A Muso’s dream studio come true

Nov 17, 2006
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Here's a sight pretty much guaranteed to bring some drool to the lips of even the most hardened software-instrument convert: musician Cikira's awesome studio.  Packed full of hardware (a full list after the cut), it's a glorious collection of analogue and digital tweakery with all the knobs, buttons and sliders a boy or girl could hope for.

SYSTEM A -- Project development and production
Studio power

  • Equi=Tech ET5W-Q hard-wired balanced AC power distribution system with upgraded transformer
  • Furman AR1215 Line Voltage Regulator/Conditioner (2 units)
  • Security system

Main Workstation

  • Omnirax ProStation workdesk with 4 equipment bays
  • Omnirax Pro316 and Pro20 slanted rack systems
  • QuikLok 699 triple-tier keyboard stands and various double-tiers
  • Alesis RA-100 amplifiers (2 units) with Alesis Monitor Ones and Monitor Twos
  • Mackie HR824 active reference monitors
  • Power Macintosh beige G3 300MHz serial port minitower
  • 4 networked Opcode Studio 4 interfaces for 512 MIDI channels
  • Anatek 8-Way StudioMerge and MIDI Solutions QuadraMerges

MIDI input and alternative MIDI controllers

  • Hardware MIDI Sequencers
    • genoQs Machines Octopus MIDI Control Sequencer
    • Latronic Notron MkII
    • Manikin Electronics Schrittmacher
    • Roland MC-80EX with hard drive and GS sounds
    • Sequentix P3, custom built by Modulus Electronics
    • Sequentix P3 by Colin Fraser, production version (2 units)
    • SND SAM-16
    • Yamaha RM1x
  • Anatek Wind Machine with Yamaha BC2 (2 systems)
  • Buchla and Associates Lightning II wand controller
  • Buchla Thunder with back-up memory cards
  • E-mu Launch Pad
  • Interactive Light Dimension Beam (3 units)
    • used with Anatek Pocket Transpose & Mappers
  • Keyfax Phatboy controller
  • Korg KAOSS v.1 and KP2 multi-effects/controller pads
  • Kurzweil ExpressionMate ribbon controller
  • MidiVox voice-to-MIDI-Converter, used with Anatek Pocket Curve
  • Oberheim Cyclone arpeggiator
  • Oberheim Drummer pattern/fill generator
  • Oberheim Strummer guitar simulator
  • Peavey PC-1600x fader box (2 units)
  • Roland HPD-15 HandSonic Percussion Pad
  • Starr Labs VRX-II black guitar controller with trigger bars
  • Starr Labs VRX-III blue guitar controller with string triggers
  • Yamaha WX5 Wind Controller
  • uberHamster-Pro Kung Fu master MIDI timing source

Synths and modules

  • Access Virus Original
  • Access Virus B
  • Access Virus C Indigo2
  • Access Virus C Indigo2 limited edition "Redback"
  • Alesis D4 Drum Module
  • Alesis A6 Andromeda (2 units)
  • Alesis Ion
  • Alesis Micron
  • Alesis QuadraSynth Plus (2 units), all Quadra- and Q-Cards
  • Alesis QSR
  • Alesis SR16 Drum Machine
  • Big Briar signed early Etherwave theremin with CV-out and Moog TB-15 amplifier
  • Big Briar 91C concert theremin, black finish with gold-plated antennae and smoked plexiglass speaker
  • Casio CZ-1 Phase Distortion synth
  • Clavia Nord Lead 1: 12 voices, Clavia library cards
  • Clavia Nord Lead 2X
  • Clavia Nord Lead 3
  • Dave Smith Instruments desktop Evolver
  • Dave Smith Instruments PolyEvolver Keyboard
  • Dave Smith Instruments PolyEvolver Rack
  • Elektron MachineDrum
  • Elektron SidStation
  • E-mu Procussion
  • E-mu Morpheus Z-Plane Synth, all E-mu PCM/library cards
  • E-mu MPS Plus Orchestral KB, all E-mu library cards
  • E-mu Orbit V2 the Dance Planet
  • E-mu Planet Earth (2 units)
  • E-mu Planet Phatt
  • E-mu Turbo rack shell with 4 synth & World ROMs
  • E-mu UltraProteus, all E-mu PCM/library cards
  • E-mu Vintage Keys Plus
  • Ensoniq Fizmo Transwave Synth with regulator fix
  • FutureRetro 777 monophonic analog synth
  • JoMoX Airbase99 analog drum synth (2 units)
  • JoMoX seXbase09 TokTok limited edition analog beatbox
  • JoMox SunSyn analog polysynth
  • Kawai K5000S, memory-expanded with Kawaii sound library
  • Korg Electribe-A
  • Korg Electribe-R
  • Korg MS2000
  • Korg 03R/W (2 units), all Korg PCM/library card sets
  • Korg Prophecy Solo Synth
  • Korg Wavestation A/D (2 units), all Korg PCM/library card sets
  • Korg Wavestation EX
  • Korg Wavestation SR (2 units), all Korg SR-PCM card sets
  • Korg X5DR module
  • Korg Z1-EX with Korg memory card
  • Kurzweil Micro-Piano
  • Modulus Electronics Monowave (2): #12 & #30 of 30 units made
  • Moog Music customized Signature v.3 Minimoog Voyager (KB)
    (not for the faint-hearted!)
  • Moog Music Anniversary v.3 Minimoog Voyager (KB)
  • Moog Music Tribute Edition Little Phatty analog monosynth
  • Novation A-Station (2 units)
  • Novation BassStation Keyboard
  • Novation BassStation Rack
  • Novation DrumStation v.2
  • Novation K-Station
  • Novation SuperBassStation
  • Novation Supernova II Pro/X Rack (48 voices)
  • Novation Supernova II Pro/X Keyboard (48 voices)
  • Novation X-station25
  • Oberheim Matrix 1000 (3 units)
  • Oberheim Xpander (2 units, latest updates, 1 with external audio input mod)
  • Peavey Spectrum Bass, 6-voice expanded
  • Peavey Spectrum Synth
  • Quasimidi Polymorph morph-sequencing synth
  • Quasimidi Rave-O-Lution 309 rhythm synth with expansions
  • Roland D-550 L.A. Synthesizer (2 units) with PG-1000 Programmer
  • Roland JD-800 with all 8 Roland PCM/library card sets
  • Roland JD-990 with Vintage Synth expansion board
  • Roland JP-8000
  • Roland JP-8080 with memory card
  • Roland MC-505 Groovebox with memory card
  • Roland SC-880 Sound Canvas (2 units)
  • Roland SH-32 Wave Synthesizer
  • Roland U-220 with all 15 Roland PCM cards
  • Studio Electronics ATC-1 with cartridge selector and 4 filters
  • Studio Electronics SE-1x (2 units)
  • Viscount "Oberheim" OB12
  • Waldorf Micro-Q (blue)
  • Waldorf Microwave 1, v2.0
  • Waldorf MicroWave II
  • Waldorf MicroWave XTk
  • Waldorf Pulse Monosynth: 7 Pulse units and 1 Pulse Plus
  • Waldorf Q (32 voices): blue with wood ends
  • Yamaha AN1x
  • Yamaha FS1R
  • Yamaha VL-70m with Patchman TURBO-VL ROM upgrade

Effects and special-purpose processors

  • Alesis Ineko Desktop Effects Processor
  • Alesis Quadraverb 2 (version 2) multi-effects (2 units)
  • Alesis Wedge desktop reverb (2 units)
  • Antares Systems ATR-1 Auto-Tune Intonation Processor
  • ART FX-1 Processor
  • BBE 882 Sonic Maximizer
  • Boss SE-70 multi-effects (2 units)
  • Boss SX-700 multi-effects
  • Boss VF-1 multi-effects
  • dbx 386 Dual Vacuum Tube Preamp with Digital Out
  • dbx 1066 compressor/limiter/gate
  • dbx 1086 mic processor with analog and digital I/O
  • Digitech Studio Vocalist v.2 with digital I/O
  • Electrix FilterFactory analog filter
  • Electrix Mo-FX time synchronized effects
  • Electrix Repeater loop/phrase Sampler
  • Electrix Warp Factory vocoder
  • FMR Audio RNC--Really Nice Compressor
  • Korg KAOSS KP2 multi-effects pad (also listed as a MIDI controller)
  • Lexicon JamMan Digital Delay/Looper with full 32s. memory
  • Lexicon LXP-1 and Reflex reverbs
  • Lexicon LXP-5 effects
  • Lexicon MPX1 Multi-Effects
  • Lexicon MPX-550 Multi-Effects (2 units)
  • Lexicon MRC Controller
  • Lexicon Vortex multi-effects with a custom-built desktop controller
  • Moog Music MoogerFoogers (with custom black-finished wood):
    • CP-251 Control Processor
    • MF-101 Lowpass Filter
    • MF-102 Ring Modulator
    • MF-103 Phaser
    • MF-104 Analog Delay
    • MF 104SD Super Delay
    • MF-105 MuRF Multiple Resonance Filter Array
    • MF 105b Bass MuRF
    • VX-351 Voyager CV Expander
  • Mutronics Mutator with MIDI board
  • Oberheim Echoplex Digital Pro with 198s. memory and foot controller
  • Roger Linn Designs AdrenaLinn (with version II upgrade)
  • Sangean ATS 909 AM/FM/SW radio with Rec/Line output
  • Sherman Filterbank 2 analog filter unit
  • Sony HR-MP5 multi-effects
  • T.C. Electronics Finalizer Plus mastering processor
  • T.C. Electronics FireworX multi-effects
  • T.C. Electronics M-One dual effects processor
  • T.C. Electronics D-Two multitap rhythm delay
  • T.C. Electronics Triple-C stereo compressor

Recording equipment

  • Audio-Technica AT4050 and AT4033 large-diaphragm condenser mics
  • Marantz CDR420 HD/CD Recorder
  • Roland VS-1680 with 2 FX cards and CDRW-II
  • Roland VS-1880's (3), 2FX cards each and CDRW-II
  • Roland DS-90 Monitors for digital speaker modeling
  • Tascam DA-30 and DA-30MkII DAT decks
  • Tascam 122mkIII high-performance stereo cassette
  • Tascam 202mkII dual cassette dubbing deck
  • Tascam PortaStudio 5 for direct-to-mp3 recording
  • HHb CDR-800 compact disc recorder
  • HHb CDR-830 Plus compact disc recorder

SYSTEM B -- Internet use and preliminary composition

  • Omnirax ProStation, Jr. workdesk with 3 equipment bays
  • Power Macintosh G3: 2nd unit, with external firewall and DSL modem
  • Opcode Studio 5LX MIDI interface

SYSTEM C -- The "Composing Corner"

  • Macintosh G3 Minitower (3rd unit)
  • 3 Macintosh G3 "Wallstreet" Powerbooks
  • Roland SK-88 Pro and other SC-series modules
  • Original "maxWerk" composing program described below

SYSTEM D -- On-the-go composition and communication

  • Macintosh G3 "Pismo" PowerBook with all Apple accessory devices
  • Original MIDI composing/arranging software described below
  • Roland SC-8820 USB 64-voice Sound Canvas
  • Ear Buds, USB reading light, optical mouse, USB CD burner, carry bag

Other studio equipment

  • Mackie LM-3204 mixers (3) with 1 Expander
  • Mackie MS 1202VLZ sub-mixers (3)
  • Behringer RX1602 Euro-Rack sub-mixers (8)
  • Boss MX-10 and miscellaneous other sub-mixers
  • Mackie CR-1604 mixer fed by line mixers and all playback equipment
  • Rane SM26B (mix mode) routing audio to Monitor Two's for room listening
  • Roland PMA-5 Personal Music Assistant with power supply
  • Open phones: Beyer DT990 Pro, Sennheiser HD580
  • Sealed phones: AKG 270S (2 pairs), Audio-Technica ATH-M40, Beyer DT770 Pro, Sony MDR-7506
  • Wireless phones: Sennheiser RS-80
  • Alesis RA-100 reference amplifier (2nd unit) with Alesis Monitor Two's
  • Re-an 48-point balanced patchbays
  • Anatek Pocket Products galore, 5 Ensoniq MIDI-bugs
  • and Wally the authentic Norwegian rack troll

Cikira [via XLR8R]


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