June 3, 2007

Spring... uh... cleaning?

by Chris Randall

So I'm renovating my little studio building, with the plan of eventually returning to my hut in the not-too-distant future. I've been inside our house now for a few months, and I vastly prefer it. Unfortunately my long-suffering wife would vastly prefer that I go somewhere far away. So, needs must, as they say...

In any event, in order to make the space air-tight (and thus less subject to the whims of environment) I need to _clean_ it first. Since I took out all the gear I need to work in something of a hurry, and I've just been using the building as a staging area for snowboarding, skateboarding, biking, and home improvement since, it is something of a disaster. So I spent the better part of today moving shit around.

The problem with that is that I keep finding fun things I forgot I had, stuff I bought at a yard sale or something, threw on the Pile, and promptly erased from the higher regions of my brain. This picture shows roughly 1% of what I'm dealing with. Everything in the photo with the exception of the little Vox amp, the guitar pedals, and the AudioMedia II card inside that IIci was purchased at a yard sale or thrift store. I've had no end of amusement today plugging various things in, fucking with TurboSynth, and generally getting nothing done.

(And before you ask, yes, I am _exactly_ the sort of person that would just happen to have a Mac II video -> VGA adapter just lying about in case I want to use an LCD monitor with an old Mac. I mean, you never know when that sort of thing would come in handy, right?)

But that's about the most ghetto picture I can put together of what could theoretically be described as studio equipment. I suppose I could find some old Marantz speakers to fill out the picture; what I really should have done was stack all my Realistic effects units on top of the Sears guitar amps. What's your most ghetto stuff? Photos if you've got 'em.



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Jun.05.2007 @ 10:10 AM
We just did a post over at Burst Labs about the Ebay and garage sale detritus littering my room.

<a href="link [blog.burstlabs.co...]">link [blog.burstlabs.co...]">link [blog.burstlabs.com]</a>

If it makes noise, it's usable.


Jun.05.2007 @ 10:11 AM
Wow, so someone needs to learn how to write a friggin' hyperlink.

Jun.05.2007 @ 10:49 AM
The tackiest / cheapest gear I own is probably the not one but two DOD Death Metal pedals I own, one the original model and the other the B model that takes Boss style plugs and has useful labels instead of just "pain". I love them both and use them constantly in my harsher projects.

Jun.05.2007 @ 11:37 AM
After multiple moves cross country and around the Bay Area I have reduced much of my gear what's left? Well...

Wade, I see your SE-70 and lower you an SE-50 I bought in Syracuse in 1993. The ^ and v buttons don't work due to a hairline crack in the board behind them, but a MIDI Mouse does the job.
There is also a Korg s3 drum machine a friend found in his closet and gave to me because I "like that electronic music crap". It has no power supply.
Ghetto stuff I got rid of:
2 early 70's Gibson SGs with a single offset single-coil in the neck position (called the SG-100 I think.. value: Bupkus)
A Casio CZ-5000 with 3 broken keys,
a Cazio RZ-1 with 1 bad pad.
A Roland JX308.
An Ibanez Destroyer (yes the Def Leppard model with 3 humbuckers),
A BC Rich Outlaw (full of 80's metal reverse-headstock mojo)
and a Crate 2x12 amp that had glowing red rings around the dials (the GLX line I believe)
And I found a kid on Craigs list who actually WANTED my Behringer BCA-2000 and paid $100 for it. (I got it on E-bay for $110)


Jun.05.2007 @ 11:47 AM
OOOPs that should be Roland JX-305 not 308...

And I almost forgot a Hondo Randy rhodes V rip off and Gorilla amp I got for a carton of Marlboro Reds from the singer of my band in High school


Jun.05.2007 @ 12:02 PM
Little "Smokey" cigarette-pack guitar amp.

Put it on your desk, point the nicest mic you own at it... mmmm... that's tone.


Jun.05.2007 @ 1:53 PM
Chris Randall
Stream723, you win. Seriously. The phrase "Casio RZ-1 with a bad pad" absolutely trumps all other ghetto gear. No question of it.



Jun.05.2007 @ 3:27 PM
Wow! I never thought I'd win!

Such a rich mixture of pride AND shame...


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