At 7:42 PM +0200 5/30/07, Nathan van Heynsbergen wrote: > >I am really so curious about this, plus maybe we could inspire eachother! >so; From, through and to what does your audiosignal go? Glergh! This is going to get a bit convoluted. My setup has gotten more and more modular over time, with the idea being that anything should be able to be used alongside or instead of (just about) anything else. With that in mind, let's start at the end and work backwards. For recording, I've just gotten an E-mu/Ensoniq PARIS HD recording system (which isn't yet set up). Otherwise, I've just been using a Gemini iKey USB Dongle for scratch stuff, or else recording tracks internally within my laptop(s). HARDWARE LOOPING RACK: Looperlative LP-1 Alesis Akira Multi-FX in LP-1 Aux 1 Korg KAOSS KP-3 Multi-FX in LP-1 Aux 2 Alesis ZoneMix 6 Mixer (The LP-1 is dedicated on the ZoneMix's "A" bus send. The LP-1 Main output & its Aux outs -- via the Akira and KAOSS Pad -- are each brought back into their own individual mixer channel. The "B" bus is the Mains out. This allows me to route any input channel to the LP-1, Mains, or both at the flip of a switch.) SOFTWARE LOOPING RACK: Macbook Core2Duo 2Ghz Ableton Live 6.x (primarily routing and hosting) Reaktor 5.x Plogue Bidule 0.9x Various VST/AU Synths and Effects Looping: XFade Loopsynth, Musolomo, Augustus Loop Edirol FA-66 Firewire Audio Interface OPTIONAL INPUT SECTION: Art DPS II Digital Tube Preamp (S/PDIF to FA-66) Art TCS Tube Compressor (sidechained to DPS II) The two Looping Racks can be used either individually, or as a single unit by strapping I/O between the ZoneMix6 and the FA-66's extra ins & outs (essentially using the Hardware Rack as a send effect). Also, I'm using the S/PDIF out on the FA-66 to drive a pair of digital headphones for monitoring a cue mix. WORKING INSTRUMENT "SETUPS": VOCAL/WIND RACK: Blue 8-Ball and MXL Mics Presonus Eureka Mic/Instrument Pre-amp Yamaha WX-11 MIDI Wind Controller Yamaha VL-70m Physical Modelling Synth (w/ Patchman Banks) Novation A-Station Synth (for vocoding) MIDIMAN Mini-Mixer TC Helicon Voiceworks Pitch/Harmony Shifter Boss VF-1 Effect Unit MIDI GUITAR RACK: Yamaha G-10 MIDI Guitar & G10C Controller E-mu Morpheus Synth (2x) Line 6 Echo Pros (run dual mono) in Morpheus' Aux 1 Alesis Bitrman in Morpheus' Aux 2 CHAPMAN STICKS (usually plugged direct into laptop Optional Input Section): 12-string Maple with ACTV-2 and Roland GK-3 Pickups 10-string Alto Tarara with PASV-4 Pickup 10-string Polycarbonate with Stickup Pickup (currently AWOL) GUITARS (run through VG and/or Pedalboard, see below): Fender '80's Japanese Tele w/ dual EMG humbuckers Line 6 Variax 300 with Roland GK-3 Pickup (also AWOL) FRANKENGUITAR (run through Pedalboard, see below): Vox Tempest XII 12-string electric, since converted into an Electric Oud (de-fretted, tuned to 11-string DGADGC with dual string courses) with additional Roland GK-3 Pickup ZENDRUM: Roland R8-m w/additional cards (Jazz, Mallet, SFX) Korg EMX-1 (sometimes used separately) ROLAND VG-8 (also often incorporates Pedalboard into its Aux loop): output feeds directly into: Electrix Filter Queen Filter, then... Eowave Space Bug Delay PEDALBOARD (signal path is in this order): Radial LoopBone Pedalboard Controller with... Loop A: LastGasp Art Labs "88" Distortion Alesis Akira Multi-FX Loop B: Catalinbread Silver Kiss Overdrive/Boost Roland WP-20g Boss PS-3 Pitch Shift (splits A & B outs to...) Whirlwind Selector A/B/Y (selects between harmonies) Alesis Volume Pedal Vox Tonelab SE Amp Modeller Lightfoot Labs Goatkeeper Tremelo Yamaha MagicStomp MkII MIDI CONTROL (currently daisy-chained): Casio GZ-5 Super-Mini MIDI Keyboard (used for sending MIDI Notes to FX) Digitech PMC-10 MIDI Foot controller Evolution X-Session or Faderfox LV-1 Fader Boxes As I said, this is basically a modular system. Each one of the current Working Instrument Setups listed above does its own thing within its rack, but eventually presents only a single set of stereo audio outputs. That means that each Setup can be thought of as a block which is plugged in or out of the Looping Racks as the need arises. One morning I might be using the Wind Rack, but that afternoon feel like switching to the Frankenguitar and VG-8 with the Pedalboard. Several years ago, my studio partner and I tried wiring everything we had into a single integrated unit, where anything could be automated and routed into anything else at the flip of a switch. We ended up with a modern equivalent of Tonto's Exploding Head Band, and it took up an entire freaking wall. Well, it was really cool to spend evenings sitting around in the dark -- drinking and watching all the pretty lights blink as the mixes repeated over and over -- but it really wasn't as functional and inspiring as we'd hoped. Instead, we spent more time maintaining and integrating new gear into the "mass" than we ever did actually making music. This approach seems to work better, in that I can concentrate engineering time in building the Setups, then pull them each in and out as I need them. Composition time is merely a matter of picking an instrument, then plugging in its "block" and playing. --m. -- _____ "I want to keep you alive so there is always the possibility of murder... later"