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My gear list.

Hardware:

  • Dynaudio Acoustics BM15A monitors
  • Eventide H8000FW (my primary audio interface and also for various send effects)
  • Neve 1073DPA stereo preamp (used as a mic pre and as an insert effect for adding a bit of silk and balance to synths)
  • Empirical Labs Distressor stereo pair (for compression on vocals, synths, and percussion when stuff really has to pop)
  • Presonus HP4 headphone preamp
  • Grado RS2 headphones
  • Dave Smith Mopho analog monophonic synth
  • Native Instruments Maschine controller
  • Korg Kontrol49 MIDI controller
  • Room reflection and absorption panels from GIK Acoustics
  • A relatively old (almost 3 years) IMac (still runs good)

 

DAW software I use regularly:

  • Logic Pro 9
  • Ableton Live 7 (upgrade to v8 coming soon)
  • NI Maschine
  • Reason 5
  • Max/MSP v4 (upgrade to v5 and max for live coming soon)
  • OS X 10.5 Leopard (this is starting to hurt as more and more apps stop supporting 10.5)

 

Softsynths I use regularly:

  • NI Massive, Kontakt, Reaktor, Absynth, FM 8
  • Waldorf Largo

 

Effect plugins I use regularly:

  • Flux mastering bundle (Solera II, Epure II, Pure Limiter, Elixir)
  • URS N Series EQ, S Series EQ, URS Strip
  • NI Guitar Rig 4
  • Ohm Force Ohmicide
  • Freeware: Flux Bittersweet, Elysia Niveau filter, Yohng W1 Limiter
  • Many of the bundled effects in whatever DAW I’m using at the time.

 

An aside about software piracy: All my software is legit, and I would never pirate an app. There is so much choice out there available at such good prices that stealing the software is just hurting everyone, including yourself. If your budget is tight, then you’re much better off buying what you can actually afford, which is definitely *something*, and pushing those tools to their limits. This is essential for appreciating your tools and getting creative with them. Having a big library of stolen high-end apps just makes you lazy and morally reprehensible, and does nothing for you creatively.