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February 2020 New gear thread

Impulse purchase. I’m going to throw the complete orchestra SRX expansion into the MC 909 and see what happens
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Ikea Järfjället chair.



I really REALLY needed this. My old chair was very comfy, but had terrible back support. It also had arm rests which weren't detachable so it was a bitch when I wanted to play some guitar (I usually play while seated).

This chair is a completely different story. I finally have great sitting posture.
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Because I'm not just a terrible singer; my talents extend to sucking at acoustic guitar as well.
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1) 39” Meinl Rainstick
2) set of 4 Meinl egg shakers
3) reissue of 80’s Speak N Spell speech synth game
4) Shure SM58
5) New silverware and kitchen gadgets that are sample fodder (Even a bread machine and juicer)

(All for my)

6) Boss RC-505

. Scratch awesome looper off bucket list...fresh carrot juice and quinoa bread is priceless and aroma cathartic as it bakes and makes wonderful industrial sounds.

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Old 2 weeks ago
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Ikea Järfjället chair.



I really REALLY needed this. My old chair was very comfy, but had terrible back support. It also had arm rests which weren't detachable so it was a bitch when I wanted to play some guitar (I usually play while seated).

This chair is a completely different story. I finally have great sitting posture.
That is the chair one would also want as a command center front glass view of steering a space cruiser while jamming. Super cool chair, very ‘Flash Gordon’ stage prop chair, love it.

Last year I too, replaced my studio chair with proper lumbar support, world of difference, mesh back, all sound flows through, as my wall of monitors is behind me.
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Going beyond keys...
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Old 2 weeks ago
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Bought a new mixer because my other five arent new

Went for the vlz as its built like a tank and the mixer will never leave this table so it has to be tough
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Ikea Järfjället chair.



I really REALLY needed this. My old chair was very comfy, but had terrible back support. It also had arm rests which weren't detachable so it was a bitch when I wanted to play some guitar (I usually play while seated).

This chair is a completely different story. I finally have great sitting posture.
I've been using one of my kitchen chairs for a studio chair for the last 2 years. I need to fix that.
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Got a Quadraverb on the way. I figured it was dirt cheap and did plate, room, and hall, along with gating, and I'm only using it on electronic instruments. Was considering the Lexicon PCM units, but they went for ten times as much, and wasn't sure at that point.

Glad I cheaped out. Turns out a local pawn shop listed a JD-990 on eBay. The listing didn't have local pickup for some reason, but I went to ask them about it in person and made the deal. DAC needed adjustment, and after that it's crystal clear. The pinnacle of digital sparkle.

However, are some of the effects like the phaser on factory preset I-45 "Funky Chicken" supposed to be noisy? EDIT: Turns out I had the volume up quite a bit. The SNR is good enough for early Nineties digital FX.

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Going beyond keys...
Very interested in this and may have to pick one up later in the year.
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Very interested in this and may have to pick one up later in the year.
It’s total fun. Will do a full review soon.
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A couple pairs of these
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A couple pairs of these
What are these? Can’t see in the picture and am on the look out for small speakers.
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What are these? Can’t see in the picture and am on the look out for small speakers.
little BOSE speakers..
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I've had a TR8S in the back of my mind for a while so I finally grabbed one.

I'm rebuilding my desk too, so I've bought all the materials in the last few days. The old one was thrown together fast and wasted a lot of valuable space. I will post some pics once it's done.
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This'll shock you coming from me.
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Old 2 weeks ago
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Psst! Hey, kids! You wanna go on a trip? I've got some MESCALINE!!!




Also got a trip booked for next month (I'm agoraphobic, so this is my first time traveling anywhere in fifteen years, and I'm scared ****less), so I grabbed one of these to keep me entertained on the flight, and to bring my studio into the 21st century when I'm done with it.

I got the 128 gig one so I can have plenty of movies downloaded to keep my mind off of the fact that I'm seven miles in the freaking sky.
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to keep my mind off of the fact that I'm seven miles in the freaking sky.
I had the same. I went to my GP and got a prescription for 1 pill that I should take an our before lift-off. I was a drooling mess the whole flight, high as a kite, but that actually did help me overcome my anxiety completely. Now, no problems anymore.
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What are these? Can’t see in the picture and am on the look out for small speakers.
Bose Computer MusicMonitors. Tiny active monitors, little metal bricks of sound.
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I had the same. I went to my GP and got a prescription for 1 pill that I should take an our before lift-off. I was a drooling mess the whole flight, high as a kite, but that actually did help me overcome my anxiety completely. Now, no problems anymore.
What pill was that? I take Klonpin for panic attacks, but if it's a super terrifying situation for me, I'll still flip out.
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What pill was that? I take Klonpin for panic attacks, but if it's a super terrifying situation for me, I'll still flip out.
Sorry, can't remember, some kind of seditive. Probably something ending in "zepam". My ex-wife thought I wouldn't board. Even at the gate I was anxious AF, but then the meds kicked in. The whole flight like I was watching a movie and looked out of the window for three hours. Can't remember much else, but never had any anxiety issues for flying after that.

Before that, I panicked even thinking about flying, but had no alternative. I contacted a local support group and did everything I shouldn't do: read up about accidents with plains and tried to figure out which airliner had the least chance of issues, what the best seats were for being in an accident etc. Was a fricking nightmare, seriously.

I don't presume to know how you feel, but do know what I felt and can tell you to not make the same mistakes I did. The support group actually did help, pointing me to a GP.

Take care man.
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Old 2 weeks ago
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DERP -----

Dude, LOL. You check that in and they're gonna call NSA. LMAO. People on the plane see that and they're going to lose their marbles. LOLOLOLOL

I'm all set with flying man. Last time I flew, I had a panic attack to end all panic attacks. I had a valium and 7 beers prior to the flight. ALL SET WITH PLANES.
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What pill was that? I take Klonpin for panic attacks, but if it's a super terrifying situation for me, I'll still flip out.

I took that crap for 10 years. One day I decided I would rather walk around feeling like I was going to die than feel like the zombie that stuff made me feel like. So I stopped, cold turkey.

I take CBD gummies in the AM and flower after work CBD only. I also do 19:5 IF and lots of hardcore military style exercise and cardio. I refuse to be owned by it. Still get attacks here and there, but just don't give a sh*t if I do. I sort of gave up and just gave into the fear of death. I'm just tired of fighting it basically.
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Sorry, can't remember, some kind of seditive. Probably something ending in "zepam". My ex-wife thought I wouldn't board. Even at the gate I was anxious AF, but then the meds kicked in. The whole flight like I was watching a movie and looked out of the window for three hours. Can't remember much else, but never had any anxiety issues for flying after that.

Before that, I panicked even thinking about flying, but had no alternative. I contacted a local support group and did everything I shouldn't do: read up about accidents with plains and tried to figure out which airliner had the least chance of issues, what the best seats were for being in an accident etc. Was a fricking nightmare, seriously.

I don't presume to know how you feel, but do know what I felt and can tell you to not make the same mistakes I did. The support group actually did help, pointing me to a GP.

Take care man.
Thanks for sharing your story, man. That alone is really helpful because when I'm at my craziest, it feels like I'm the only one this messed up. Also it gives me hope reading that you managed to get through it. I figure you sound as bad off as I am, so that's a real confidence booster knowing someone else could get through it. Who knows? Maybe I'll even actually have fun.


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I took that crap for 10 years. One day I decided I would rather walk around feeling like I was going to die than feel like the zombie that stuff made me feel like. So I stopped, cold turkey.

I take CBD gummies in the AM and flower after work CBD only. I also do 19:5 IF and lots of hardcore military style exercise and cardio. I refuse to be owned by it. Still get attacks here and there, but just don't give a sh*t if I do. I sort of gave up and just gave into the fear of death. I'm just tired of fighting it basically.
To each their own. All CBD does is makes me sleepy. I only take the Klonopin when I need it or if I'm anticipating a really bad experience. Over the last two years, I've probably taken it twice. It doesn't mess me up too bad. The Anafranil is the one that gets me messed up. Does wonders for my anxiety, but it kills my creative urges. I power through with alcohol sometimes to get some creative spark back, or if I'm working on a project, I'll take a break from the meds entirely.

You're not the first person I've read up on that took the nihilistic approach to panic attacks. I tried that and it helped a ton, so now I can drive with little to no panic problems. Just gotta deal with the big ones next: Heights and open spaces.
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Thanks for sharing your story, man. That alone is really helpful because when I'm at my craziest, it feels like I'm the only one this messed up. Also it gives me hope reading that you managed to get through it. I figure you sound as bad off as I am, so that's a real confidence booster knowing someone else could get through it. Who knows? Maybe I'll even actually have fun.
You're not crazy! Your brain is just wired differently and that makes you uniquely you!

Hope you get through it. It sucks having a disabling anxiety like that.
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Just gotta deal with the big ones next: Heights and open spaces.
Yeah, Derp, that is the way to do it! Go with it and be stronger than that. I had ****load of emotional problems, started with psychotropics but in my last depression I was and am dealing without any. Just conscious mind and learning to cope. Also: I treat depression as my subconscious feedback - it means that I am doing something wrong, that needs to be dealt with.

Emotional pressure? Don't cover it with music, drugs or -holisms. Bring it on. Cry, if you must, but feel it with your body and let it go. Everything has its end. You just need to know it, that no sensation in you is infinite. That those emotions have their ground, but you should be above them. I highly recommend meditation, i.e. Vipassana.

Feel the emptiness? Well this one I overcame once with meditation and there's one emptiness right now for me to deal with, and I will do it sooner than later. That one is the scariest thing that I ever dealt with and I do everything to postpone this.

I was afraid of high speed jumping on my bike (after I broke my bones second time doing this) and I had anxiety every time I was doing it again.
Also I almost died few times in mountains - once I managed to stop with my feet hanging over the cliff and I returned almost seven meters from the top (funny thing: when I managed to get to the place where I could safely dig into snow and put on my skis, I sat on them to recover my strength and I saw guy falling from the same mountain I was climbing on), once I was at the edge of exhaustion (got almost two hours in 5th HR zone and had to scream at me not to fall asleep, doing two steps and falling down [at my face, not down the mountain], never was I afraid to die like that night; stupid thing - I was fasting for three weeks before that day), got myself into serious winds at the mountains top and couldn't move, lying on the snow and was saved by a group of people, who helped me with my skis (they worked like damn sails, when winds went above 150 kph), once I went with avalanche and I was lucky to stay on top, because I almost always go alone. This made some weird connection in my head and then every time I was in mountains, where there is any notion of danger, I have this anxiety and I loose my muscle strength and I just want to sleep wherever I am. And only solution here is always the same: go with it! Do whatever you have to LIVE!
Not only to pass your time of life, but LIVE. Explore places, do crazy stuff, break your barriers (I do not recommend to break bones, but if you ever do, come to Poland - we have crazy good and crazy inexpensive prices to fix broken bones; I paid less than 2000 EUR for very complicated fracture that no public hospital wanted to deal with, for one of the best specialists and at his clinic there were cars, and what cars!, from all over the Europe).

I hope you will fight that irrational part of yours and will enjoy your trip. And will do more in future! I had friend who was afraid of flying so I will tell you something based on his fears. Just remember: when plane changes its wing configuration or thrust setting, it always feels weird. When they move from toga/flex detent to CL/AT not long after takeoff, they need to change pitch from 15 to 10 degrees and you feel lower g, and plane move slightly down (more accurate: less up than moments before) with less power. Same goes for flaps and slats settings. The noise engine does at full power, is due to normal vibration. It lessens when you reach cruise level. And in bigger planes they sometimes go higher, 2000 ft from time to time - the more into travel, the less frequent that is. It is normal. Then at landing, if you fly on Airbus, when they change flaps setting at one point there is this strange sensation because of a lot of lift increase due to slats move. That is also perfectly normal. Turbulences are also normal. Just be fastened, because plane can go thru a lot more than you do. And enjoy the art of engineering. Safest way of travel due to years of development. All those things working together in redundancy just for you to be safe.

Anyway, back to topic:

My February treat to myself is this:

Pair of APS Klasiks :]

I love the sound of my Aeons in my other place. This small flat also needs good speakers. Till this point, when I wanted to show music to my guests, I was frequently surprised with phasing effects in single small stereo bluetooth speaker (it doesn't sound like phasing at all, it sounds like broken speaker). Since I work mainly in stereo, I love to do mono voices as two different versions for two channels each, my B&O GO cancelled sound in 180 degree relation in most nastiest way. Without any depth. Now this will change. And my neighbours will become aware of deepness of bass my synths are capable of.
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I never took a flight in my life, but I will probably go through that kind of anxiety if I'll ever need to take my first one...

By the way, I'm totally scared when I need some medical treatment (even something really basic), the sight of a needle is enough to make me feel quite uncomfortable... I had to take sedatives to go to the dentist, go figure! And while sedatives helped, they weren't still completely effective (and I wasn't on a low dose).

While it sucks to have fears like these and to see that most of the people don't have these problems, I don't really care about these fears... I mean: it's just a part of me; I know I can get some "chemical help" if I really can't go past a certain fear (but I consider it as the last solution and I try to avoid it the next time I face the same situation... I want to go past my fears, I don't want to kill them with chemicals forever) and that's it...



Well... back on topic: I ordered a Kenton Midi Merge (the 4 to 1 model) and a MAM MB33 Retro. They should be here in about a week.

I don't have any real need for the Midi merge in my setup, but I thought it's something useful to have at hand when you have a lot of midi gear... ok, I can't lie: I wanted to buy just the MAM MB33 Retro, but that alone wasn't enough to qualify for free shipping so I bought that Kenton box to round off the order.

The MAM MB33 Retro has been in my wishlist for months, so I took the plunge. I remember reading about the MAM racks on magazines when I was very young (and I couldn't afford any of those devices) and somehow it stuck in my head.
Actually, I don't need the MB33 Retro, I have other synths that already cover that ground... but I still want it in my collection for the sake of it!
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I took that crap for 10 years. One day I decided I would rather walk around feeling like I was going to die than feel like the zombie that stuff made me feel like. So I stopped, cold turkey.

I take CBD gummies in the AM and flower after work CBD only. I also do 19:5 IF and lots of hardcore military style exercise and cardio. I refuse to be owned by it. Still get attacks here and there, but just don't give a sh*t if I do. I sort of gave up and just gave into the fear of death. I'm just tired of fighting it basically.
Took something like it, Ativan, for a year. I also took something for schizoaffective, and the combo killed my liver and kidneys. Both kidneys and liver failed hours before I was supposed to get on a plane to San Francisco. I don’t think I make it there if someone doesn’t tell me I look yellow and should go to the hospital. Took 18 months to recover, but I did, fully. I did admittedly drink while on them, and shouldn’t have.

I just smoke weed a little now, and take a light dose of a better med for the psychosis, and will never have a drop of alcohol again. No issues. I’m thinking of trying CBD instead of thc soon as I may need to pass a drug test for some work stuff coming up.
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Ikea Järfjället chair.
Good luck with that. I can recommend Steelcase Think, sitting in one now. Glad my dad gave it back to me!
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