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Post by fanwander » Tue May 29, 2018 10:24 am

I had two game changers in my musical life:

1.) Multitracking.
Beeing able to record a track, and then record another track and another and ..., that was incredibly inspiring. In fact, it was not recording any instrument, but recording my voice. I was used from real life to hear several instruments playing at the same time. So it is nothing special to hear several tracks I played. But in my real life I cannot hear myself several times. Singing many tracks with my own voice and hearing those 'choirs' was mindblowing.
For me it was a Tascam 144 cassette deck.

2.) Learning, that its not the equipment.
I had started to work as an engineer in recording studios in 1982, but it took me seven years until I had a customer, who made such a beautiful music that it made me cry, though she used only a casio home keyboard (not the sample based ones from to day, but a really ugly sounding from the 80s...).

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Post by dubonaire » Tue May 29, 2018 4:13 pm

fanwander wrote:I had two game changers in my musical life:


2.) Learning, that its not the equipment.
I had started to work as an engineer in recording studios in 1982, but it took me seven years until I had a customer, who made such a beautiful music that it made me cry, though she used only a casio home keyboard (not the sample based ones from to day, but a really ugly sounding from the 80s...).
That's a wonderful story.

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Post by DJMaytag » Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:05 pm

Bussing. I started out in DAW's not using ANY sort of buss system, and that was a carryover from an analog 8-Buss console where I never understood how to utilize busses for processing/grouping certain sounds (I literally never assigned anything to a buss, as I thought that was only for multitracking things to ADATs and the like). That's been a HUGE improvement in sound for my music.

Multitracking. I used to have doubles of many pieces of gear, just so I could have that type of sound twice or doing different things. It's a totally different compositional mindset for me now, to try to think ahead a bit about what I want to do, so I can try to lay out a song structure and then go over it with the same synth but a different melody or patch.

Patchbays Such a major PITA to set up, but SO worth it once it's done! No more major reconfigurations, no trying to get around to the back of the gear... just plug and play!

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Post by ZLAL » Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:49 pm

Another vote for a patch bay. Synths are heavy, table space is limited, organization tickles my brain in the right way. Finally setting up a patch bay correctly and integrating most of my studio has made what was an impenetrable collection of gear immediate and usable.
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Post by MindMachine » Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:35 am

^ I was just typing 'patchbay'. I still underutilize them. But I have two rack patchbays and one small floating ART patchbay that have changed things. I am still not fully functional or understanding as to how they can fully be used, but in my simple usage, they have been game changing.

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Post by tanglefuzz » Thu Jun 28, 2018 12:12 am

Installed a patchbay last week and it really changed my workflow in an awesome way. It's so easy to switch setup now without having to get behind my gear. Love it!

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Post by Default1 » Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:47 am

Renoise to play hardware via midi. Beautiful programme. Very quick and easy to compose in.

Composing music: a new approach. Book by William Russo. The first time I was able to grapple with music theory.

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Post by widdly » Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:32 am

Buying a set of 8 different coloured XLR cables for my mic's and DI boxes, then matching the track colours in Ableton Live to the cable colours. So much less confusion when recording the bands jams.

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Post by dopeboy_magic » Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:13 am

I just got a yocto 2 808 clone that I’m slaving to my octatrack and despite its limitaions (no pgm change) it’s straight breathing life into my tracks and is the the funnest box I’ve ever messed with.
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Synth-wise, ditching pc and Mac for Atari ST’s running Notator/Creator has made composing, arranging, and recording with midi-equipped instruments a breeze. Not having to deal with bloated contemporary sequencers that seemed to always end up crashing at the worst time avoids tons of frustration. Plus the timing is incomparably tighter.
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What console/converter/usb interface combinations are people using? Currently have a soundcraft 200b I’m tracking out of I really like but would like to utilize all 20 channels. Considering a rme digiface with the ferrofish 16 converter at $1500 for both.

I’d like to ditch the computer all together sometimes because the 200b is made to go to tape with group outs and all the necessary channel routing I just haven’t delved into it yet :bananaguitar:

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Post by vromr » Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:53 am

Practice with Ableton Push + nativeKontrol extensions should get me towards the best workflow ever. I do think it's practice this time and not some combination of being over/under/mis-equipped.
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Post by DT » Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:03 am

mrerdat wrote:Using VCV with Soundflower (I'm on Mac) as part of an aggregate sound driver that includes my regular i/o allows me to patch my software modular into my hardware modular and back, and lets me record it all in my DAW. Total game changer...
can u explain a bit more?

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Post by naturligfunktion » Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:26 am

1. The first drum machine I bought was a real game changer. Use it still today and it is very much a center piece of everything I do. Starting to get a bit bored of the sounds, so Im thinking to get a sampler.

2. Ableton. Such a nice program

3. My external mixingdesk Soundcraft MTK 12.

I went away from my studio for half a year however and then, the Keystep was great.

Im thinking now to get a good external sequencer.

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Post by Multi Grooves » Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:52 am

My mind state.

Labelling things so there was little hindrance when I was ready to go.
...but Cynthia, my Daddy never had a heath kit..

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Post by joeTron » Fri Aug 23, 2019 2:02 pm

I just bought the Korg Karma. I love it for composing drums,bass,keys and synths on the spot without a computer. Use midi or audio outs if you want to add more and/or finish in a DAW.

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Post by BailyDread » Mon Aug 26, 2019 2:53 pm

Putting my modular on a desk that was suitably low to access from a chair

Ya think "har har a standing desk will surely make me dance around while I work, I bet that will make me create more compelling tunes"

Nope... your knees just hurt and you rush through takes so you don't have to keep standing for the 9th hour in a row.

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Post by BenA718 » Sat Aug 31, 2019 9:29 pm

Biggest game changer for me the past several months was re designing my workflow so that there's no computer or tablet involved at all unless I'm multitracking.

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Post by Illwiggle » Mon Sep 02, 2019 4:52 pm

Discovering the power of recording things in Mono :sb:

Getting an sp1200 forced me to sample in mono, and forces you to send everything out on 8 outs or a single mono sum out... stereo is great but less flexible to work with, imo am not giving up much by saving stereo for last

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Post by Multi Grooves » Fri Sep 06, 2019 3:44 am

BailyDread wrote:Putting my modular on a desk that was suitably low to access from a chair

Ya think "har har a standing desk will surely make me dance around while I work, I bet that will make me create more compelling tunes"

Nope... your knees just hurt and you rush through takes so you don't have to keep standing for the 9th hour in a row.
The standing desk only works with an ergo stool like the Salli saddles ones...
...but Cynthia, my Daddy never had a heath kit..

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Post by naos » Sun Sep 08, 2019 4:37 pm

Buying a digital stereo delay (tc flashback), and jamming with it.
-->coupled with analog monos, immediate uncharted territories, things I'd never do on a DAW.

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Post by Panason » Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:43 am

BailyDread wrote:
Nope... your knees just hurt and you rush through takes so you don't have to keep standing for the 9th hour in a row.
This is because of an incorrect posture, probably leaning forward too much. It is worth persevering with standing. Perhaps adjusting gear positioning will help. Knees should be unlocked but not bent- they are not meant to hold the weight of your upper your body, they are articulating joints. It is your entire skeleton and core muscles that naturally hold your body in an upright position.

Pains should go away after a few days of standing. A soft mat on the floor for standing on helps a lot. Sitting on your ass for 9 hours on a regular basis will likely lead to chronic back/hip pain and health issues. Regular breaks and movement is key whatever position you adopt.

Using an expensive stool is not standing... The point of standing is that your spine and hips are not being compressed, and core muscles are not being weakened by not being used.

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Post by coolshirtdotjpg » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:54 pm

The biggest game changer in the past year has been the ER-101, being able to make edits in real time (like changing the length of a sequence, move it up by X number of semitones on after a certain number of repetitions, etc.) has been huge for me. Previously it took so much work to get to something beyond a 2-16 sequence, being able to do this on four tracks simultaneously is huge. I feel like I have finally found a way of writing music that makes sense to me.
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Post by Deepwave33 » Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:32 am

Like many others, a patch bay and mixer made my setup come together.

Mixing with in mono with one speaker is nice. I use a single Avantone mixcube a lot as well.

Rediscovering recording with multiple bounces and layers.

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Post by Tun » Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:35 am

Then:
Drum machine
Atari, C-Lab Creator, Unitor II, Xport
Soundtraks Megas 32:24:24 console
Patchbay

Recently:
Excellent monitors, well treated room, high quality AD/DA

Now:
Not listening on excellent monitors in well treated room while jamming/composing

Aside:
It will never happen, but if I had the C-Lab system, a decent large format console and a patchbay again my life would be complete!

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Post by spilthyfred » Mon Oct 28, 2019 11:55 pm

I totally agree about the Push 2, I love it. Honestly, Ableton in general just kicks so much ass! I really dont know what I would be doing without it.

As for hardware:

The WMD Performance Mixer

Setting this up with the DB25 outs legit changed my life. I use it with an RME UFX audio interface which also legit changed my life, so I will add that to my list as well.

Expert Sleepers ES-3 is the piece of gear that brings it all full circle.

(Edit) Oh and as for sequencers in modular, holy shit the Nerdseq! If you haven't yet caught on to this lovely little piece of gear then you are surely missing out :hihi:

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Post by scozbor » Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:33 am

Default1 wrote:Renoise to play hardware via midi. Beautiful programme. Very quick and easy to compose in.
:yay:

Renoise is fantastic for sequencing hardware!

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