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Old 23rd July 2008 , 01:32 PM
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Hey guys
How 'bout you get posting some images of your studio environment and maybe list your kit (hardware and software) that you use.. It'd be great to see what your creative room looks like and know what music-tech floats your boat - Who knows, we might be making this a main Forum in itself?!
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Old 23rd July 2008 , 01:57 PM
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hmm, no photos handy, I'll work on that, but I love these list threads, so here goes...

Core DAW:

Macbook Pro 17" 3.06GHz / 4GB RAM / SIIG Firewire card / lots of external drives
Mbox 2 Micro / Pro Tools LE 8 with DV Toolkit 2
Steinberg MR816X
Steinberg CC121
Nuendo 4.3, Logic Studio 9, Peak Pro XT 6
t.c. electronic Digital Konnekt x32
Tannoy System 600A monitors
Tannoy Reveal 66D Centre Channel monitor
Genelec 8020A Monitors
Beyerdynamic DT770 headphones
AKG K171 headphones
Korg K61P Controller
E-mu Xboard 25 controller
Novation Nova synth

Outboard:

2 x SSL Alpha Channels
DAV Electronics BG1 2 channel preamp
Focusrite ISA One w/ADC card (thanks, DV!)
TFpro P38 Stereo Mastering Compressor
TFpro P9 'TDE' Mastering Equaliser ('Redface')
dbx 160A Compressor/Limiter
DAV Electronics BG6 Stereo Compressor/Limiter
Behringer V-Verb Pro 2496
SSL Duende Classic (128 channel/all optional plug-ins unlocked)
t.c. electronic PowerCore 6000 w/some extra plug-ins including Sonnox Elite
Sonifex Redbox RB-ADDA 2 channel converter
Benchmark DAC-1
Benchmark ADC-1 USB
Focusrite Tone Factory
Radial Pro|D2 Stereo Passive DI
Waves/PRS Guitar Interface
Behringer PX3000 Patchbay
Phonic 8000E Power Conditioner

Mic drawer:

Shure SM7b
2 x Shure SM57
Shure SM58
M-Audio Sputnik
Karma K6
CAD M179
sE 2200A
sE Titan
AT3528
AT4033
2 x MCA SP1
5 x Karma Micros

I've got a boatload of software that I won't bother posting here - all sorts of fx plug-ins and instruments.

plus all the guitar/bass stuff I've already listed on other threads...

plus a Zoom H2 for collecting stuff out in the field!
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Old 23rd July 2008 , 03:04 PM
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Software:
Cubase 4
Reaktor 5
Battery 3

Hardware:
Custom PC (i'll list spec at the bottom)
Phil Rees Laptop
MOTU 24 I/O (PCI-E)
Behringer MX9000
Beheringer Truth B2031A(MK1) + Truth 2092 sub (2nd speakers mordaunt-short 3.1s with a technics su-x911 amp)
Presonus Bluetube DP
EMU Morpheus
Novation X-station
Akai MPC1000
Novation Nocturn (thanks DV)
Yamaha FB01
Roland D110
Waldorf Micro Q
Edirol SD20
Behringer DI-20

Outboard:
Behringer Ultra-Q
ART TCS
Behringer Virtualizer pro
Alesis 3630
Behringer PX3000 Ultrapatch

Mics:
Samson 5 kit
Behringer C2s
Audio Technica AE3000
Shure SM57
Shure SM58
Various random 58 rip offs

Instruments:

Gibson Explorer LE
ESP KH2
Jackson DK2FF
Pearl Export ELX (7 piece, sabian cymbals)

Amps:

Randall RH100
Engl E530 + Marshall EL34 100/100
Marshall 1960 A
EV 15" in copy of the original EV cabinet for the speaker

Computer Spec :
Intel E6600 2.4GHz core 2
Asus P5W64WS
4GB Corsair XMS2 PC5400 (CL4)
XFX 6200LE
Thermalright Ultra 120a extreme CPU cooler
Zalman Heatpipe cooled 580W powersupply
80GB Western digital raptor
160GB Seagate
Samsung lightscribe DVD drive
ICY box HDD dock

All cased inside the awesome Antec P182 case
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Old 23rd July 2008 , 03:45 PM
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MAC G5 3.0
running Protools & Logic
Digidesign Pro Tools HD3
digidesign 192 i/o
digidesign 96 i/o
Digidesign C24 control surface
Focusrite ISA 430 Producer PAck
Universal AUdio La610
Thermionic Culture vUlture
Genelec 8250's
Yamaha NS10's
AKAI MIDI Controller
FATAR Studiologic 990
KORG ES1
KORG ER1
Neumann TLM103
RODE NT2A
300+ plug ins, waves, Digi, McDSP. etc etc

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Old 23rd July 2008 , 03:51 PM
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MAC G5 3.0
running Protools & Logic
Digidesign Pro Tools HD3
digidesign 192 i/o
digidesign 96 i/o
Digidesign C24 control surface
Focusrite ISA 430 Producer PAck
Universal AUdio La610
Thermionic Culture vUlture
Genelec 8250's
Yamaha NS10's
AKAI MIDI Controller
FATAR Studiologic 990
KORG ES1
KORG ER1
Neumann TLM103
RODE NT2A
300+ plug ins, waves, Digi, McDSP. etc etc

NICE!!!! whats the vulture like man ?
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Old 23rd July 2008 , 04:23 PM
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Excellent thread... nothing like a good bit of self indulgent boasting! I have so much equipment that I probably shouldn't post pictures. Maybe I'll post a couple. As for equipment I mostly collect very strange bits and bobs, mostly old recording devices of any description. My preferred method of recording is to an old Tascam MS16 1" but the cost of tape is so extremely prohibitive I very rarely do anymore. Even when I use computer I mix down to a Revox PR99 mk3.
Ok so here's a list of stuff that I can remember that gets lots of use in my home setup....

Computer (custom quad core) running Samplitude/Sequoia and Ableton Live
More plugins than can be tastefully listed
Fireface 800
Tannoy reveal's
Oxygen 49
SM PRO M patch 2
ATH M50 headphones
Edirol M100FX (for a few summing purposes)
Loads of cheap tape machines like Akai 4000 etc...
Technics 1210 mk2
MPC2000XL
Akai S3000 (pimped version)
An old soundcraft 16 channel desk
Roland JX3P
Other old keyboards of various uselessness
A few old guitar amps (hohner orgaphon anyone?)
Epiphone valve junior head (awesome!)
A laney amp used as a speaker loaded with celestion G12S
Lots of cheap percussion and homemade percussive items

A rack full of effects like:
Frontline delay/chorus/expander
Aphex distortion box from the 80s
DBX 163X x2
DBX 160a
TLaudio FAT1
UA Solo 610
Analog delays/reverbs...
Roland RE 501 space echo

Old stomp boxes like
boss ce1
tokai metal driver (despite its name its an ibanez 808 clone but with extra features)
electro harmonix memory man
ibanez standard fuzz
Budda Wah
Sansamp original
old phasers, flangers etc by various suspect brands.


mic highlights:
loads of cheap, crappy mics that when coupled with an old tape machine make some serious drum break candy...
Karma K6
Karma K35
Rode K2
U87
AT4033
MXL990 (actually not very good)
SM7B
RE20
AKG 421
AKG C414
SM57/58
MD 421
takstar 2 pencil condenser that sounds bad in a good way
old reslo ribbon

INSTRUMENTS:
conn Bb/f trombone
beat up green squier strat
epiphone sheraton
some sg copy
hohner te prinz
old washburn acoustic
mexican fender jazz bass
reissue pbass

there's plenty of stuff that I have forgotten I'm sure... and yes there is lots of hiss on my records.
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Old 23rd July 2008 , 04:38 PM
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Interesting how many Karma mics have shown up already considering that DV doesn't sell them... hmmm... is the purchasing department paying attention?
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Old 23rd July 2008 , 06:01 PM
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Hey all,

Here's my place - took 3 months of design research and a year to build (me and other half did the lot!) - converted a farm building in Bedfordshire just off A1 Bedford/St Neots way. Only been open a couple of months so still smells new! Most my new equipment was supplied by DV Cambridge - so cheers to Duncan and the guys for their help and support.

Basically consists of reception, client lounge, Project Studio, Tracking Room and Control room. All rooms are connected via tie lines back to the control room so each room can be a recording room if needed. Control room has window through to main Tracking room, also Project studio and Lounge can be paired off as a mini-studio, wanted to build in as much flexibility as possible.

Control Room designed using recommeded acoustic room ratios, walls are at 6 degree angle and ceiling slopes down from 3m at 12 degree angle - sounds rather good - I guess having a blank canvass and putting in the research leg-work does pay off!

Kit as follows:

Control Room:
Quad Core PC running ProTools 7.3 and Cubase 4
Soundcraft Ghost 24 channel desk
Adam A7 monitors
Digi 002 rack
Focusrite Voicemaster Pro
Focusrite Octopre Channel Strip
dbx PB48 patchbays x2
Lexicon MPX1
ALesis Midiverb 3
Behringer MDX4600
Behringer Dualflex
Behrinher HA4700 Headphone amp

Proteus 2000
Quasi Midi Polymorph
DX7s
Roland JX3P
M-Audio Keystation 88
Korg MS-20 mini Controller
Korg Kaos Pad 3
Yamaha Pacifica 112v Guitar
Vox 30w amp

Project Studio
PC running Cubase 4
Behringher Truth 2031A Monitors
CD/DVD duplicator
CD Printer

Both studios run huge amount of plugins - most processing done via software to be honest ... loads of VST/RTAS instruments and fx. Favourites are Absynth 3, Kontakt 2, Spectasonics Atmosphere & Stylus RMX. Vast sample library available to both studios over network.

Lounge
Xbox 360
PS2
Gamecube/Wii (when we bring in from home!!)
Projector
Guitar Hero (!!)

Mics
Rode NT-1A's
Shure SM86's
Shure Drum mic's
Shure SM58
Behringer B2

Def need to invest in some more mics and a bit more outboard gear at some point.. but gotta pay the bills first!

Hopefully pics will appear somewhere in this post - also put a few of the construction phase for those who may be interested .. but if I jeff it up (which is highly likely) you can see the place at our website [URL="http://www.cre8ivemusicstudios.com"][/URL]

Hope you like.
Cheers
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Old 23rd July 2008 , 07:04 PM
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Now thats a studio! Just a studio as nice & tidy as the control room would do me!

Nice work Dave
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Old 24th July 2008 , 11:35 AM
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Hi everyone.... new to this forum from Amsterdam so here we go:

- MacPro (quad) x 2
- Logic Pro
- Motu 2408
- Motu 828
- Motu firewire
- RME digiface
- Midiman
- Roland keys/modules
- EMU modules
- TC electronic Verb & dynamics
- Akai MPC's
- Pioneer DJ set
- Focusrite Liquid
- Avalon VT737sp tube pre
- DBX silver series tube pre
- Rode mics
- Shure mics
- Sony mic
- Fatar masterkeys
- Yamaha synth
- Genelec monitors
- Tannoy monitors

Talk soon, IRV.... btw nice pics from you studio man!!!!!
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Old 24th July 2008 , 05:29 PM
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I've only just recently found myself in enough money to afford a few basic recording tools... but the hunger is building, and I love writing lists

DAW's
1. Custom PC (Windows Vista 64bit):
- Intel Q6600 Quad Core
- 8GB 1GHz RAM
- nVidia 780i based motherboard
- ASUS Xonar D2 sound Card (118db SNR!)
- nVidia 8800GTX graphics card... (a little noisy)
- 22" Samsung 226BW LCD screen

2. Laptop (Windows XP Pro) for all my recording needs!
- Intel Core Duo 1.8Ghz
- 1GB RAM
- Edirol FA-101 interface

+ a huge amount of external hard drive space!

Monitoring
- A: 2x Genelec 1029A
- B: 2x JBL Control IC
- Sony 7509HD phones (very dissappointing)

Control
- Novation Remote Zero SL

Software
- Ableton Live 7
- Cubase LE
- Sony Soundforge 9
- Audacity

Mic's
I borrow all of the mic's I use from work so havn't really got any of my own... Some of the highlights of those include:

- Neumann - U87 pair
- AKG - 414 pair and 451 pair
- Sennheiser - MKH50

Instruments/Amps
Guitars
- Fender Mexican Strat (2001) modded with Hot Rails in the bridge
- Epiphone Flying V (1995ish) modded with IronGear pickups
- Ovation Celebrity acoustic

Amps
- Marshall 30W practice amp
- Line6 Spider II 275 (stereo 75W) + FBV Shortboard
- GallienKrueger 250ML (stereo 50W)

All of this is in a pretty small bedroom, but which is a seemingly good shape for reverb (an unequally shaped trapezoid)...
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I use my studio for my own writing and recording, recording my covers band and producing one or two local artists (Check out audio on MySpace.com - Dave Boulden - Sittingbourne, UK - Electronica / Acoustic / Alternative - www.myspace.com/daveboulden)

AUDIO
Tascam DM3200 + IF/FW-DMMkII
Samson C-Control and C-Queue8
TL Audio Ivory2 5052 (+ ADC card), FiveFish stereo SC-1 preamp
Focusrite Octopre +ADC card, Focusrite Voicemaster Platinum Pro + ADC card
Roland MMP-2 Mic Modelling stereo preamp
Behringer ADA8000, Behringer Bass V-Amp Pro
Denon PMA-350SE
Alesis RA300
Spirit Absolute 2 nearfields
Gale 30 sub
JBL Control-1 (x4)
DT-100 hedphones

DRUMS
Roland TD-12, Roland & Millenium cymbal triggers
Millenium drum rack, DIY mesh head "real drum" triggers
Roland R5 drum machine
Various handheld percusion

GUITARS
Maison FP/PP electric, Wesley HRB-400 Semi Acoustic
Toby Custom Pro 5 string bass, Variax 600 modelling electric
Stagg Electroacoustic mandolin, "Pineapple" Ukelele
Behringer X-VAmp, Vox AD30VT amp

KEYS
Korg M3-88 with Radias option
Roland Fantom X7 with SRX6,7 & 9 options
Roland JV90 with PCM01 Pop option, Roland AX-1
M-Audio Keystation Pro88
Yamaha CS6R w/PLG150-VL option
Yamaha MU100R
Akai EWI3030m

MICS
SE Titan, Rode NT2a, Rode NT1a (x2), Golden Age R1 Active MkII,
AKG C1000S (x2), Rode M3 (x2), AKG Perception 150 (x2),
Gatt LD6, Behringer B5, C-2 (x2)
T-Bone SC300 (x5), AKG D112, Sennheiser e604 (x2),
Sennheiser Blackfire 521 (x2), AKG D440,
Yoga D-568 (kick drum mic), Home built "sub kick" microphone
Sennheiser E845 (x2), Shure SM58 (x2), SM57 (x2)
Various "no-name" pencil condenser, boundary and dynamic mics

DAW
Self built PC (4Tb HD, Core i5 750 quad core, 8Gb RAM, Win7 Ultimate 64-bit)
TC Powercores (PCI Mk2 + PCI Express), UAD1, UAD2 Duo
Waves APA32
Behringer BCR2000, Frontier Tranzport, NI B4D,
Cubase 5, Wavelab 6, SoundForge 9
Protools 7.4 LE + MBox mini (for importing Protools projects into Cubase)

PLUGINS
Shed loads from Sonnox, Native Instruments, East West, Quantuim Leap, Steinberg, Spectrasonics, Arturia, M-Audio, Toontrack, FXPansion, Celemony, Motu, Garritan, Emu, BIg Fish Audio, Ueberschall, IKMultimedia, Linplug, GForce, Yellow Tools and a smattering of free goodies too (like the CM mag plugs)

... and here are a few pics:
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My studio, alas, I don't have one at the moment. Don't have a PC, don't have an audio interface, don't have any preamps, don't have anything flash at all, got a couple of microphones and an assortment of cables, but that's about it. The pains of the transitional phase between owning loads of stuff, selling it all on eBay, and pooling the money + working a few extra shfits to buy considerably better stuff, eh?
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Old 27th July 2008 , 06:38 PM
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hey weve all been there mate we share your pain ..one good thing too brighten you up is the price of stuff seems too becoming cheaper and keep an eye out for sales.
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Nice thread - and some very nice studios people .

Mine includes (sorry no photos):

Pc recording:
Custom made desktop pc. Sony VGN-CR31 laptop. Reaper, Ableton Live!6, Reason 3, Melodyne Studio 3.1, Harbal 2, CoolEdit 2, SADiE LRX2 (we do a fair of radio broadcast material and radio broadcast training), Audacity.

Various vsts and vstis.

RME ADI2 and RME Hammerfall DSP9652.

Hardware:
Rupert Neve 5032 preamp.
Eventide Eclipse harmoniser.
Behringer DX3216 mixer.
Yamaha 01v mixer.
Tannoy Reveal 6D monitors.
Various microphones.

Instruments:
Gibson LP Standard
Gibson HR Fusion mk1
Lowden l27fc acoustic
Andy Demitriou custom electric

Matchless Lightning 15
Roland JC
Engl 530 preamp.
Roland/Boss GT-8.

Diapson upright acoustic piano.
Proteus 2500.
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