Getting things setup

It's amazingly hot in my apartment at night. I'm not sure why, since you'd think at night it'd get cooler! Anyway it's been a few weeks since I've officially moved into my place and I still haven't unpacked. It's crazy. I'm finally setting up my studio and gear to start recording though - it should be a lot of fun once everything is working!

After my friend Aaron went on a gear-buying fest recently, I started to doubt my recent equipment purchases. Combine that with Brosco's invitation to use his amazing studio for the past few months and it's a recipe for gear envy. For a while, I was really doubting every piece of equipment I owned. Then I started thinking back to how only six years ago I was recording in my parent's kitchen in Virginia. I had to do noise reduction on every single thing that I recorded into the computer because the sound card was complete crap, and which took hours because the computer had a teeny tiny processor. Filtering out cooking noises and people talking in the background became second nature - and I got pretty good at it. Later on in college I had to deal with recording in dorm rooms, and my kitchen training paid off. Throughout it all I never had phenomenal equipment, yet I still got by. Now that I'm upgrading my setup I'm forced to ask myself if upgrading is something I really need to do - or if it's just something I've always wanted to do.

asifx (not verified) says:

Man...just the mention of your old kitchen really brought back some fond, fond memories...recording ASSassin in particular...and the crazy clowns in the desert rant.

huckleberry spin (not verified) says:

three cheers for nasty sounding equipment.

3-leet (not verified) says:

In some ways, it's a question of time vs. money, how much is the time you spend doing noise reduction worth? But it's also a question of maintaining a skill. For example, a compass is an inexpensive but useful tool, but being able to find your direction without a compass is a very useful skill, which will never become obsolete or get lost as long as you keep using it.

sometimes when you're in the woods without a compass and don't have any natural sense of direction, you put all of your faith in following a little gnome dude who told you to follow him, and then he leads you to a glade that is full of dope beats. i like it when that happens.

zirafa says:

Yeah gnomes are awesome. Case and point:

zirafa says:

3leet I guess that is part of the reason I always hesitate about new equipment. Although you gain an advantage of convenience and increased efficiency, you lose raw skills which are always handy.

found in the parking lot (not verified) says:

that is one weird-ass looking gnome

zirafa says:

no no. that's the glade the gnome led the giraffe to.