Last weekend I did a bit of a rebuild on my studio. Actually, I’d say I did a thinning out.
The technology for music production continues to evolve and I think the change with the biggest impact is the movement of the studio hardware into the computer as software. So, last weekend I got rid of the obsolete equipment.
I’ve been mixing within Logic for a couple years now, and consequently, my beloved workhorse Mackie 32 channel 8-bus has been relegated to a simple stereo monitoring system. Everything is mixed within Logic including all the processing, and then sent out to monitors or a headphone amp. No longer is there a point to me having a big mixing console.
I picked up a Dangerous Music Monitor ST. It is a beautiful sounding monitoring system. The brittle high end and low level distortion I was getting on the Mackie is now gone. The problem is that any mix I play on this new system sounds weak. I can now bring up the high end without my ears stopping me because it sounds shrill. The Monitor ST also comes with a nifty desktop remote. I originally thought I wouldn’t need it or use it. But… how have I lived without it!! I remember hearing a testimonial from a studio owner who said that the Monitor ST sounds much better than the monitor system on his Neve. Well, my Mackie was a long way from a big Neve console.
Anyone in the local Phoenix area want a Mackie? No charge.
I also added a somewhat experimental device I found at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month. More on that later.