Self-built desktop PC with Reaktor, Renoise, Steinberg Nuendo
Lexicon Alpha USB audio interface
Korg K49 USB MIDI controller
Sony Vaio laptop with Reaktor, Renoise, Ableton Live
Novation Remote Zero SL control surface
And a set of KRK RP5 monitors.
When I see the home studios of others, I always see rackmount stuff, mixing consoles, and a sea of cables hooked up everywhere. My question is, are these things essential? And further, what should I check out getting in the way of rack-mountable equipment that can be interfaced with a computer to make recordings if I have nothing of the sort?
No, they’re not. Whatever suits your needs is cool.
Personally, I do everything with an iMac, a pair of krk rp8, tapco blend 6 and tascam us-122 and people tell me my music is okay, so hey… away with the wires, eh?
edit: I know I say this a lot, but: it’s not WHAT you use but HOW you use it
No. Better spend your money on good headphones so you can pay attention to every detail. Honestly. 20000 usd equipment doesnt make your shit sound SO much better, and musically not better at all. Many will probably disagree with me and its fine too
signed by: musician, owner of a 10000 euros hometheatre, using 50eur Logitech speakers as computerspeakers, owner of decent headphones.
From what is sounds like, you have everything you need to make music. If you mean by “home studio” in the sense that your intention is to record other bands with live instruments, then you’ll probably need a few more things like a compressor, instrument/vocal mics, instrument cables, and maybe an external backup hard drive. Most of these people I see with huge rack unit setups don’t really utilize them nearly as much as they could be. Most people these days can make due musically with a very minimalistic setup, I know many people in renoise forums do.
Hardware looks good I must admit, but 13 years ago I had to have my then ‘studio’ re-wired to take into account all the electricity being used, where I crammed in loads of stuff (amps, keybords, tape decks etc) I didn’t know how to use it all, couldn’t wire it up properly, and couldn’t really afford it! 98% of which I’ve now sold.
Less is more, we live in easier times if you want to make music, sounds like you’re sorted!
In my opinion there is nothing like having a few hardware synths around, but make sure it a synth worth having around. However you dont need alot of other shit; like samplers, tape decks etc.
And the reason is not only that it looks cool, but there are sounds and the soundimage itself that you cannot replicate, phatness etc, the ability to work with other people, lets face it renoise is a very egoistic program
And i totally disagree when it comes to laptops, tho i would enjoy sitting outside in a park making some scene inspired tunage, however the limitations of battery and cpu power makes my laptop music non existant. Get yourself a dual core with maxed out ram, a holy soundcard, and an xsession then we can talk about the need of hardware synths, and the love of huge vsti’s.
So I take it the consensus is that it’s not necessary? I assumed as much. I have an adequate audio interface and decent monitors and I never really saw the need for much else in the way of hardware. I’m not a flashy guy…
Although, considering that my newest project involves another person with a voice and an acoustic guitar, and that I’ll be playing bass as well as running electronics through my Vaio, should I invest in some sort of hardware compression unit for recording? Can anyone recommend one or tell me why it’s un-necessary?
Thought you said you were playing acoustic guitar? Same with bass, or is it electric?
You can get okay recordings with a decent vocal mic, though audiophiles will disagree.
However, IF you’re going to spend money to improve the quality of your sound (ie. compressor),
I’d suggest to increase the quality at the source and invest in good recordings, rather than
good post production.