This Is The Time To Simplify

As most producers, I tend to gather more and more stuff in the studio, instruments, cables, computers, keyboards, you name it. This is roughly how it looks like just

It’s not bad,¬† but there’s plenty of stuff still around, mostly unused. I put the most major guitars and bass guitars to a rack and keep the ones I use the most close to the work area.

Anyway, the goal within two months is to move to this configuration.MacBook Pro

In other words, a MacBook Pro laptop in combination with an Apogee One audio interface (should be out by now), a smaller midi keyboard controller, my Korg PadKontrol for drums, some cables, mostly headphones and sometimes my studio monitors. This is the smallest possible setup I could figure out that should work just fine.

I changed my mind about huge studios after listening to Todd Rundgren’s Arena album that was done in his linen closet room in Kauai. Ok, it’s not 100-super audio quality, but it’s amazingly good for done with a laptop in a linen closet. He mostly used headphones for the mixing which was for me an interesting revelation, it’s doable to get good sounds with using headphones rather than expensive monitors.

Also, in order to minimize the whole setup, the next album projects (five of them) I’m working on will be done 99.99% in Logic 9. With the new guitar amps and pedal boards there’s enough plugins and tools to do anything I want or need in Logic. With elastic audio I could even achieve what I needed Ableton Live for. The only two exceptions are Ozone that I’m comfortable with concerning mastering and VintageWarmer that I need for the ‘tape-saturation’ warmth. But that’s it. All SW synths are done using Logic, all other effects and so on with solely Logic. If I ever want to move from one system to another, I just install Logic and job is mostly done.

The nice¬† thing with such a setup is that I could take it with me anywhere, to the coffee store, outside, in the kitchen, even to Kauai in October — will try to do the linen closet experiment myself over there in Princeville.