If you have the means, strongly recommended.
Computer: A loaded Alienware MJ-12 dual-core Opteron box.
DAW: Nuendo, of course.
Convertors: Euphonix AM 713 and MA703, plus an RME MADI PCI card. Yeah, I think 24 channels of Euphonix conversion would do me just fine. Alternately, I could live with an Apogee AD16X and DA16X, plus an RME Hammerfall, or a pair of Rosetta 800s plus a Big Ben, if I wanted to slum it.
Outboard: I think one of these would set me up pretty nicely, quite frankly. Plus a 2016. And the API 2500 compressor would round out the picture well.
Monitors: a pair of Adam S3As would be just the ticket.
So, that's my dream system. I'm looking at a pretty healthy chunk of change there, so I either need to win Powerball, or get a production job that pays something besides, like, a ball of yarn and a dose of goodwill.
There are giants, and then there are BOLD ITALIC GIANTS. Hugh LeCaine is definitely of the latter group of giants. Pictured above, playing his 1945 creation, the Electronic Sackbut (sometimes this shit just writes itself, you know?), LeCaine is one of the baker's dozen of people that can lay claim to having invented synthesis. The rest of HughLeCaine.com is chock-full of the sort of information that is only available in countries where you can get grants for making web sites like this. Check out the Instruments page for the Special Purpose Tape Recorder, a Mellotron fore-runner, and the Oscillator Bank, which, as the name implies, is a bank of 106 oscillators.
I was a little worried, but one of the Chandler Guys hopped on to the pertinent thread over at Gearslutz and said that the EMI Comp plug they're working on will be released first for TDM, with RTAS and VST to follow in a bit. Between the URS compressors and this bad boy, I think my DAW compression needs, at least in software, will be pretty much met for the time being. I'll drop more info as I find it, but suffice to say that this is the one to watch.
Just picked this up off of BoingBoing. Mike Walters has created the Melloman, which is fundementally the same as a Mellotron, except made with cassette Walkmen. (Yeah, technically it would be "Walkmans" but I just can't bring myself to type that.) In a nutshell, the tapedecks, fourteen of them, are running all the time, and the keyboard gates the audio signal from each one.
Here's a view inside:
Now, this is a really crafty project. He explains it in some detail on his page, but the long and short of it is that he has fourteen decks. On thirteen of them there is an answering machine casette, which has a sound on the left channel, and the same sound an octave higher on the right channel. A great idea, and a great homebuilt case to put it in.
There's even an extra deck with drum loops on it, for Super Bee-Gees Extra Credit. Five fucking stars, dude.