Creating a computer based collaborative studio

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Creating a computer based collaborative studio

Post by HelloSound » Tue Oct 18, 2016 6:42 pm

Creating a computer based collaborative studio

I’m looking for advice to setup and run all of our gear with the optimal workflow. The goal is to create a creative environment where anybody could walk into the room and be able to find, play, and record ideas quickly. We also want this room to be collaborative so a handful of people could use different gear simultaneously.

General Questions:

What is your ideal setup and workflow with the given gear? Would you need other gear?
How can we make our setup simple for non producers to use?
How can we utilize the best features of each piece of gear?
Any other “out of the box” ideas?

Gear List:

Mac Pro
  • OS 10.12
    3.5 GHz 6 Core
    32 GB Ram
    1 TB Internal Drive
    2 TB External Drive
    8 TB External Drive
  • Pro Tools 12 - native
    Ableton Live 9 Suite
    Reason 8
    Maschine 2
Instrument Browsers and Keyboard Controllers
  • VIP
    Komplete Kontrol
Plug-ins and Others
  • Komplete 11 Ultimate
    UVI Workstation
  • Komplete Kontrol S61
    Akai Advance 61
    Maschine Studio
    MPC Touch
    Ableton Push
Other Gear:
  • Yamaha Montage 8
    Moog Sub 37
    Roland JD-Xi
    Roland V-drums
    Roland VT-3
Mixer and Audio interface
  • Behringer X32
Other Assets
  • Various Sample Packs
    SFX Libraries
    Software Specific Expansions


We have a bunch of gear from different manufacturers and getting them to talk together in an intuitive way is causing problems in our workflow. Advice?

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Re: Creating a computer based collaborative studio

Post by Mystic38 » Tue Oct 18, 2016 7:05 pm

You really don't have a hope of having non producer (read DAW & recording familiarity) folk walking in and recording stuff.

Even with a skilled person in the room I suggest you dramatically cut down the gear that you are using, particularly on the DAW side.. but also the connected synths and VSTs offered to be used.. I would also backup the hell out of everything and expect to restore after every session when strangers are running your gear.

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