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.05.2005 @ 11:23 AM
Chris Randall
Oh, shit, that's right. I forgot he made the Frac-Rack stuff. Synton Fenix is an excellent choice for the Analog portion of our studio.

So what do we have now?

VL1
Wavedrum
Waldorf Wave
OB-Mx
Synton Fenix

That's a pretty respectable rig. Now we need recording stuff. I submit the Spectral Systems DAW, running on a 486 Turbo. I used to edit the fuck out of some audio on that bitch. Or maybe a Mac IIc running an Audiomedia card, and PT1.

How 'bout a console? Yamaha DMP7?

-CR

 
 

 
Nov.05.2005 @ 11:50 AM
mush
I would prefeer a Atari Falcon to the 486. And what about an E-MU Paris system?
And for mixing-purposes I have a problem with all those Yamaha mixers (a dmp11 is sitting in the rack beside me being unused). I ain't putting a VL1 through those horrible A/D and back before getting it onto tape.
 
 

 
Nov.05.2005 @ 11:53 AM
Chris Randall
Ah. Good point. Okay, we'll go with Apogee AD8000 for our convertors.

-CR

 
 

 
Nov.05.2005 @ 11:54 AM
Chris Randall
Actually, in thinking about it, there's really only one recording system from the 90s we can consider. ADAT.

-CR

 
 

 
Nov.05.2005 @ 12:01 PM
mush
What was the name of the tascam ADAT-compatible system using Hi8-tapes?
 
 

 
Nov.05.2005 @ 12:42 PM
dm
if memory serves me right they were called DA-88s.
 
 

 
Nov.05.2005 @ 3:53 PM
mush
So, are there any rare outboards to add to our setup?
 
 

 
Nov.06.2005 @ 1:31 PM
giantm
I can't believe the DMP7 got written off so quickly. I had one of these a few years back (which was stolen). I loved it. We are after all talking about an 80's studio here. It gives you basic mixing, and 2 buses of fairly unrealistic but interestingly crappy Fx. I would never use thing for rock or folk, but it can be very useful when fucking around trying to come up with sounds for electronics based music.
 
 

 
Nov.06.2005 @ 2:50 PM
Chris Randall
I was of the same mind. I've never used one, but I look at them quizically from time to time.

While I'm thinking of it, we pretty much have to have a Yamaha REV 5. The Active Bass patch makes everything better.

-CR

 
 

 
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