About the time I decided to redo the website, I decided it was time to get some new music studio gear as well. Lots of choices. I think the last time I seriously looked at music gear was about 3 years ago and things have certainly advanced since. I would look at the gear I had and fall into old workflows and processes. It's very difficult to be inspired if you have the same tools and sound pallet you've always had. A poor workman blames his tools, but it was time for a change.
Access Virus TI Snow (I've been a TI user since 2005 when it was first launched with OS v1.0.1!)
Moog Slim Phatty (monophonic analog synthesizer)
Akai APC40 mk1 (controller)
Akai EIE (16-bit audio interface)
250+gb of old samples (one-shots, loops, etc that I've re-used several times)
Many, many plug-ins that were seldom used
Elektron Analog Rytm (drum machine)
Elektron Analog Four (analog synthesizer)
Ableton Push 2 (controller instrument)
Focusrite Sapphire 6i6 (24-bit audio interface)
A select group of sounds from sample packs I've never used
A select group of plug-ins from a company I've always loved
It's important to note here that I've been very careful about my choices. The sound of DG is most likely going to be radically different moving forward. I'm moving to a more minimal, curated, analog sound. Two of the new instruments added from Elektron are pure analog! While the Virus TI's sound dominated most of my production for the past decade the new Elektron gear offers options unseen before. I can still make the multi-saw trance sounds with virtual instruments (though admittedly not as thick as the TI does), but the acid and textures of the analog instruments will be very apparent. In my opinion the sounds will be much more "present".
The challenges now are to learn workflows that can be reliable and fun. That's where Push 2 comes in. More on that in another post!