October 11, 2013

I'm Givin' Her All She's Got, Captain...

by Chris Randall

This post initially was just a quote of the complete St. Crispin's Day speech from King Henry V. But I thought that might be a bit opaque. So, in the interests of providing a pop culture touchstone, I'll say "Houston, we have a problem."

The above photo is my little work desk on any given day. Some days, you can replace the Arduino stuff with splicing tape and reels of 1/4", or various little desktop synths, or like four laptops, but in general, that's what I'm looking at. That needs to stop. We need to think about WORKFLOW, basically. Part of the problem is that my office is equal parts R&D lab, light industrial assembly, recording studio, and graphic design shop. I'm hoping, at some point in the not-too-distant future, to move the "light industrial assembly" portion of the proceedings to points elsewhere. (This depends on you, dear customer. Make it so!) So I'm left with the other three, all of which are messy.

Anyhow, my point, such as it is: with our new house, which we're (finally) moving in to this week, I have a blank slate. Cooks always talk about the Triangle (stove, refrigerator, sink) and I feel that musicians generally use a similar setup. What I'd like to hear about are crafty solutions for the instruments <-> desk <-> multi-purpose area. What did you do that solved like 18 problems and left you with a ton of storage and a clean work surface? Please tell me.


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Oct.16.2013 @ 9:31 PM
lol.. don't forget all the routing in the OT from one machine to another and neighbor tracks and blah blah blah.. the thing is deep.

i think the best thing to be done in relation to organization and ergonomics is to quit and start to learn magic.

Oct.17.2013 @ 1:08 PM
Everyone needs one of these in their studio for workflow reasons : )

link [www.youtube.com]

Oct.18.2013 @ 10:22 PM
Duke Fame
I was sold on the OT until I found out that it can't handle 48kHz samples. I do all my field recordings at 24bit/48kHz and don't understand why this is a problem in 2013. I shouldn't be bothered to have to resample into inputs or dither at this day and age. I mean, really? For my Emax I built in the Stone Age, ok, but today, REALLY?

Oct.19.2013 @ 12:15 AM
@Adam - Yeah... When I was listening to it the other night, I was looking at that picture. There is something magic about the setup. Something so wonderfully ergonomic about it's non-ergonomics. Plus, bass flute. I find it aesthetically pleasing. It's a room that inspires certain emotions in me. I don't know if I could work in that space forever, but it would be fun to visit.

- William

Oct.19.2013 @ 9:14 AM
It is hard to beat Harmonia's setup:

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Not really compact or modern, but I would still be happy in such a setup.

The reality of my situation is that I have to have a ton of books, and that severely compromises the aesthetic possibilities. I've been working on finishing up the corner of the basement that is my office in the new house, but I wouldn't call it ideal. I've got a desk, and several Expedit bookcases. Computer music and DSP books go in the tops of the bookcases, and the various cables and other miscellaneous gear go in the bottom of the bookcases in boxes. A shorter Expedit bookcase serves as a stand for my small modular system. I can't really speak as to how to keep it clean and organized, as it is currently neither of those things.

Oct.28.2013 @ 5:32 PM
For music-making, the best thing I ever did was take the patch-bay that my ex-wife's husband was offering. I have it plugged into the inputs of my Motu 828 and all of a sudden I was able to sit down and start recording stuff, or even just making sounds, raster than figure out what's where and why i can't hear anything.
Of course, I'm certain, Chris, that you either have one or have already decided against it for some logical (to you) reason.

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