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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  • https://plus.google.com/117663015413546257905 John Baez

    Not nearly enough…  I really need help.

  • https://plus.google.com/118056058140720399896 Darin Wilson

    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…

  • https://plus.google.com/118056058140720399896 Darin Wilson

    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. :-/

  • https://plus.google.com/101465854435804471513 Rob Michael

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

  • https://plus.google.com/100677002545924380171 Jason Woyak

    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 (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.singlecellsoftware.caustic&hl=en), 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 :)

  • https://plus.google.com/118056058140720399896 Darin Wilson

    +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.

  • https://plus.google.com/118056058140720399896 Darin Wilson

    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

  • https://plus.google.com/100203214779903657669 Eric Whitehead

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

  • https://plus.google.com/101465854435804471513 Rob Michael
  • https://plus.google.com/100203214779903657669 Eric Whitehead

    Joined! Thx +Rob Michael.

  • https://plus.google.com/102634562701058320644 Allen Wentz

    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.."

  • https://plus.google.com/118056058140720399896 Darin Wilson

    +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 :)

  • https://plus.google.com/107557690672832292482 Toby Wilson

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

  • https://plus.google.com/102634562701058320644 Allen Wentz

    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.

  • https://plus.google.com/108128225986291386343 Alex Medina

    New world production!

  • https://plus.google.com/100677002545924380171 Jason Woyak

    +Darin Wilson Indeed.  And not all of the analog synths out there are "vintage" either.  I have the Minibrute by Arturia (http://www.arturia.com/evolution/en/products/minibrute/intro.html) 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!