Post your setups!

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Re: Post your setups!

Post by supamonsta » Tue Nov 17, 2009 2:22 pm

I like gear porn.

I'm a gearslut too.

Was just seriously astonished by the serious posts in this topic. "here is my (1.000.000$) setup". no music, no comments, no soul, no laughs, no smiley... no... nothing. just fierce listings.

don't worry I don't take it over serious, I began reading this topic, because I thought there would be some nice pics, like in the "post your setup and your ugly cat".

I didn't expect those cold and exhaustive boring listings...

my bad. :wink:

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Re: Post your setups!

Post by 8O » Tue Nov 17, 2009 2:41 pm

monstrejumo wrote:Was just seriously astonished by the serious posts in this topic. "here is my (1.000.000$) setup". no music, no comments, no soul, no laughs, no smiley... no... nothing. just fierce listings.

don't worry I don't take it over serious, I began reading this topic, because I thought there would be some nice pics, like in the "post your setup and your ugly cat".

I didn't expect those cold and exhaustive boring listings...
Ok, monstrejumo, just because it's you and you're cool...

MacBook Pro - wonderful workhorse, almost perfect, which make the little niggles even more annoying, still working fine after getting half a pint of beer spilled on it
MOTU Ultralite - no broken knobs, no driver problems, works beautifully, carried it around a lot and still no problems, love having so many inputs and outputs, still working fine after getting the other half pint of beer spilled on it
Genelec 8030 - wonderful, clear, in your face transparent and revealing, only upgrade I'd make to them is to move apartment to give them more room for perfect placement
Waldorf Pulse - my first hardware synth, still my go-to synth for basslines, matrix editing is a pain, but you get used to it, small enough to get into a bag and take to jam sessions, looks ugly, but less ugly than the...
Waldorf Microwave XT - my second synth, a knob for every occasion, getting some wonderful, unearthly sounds out of it and have barely scratched the surface of its capabilities, looks ugly
M-Audio UC-33e - in wood-effect vinyl, what can you say, the classic, trustworthy controller, disadvantage: no endless rotaries or motorised sliders like the Behringer BCR/BCF, advantage: not a Behringer.
M-Audio Keystation 61-ES - purchased out of frustration due to not being able to find a nice compact 25-key controller with a nice key action, but now I'm completely used to 5 octaves
Stylophone - cheap Chinese copy, played live through piles of reverb and delays and resonators, love the clunky lo-tech interface
Hoefner Shorty electric guitar - the travel guitar, complete rubbish, but still less rubbish than my guitar playing, any thing better would really be wasted on me, could take it as hand-luggage on business trips and practise guitar in the evenings instead of wining and dining clients, passengers on the planes look suspiciously at you as the guitar bag looks vaguely rifle-shaped

There you go... Interestingly, all of those items I would definitely buy again...
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Re: Post your setups!

Post by citizenchris099 » Tue Nov 17, 2009 2:43 pm

Going to use the OP as a template

My setup consists of:

Computer
- 2.56 GHz Core 2 Duo T9400 Thinkpad 15" 3GB DDR3 RAM, running XP Pro

Software
- Ableton Live Suite 8.0.x
- NI Komplete 5
- Fabfilter Volcano, Twin
- Mokafix Blue Reeds
- ComboSister
- Wusik EVE, Wusikstation
- tons of free VSTs

Audio interface & controllers
- M-Audio Keyrig (my on the go keyboard)
- Novation Launchpad
- Akai MPK25
- Allen&Heath Xone2D (audio interface and midi controller)


plan on adding a NI Audio 2 DJ as my on the go soundcard

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Re: Post your setups!

Post by Nicknackerski » Tue Nov 17, 2009 4:05 pm

Ok, you asked for it (Check out the Length of my penis then)

Daws
Live 8
Logic 9
Hardware
8-core Xeon MAC Pro
Tascam DM3200 32input Dig mixerwith meterbridge and 32in/out soundcard
AKG Valve mic
Rode M3
Berhinger Bass AMP Pro
Instruments
Gibson J45
Fender Telecaster
Gibson SG
Fender P-Bass
Fender CyberTwin
Electronic Stuff
MONOME 256
NI Maschine
Remote SL37
alesis Photon X25
LAUNCHPAD!!!!!
Software
Soundtoys bundle
All Audio damage Plugins!
Camel audio Alchemy
FXpansion Synth Squad, Guru, BFD2
AudioEase Speakerphone
NI Massive
Imposcar
BoomBass
Ohmforce Distortion
MAX/MSP 5
shit loads i can't remember!
Other Crap
Two Monitor screens
Soundproof Room
Acoustic Door
Massive 'Whilmslow Audio' Built Speakers
Behringer Truths
Beyer dynamics DT150's (Earphones)

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Re: Post your setups!

Post by supamonsta » Tue Nov 17, 2009 4:10 pm

8O wrote:MacBook Pro - wonderful workhorse, almost perfect, which make the little niggles even more annoying, still working fine after getting half a pint of beer spilled on it
MOTU Ultralite - no broken knobs, no driver problems, works beautifully, carried it around a lot and still no problems, love having so many inputs and outputs, still working fine after getting the other half pint of beer spilled on it
Genelec 8030 - wonderful, clear, in your face transparent and revealing, only upgrade I'd make to them is to move apartment to give them more room for perfect placement
Waldorf Pulse - my first hardware synth, still my go-to synth for basslines, matrix editing is a pain, but you get used to it, small enough to get into a bag and take to jam sessions, looks ugly, but less ugly than the...
Waldorf Microwave XT - my second synth, a knob for every occasion, getting some wonderful, unearthly sounds out of it and have barely scratched the surface of its capabilities, looks ugly
M-Audio UC-33e - in wood-effect vinyl, what can you say, the classic, trustworthy controller, disadvantage: no endless rotaries or motorised sliders like the Behringer BCR/BCF, advantage: not a Behringer.
M-Audio Keystation 61-ES - purchased out of frustration due to not being able to find a nice compact 25-key controller with a nice key action, but now I'm completely used to 5 octaves
Stylophone - cheap Chinese copy, played live through piles of reverb and delays and resonators, love the clunky lo-tech interface
Hoefner Shorty electric guitar - the travel guitar, complete rubbish, but still less rubbish than my guitar playing, any thing better would really be wasted on me, could take it as hand-luggage on business trips and practise guitar in the evenings instead of wining and dining clients, passengers on the planes look suspiciously at you as the guitar bag looks vaguely rifle-shaped

There you go... Interestingly, all of those items I would definitely buy again...
:D

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Re: Post your setups!

Post by jer_mcclain » Tue Nov 17, 2009 4:28 pm

Black MacBook
Ableton Suite 8
Max 5
Reason 4
Logic Pro 8
Konnekt 6
Grado SR225i
Akai MPK25
Akai MPD8
AKG Perception 200
Seagull S6
MacBook Pro - Live Suite - Mira - APC40 - Apogee Duet - Grado SR325i

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Re: Post your setups!

Post by 8O » Tue Nov 17, 2009 4:34 pm

monstrejumo wrote:
8O wrote:MacBook Pro - wonderful workhorse, almost perfect, which make the little niggles even more annoying, still working fine after getting half a pint of beer spilled on it
MOTU Ultralite - no broken knobs, no driver problems, works beautifully, carried it around a lot and still no problems, love having so many inputs and outputs, still working fine after getting the other half pint of beer spilled on it
Genelec 8030 - wonderful, clear, in your face transparent and revealing, only upgrade I'd make to them is to move apartment to give them more room for perfect placement
Waldorf Pulse - my first hardware synth, still my go-to synth for basslines, matrix editing is a pain, but you get used to it, small enough to get into a bag and take to jam sessions, looks ugly, but less ugly than the...
Waldorf Microwave XT - my second synth, a knob for every occasion, getting some wonderful, unearthly sounds out of it and have barely scratched the surface of its capabilities, looks ugly
M-Audio UC-33e - in wood-effect vinyl, what can you say, the classic, trustworthy controller, disadvantage: no endless rotaries or motorised sliders like the Behringer BCR/BCF, advantage: not a Behringer.
M-Audio Keystation 61-ES - purchased out of frustration due to not being able to find a nice compact 25-key controller with a nice key action, but now I'm completely used to 5 octaves
Stylophone - cheap Chinese copy, played live through piles of reverb and delays and resonators, love the clunky lo-tech interface
Hoefner Shorty electric guitar - the travel guitar, complete rubbish, but still less rubbish than my guitar playing, any thing better would really be wasted on me, could take it as hand-luggage on business trips and practise guitar in the evenings instead of wining and dining clients, passengers on the planes look suspiciously at you as the guitar bag looks vaguely rifle-shaped

There you go... Interestingly, all of those items I would definitely buy again...
:D
:D

Almost forgot:
Sennheiser HD-600 - bought for my hi-fi originally, but now a very nice reference set of headphones to hear how atrocious my mixing really is, very comfortable, very fine, calm and precise sound, you get them in this big wooden presentation box which makes you feel like you're joining some elite club of hi-end connoisseurs - hey, this kind of snobbish marketing works on me
Sennheiser HD-25C II - coiled cable FTW, loud FTW, take them everywhere and they're still running fine FTW. In short: FTW.
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Re: Post your setups!

Post by logic_user99 » Tue Nov 17, 2009 4:42 pm

Macbook (white) 2.1Ghz/4Gb RAM
Ableton Live 7.10
NI Electrik Piano
NI Absynth 4
NI Audio Kontrol 1
Livid Block

Pretty simple, really...
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Re: Post your setups!

Post by ghostly » Tue Nov 17, 2009 4:43 pm

I like 80's style, I'll try but with not as much pazaaz:

Computer
Powerbook G4, 1.67GHz, 2GB ram, 110GB internal HD, 300GB external (FW) - I love this thing. Would love to upgrade but intel laptops cost an arm and a leg here in the UK. :( Gets put away in a bag every night as I have not got studio space at the moment. I work on music in my lunch break at the office too.

Hardware
Novation Nio USB interface - the knobs still baffle the hell out of me, I have found a set-up that seems to work and daren't touch it now. Has great FX built into it which uses very little CPU
Alesis Micron - great little synth but a pain in the arse to program. I use the software editor or just turn to softsynths these days as I haven't got the time.
Guitars - Tanglewood electro-acoustic that sounds fantastic and a cheap as chips fender rip off that is so badly intonated it is only in tune if capo'd from the 7th fret! :lol:
Omnichord OM84 - analog organ / harp / drum machine thing. Make the chords accordian style and run your finger over the plate for harp strums. Lovely.
Behringer mini mixer - only really use for live sets for getting everything into my laptop.
Zoom H2 recorder - use it as a field recorder or for capturing ideas. Also use as alternative interface for getting ideas quickly into the laptop and I don't want to set up mics, etc. Really handy.
AKG mic - can't remember which one
Mic stand, cables and other crap which takes up way too much space.
Palm PDA - for if I am away on business and can't take my powerbook.

Software
Logic 8 - main DAW, use the EXS24 a lot with the factory presets
Live Lite 8 - use for ideas mainly, session view is genius
Reason 4 - use it less and less, sequencer pretty horrid but I love the rack interface and Thor is a beast
Recycle 2.1
Renoise (demo, 1.9) - really enjoy going tracker every once in a while
Nodal - generative sequencer, for ambient textures
Bhajis Loops / Sunvox / Microbe - Apps for my PDA for music on the move.
FM8, Absynth, Reaktor, Guru, CS-80V, Oddity - I find it hard to have love for plugins for some reason and although I would miss FM8 quite a bit, I would miss Reason a lot more.

So there you have it. And I tell you what... my songs still sound shite. Hey ho...

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Re: Post your setups!

Post by 8O » Tue Nov 17, 2009 4:55 pm

logic_user99 wrote:Macbook (white) 2.1Ghz/4Gb RAM
Ableton Live 7.10
NI Electrik Piano
NI Absynth 4
NI Audio Kontrol 1
Livid Block

Pretty simple, really...
How's the Block working out for you?
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Re: Post your setups!

Post by 8O » Tue Nov 17, 2009 4:57 pm

@ghostly - that Omnichord sounds ace! How are the presets?
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Re: Post your setups!

Post by ghostly » Tue Nov 17, 2009 6:54 pm

8O wrote:@ghostly - that Omnichord sounds ace! How are the presets?
The omnichord is fantastic, my favourite piece of hardware. Mine is a fully analog, pre midi version from 1984. There are more recent digital versions with more sounds and capable of sending midi out but these come at a hefty pricetag. I prefer the analog sound myself but even my basic model goes for quite a sum on ebay these days.

On mine, there are 10 drum patterns built in (rock 1, rock 2, country, march, etc!!) but other sounds are limited to the same organ sound and a square-ish lead sound which are both pretty warm sounding. That just leaves the harp (called "sonic strings") and you are limited to the same sound although can tweak the sustain and the balance between two harp noises. Sounds absolutely lush. Major, minor, 7th, major 7th, diminished and augmented chords are possible over a full octave.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTi4VITbqZk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENY3BXr1 ... re=related

Are good examples of the harp and the organ sounds. I use mine live mainly and not recorded a proper tune with it yet. Certainly a niche instrument but worth having. Depeche Mode use one so it must be good! :lol:

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Re: Post your setups!

Post by the_woof » Tue Nov 17, 2009 8:04 pm

i'm up for adding some meaning to the theme, even if my setup is unimpressive...

computer: dell XPS m1530, 2.4ghz core 2, 4gb ram. solid machine; i like it.

DAW: live 7, which i love to death. i want to add fl studio soon to do more sound-mangling.

plugins:
psp nitro - pretty good, but i don't use it enough.
ultra analog - i had to up my buffer size to avoid crackling when i use this but it sounds nice.
lazysnake - i like electric pianos and this plugin was free. it sounds great with a little eqing, chorus, and reverb.

interface: m-audio fast track pro. the power switch on my old one broke and i just got the replacement, which i'm happy to have. it's pretty stable but nothing fancy at all.

controllers:
monome 40h - i use sevenup live with a little tweak i made to the code. works great and i can do lots of stuff with it.
nanokontrol - i needed some cheap knobs and sliders, and this was it.
padkontrol - i don't use it much anymore.
keyrig 49 - cheap, does the job.

other stuff:
roland alpha juno 1 - fun to play with, but i left it at home when i came to college, because it's not very useful.
korg emx-1 - great for jamming and getting song ideas down. i'm not into the groovebox workflow though.
geddy lee jazz bass - the neck is really banana'd because it's old, but it plays well and sounds good, although not enough oomph.
crate bx-50 - crappy solid state bass amp, but it distorts in a great way with all the knobs cranked up.
and some pedals:
boss syb-5 - cool synth bass pedal. the tracking's not the greatest though.
boss geb-7 - it's a bass eq, i don't use it anymore.
yamaha magicstomp ub-99b - holy shit. multi-effect with more effect types and more parameters per effect than you can shake a stick at. it sounds alright too, and was $100. i've thought about getting a second one for some crazy effect chaining.
morley dual bass wah - it has a spring mechanism with auto on and off, which makes it pretty useless without a lot of practice.

that was unnecessarily long, but once you start you can't stop.
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Re: Post your setups!

Post by bytheriver » Tue Nov 17, 2009 8:36 pm

Dell XPS
Core2duo 2ghz
2gig ram.

Maudio Firewire audiophile.

Remote SL25
Edirol PCR30(used as a midi interface)

KRK Rokit5's.

Vestex PCV275 from my DJing days.


Software
Live 7

NI massive
Synthsquad
Reaktor 5
SubBOOMbass

Guru

PSP ricochet
PSP nitro
Dr Device
The Glue
Hardare
Nord lead 1
Evolver desktop
JP8080

Korg ER1 drum machine

Korg Kaoss pad1
Electrix filterqueen




What I actually use frequently:

Live.
Guru.
Massive.
the Glue.

First 3 knobs on the Remote SL25 assigned to whatever the project needs.

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Re: Post your setups!

Post by logic_user99 » Wed Nov 18, 2009 11:17 am

8O wrote:
logic_user99 wrote:Macbook (white) 2.1Ghz/4Gb RAM
Ableton Live 7.10
NI Electrik Piano
NI Absynth 4
NI Audio Kontrol 1
Livid Block

Pretty simple, really...
How's the Block working out for you?
Nicely thanks, chap. It's got a really nice 'hand built' feel to it, and does exactly what it says on the tin. The MIDI feedback is perfect, too - instantaneous LED updates!

Once I start using it a little more, the buttons are going to soften up nicely and it really will be perfect.
Macbook | Live 7.0.18 |

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