
Jackson
Traben Kore bass
Gibson Les Paul
Ibanez semiholow (not pictured)



The concept here was to make everything as easily reachable and patchable as possible. All knoby synths are closer than anything else with my KARMA as master controller. 7 patchs bays and the routing in the 01v and the MOTU 828 mk3 allow any signal to go anywhere in less than 30 seconds (an ambition of mine for a loooong time); I can send a VST synth for external processing, a hw synth for itb processing BEFORE commiting with any recording; 2 Sony laptops (small screens on the sides) running KORE and good quality plugins are in charge of this itb processing; ie, they are actually used as signal processors and run at very low latencies (64 samples).



The 4 top most monitors are in fact never used for anything else other than a virtual metering bridge. With Cubase's 3 mixers, you can designate different tasks for any of them and place them anywhere within your screen state. Inputs, outputs, VSTs, FX, Sends, Groups (buses), MIDI channels... everything is there, plus you hide and unhide channels at your will via MIDI or kb shortcuts. The two iPads in the center are very advanced control surfaces I developed using JM Lemur framework for over two years, and they help advanced mixer controls, editing; they have note sequencers, full Mediabay control, CC sequecers, parameter morphing functions, full transport (far beyond "just play and record": my transport panel has 40 functions, from metronome volume to recording modes, marker handling, etc.), etc.

- My 4 synths there on the desktop are: V-Synth XT, Blofeld, Nord Lead 3, SlimPhatty.
- My control gear there: MCU + XT, Maschine, Kaoss 3, KORE, Bamboo touch, 2 iPads, NanoKey 2, G13, G510... Performance MX mouse (best mouse ever; wheel action and smoothness and precision is second to none)
- The 3 big screens are Samsung HD LEDs, which do help room temperature (as opposed to my former LCDs, freaking hell literally).
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28th February 2012
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4-6 of 10



I hand-made the support/base/rack as there was no other way to put everything together the way I wanted. If there's an earthquake, I will ****ing die immediately under that tower of gear, no escape... but then I would go into history as HEROIC GEARSLUT.

Some notes on decisions I made:
- The lower portions of each column have each a knoby M350. I wish there were more knoby effect units; I can do real time tweaks having those 3 fx units handy just there.
- At the top of each column there's an LM32, which are entirely patched to the patch bays on the left. The EQs are not that great, but they do make it clear they are there when tweaked, which I appreciate as character and presence.
- On the right column I have my voice, guitar, bass and mastering hw. The guitar gear: VG-99, 2112 and a Rocktron Hush; they are interconnected and end up into a not pictured computer running Live (visible via RDC, love Windows), and so it's a joy to create combinations: eg, I can use a guitar simulation of the VG, then add a tube EQ in the 2112, then add a crazy fx in Guitar Rig and choose your amp sim in Amplitube 3. It does sound good. This a technique to come up with your own sound: you hand pick your gear and interconnect it and create patches and chains that are UNLIKELY to be reproduced elsewhere, just because every piece contributes something in its own particular way.



Notes:

- As you can probably figure out, I am surrounded at 360 degrees by my gear. My chair just needs to rotate and voila: I can play drums, and then my analog synths, and then edit immediately, no waiting time.
- I just have 3 analog synths which were carefully picked among the vast array of possibilities: a6, PEK and SlimPhatty are a ****ing winning trio! They do complement each other. Their filters sound so different and tasty at the same time.
- I also spent some time figuring out the placement of the PEK. I wanted it to be vertical at all cost.



Notes:
- Slight closer look of the lower right hand side "column". From bottom to top:
. MC-909> So much fun. Thin sounding, but I take that as an attribute rather than as defect.
. M350> For real time effects mainly.
. MPX1> This is a jewel to me. I can't believe how cheap they are versus PCM products.
. CS6R> If there is a VA with a very special sounding filter is this. I have numerous VA's; this one's filter is magnificent: smooth and cocky at the same time.
. MS2000> Great synth. It became a bit redundant since I got the Radias, but the fact is that it's still used a lot for some reason. One thing is that I do like it's interface more than that of the Radias.

- It's worth noting that even the angle and number of units were carefully measured. Guys, I can't stress enough the importance of ergonomics. A true gearslut must try to have as much gear as possible BUT the gear MUST be immediately usable and at hand reach. Having gear in a closet due to bad ergonomics and planning MUST BE PUNISHED in an exemplary way. All infractors should be prosecuted immediately by Reptil.
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28th February 2012
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7-10 of 10



Just a closer look of when I rotate my chair to the right. Chord triggers, awesome mod wheel, sustain and expression... everything is applied from my KARMA to ANY synth I have sw or hw. Obviously, the major feature is the the KARMA function which does incredible stuff on any synth with some patience. The KARMA function is not just an arpeggiator... it IS the god of real time note sequences not doable by ANY other means.



My MIDI drum rig. Bad picture, but it's just great. Besides the SPD30 and SPD 20, the pads are connected to a DTXpress 2 and a DM5. I can combine their internal sounds with VST sounds from Reaktor, GrooveAgent, Maschine, mTonic, Attack, etc. I did some tricks using the Drum Map feature of Cubase, and I am positive I created a winning combo: It's great to simply create a basic sequence in Maschine and then add the human drumming factor in real time with any sounds you can imagine, while Cubase is running with some real time fx tweaked LIVE via automated parameter sequences from my Lemur CC sequencers and/or pad motions in Kaoss 3 and/or my recently acquired MFC42 filter...



Just a wider look of the sweet spot.



And then finally a vertical look of the tower of magic


Thanks for looking slutz. Hope you can grab some concepts for your own slutty use. I know I improved my sluttyness by looking at your super slutty setups.








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#4420
28th February 2012
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Data! Take us out of orbit
#4421
28th February 2012
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i think i just drooled over my keyboard


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28th February 2012
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Wow, m127c how is it to live in a spaceship?
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i think i just drooled over my keyboard
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Wow, m127c how is it to live in a spaceship?


Hahaha, thanks slutz.

Hey, I see you saw the pics without notes. I just added some to each photo if you are interested.





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#4424
28th February 2012
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Thanks for looking slutz. Hope you can grab some concepts for your own slutty use. I know I improved my sluttyness by looking at your super slutty setups.
Most of all it serves as a lesson to me that this would make me go completely bonkers. It must get awfully hot in there when everything's switched on

The FX-only laptops are a really excellent idea!
#4425
29th February 2012
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I`d be totally overwhelmed with so much gear. Its setup great tough, but I wonder how the reflections/acoustics are in your room...
And so much gear, but still using Yamaha HS/KRK Rokit monitors? I guess dont fix it if it aint broke (If you get great mixes on them), but other than that, I just really enjoy the sound of my Focals way over any lower-end monitor I`ve heard.

Thanks for the pics and explanations! Interesting read.


My friends says my place looks like a spaceship, they should only have known...
#4426
29th February 2012
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don't want to pay your electricity bills!

next to that i share the opinion of fragletrollet.
besides that... this much gear would be too much for me personally. probably i'll be stuck for 2 hours, cause i can't decide what to use

conclusion : respect for your setup!
#4427
29th February 2012
Old 29th February 2012
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@m127c
some nice equipment and an impressive computer setup!
although the overall setup makes me feel claustrophobic. personally i need some space between my stuff.
but that's just me, not my intention to diss your place! I'm sure it works great for you, that's the most important part.
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29th February 2012
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m127c very impressive room.
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Most of all it serves as a lesson to me that this would make me go completely bonkers. It must get awfully hot in there when everything's switched on
yeah, I thought of that, but I took some precautions>
- the most important is that my main big screens are LEDs now (as opposed to LCDs)... I gained at least 6 degrees of coolness by implementing this change (a tad costly though, but worth every dime... more healthy in every way... LEDs rock). The woman wants to throw me out to the streets with my 6 old LCDs that I have procrastinated about selling (I guess that would gain me 10 additional degrees of coolness on winters :P)...

- I also have an acceptable room cooler. It's reasonably silent. It also has a quick "mega cooling" function, which gets on during breaks when needed (this one's noisy, hence only on breaks for a few minutes)

- I can honestly say I managed to get a good room temperature in the few ocassions where everything is running (advanced projects), which is 25 - 28 Celsius. It was the damn LCDs frying me before.

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The FX-only laptops are a really excellent idea!
Probably you don't need any further tips on this, but some might be interested in knowing that KORE is acceptably syncable via MIDI clock from your main DAW. Running "sequenced" fx with Reaktor on HW synths is simply a pleasurable mayhem really... but again, the most important part is that you can do all this mayhem while jamming in real time. This is key for truly inspiring results. My entire studio is like a gigantic modular synthesizer in many ways, and you don't have to commit to recording and applying effects later, which is sometimes an obstacle in inspired electronica production... Instead, you design chord/note progressions AND its [awesome itb] effects together as a whole design process... game changer technique for me, and took me a while to figure out how to make it ALL as efficient as reasonably possible.


thanks for the comments, Yoozer, you should know you are my favorite gearsluttiness theorist in these places




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29th February 2012
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I`d be totally overwhelmed with so much gear. Its setup great tough, but I wonder how the reflections/acoustics are in your room...
And so much gear, but still using Yamaha HS/KRK Rokit monitors? I guess dont fix it if it aint broke (If you get great mixes on them), but other than that, I just really enjoy the sound of my Focals way over any lower-end monitor I`ve heard.

Thanks for the pics and explanations! Interesting read.

My friends says my place looks like a spaceship, they should only have known...
cool man, appreciate the comment.
I see what you mean about the potentially overwhelming number of options; however, it's all about planning and serious study.
Imo, when people say they can handle only one synth and one seq, that's very respectable, but most of the time they confuse their actual abilities with their comfort and lazyness, and so they are in fact choosing to limit themselves and their sound pallete.

My work re my studio was mostly to get passed my own comfort (I used to be a lead singer for a long time; it can't get any more comfy than that), and to create a sound pallete as diverse as possible BUT to make it work like one entity. Easier said than done.

The extra work now is mostly about turning the stuff on, which takes a few seconds with [tip] the multi-switch power strips. I know my gear and what does what. (I just took an 8 month no new gear starvation period, to refine my knowledge of the stuff I already own for this purpose; no expert yet, but thanks to that I am better equipped in terms of knowledge of my gear for my purposes now... a never ending task if taken seriously)

About reflections and acoustics, this is a topic that really needs a lot of education among non-mastering engineers, non-mixing engineers, ie, producers/composers, and so people should learn to make their own informed decisions and trust their ears and techniques.

Basically, MOST reflection and acoustic issues vanish by you turning the darn volume knob down!!! That's only needed when mixing!! When producing turn the ****ing thing up and make your sound so powerful and loud that your butt explodes in moves to the beat on its own while in the bliss of your powerful sound! (ok, but you get the picture, lol) Leave the acoustic problems to mastering engineers or pristine-recording facilities... I never pretended mine was one. Feck all that!... I am an experimental electronica composer/producer... My main job and focus is to get truly and honestly passionate about what I am producing... **** anything else if that's not happening, including "acoustic ANAL retentiveness". LOL

That said though, there's some basic acoustic treatment in place, EQing at the last stage, 3 sets of decent monitors for comparison, etc... The final mix of my albums is not something I want to do or should, but definitely direct. Mastering in my project studio is also out of the question. I mean, you have to be down to earth, and let others contribute.

The fact is that if someone REALLY wants to get purist about acoustics, that person should be ready to spend dozens of thousands of euros in acoustically isolating and purifying their studios' environment. This is not fun, and I rather spend 20 thousand in improving my gear or travelling the world and buying beer to my friends than wasting my time on a half ass task that the woman would assasinate me for. I would probably do it with unlimited funds, but I rather spend a few hundred bucks paying a pro mixer (that works under my command and based on my draft mix) than over 20 thousand in professionally treating my project studio (I mean professionally, not some ****ing 100 dollar foam cube in some corner). Rather, it's all about the fun and creative process here. Acoustic purity and isolation is interesting but simply not worth my while for my purposes.


I have listened the Focals, great monitors, but too pricey for what they do. Again I preferred to spend that money on 3 sets for different sound perspectives. Great monitoring systems are nothing without a PROFESSIONAL facility, which most project studios simply are not... It's a dogma thing that most people buy into due to lack of self confidence. People go and spend 1000 or 2000 on overpriced foam cubes, instead of learning to ****ing turn the volume knob down... go figure...


Of course, I am not talking about you personally... I don't know, maybe you own Real World Studios-like facility... I am talking in general from actual experience and well studied preference.



EDIT: hahaha, I wrote a bible. Sorry.

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29th February 2012
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don't want to pay your electricity bills!

next to that i share the opinion of fragletrollet.
besides that... this much gear would be too much for me personally. probably i'll be stuck for 2 hours, cause i can't decide what to use

conclusion : respect for your setup!
cool man, thanks much.

if interested, I shared some of my thoughts above re fragletrollet's comments. I don't disagree with what he's saying, but rather sharing my perspectives behind my decisions on the topics he mentioned

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@m127c
some nice equipment and an impressive computer setup!
although the overall setup makes me feel claustrophobic. personally i need some space between my stuff.
but that's just me, not my intention to diss your place! I'm sure it works great for you, that's the most important part.
Thanks man, I understand what you are saying but what would cause you claustrophobia was a goal here. Honestly, if u take a look at other studios in this great thread, you will notice how in some of them, the operator would need to stand up and walk 5 meters, bend over under another synth and reach with the full legth of their arm just to tweak a knobby synth and then back to their sequencer and then back and back and back...

I mean, what's the fun in not having your gear nearly simulating body extensions!! But OK to disagree with this philosophy. It comes down to preference OR planning and organization.

I have plenty of room to stretch, etc., though. The pics probably don't help realize that.

Now, if I had unlimited funds, I'd probably create a contiguous chilling room with bar facilities, and expand my room at least 1 meter outwards, not to add space between me and my gear, but to create space behind the gear and so that it would become easier to make modifications more often.

So you are making a good point! No dissing taken!

But hey, we also have to be grateful and happy with what we have and not recur to pipe dreams too often!

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m127c very impressive room.
cool hombre, thanks so much.

I wish online collab tech was more advanced, so that I could share my stuff and production abilities more easily in collaboration with people elsewhere in the world.

Not sure if it happens to you all, but most local people are just boring or stupid or ignorant, and it's not easy to find REALLY interesting partners to create some cool sounding stuff with... compared to the really smart, compatible and knowleadgeable people you can find online.

There's a number of slutz here, for whom I would kill to share my studio with so we could create awesome music together...
This is not a pipe dream, and I feel based on the state of the related technologies that it will become possible [to collab online in an efficient manner] very soon...



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1st March 2012
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m127.... wheeeeeew god, i remember it was impressive even before, but you really went full out now...




so, two things id really like to ask.. first can you tell me what graphic setup/card do you use on your main DAW so you can run all these LED TVs.. and multimonitors (i presume some kind of eyefinity setup but..) ?

im only on two 24" led monitors and a iPad2 im about to implement, but am thinking about going out to at least one LED TV.. for client to see the picture/movie on the wall..


and i'd love to hear some of your stuff.. do you have some kind of link/web or myspace etc?



thanks
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m127.... wheeeeeew god, i remember it was impressive even before, but you really went full out now...

so, two things id really like to ask.. first can you tell me what graphic setup/card do you use on your main DAW so you can run all these LED TVs.. and multimonitors (i presume some kind of eyefinity setup but..) ?

im only on two 24" led monitors and a iPad2 im about to implement, but am thinking about going out to at least one LED TV.. for client to see the picture/movie on the wall..


and i'd love to hear some of your stuff.. do you have some kind of link/web or myspace etc?

thanks
My pleasure to answer your questions:
I actually run Nvidia videocards.
I have 4 Nv 9800 GT running on a EVGA Classified mobo (4 PCI Express slots)
Tips:
- Make sure to always use the SAME videocard model for your multi-videocard setup. They can sync better this way and are less likely to cause performance hicups due to potential lack of proper sync and otherwise different drivers. Same driver = same issues = solve one = solve all.
- You don't want super powerful videocards (they consume a lot of power, for one thing).
- Be wary of the form factor if using more than two: most later videocards occupy 2 slots... not good if you want to expand later on...
- If you are happy with your 2 monitors, and just want a larger LED TV to mirror one of them, you just need 2 videocards; you just setup one of them 24's to be mirrored by the LED

I have been working on a long play for a looong time. I am kind of too creatively ambitious or greedy to put it somehow. This is good [better results generally] and bad [takes longer to get satisfied with your own work, and longer to consider that something is presentable due to self-criticism]. I don't want to show work in progress and rather wait. I do have many past productions, but they belong to the past, which I want to unrelate to... Nonetheless, I will appreciate some fb from you once I am ready to showcase some of my work... Will let you know.


Salud man, and don't hesitate if you have other questions/comments...






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#4434
2nd March 2012
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Nice set-up and some interesting comments as well. I agree ergonomics are paramount! Also like that you aren't caught up in having the worlds most accurate acoustics in your roo, ut just go for vibe instead, Bravo! Of course there is a happy medium to that, but too often on here people are waaayyy to concerned with a perfect room/reflections/etc for a creative space...
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2nd March 2012
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More pics - less talk
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2nd March 2012
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More pics - less talk
here a close up

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Great man!
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2nd March 2012
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2nd March 2012
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LOVE the Waveterm! Nice pic.

One little pic of my pretty low-end set up. I like the sounds, though...
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Man that is ****ing rad.

No goofy GUI, just exactly what you need to get the job done. Wicked.

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