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    My tube analog bass and guitar stuff, mostly ADA.

    My digital end, Roland. VG-99 V guitar midi system. V bass midi system, and V synth XT for the Fantom X Keyboard.

    The interface UA Apollo USB.

    Daw, Reaper.

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    Last year I gradually got rid of pieces that see very little use so now I'm down to 24 analog inputs. I could do 32 with another DAC but I haven't found a need. Most bands can be tracked with 16 if you like that live interplay you get when tracking everyone at once, but usually it comes down to drums and bass live and scratch instruments for the "connection". I suppose it depends on the type of material. I'm still doing bands of some sort. A lot of rock 'oriented' stuff, bluesy, R&B ish, straight ahead guitar stuff.....with singing.

    A big change for me was buying a new bass amp for my live rig. Not only is it a help to my old tired back but it sounds great. It allowed me to add the old SWR Interstellar Overdrive to the recording rack. Instant bass now. ALWAYS sounds like what's being played on the bass thats being played. I have yet to have to add anything other than my usual compression and touch of EQ at stems for bass. Plug it in....hit red light...done....next
    Chord with this, Teddy......

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    I've got too many components to list them all...but as far as new stuff going into 2020 I've got a great pair of AKG C414 XLS that are proving to be great additions. I just used them as drum overheads for the first time a couple of nights ago and wow, they sound great. I upgraded my computer to a Ryzen 9 3900X recently, so that should prove to be more than capable of handling audio and video editing duties through this year. And last night I just bought a Panasonic Lumix G85 as a second camera to pair with my Lumix GH5 for shooting videos. I'm pretty well set for the year, although we all know that GAS can strike at any time, so no telling how long my setup will remain in its current state

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    I find the conversation interesting so I'll expand a bit:

    -I'm still using cubase pro 10 but plan to upgrade to 10.5 once it's been out a while.
    -I'm still using a profire 2626 (m-audio) but the drivers are starting to become more and more unstable so I plan on snagging the new quantum 2626 (presonus) which connects via thunderbolt 3. I use a presonus Digimax D8 with it and find the xmax preamps to be adaquit for my use.
    -I was using a toneport UX2 connected via spdif into the 2626, however that died. The new plan for replacement is to snag a two notes torpedo captor and just run my amps silently for the same purpose. The tracks were always scrapped for amps anyhow.
    -My current computer is an intel i7 6700K that I built in 2016. I may upgrade the cpu this year but not 100% on that. My computer still feels snappy as fuck and I've never felt the need to overclock it.
    -If I can swing it I would also like to get some darkglass in my studio. Right now I have a different rack mount bass preamp but I really like the sound demos of the X7 ultra.
    -No plans to upgrade or buy any more microphones. Completely happy with what I have.
    -No plans to upgrade or buy any new instruments or amps... although I do want either an AC15 and a 2X12 cab.
    -Honestly other than cubase I have no plans for new software either.
    -I'll probably build several more guitar pedals this year because I greatly enjoy the hobby.

    I guess we shall see but my home studio is dialed in pretty damn well at this point other than the increasingly glitchy legacy interface hardware.
    My home studio ---> www.nerolstudio.com

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    My 2020 setup is the same as the one from 2019.
    Rick Ruskin
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    Ive been selling the few pieces I had sitting around not being used. Enough reading and posters who do this recording stuff full time seem to agree, in a stht-room hobbycloset noisy neighborhood....just use dynamics. so the remaining mics are gone.
    Falling off the no-gear new years resolution by the first week of January, I took back the most beautiful mint condition joe meek VC1 with transformer that BAE uses and this thing was MINT!! and GC has for $279!!….but I thought, hey Im not collecting gear and I chose my simple Cloudlifter over it.
    All the preamps and anything laying around is going, its like cleaning out a closet...er….my studio is a closet...so literally Im cleaning out my closet?

    I have two tube pieces Im having the most trouble parting with, RODE NTV (loaded with Jensen transformers WIMA caps ect..mint condition) and the UA LA610 tube Special Edition 1 of 500 made with all the transformer upgrades and nos and top end parts..... I might keep them, but probably wont use them much?
    That's my spoils of a decade of testing and comparing rabbit hole chasing GAS ADD stuff....what a long strange trip its been......lol

    if it's not happening in the room, it ain't gonna happen on tape.-H.Gerst

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoolCat View Post
    Ive been selling the few pieces I had sitting around not being used.
    I started doing that last year.....not that I had much ! But I hate having anything around that is surplus to requirements. I'm just about to sell my Behringer Hellbabe wah~wah pedal. I bought it many years ago and I've probably used it 4 times, if that. It's actually got quite a good rep but I just don't like it. In the past I've had 3 wah pedals, two of which were ultra cheap shit, and one of those was in a state of close to disrepair....but I loved their sound and responsiveness. The other one had 6 settings supposedly best with particular genres and to this day I don't know why I sold it. But all three were better than the Hellbabe although none of them were as heavy duty and durable. The Hellbabe is certainly well made ~ but it just doesn't respond to my touch like the others. It's like a prostitute as opposed to one's wife ~ sure, it's probably way more varied in what it can {or is prepared to} do but without the tenderness and past intimacy one requires !
    Quote Originally Posted by CoolCat View Post
    Enough reading and posters who do this recording stuff full time seem to agree, in a shit room/hobbycloset/noisy neighborhood....just use dynamics
    I've found that even where noise can sometimes be an issue, condensers {even those that pick up back, front and sides} have a part to play. It's just me, but sometimes, I love hearing the background spill and unless in moments of silence or near silence, when everything is playing together, is rarely heard. When listening to certain professional recordings where the individual tracks are isolated, I've often been surprised just how much background noise there is, but one rarely hears it on the actual proper record.

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    This past year I swapped interfaces in my mix room. I had been using a Nady mic pre unit into an Alesis HD2424 via light pipe to a Steinberg PCI card, and I replaced it with a Tascam US1800. That opened the door for me to upgrade the mix machine to a 64bit OS, but I haven’t pulled that trigger yet. It also saved me 3 rack spaces, though I lost 4 ins and 4 outs.

    I think it was also just last year I replaced the Behringer headphone amp that I use as a monitor controller for a new one of the same model. I also moved more speakers into the mix room, but haven’t actually mounted or connected them except for a quick test.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoolCat View Post
    Falling off the no-gear new years resolution by the first week of January, I took back the most beautiful mint condition joe meek VC1 with transformer that BAE uses and this thing was MINT!! and GC has for $279!!….but I thought, hey Im not collecting gear and I chose my simple Cloudlifter over it.
    All the preamps and anything laying around is going, its like cleaning out a closet...er….my studio is a closet...so literally Im cleaning out my closet?

    That's my spoils of a decade of testing and comparing rabbit hole chasing GAS ADD stuff....what a long strange trip its been......lol
    I'm with you! No more gear. I'll spend my money on liquor, cigars and women!

    $20 for a cigar
    $75 for a nice bottle of bourbon
    $200 for a hooker
    $300 for a room

    Ah but the hidden costs are there....

    $500 for the bailbondsman
    $1000 court fine
    $5000 lawyer fee
    $30,000 to replace car at the bottom of the pond
    $250,000 lost to wife in divorce settlement

    Maybe I'll rethink all this an buy a few more microphones and some Roxul!

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    for drums Im getting help here.... great site.
    Free Drums Tracks | wikiloops.com

    I have an old 1994 BOSS DR5 thats been around for decades but its not used much anymore, except a click track... sometimes I wonder if new drum boxes sound better, with new samples and all that 24/192 jazz.

    if it's not happening in the room, it ain't gonna happen on tape.-H.Gerst

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