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Anyone else dream about having LESS gear? Analog Processors (HW)
Old 1 week ago
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Anyone else dream about having LESS gear?

More and more the thought of a simpler, more stremlined studio appeals to me. Minimalism (but highest end quality) when it comes to gear.

There are days when I even feel stressed over having too much stuff around and dream about a macbook and a pair of cans. Like I'm too tied up and dependent on too much tech. Am I alone?
Old 1 week ago
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Sometimes less is more. Pretty easy dream to achieve (in theory at least)!
Old 1 week ago
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I dream of 1-2 boxes.
First is a "brain"/recorder and control surface with a screen, and second is remote stagebox with preamps. Damn, still need two more - monitors.
The inexpensive digital consoles are not enough, i need to load any plugin i want for production.

Right now i use a laptop, some sound interface or a digital console, tablets for hands on faders and plugins control, some HW that still has no substitutes in a digital...
Old 1 week ago
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I think about this all of the time. Selling my Console, tape machine and most of my outboard. Just a rack of pre’s, a computer and maybe a mono/stereo compresssor. No more repairs (or less) and free up all of that space and money. Although it wouldn’t look as cool. Idk, maybe someday.
Old 1 week ago
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Totally feel that all the time! Getting more and more stressed when my work space is cluttered ... Same goes for when I have too many plugins that I don't use installed ...
Old 1 week ago
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No - I don´t feel my workflow is compromised at all just because a couple of pieces only get used once in a full moon (cheapo stuff like behri edison, 120 ds x...for example - their time will come again). But I´ve put a lot of thought in my setup, got all my hardware in front of me within reach of an arms length and if I want to stay ITB I just pull down my screens mounted on ergotron arms...
So nothing is really getting in the way and if something isn´t needed - well it doesn´t get used.
That said I sometimes grab my macbook and cans and go out in the park - it´s fun.
Old 1 week ago
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Not for a minute. More is more.
L.
Old 1 week ago
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I definitely dream about having a cleaner, less cluttered, more ergonomically-friendly workspace. That might translate to "less gear" ...or it might just mean a bigger space to put all that gear in.
Old 1 week ago
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Yes!

I just auditioned some new hardware (comp and pre) and well... I'm sending it back. I feel confident ITB and I haven't used my console for mixdown in a while. And the thought of more gear in my face wasn't as attractive in practice.

My rack consists of a few items, but I only use the Furman and my Amp consistently.
Old 1 week ago
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Went through this recently... the clutter was killing any desire to spend time in the studio.

After tearing everything down, the setup looks like this now:

(1) composing -> MOXF8, always plugged in, ready to capture the inspiration when it strikes

(2) sound design -> synths and modules are pulled from shelves when needed and set up ergonomically on a desk, right between the monitors, where I can focus on it for extended periods while seated in comfortable chair

(3) recording -> same as (2), but gear can be placed in other areas as it is typically calling up presets at this point, so no need for ergonomics

Time will tell if this works out... but right now, I prefer this arrangement.
Old 1 week ago
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I only have 2 interfaces, several pre's and 2 comps for inbound use.
Just what i need, and would not want anything more. Except the diy builds still on the bench.

Keeps things clean and overviewable.
Old 1 week ago
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Currently trying hard to force myself to admit...I don't need any more gear. No more mics, preamps, compressors, equalizers, effect boxes etc. Might sell a couple mics (anybody need a once used Vin Jet?) but I need to use the gear I have until it falls apart or dies. All this gear buying and selling is getting in the way of more creative pursuits.
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It's not that I think (dream) I need more gear. I don't. I have all the gear I need to make great sounding tracks. I wouldn't want less. What I NEED is the discipline to not feel I NEED to use absolutely EVERYTHING I have on a given track. I'm a bad chooser...
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You are not alone!
Old 1 week ago
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Done it. Love it. Can just make music now, with little thought put towards process.

All about choosing your desired creative limitations (these cannot be avoided, a "rock band" or a "symphony" or a "jazz ensemble" is a chosen creative limitation for example) and being creative within those limitations. The better these are dialed in and congruent to you and what you're after, the more productive you can be, and the more time you can spend in the "creative" state of mind as opposed to the "analytical."

I found I was wasting a lot of time having too many options. Do I want this or this or this or this or this? For every decision! Now i'm down to "I do this, I do it this way, and I do it well."
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Yup. One of the reasons I sold my Roland SRV-330 Reverb recently. Kept A/B-ing against my TC Reverb 4000, and while the Roland sounded really nice, the TC did the same things better. (Small Wood Room for instance).
Also thinking about unloading some preamps, to swap a couple for 1 higher end pre...
And setting yourself some limitations *does* help with the creative process.

Then again, I could do with even less (outboard) gear if I went ITB...but I'm keeping the PC at bay...
fear of:
-over-analyzing
-mixing visually instead of by ears
-tinkering endlessly with drumsamples (now I finger-drum on my hardware drum machines)
-latency

yet, the benefits would be there too;
-less gear.
-possible EASIER (maybe not better) workflow.
Old 1 week ago
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New oxymoron...

Gearslutz member-with less gear.

Chris
Old 1 week ago
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That's crazy.

But I once had a dream I had just a JC Penny cassette recorder. Woke up in a cold sweat.

Slammin' AGC though. Great for drums.
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Originally Posted by chessparov2.0 View Post
New oxymoron...

Gearslutz member-with less gear.

Chris
Can't be running wild chasing a new slice of strange all the time. . . eventually you move on from gearslutz to gearharem.
Old 1 week ago
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Absolutely.

To me, the best possible recording set up is a few great mics through a great preamp, in a nice sounding room.
Old 1 week ago
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I think every physical set of rooms has an optimum setup as hinted at above (choose your genre, etc.) Then you can focus on optimizing that. Anything "extra" will seem like sore fat if it's not needed or not used.

I'm in the process of expanding, and also optimizing. That means getting rid of lots of things, but always having room for specific tools. I'm over the hump, finally, but there's still thousands of dollars of expense in front of me, given the space and options available.

Sometimes, being on a budget gives you time to pause and focus on what is essential, as opposed to what is merely enticing on any given date or hour.
Old 1 week ago
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oh god no
Old 1 week ago
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Quote:
Originally Posted by gurkin View Post
I think about this all of the time. Selling my Console, tape machine and most of my outboard. Just a rack of pre’s, a computer and maybe a mono/stereo compresssor. No more repairs (or less) and free up all of that space and money. Although it wouldn’t look as cool. Idk, maybe someday.
Sometimes I feel this exactly... but Im too much of a hoarder. hah.
Old 1 week ago
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My plan was to have a studio for songwriters in Nashville as a good friend of mine is one of the bug time writers and had visions of doing this together. I bought enough gear to handle a band scenario. The studio never got off the ground and I ended up relocating for work reasons.

Nw I have stuff that just does not get used - in fact most of my pre's have never been used. I should sell them so I don't have to lug them around as I'll be moving again sometime within the next 5 years or so. The thought of dealing with selling them is a deterrent though so for now, they sit in a rack and look very cool!

:-)
Old 1 week ago
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This is part of the normal ebb and flow. I’ve sold everything off only to buy back differently three times now in life.

I don’t think I’ll be doing it again after the 3 track 60’s studio I’m building is completed... which btw is the most minimal in equipment I’ll have. A 12x3 custom Langevin tube console, 8 Altec 9061A EQ’s, 4 Langevin 251A EQ’s, a custom BG23 limiter (3 limiters built into one box) and the Presto 3 track.

Bryce is shipping the limiter to me shortly. Check it out... https://instagram.com/p/BiIl3LdgVOr/
Old 1 week ago
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Yes, until I remember that I have/need tools to use then I want more.

But things look to be getting simpler with DAWs and software. Still need something physical to hold onto.

Music is changing by social engineering design.

We are being forced to make do with less and to produce less.

We become iconoclastic and they, the social engineers don't like that.

Now they are looking to banning certain genres and artists from music media.

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