go a new Presonus Firebox! Great little interface generally, though not too
CPU efficient. Much better than the Mbox i also own but now rarely use. I
record with a pair of Behringer B-1 condenser mics on a 15" Aluminum
Apple Powerbook G4 1.25GHz running OS X 10.3.9 (Panther) with Logic
Pro 6.4.3, Pro Tools LE 6.4, Max/MSP 4.3, Jack,
and other assorted software such as Reason Adapted, Live Lite, Plogue
Bidule, Cecilia, Audacity, Melody
Assistant, and Finale
My New Motto:
Logic Pro + MaxMSP ) / Jack = Infinite possibilities
include a trumpet (Benge, Silver), a flugelhorn (Leblanc Paris, Silver), a
trombone, a Peavey electric bass, several digeridoos I have made, several
old guitars and various percussion instruments, a Yamaha PMC-1 MIDI drum brain,
a percussicube, an old electric chord organ, and
of course the powerbook itself. The best is putting accelerometers from game
controllers on the Trumpet... I have also been working on a virtual trumpet
and a finger-drum interface a-la-Bela Fleck's drummer (but not as crazy looking).
I use a Studiologic CMK-149 as a MIDI controller for my soft synths and my
Alesis Nanosynth. I
use a Midiman MIDIsport 1x1 USB MIDI interface.
can carry a condensed version of the studio around in a fancy sports bag.
It is therefore very portable and can be carried almost anywhere and run completely
on computer battery power for about 1.5 hours.
two older mixers that I use when necessary, 3 dynamic mics (a Shure SM 57,
a Samson S12, and a Samson Q-mic) and guitar and bass amps. My monitoring
system is just a Technics stereo receiver with a pair of nice Bose shelf speakers.
Not great for studio monitors, but good sound nonetheless.
you see apicture of my condensed portable setup (with my new powerbook and,
ironically, the old iMac in the background) at a private performance. The
powerbook is sitting atop the Yamaha drum trigger module I reclaimed from
the scrap-metal pile. The anachronistic mixer next to it is an old (like '50s/
'60s, I think) UHER Stereomix that I have gutted and turned into a continuous
controller for various controller inputs of the drum trigger module. The UHER
mixer is a really neat looking little piece of recording history - it still
has old masking tape on one of the channels that reads "REEL TAPE".
this performance I was using three piezo elements as drum triggers set up
to do three different, un-drum-like things, the ancient mixer, a microphone
to play my trumpet into and the keyboard to play not as a piano, but using
my 'squidscratcher' instrument for Plogue Bidule that can
be downloaded here. I used Plogue
Bidule as the software to coordinate all of the controllers, sounds and
realtime effects and got some really neat textures. This was a performance
for my mother's Birthday, so before beginning, I recorded friends and family
singing a dirge version of "Happy Birthday" and the clapping that
ensued after my mother blew out her candles. These I quickly edited and used
as flexible sonic material throughout the performance.