November 4, 2005

Hard-Core Gear Porn Friday!!!

by Chris Randall
 



For a change of pace, I thought I'd show a smaller home studio that was actually obtainable, rather than some multi-million dollar Fiesta Del Gear. The tasteful rig above belongs to Matthew Stretta, and is a good example of a well-thought-out collection of analog and digital synths that will get you pretty much any sound you might need.


The first thing to note is that he has two of the Holy Trinity, the Prophet 5 and the Memorymoog. A Voyager holds pride of place, obviously, and the excellent Kurzweil is doing controller duties, it would seem. In the rack to the left, he's got a Focusrite stereo input strip, an Ensoniq DP4 (I tend to look suspiciously at these, but some people swear they have mojo, so I'll let it slide), a Blacet rack with a Wiard joystick, the breakouts for the Voyager, six racks of Euro modules, two Frostwave Fat controllers, and a Moogerfooger.


Since this is such a good collection of sound-generating devices, I'll pointedly ignore that little grey mixer next to the Voyager, or whatever the hell that black plastic synth is on top. But just because there's room for improvement is no reason to go jumping all around. This is a good rig, and anyone would be proud of it. More pics of the rest of his room at his site.

 
 
 

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Nov.04.2005 @ 11:38 AM
ortho
Hey, I'm trying to get up to speed regarding your beef with crap mixers. Unfortunately i have a Behri mixer of my own i hope to soon be rid of. What would you say is the most high-value, somewhat low-priced mixer? I guess i don't need Aux sends or EQ on the channels since i do most stuff on the computer, but i would like to do some 'summing' stuff at mix-down. Any suggestions?
 
 

 
Nov.04.2005 @ 12:28 PM
Chris Randall
Do you need mic pres at all, or is this just for keyboards and summing?

-CR

 
 

 
Nov.04.2005 @ 12:57 PM
Tom
Don't forget all the other great stuff at Matthew's homepage: link [www.stretta.com]">link [www.stretta.com]

Dowloadable Excel spreadsheets for planning studio patchbays, a freeware DSI Evolver editor, packing tips for music gear, a PDF version of Eno's Oblique Strategies cards etc etc etc etc.

 
 

 
Nov.04.2005 @ 1:47 PM
mush
Chris: That piece of plastic is a black painted Yamaha VL-1... Not just a piece of plastic, but one of the most innovative piece of equipment built during the 1990's. Sadly he has sold it now!
 
 

 
Nov.04.2005 @ 2:25 PM
Chris Randall
Ah. The VL-1 is a great synth. My bad. I thought it was some Alesis Techno-Crap-A-Thon. Hard to tell when its colors are wrong. But now that I look at it, I'm surprised I didn't know.

-CR

 
 

 
Nov.04.2005 @ 5:41 PM
whiteboysushi
Nice setup, but I imagine it generates lots of clicks, though... eh? Ehhhhhhhhh?

(too subtle?)

 
 

 
Nov.04.2005 @ 7:07 PM
penzoil washington
from his site:
"The Mackie Big Knob is larger, heavier, better constructed than I expected it to be. You really have to feel it to appreciate."

Now I've seen pictures of Greg Mackie (think Neil Young with a stroke), and l'm quite sure I do not wish to feel or appreciate the Mackie Big Knob. ;)

 
 

 
Nov.04.2005 @ 7:08 PM
penzoil washington
oh, and I'm very jealous of the VL1. I have a VL70m and think it's a shame this brilliant technology hasn't been developed further.
 
 

 
Nov.04.2005 @ 7:31 PM
mush
Penzoil: I now what you mean, saw the cut-down version; VL7 on german ebay twice a couple of months ago 850 euros, but sadly I had invested all my synth-buying-money in other stuff. The VL1 though most be one of the most rare pieces produced during the 90's. I still long for Chris to post a gear-porn-friday shot of several of these and maybe a couple of Korg Wavedrums!

Does anyone know how many that got produced of these (vl1 and wavedrum)?

 
 

 
Nov.04.2005 @ 8:05 PM
Chris Randall
That got me thinking about a dream 90s rarities studio. What would we have? A VL1 for sure, a Korg Wavedrum, a Waldorf Wave. I can't think of anything else especially rare (or even that cool) from that decade, really. I'm sure there's a mess of cool/rare shit. I just can't remember any of it.

It looks like the '00 decade has its rarities already, in the Monowave, the Chameleon, the Hartmann Neuron,

-CR


 
 

 
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