One of the things I'm most thankful for during quarantine is that I've had a few mixing projects to work on. My most recent completed project was a live recording for the fantastic Denton band Pocket Dog, which you can hear here! While I'm at it, I thought I'd give a quick little tour of my workspace!
My main philosophy for organization is that everything I use regularly has to be accessible quickly and easily. To that end, I have all kinds of stuff in reach.
Basics first: my laptop is an Asus K501UW, which is plugged into an old Vizio TV as a second monitor. The TV sits on a pair of graphic EQs that aren't actually plugged into anything. Having dual monitors makes it super easy to mix, since I can have my faders on one screen and my timeline on the other. Right now though it's just my wallpaper, which is a screenshot from the anime series Mob Psycho 100. It makes me smile whenever I see it.
The DAW I use is REAPER; a fantastic piece of software that runs like a charm and does absolutely everything I need.
My monitors are a pair of generation 1 KRK Rokit 5s. They're not fancy, but they get the job done. I bounce between them and a pair of Sony MDR-7506 headphones.
The speakers and headphones are driven by a Behringer UMC1820 interface, which has 8 input channels for easy access to recording. If I'm recording a full band, I'll whip out my MOTU 8pre, which brings my total number of input channels to 16.
On top of the UMC1820 is a Behringer Model D, for all my analog mono synth needs. I can play it with a keyboard controller, or just send MIDI data and have it play itself.
In the back behind the box of dice is a Behringer cable tester (they don't endorse me I swear, they just make good stuff for cheap). This cable tester has saved me so many headaches when I wasn't sure if I had a busted cable or if there was something else wrong. Totally worth the investment!
The keyboard is an old M-Audio Radium, and behind it is a Mapex Venus Series drum kit. I don't play a lot of drums, but I like creating my own samples that I can program. The stuffed tiger in the back keeps me company.
To my right is all my guitar gear. My main instrument is a 2003 Gibson SG special, and I mostly play into my trusty Orange CR60. The desk houses a retro metronome, a capo, a string winder, tons of picks, and various other tools that I like to have on hand.
Further to my right are a couple vintage keyboards; a Fender Rhodes from 1978 or 79 (can't remember exactly), and a Casio CZ-3000 from the mid 80s. Both are super useful, and can fit into many different styles.
To the left of that, I have all my school books, as well as guitar slides, hard drives, a CD drive, and a little tin with some miscellaneous adapters in it. I like to keep projects backed up in at least three places. Redundancy is the key to preventing data loss. Redundancy is the key to preventing data loss. Redundancy is the key to preventing data loss.
Next to that is this little fidget toy, because my hands always have to be doing something!
Finally, I've got a game controller, because sometimes it's time to relax.
Thanks for checking out my setup, and hopefully soon I'll have release dates for some of the other projects I'm working on!