Working on my studio desk today...

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  1. Serious Poo

    Serious Poo Powered by Coffee Gold Supporting Member

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    Haven't seen too many threads focused on recording gear lately so I thought I'd share a few pics. Been busy reorganizing & cabling lately, starting to finally see some progress. My desk has built-in racks on each side, so when it's all set up everything is pretty self-contained and easily reachable.

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    Top to bottom:
    • RME D-TOX16 patchbay (used to route inputs to summing mixer)
    • Two Notes Torpedo Studio
    • AC Infinity 1 space fan
    • A-Designs Pacifica Mic Pre
    • Burl B32 Vancouver summing mixer
    • Burl B16 Mothership w/ 4 channel AD and DA conversion over SoundGrid
    • Furman power conditioner / supply
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    Left Rack (Direct Guitar system - audio goes into Two Notes Torpedo Studio then into Patchbay)
    • Synergy Syn 2 preamp system
    • Peterson Stroborack
    • Radial JD7 Signal Splitter / Reamper
    Right Rack (Acoustic Guitar System - audio goes into Patchbay)
    • Furman Power Conditioner & Supply
    • Pendulum SPS-1 Acoustic Stereo Preamp
    • TC Electronic 1210 Spatial Expander / Stereo Chorus/Flanger
    • BSS DPR901 II Dynamic Equalizer
     
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    and Avantone Mix Cubes...active or passive?

    I'm a little behind you, but not far

    your gear, OTH is waaaaayyyy beyond mine

    I'll post some pics later
     
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    It took over a decade to put all this stuff together, my $0.02 is to take your time and wait for the right opportunities to get key pieces. I got the acoustic rig ideas from Willy Porter, but those pieces took a very long time to find.

    The mixcubes are active, and they sound exactly like you think dinky 4" speakers would sound. That said, they're crazy powerful in highlighting when you might be over-relying on extended frequencies to make a song work. Excessive bass or treble just gets cut right out and you've got nothing but midrange to make your song work.
     
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    Excellent choices. I love Burl stuff. Are you connecting SoundGrid right to your DAW or do you use any SG I/O? Just wondering what the latency is like. I went DANTE, but you have to have another way in to the CPU as the straight network connection is too slow. The flexibility is great with the network based protocols. I use a DLS to process waves plugs sometimes over SoundGrid. Pretty cool stuff.
     
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    I've been using Mix Cubes for, like 7 years now...mine are active too :)
    I think mine are 5" ;-)
    In my current rig, if a mix sounds good on both the Mix Cubes and Adam A7x, my eq work is done =-D
    I worked exclusively on my Mix Cubes for around 4 years. I found I was leaving some high end unwanted noises and needed tweeters and got the Adams. I also find mixing to 5" and 7" compared against each other yields easier workflow.

    My temp studio/office is set up waaaay out in the countryside; my nearest neighbors are 700 paces away...and that guy isn't bothered by loud music
     
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    Soundgrid to the DAW via an Ethernet hub. I tried Dante but couldn't get the routing to work for both DAW audio and Windows audio. Wound up switching it out for SoundGrid after a month and a half of banging my head against the wall.

    Config indicates an RTL of appx 1.8ms @ 96K / 128bit.

    Burls are awesome, but they get toasty. Need to ventilate 'em.
     
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    cool, that is easily workable latency. I ended up having to create a separate network for DANTE and Eucon. Everything else is on a different net. On the heat, you are right.
     
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    i am trying an ergonimic desk for my home studio but to not brake the wallet...
    on the other hand i have heard that this one have issues...lots..
     
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    Here's my racks and mixing desk...

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    I've been working for an engineer/producer for a bit. You know, fashion exists in the studio world. After a while you happen upon some fire sales. I call these "Studio Survivors:"
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    Auratone 5Cs and 5W (wedges)

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    Auratone 5RCs. I've mixed on every pair shown here, so they are by this time "buddies." I used the 5RCs (Road Cubes) for remote jobs.

    I've still got a pair of 5Cs up on my console at work. Around the tenth hour of tracking when your ears start getting tired, they tend to be easier on your ears than the bigger guys.

    More, HERE.

    Bob
     
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