Post Your Digital Audio Studio

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by Macman45, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    I'm interested to see what people are using. I'll kick this off with mine:

    Imac 27" ( Won't post specs but maxed out 32GB RAM)


    Logic X
    Audacity for occasional SFX splitting

    Hardware ( Pictured )
    Novation SLK MKII
    Yamaha USB Mixer / Input Board
    Genelec Powered Studio Monitors
    Asus BRD Writer
    Segate 4TB USB 3 ( Storage )

    Not Pictured:
    Fender Stratocaster Vintage 1990 American, LSR
    Martin D35
    Fender Precision Pro American
    Gibson SG Standard
    Yamaha Compass Electro / Acoustic 12 String
    Rode Pro Studio Microphones
    Promise Pegasus R4

    Am currently looking for a sound assistant...I have somebody coming today for a kind of informal interview....I can't manage everything by myself!

    So what do you use, and how do you use it?

    Attached Files:

  2. Diastro, Mar 5, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2014

    Diastro macrumors member


    Jul 12, 2010
    Veldhoven, the Netherlands
    Main rig
    27" iMac (mid-2011, i5 2.7, 16GB, 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD)
    Focusrite Saffire PRO 40

    Yamaha HS80M
    Schiit Magni headphone amp
    Sennheiser HD 600
    Sennheiser Momentum
    Shure SRH840
    Shure SE535

    Novation Impulse 61
    Maschine Mikro mk2

    Rode NT2A
    AKG Perception 220
    Oktava MK 012 MSP4 2x
    Shure SM58 2x
    Shure SM57 2x

    Logic Pro X
    Propellerhead Reason 7
    Native Instruments Komplete 9 Ultimate
    Native Instruments Maschine
    Slate Digital


    Art & Lutherie CW Cedar antique burst
    ESP LTD MH-250NT w/ Duncan SH-5
    Petrof upright piano
    Lots of percussion

    Honorable mention:
    Synology DS713+ NAS
    Razer Deathadder 2013 (most comfortable mouse ever)
    MacBook Pro (has since been sold in favor of an iPad mini retina)

  3. Macman45 thread starter macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Nice setup, are you purely a keyboard player, or do you play guitar as well?
  4. Diastro macrumors member


    Jul 12, 2010
    Veldhoven, the Netherlands
    I'm by no means a professional or seasoned instrumentalist, but I do play both keyboard/piano and guitar, in addition to drums and percussion. As you can see my studio isn't a recording facility, it's more of a production and mixing space, so by having instruments and a great MIDI controller at hand the workflow never really slows down if cool ideas come up.
  5. spoonie1972, Mar 6, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2014

    spoonie1972 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 17, 2012
    Main Rig
    Dual 2.93 64gb ram mac pro, VSL slave. Lots of Kontakt libraries.
    macbook pro running logic

    BM6A mk1
    Behritone C50A
    KRK 10S Sub (barely ever used)
    AKG 240M headphones
    Presounus Monitor thingy

    Triton Classic

    Bunch of crap. Borrow when I need something good

    Input gear and converter stuff:
    API 512c x2.
    Great River NV500 x2
    FMR PCB6A (aka distressor lite)
    Motu 828 mk3 hybrid, mkII, mk1, Yamaha/Steinborg UR22 (when mobile).
    Mytek Stereo 96 AD/DA
    Lucid 2448 AD/DA

    Instruments and stuff:
    Gibson Les Paul Studio
    Lots of random percussion
    Tama StageStar with Bliss and Zildijans, and a fancy kick pedal worth more than the kit LOL (dw9000)
    Marshall 5010 SS
    Mesaboogie Son Of Boogie 60W combo

    I'm sure there's more but that's the gist of it.

    old pic.

  6. Macman45 thread starter macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Now I know why I can't find stuff when I need's out on loan...:) Nie setup though.
  7. MWPULSE macrumors 6502a


    Dec 27, 2008
    This is what I'm running atm, I'm much more of a hardware kinda guy really... :)

    Mac Mini 06 (custom upgraded)
    2.33Ghz C2D/250GB/320GB/2GB
    (various HDDs/NAS/Network switches/Airport express)

    Retina MBP 13
    2.3Ghz Haswell/512GB/16GB

    KRK RP5 G2
    Creative Subwoofer
    Samson C Control

    MBox 2

    Protools 7.4
    Reason 4 (via Rewire)

    (on a side note, I have Reason 7, Logic Express, and MainStage 3 all running on my laptop which sometimes I will use via MIDI Networking)

    Yammie Motif Classic 6
    Yammie EX5
    Korg MS2000BR

    Channel Stuff
    Alesis 3630 Stereo Compressors
    Lexicon MX200 MFX
    TC Electronics G-Sharp MFX
    TL Audio Ivory 5001 Quad Pre

    My mixing desk is a Yamaha MG14/2

    Outta shot I have a Vox AD30VT, and a Fender Jazz, Squire Tele.

    In the next year or two, imma ditch the mac mini (it will be my Media server) and the MBox 2, and go all out on making a more integrated solution with a MOTU 828x (not even released yet I don't think?! :S) and a coupla Octopre MKii. Will be putting everything in customed racks with patch on the back, so it can be modular to an extent. This will effectively get rid of the mixing desk, and plug everything directly into Protools/applicable DAW, to use for external processing.

    I also have some Technic high quality hifi/cinema speakers in the attic which I will be either using as secondary monitors, or coupled with the mac mini in an alternative room powered by a 7.1 amp.

    Attached Files:

  8. fastlanephil, Mar 7, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2014

    fastlanephil macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2007

    2011 27” i5 iMac, TB HD, 24GB memory. (Slave)

    2012 2.6 i7 Mac Mini Fusion drive 16GB memory. 22’ HP monitor. (Master) Screen sharing of iMac via TB.

    2009 13” MacBook Pro.

    iPhone 4s.

    iPad Air 32GB,

    1TB Newertech MiniSTACK hard drive for Mac Mini backup. 1 TB OWC Elite Pro HD for iMac Backup. 2 TB OWC Elite Pro HD for Vienna Ensemble Pro. 500 GB OWC FW 800 drive for storing my sample libraries, effects and other odds and ends

    Matching Apple Magic Mice and Apple wireless keyboards for iMac and Mac Mini.

    Yamaha P-140 digital piano and M-Audio Axiom 49 controller.

    Event TR-8 monitors sitting on my KEF K dual sub stereo speakers.

    Yamaha CLP 555 digital grand piano with frank Sinatra doll that sings the beginning of Witchcraft.

    DAW Desk is a a diningroom table imported from Vietnam. 6" was cut off the legs, front support board moved to the middle of the table for more leg room. Stands for iMac and HP monitor made from 2x10 fir. An old piece of treated 2x8 props up the Axiom 49 when it sits on the back of the Yamaha P-140. Keyboard rack with pull out tray from my old computer hutch is used as a utility table and rack for Axion 49 when I work with just the Yamaha P-140.

    Not Shown.

    IK Multimedia iRig Keys Lightning.

    Martin D-16, Fender American Telecaster Natural Maple, CME UF6 61 key controller and a cheap trashy trumpet that replaced my rented trumpet which inspired me to switch to the F. horn and trombone which the school provided.

    Shure Beta 58 and a cheap condenser microphone. Tascam US-122mkll audio/midi interface. I rarely use a microphone.

    Assorted pedals, mini mixers and a old suitcase full of junk.


    DAW Hosts

    Sagan Technology Metro 7, Studio One 2.6 Producer, Sibelius, DP6.5


    Vienna Ensemble Pro 5, Audacity

    Samples And Effects

    IK Multimedia

    Sampletank 2.5 XL, Miroslav Philharmonic, Sonic Synth, SampleTron, SampleMoog, Amplitube 3, Classic Studio Reverb, t-RackS Classic.


    Garritan Personal Orchestra, Garritan Stradivari Violin, Garritan Concert And Marching Band, Garritan Jazz And Big Band, Garritan Steinway, Garritan Instant Orchestra, Garritan World Instruments, Garritan Harps.


    Seven Seas Grand, The Big One, Black Grand MK ll, Blue Grand, White Grand MKll, White Grand, Rain Piano, 10CC Choir, BOB, Carillion, Orchestral Instruments, Pump Organ, Accordion, Tubed Wurly, Marimba, Organ Tonewheel, Worra’s Prophet


    Kontakt 5 with factory libraries,
    Abbey Road 60’s Drums,
    Retro Machines, Infinite Instruments,
    Cinema Sessions
    Art Vista Virtual Grand Piano
    Art Vista Back Beat Bass
    Audio Bro full LA Scoring Strings with Sordino
    CineBrass Core
    CineWinds Core
    Signor Paganini Solo Violin
    VSL Bass Clarinet
    VSL Epic Orchestra
    Sound Iron Olympic Elements
    SoundIron Micro Choir
    EastWest Symphonic Orchestra(Silver)
    East West Spaces
    ValhallaDSP's ValhallaVintageVerb.

  9. Macman45 thread starter macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago

    Since the grand is digital, I guess the cover is just for show? I like the doll too:)
  10. genshi, Mar 11, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2014

    genshi macrumors 6502a


    Jun 27, 2007
    Portland, Oregon
    I recently moved and had to drastically downsize my studio, so I am slowly rebuilding it up again. Here it is in it's current state:

    Hardware, Interfaces & Controllers:
    Apple iMac 27" 3.5GHz Quad-Core i7 with 32GB RAM
    Ableton Push
    M-Audio Ozonic (not shown/no longer in use)
    M-Audio Projectmix I/O (not shown/no longer in use)
    M-Audio Trigger Finger
    Midiman Surface One (prototype)
    Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6
    Novation Launchpad (not shown/no longer in use)

    Ableton Live 9 Suite
    Madrona Labs Aalto
    Madrona Labs Kaivo
    Soniccouture Pan Drum
    Soundiron Olympus Elements
    Sound Guru The Mangle
    u-He Zebra 2
    Valhalla Vintage Verb

    Synths, Samplers & Filters:
    Akai MPC 2000 Studio Plus
    Arturia MiniBrute
    Clavia Nord Lead
    Doepfer Dark Time Sequencer
    DSI Evolver
    Dubreq Stylophone S2
    Electrix FilterFactory
    Electrix WarpFactory
    Ensoniq ESQ-1 (not shown)
    Ensoniq Mirage
    Korg MS-20 Mini
    Moog Sub 37 Tribute Edition (pre-ordered!)
    Moog Theremin (Big Briar branded)
    Roland JV-2080 (fully expanded with 8 sound expansion boards)
    Roland JP-8000
    Teenage Engineering OP-1
    Waldorf Micro Q
    Waldorf MicroWave XTk
    Waldorf MiniWorks 4-Pole filter

    Danelectro '67 Hornet Reissue
    Gibson Les Paul Studio
    Gretsch Junior Jet Bass
    Ibanez Artcore AS73B
    Takamine Acoustic/Electric

    Guitar Pedals:
    Blackout Effectors Twosome
    Blackout Effectors Whetstone Analog Phaser
    Dunlop Crybaby GCB95F Classic Wah (fasel)
    Dunlop DVP3 Volume (X)
    EarthQuaker Devices Organizer
    Empress Effects Vintage Modified Superdelay
    Empress Effects Tremolo
    Fulltone OCD
    Moog EP-2
    Strymon blueSky Reverberator
    Strymon El Capistan dTape Echo
    TC Electronic Polytune Noir

    Acoustic B20 Bass Amp
    Blue Digital Spark microphone
    Bugera V22 Guitar Tube Amp
    Custom Made African Tongue Drum
    Hohner Melodica
    Makala Ukulele
    Sony MDR-7506 Headphones
    Tibetan Singing Bowl
    Toy Accordion
    Zoom H4n (for field recordings/sound gathering)
    ...and a box of Brian Eno/Peter Schmidt "Oblique Strategies" (for occasional inspiration!)

  11. Macman45 thread starter macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago

    How do you find Ableton now? I had a free copy with my Novation, but found the interface was awful. Since I use Logic anyway, I ditched it, only keeping Automap which is useful.
  12. genshi, Mar 12, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2014

    genshi macrumors 6502a


    Jun 27, 2007
    Portland, Oregon
    I love it, always have. I skipped version 7, but have owned all other versions since 1.5.

    But the Live 9 Suite is really extra nice. The thing that separates Ableton Live from other DAWs is the Session view, which I know some people can't get into, but it's incredibly powerful once you know how to work with it; it let's you play your DAW live, like an instrument and record the results into the Arrangement view (the traditional linear DAW view.) Coupled with the new Ableton Push, it is an incredibly powerful and intuitive combination; makes creating music a pure joy!

    Some context with where I am coming from, so you know I'm not just an Ableton Fanboy: I started doing music back when you could only record onto reel-to-reel tape, and by the mid-2000s I was the Senior Audio Editor at AVID/M-Audio, so it was my day job to use Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Acid, Ableton Live and other software (like Recycle for Rex files) to create and edit our sound libraries; but at the end of the day, with all of that experience, I went home to Ableton Live because it was fast and intuitive...
  13. Macman45 thread starter macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago

    :) I'm from the same generation....Reel to reel, 4 and 8 track tape...How the heck did we ever get stuff done?:) I must be missing something with Ableton though...I find the menus badly organised and the interface a little "Childish" if that's the right word....I guess I'm so used to Logic now that I wouldn't want a change, but I got a discount voucher from them recently and I know I can try it again for free....Might give it another shot and see what's what.
  14. spoonie1972 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 17, 2012
    I've got about 6 hours into ableton. Until I'm setup with my new band to do a live show, I probably won't spend more time in it.

    It certainly is very, very powerful. I'm just set in my ways, I guess.

    Heh, reels. I sure miss the 827's and the like, dolby SR is fantastic. Don't miss the price, though!
  15. Macman45 thread starter macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Nope. Must have had em all Teach, Tascsm you name it. The joy of being able to go back without more tape was a revelation. How far we've come
  16. Doc C, Mar 21, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2014

    Doc C macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2013
    Need Advice

    Sorry to jump in here, but I can't create a new thread, and it seems like there are a lot of people active in this thread who might be able to answer my question (and it seems like the original issue has been beaten to death...)

    My 15 yr old seems to have a bit of talent for manipulation of digital files (audio/photo/video) as well as musical talent (plays electric guitar, electric bass, piano, and a bit of sax, plus is learning to work with a couple of DAWs), and is exploring the idea of a career in that direction. The problem is that nobody around us has any idea what that entails, where to go, what to do, who to talk to, etc.

    I am looking for some advice, specific places to look (Google isn't helpful as it is a bit of information overload until I have more direction), and anything else that he might need to know.

    Private message is fine


    Oh - also - does anyone have any experience with the Nektar p6? We were thinking of picking one up to use instead of the Roland digital piano (two younger sons aged 12 and 10 also both play both guitars and piano, and so they all want to be able to go out to community centres, retirement homes, etc and perform). They play everything from Stairway to Heaven to Sultans of Swing to Viva La Vida but don't have a drummer, so they need something that can add a drum track.

    For reference, if it matters, we don't have a complex setup like most. It only consists of a Mac Mini with a TV for a monitor, Roland Digital Piano (?model), a Tascam USB/guitar interface, a Roland USB/Midi interface, and a bunch of reference speakers from our old home AV system.

    Any guidance towards how to slowly build the system for them is also appreciated.

  17. Marty62 macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2010
    Berlin formerly London
    Hex Core 3,33GHz/32gb/840 EVO 750Gb/Apricorn Velocity Solo/Inateck 4004 USB3.0
    2 x 23inch Apple Cinema Displays
    Logitech K750/MX1000
    UAD DUO PCIe/UAD Satellite Quad/RME FF800
    SSL Nucleus
    SSL X-Desk
    Adam A7X
    Genelec 2029 & Sub
    JBL Control 1 - Mono check box
    AKG 270's/Sony MDRV6 Pro/Sony MDR V750's

    Macbook pro 8,2 / Quad 2,4Ghz / 8Gb / 1TB Lacie Thunderbolt / Mackie Satellite FW interface / Bose Mini Computer Monitors

    Access Virus Ti2
    Roland JP80
    Waldorf Blofeld desktop
    Arturia MiniBrute
    Novation Nova
    Oberheim Matrix1000
    Roland JV2080 ( 4 x cards )
    Korg TR Rack
    Korg Triton Extreme
    Korg Wavestation SR
    DSI MoFo
    DSI Tetra
    Doepfer Dark Energy
    Korg MS20 C
    UA 6176
    Self made 1176
    Lexicon MPX-1
    Line 6 Delay /Modulation racks
    Self made Roger Foote comp

    Logic 9 / Logic X / Reason 6.5 / Pro Tools 10.3
    Arturia V collection 3
    NI Komplete Ultimate 9
    Tone 2 Gladiator / EleXtra
    Korg Legacy collection
    URS Eq / Comp
    Soundtoys native
    Spectrasonics Omnisphere/Trillan/Stylus RX
    IK Sampletank XL/Miroslav/T-Racks singles
    Steven Slate Drums / VCC /VTM

    Nash Telecaster custom
    '94 Jap Strat & Lollar pups
    Martin Acoustic
    Fender P-Bass Deluxe
    Yamaha - something !

    Almost every stomp box ever made, mostly self made clones.




  18. Macman45 thread starter macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    I may rearrange my setup so that the mixer is in front and the MIDI KB off to my left....easier to work that way!
  19. JTMusicVA, Mar 26, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2014

    JTMusicVA macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2014
    Woodbridge, VA, USA
    My humble DAW.....

    I was in PC world with a kick-ass machine, but grew tired of the crashes and whatnot that frustrated me to no end :(, then I scored a beefed-up 2007 24" iMac (6.1):D for practically pennies. 4GB RAM, external FW800 1TB HDD, OS X 10.7.5, Logic Pro 9, tons of soft-synth and effects plug-ins.
    I know it doesn't compare to what some of you guys have posted Mac-wise, but, it's working quite nicely for me as it is and I got it at a steal price.

    Audio interface is the Lexicon Omega,
    ART DI/O A/D/A Tube-driven converter,
    keyboard controller is the M-Audio Oxygen 61,
    Monitors are Mackie MR5s and Audio-Technica M50 headphones fed from Focusrite VRM box, (and then there are Prodipe Pod3 desktop speakers... not bad for what they are...)
    Hardware synths include the Alesis QS6 and QSR, and the Novation X-Station 25. Also there's the BOSS DR-660 drum machine.

    I LOVE the iMac over the PC, in that it never crashes, is secure, seems faster, you guys know the tune.....

  20. Macman45 thread starter macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago

    Looks good, and now I don't feel so bad about my cable mess....:D
  21. williamh macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2006
    I'm an active TV composer and here is my humble simple setup.

    Mac mini 5,3 (fully upgraded with SSDs)
    TC Electronic Studio Konnekt 48 FW interface
    Genelec 1029A nearfield monitor (I have this pair for decades)
    Korg Triton Pro X master keyboard
    Various HDDs & SSDs via thunderbolt

    Attached Files:

  22. Sackvillenb macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2011
    Canada! \m/
    how to post images?

    So, I'm in the process of upgrading my home studio, it should be really nice once we're done (in a week or two I'm hoping), and I'd love to post a picture of our new and improved setup :) However... this is a silly question... I don't know how to upload images onto these forums??
  23. Sonic macrumors regular

    Aug 4, 2006

    mac pro tempo card+768Gb/6Tb/12/8x2.8, rMBP 512/16/4x2.6
    apogee duet

    allen and heath zed14 mixer
    mackie 824 mk2's

    moog voyager select
    korg polysix
    korg ms20 mini
    2 x monotrons

    eventide h3000 d/se
    lexicon pcm70 mk2
    focusrite platinum channel
    custom valve channel

    other stuff
    rode NT2, shure sm58
    '90 usa telecaster
    squier strat
    old valvestate 100 amp
    rubbish boss guitar effects box
    2 x technics 1210's and rane SL3 DVS, crane stand

    logic 9
    plugins include oxford, arturia synths, sonalkris, waves, etc
  24. jakesaunders27 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 23, 2012
    United Kingdom
    Mac Pro - spec in signature
    20" Cinema Display

    Focusrite Scarlett 18i6
    Carillon Rack PC

    Roland MA-20 Monitors
    Shure SRH 440
    Shure SE215

    Ableton Live 9
    Pro Tools 11
    SoundToys Plugins
    Waves Plugins

    Novation Launchpad
    Korg M50
    Novation Bass Station

    Load of guitar effects pedals,
    More random synths and bits.

    Will post a pic in the bit!
  25. bwhli macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2012
    Boston, MA

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