Hi there, and welcome to a new weekly featurette called "Stephen's Synths." Here, I'll simply be blogging about different synths I've owned or used over the years -- some old, some new, some borrowed (such as review gear), and some blue (hello, Novation).
I thought it would be fun to kick it off with an overview of my home studio, as I've gotten a lot of requests for that via email and social media. As a kid I also envied musicians and producers who had their studios described in music instrument and recording magazines, and wasted more than a little notebook space and study hall time writing fictional paragraphs as though I were the interviewee. When publisher Russ Hughes said, "Why don't you do a weekly blog about stuff in your home studio," a light bulb went on and I thought, "Oh, right, I'm an adult and I can do a real one now."
I just had a main desk (my computer desk, not a mixing console) break and collapse, which both necessitated and inspired a cleaning and rearranging, so what you see here is a work-in-progress of my trying to "footprint" things and find the right places for them ergonomically. So these pictures are more "display mode" than "work mode" at present time.
I'm currently considering an Output Platform desk, as reviewed by Eli Krantzberg on Logic Pro Expert. The temporary solution you see here, though, is a literal curbside find. The legs underneath needed some reinforcement, which is nothing a bit of Gorilla Glue and clamping didn't take care of. As I worked on it, I discovered labeling confirming it's an actual Danish mid-century modern piece. Curiously about this desk, the drawers on either side fit 19'' rack gear perfectly. What's supposed to be a QWERTY shelf (too low for how I like to type) wound up being a great home for my daily-driver interface, a first-gen Universal Audio Apollo with installed Thunderbolt card.
So, enjoy the pictures. In future installments we'll focus on individual pieces of gear, what I like about them, and what I don't.
As I mentioned, we'll go into more details about these pieces, and a few more that haven't made it back into the studio yet, in the future.