Here, pictured in my
university room at York, is [most of] my electronic music equipment.
Click on the appropriate
gizmo in the photo and you'll be furnished with more information on each
this page is now hideously out of date, for
a more current rundown
my studio, see here.
YAMAHA EX5r SAMPLER
2 years of barely touching my A3000 sampler, I decided to get something
more intuitive. Not only does the EX5r do almost everything the A3000
does, but compounds those features with VL physical modelling algorithms
(makes instruments sound SO real!), AN analogue modelling algorithms (for
truly 'phat' bass, warm pads and crisp leads) and FDSP pickup modelling
(for guitar modelling). When my final year is over, I can't wait to see
how far this baby will go!
KORG TR-Rack SOUND
quality of instruments on this rack has made a BIG difference in my music.
It has twice the number has its sister-products - the Trinity keyboards,
but looses out on the interface. After composing with it for 2 years, I
found it that it had FX onboard (disabled by default) - and even then I
was chuffed with it. Now, I'm looking forward to hooking the module up to
my laptop (see pic) and using Trinitro (the PC Trinity Sound Editor) to
get even more out of it!
YAMAHA CS1x CONTROL SYNTHESIZER
was my first piece of professional music gear. The onboard sounds
are really good, but the better the voice, the lower the polyphony.
With the rack-mounted additions (above), this keyboard proves a
competent master- controller keyboard. Saying that, I still have my
eyes on an Oberheim MC3000!
YAMAHA YST-M8 & YST-MSW10 SPEAKERS
you dismiss these as a good choice for monitors... listen to them. I
bought them after being advised that they knock the socks off any budget
active monitors - and the sound is amazing. The fact that they had
65% off also helped. They can whack out a fair volume, but perform equally
as well at lower volumes too.
CREATIVE LABS SB Live! & AWE64 SOUNDCARDS
program I write music in runs from DOS, necessitating an ISA soundcard -
so that explains the presence of the AWE64. That card handles all the
mixing... yes, my 'advanced recording solution' involves a number of
stereo-jack joiners. Mastering and the like is then done with the Live!.
The Live! can only be described as a semi-pro soundcard at best - it's
targetted at the home market (and it shows). At the moment, I have my eyes
on that Yamaha AW4416...
FATAR CMK 37 MIDI
space is at a premium, or dual keyboards are required, this tidy little
number lends a hand. It's velocity sensitive... but that concludes its
feature list. The limited number of keys (37, as it happens) do sport a
very nice touch for a non-weighted keyboard, however - much better than
the CS1x. Great for bass lines or leads.