My studio used to take up an entire room and cost close to $50k

Not any more.

Just these few items near my desk make up most of the primary parts of my audio studio now. Yes, there are other components that are out of view of this photo, but not that many.

…and their collective cost is way less than $50k. Probably less than 1/8th of that amount now.

How much has your tool box changed over the past ten years or so?

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16 Responses to My studio used to take up an entire room and cost close to $50k
  1. John Baez
    February 22, 2013 | 11:41 am

    Not nearly enough…  I really need help.

  2. Darin Wilson
    February 22, 2013 | 11:42 am

    Drastic reduction from back in the day! I had an 8-track reel-to-reel, 16-channel mixer, three keyboards and God knows how much outboard gear. Now it's my laptop, 1 keyboard, and a hardware controller for Ableton. Sooooo much nicer…

  3. Darin Wilson
    February 22, 2013 | 11:43 am

    BTW, which iPad app are you using? I tried a few but couldn't get into them, badly as I wanted to. I guess I'm oldskool – I really like physical buttons, knobs, and faders. :-/

  4. Rob Michael
    February 22, 2013 | 11:46 am

    +Darin Wilson my favorite Controller is AC-7. It turns the iPad into a Mackie Control surface.

  5. Jason Woyak
    February 22, 2013 | 11:46 am

    My studio, too, has changed a BUNCH over the years.  Ironically, though, it has evolved to include MORE equipment where it made sense, not less.  When I started doing electronic music, I had no money and relied on free/cracked audio software (yay for VST) to do my music.  Over the years I have acquired a handful of vintage synthesizers (like a Moog Opus3) whose sound is still hard to replicate in software.
    The difference is that now I can sample the Opus3 and sequence its sounds along with purely digital ones in excellent apps like Caustic on android (, in the palm of my hand on a Nexus7 tablet.  I think really what has changed is the enormous amount of flexibility we have as creative people – we can use what makes sense where it makes sense to use it, without needing to bribe.. err "hire".. roadies to move racks of gear for us. Yay for progress :)

  6. Darin Wilson
    February 22, 2013 | 11:54 am

    +Jason Woyak Hardware synths, especially analog ones, are definitely making a comeback. The digital counterparts have gotten very good, but there's something about the pure analog sound that is really special.

  7. Darin Wilson
    February 22, 2013 | 11:55 am

    AC-7 was one of the first ones I tried. It's beautifully done, but it didn't quite feel right to me. Just one of those things, I guess

  8. Eric Whitehead
    February 22, 2013 | 1:03 pm

    Hey +Rob Michael , is there a good DAW / Home Recording community that you've found?

  9. Rob Michael
    February 22, 2013 | 1:11 pm
  10. Eric Whitehead
    February 22, 2013 | 1:16 pm

    Joined! Thx +Rob Michael.

  11. Allen Wentz
    February 22, 2013 | 1:18 pm

    Its definitely more convenient now. Instead of a bunch of expensive keyboards, I now only have a couple of moderately priced ones. And a bunch in software that are finally sounding every bit as good as the hardware they're modelled after. (for the most part) Though I don't miss working with tape, until the recent tape sims I missed the sound. Bottom line is we have a dual-edged sword: anyone can get into the game. So everyone has. "Two turn-tables and a microphone.."

  12. Darin Wilson
    February 22, 2013 | 1:53 pm

    +Allen Wentz You're right about the double-edged sword. Fortunately there are places like this (and now Bandcamp, with their fan pages) that make it easier to find the real gems amidst all the many, many albums that now get released. (P.S. Hi! Nice to see you over here :)

  13. Toby Wilson
    February 22, 2013 | 2:09 pm

    Just getting the AC-7 AP on your recommendation – looks good.

  14. Allen Wentz
    February 22, 2013 | 2:22 pm

    Hi Darin. Yes, I'm new to this g+ stuff. I'm sure I'm not doing things "correctly" yet. :) Bandcamp is great, I agree.

  15. Alex Medina
    February 22, 2013 | 10:16 pm

    New world production!

  16. Jason Woyak
    February 27, 2013 | 2:44 pm

    +Darin Wilson Indeed.  And not all of the analog synths out there are "vintage" either.  I have the Minibrute by Arturia ( and it gives my old Moog (Opus 3) quite a run for its money!  

    So my personal live setup (for solo work) is a Moog from the 80's, the Minibrute, and a Nexus 7 tablet running Caustic (and some FX pedals).. Considering that I started using Tracker software in Windows, I'd say that's a substantial change!

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