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Old 08-13-2017, 12:15 AM
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Default Downsizing my home studio...

I live in a 2 bedroom manufactured home, for the past twenty-three years, I had my home studio set up in the smaller bedroom. Over the years I collected a lot of equipment and a lot of junk I don't really need but was taking up space. Lots of clutter.

Well I met a nice beautiful Italian woman with a 5 year old son, she's talking about moving into my place in a month or two. We need the smaller bedroom for her son. So I'm dismantling my current studio and setting up a bare bones studio in the master bedroom. I'm planning on using just the best equipment I have connected to my computer, and do all "in the box" recording. I'm setting up Yamaha HS 8 monitors, Sennheiser headphones, Focusrite 18i8 interface, a Supro amp, a Boss Katana amp, my Art tube pre-amp and compressor, a couple of mics on desktop mic stands and a couple of guitars. So far I'm loving the new setup plans. This will all be setup on my large long dresser, and a tall heavy wire rack. The new wiring I put in will insure I get quality recordings every time.

I already have all the equipment I need except for a cat 5 LAN cable to connect up the computer, which I've ordered and should be here in a few days. (Groupon has them cheap)

I've already set up the Supro and it sounds fantastic in the new digs.

It's amazing how little equipment I actually need to make quality recordings for my own personal use. Cakewalk's Sonar and some other software I have will provide me with all the computer tools I need.

The rest of the stuff I have will either be sold or put into storage for future use. A lot of stuff will be thrown out as it's just clutter. I have a 8x10' storage shed that I cleaned out and will hold lots of the stuff I no longer need. The truth is, my studio was overdue for a major re-build anyway.

The new girlfriend loves my plans and is very supportive about my music hobby.

If the new girlfriend doesn't work out, I can rent out the smaller bedroom to a border and make some extra cash. So it's all good.

So does anybody else have a similar super small bedroom setup they'd like to post pictures of ???? I could probably get by with a good Zoom recorder, but I like my software and monitors.

My other option was to rent out a building and setup a small pro studio, but that would be silly given the condition of the current music business in this area.
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Less is more. I'm downsizing my home studio too. It's the right idea. It allows you to focus on the important stuff like the writing, arranging, and performing your music.
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Old 08-13-2017, 12:33 PM
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I did this when our second child is born. I've downsized from a 16 channel mixer and audio interface all the way down to a single Tascam Dr-100 mkIII portable recorder and a few good pairs of stereo mics. Oddly enough my recordings sound better than ever, probably because I spend less time playing with gear and more time actually recording!
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Well I did it.......


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Why was I thinking your studio was in your basement ?
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Why was I thinking your studio was in your basement ?
You must be confused, I don't even have a basement....25 years ago I did.
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Congratulations!
Thanks. It's so nice to leave all the other junk behind and just use what I actually need.
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If the new girlfriend doesn't work out, I can rent out the smaller bedroom to a border and make some extra cash. So it's all good.
Good that you have a plan B!!
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You must be confused, I don't even have a basement....25 years ago I did.
Must have ya confused with someone else gettin old is my excuse And I am stickin' to it . Any way hope it works out for ya
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My room gives me no other choice but to down size. I'm so looking forward to retirement and up-sizing my house. Ten more months.

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Old 08-18-2017, 03:26 PM
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Nice picture!

There's something about audio hardware in a rack that's just purely beautiful.
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Yep, very nice !!!
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My room gives me no other choice but to down size. I'm so looking forward to retirement and up-sizing my house. Ten more months.

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The olive unit just above the patchbay is some type of compressor, tube maybe , yes ? And the computer is 4.1 or 5.1 ?
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The olive unit just above the patchbay is some type of compressor, tube maybe , yes ? And the computer is 4.1 or 5.1 ?
Yes, it's a JDK Comp-R22. JDK is a non-tube API offshoot. I rarely use it. I really only use compression on the way in if something I'm singing or playing has an exceptionally wide dynamic range. My new Hendy DaVinci has a comp built into the unit so that may become my go-to in those situations.

My Mac is an early 2008 8-core machine. It has maxed out RAM and SSD drives, so it handles things pretty well but I'm starting to get some popping issues which I think are firewire related. I'm hoping to hold out until Mac comes out with the new Mac Pro design in 2018 but I really do need a new computer. The problem with the trashcans for me is they have no PCIe slots for my UAD cards.
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