The title of this post is both metaphor and literal. For me, just about all things musical start in the studio. As I stated in my previous post, my studio is made up primarily of gear that is north of 25 years in age. There is only so far I can go with it when trying to integrate it into a digital workflow where the weakest link is the AD/DA link. I have cobbled things together so it “works”, but I can’t scale with it nor can I take full advantage of the features available in my digital tooling.
I was told by a great interior designer (a.k.a Mom) that when figuring out how to fill and decorate a new space, start with one piece of furniture that will act as the starting point–like a couch or table–and build out around that. For my studio, that piece of furniture is the mix console. What I am looking for is a best-of-both-worlds scenario, incorporating the physical knobs and faders of the old analog world with the digital tools. In doing my research, I have settled on the board that I want to start with: the new PreSonus StudioLive 32. This will give me the Core and foundation of my new studio setup, linking the analog to the digital. This will also give me the same starting point for building out a live rig, which will come later.
From here I will then start focusing on research around reference monitors and acoustic treatments for my room. We bought a house last summer and Once again I have a dedicated space for my studio. I have plenty of reflective surfaces, including hardwood flooring to contend with, so I will be researching this heavily in the weeks and months to come.
So, as my music creation starts in the studio, so does my re-entry back into the music thing, rebuilding my workspace and redesigning my workflow taking advantage of current technologies and possibilities. As I move forward on this project, I will share my progress. I would also love to hear your thoughts and welcome any input or questions you may have–just comment below!