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The Studio is Constant Evolution

Throughout the 20 years I have been making music I am constantly making changes and updating the configurations of the studio to make the perfect workspace for my needs. 

There are many challenges when trying to design the perfect configuration in terms of connections, routing and usability.

Integrating hardware into the setup is actually a fairly new addition to my setup.

The first tunes I made were all created on hardware because that was the only option available at the time as I came into the production game just as logic and plugins started to become available to producers. 

As soon as I could I went in the box and most of my biggest tunes are all in the box, I have to remind myself of this every now and then.

Currently I have a hybrid setup with every piece of gear attached to its own channel on the Antelope 32 channel sound card allowing me to use hardware gear as if it was a plugin in my daw. All the gear is in a 42 unit server rack. Having the ability to switch off the whole hardware side to the studio and just work in the box again really has brought me the ability to focus on making tunes instead of getting distracted by hardware, but also gives me the option to chuck in some hardware when needed in the workflow. 

The previous setup to this one was centred around a Midas Venice 24 mixing desk and a Midas Venice 32 Mixing desk all built into a custom desk but I have abandoned this for the hybrid approach mainly for space saving, productivity and ergonomic reasons. Even though the mixer sounded great with the 24 channels of summing and all the hardware going into the 32 channels on the second desk it was not getting as much use as I thought it would and was taking up way too much space. I ended up swapping the 32 channel desk for a bunch of incredible acoustic treatment and keeping the 24 channel desk in storage for the future. 

Current Setup

Previous Setups

Previous Setup Video Breakdown

Gear List:


2011 Mac Pro. 6 core, 16 gb ram


Bitwig, Ableton, Logic Pro, Reaper.

Plugin Instruments: 

Native Instruments - Massive, Kontakt, FM8

Vital Synth, Serum Synth, Ana2 Synth, Vengance Avenger.

I use alot of the Ableton and Bitwig Stock plugins too.

You can buy my Presets

for Vital, Serum, Massive, FM8 and Samples on:

Plugin FX I love:

Little Alter Boy, Eventide H3000 Plugin, Seventh Heaven Reverb,

True Iron, Disperser, Waves R-Vox and R-Desser, K-Clip, V-Clip,

Fab Filter Pro-Q3, Pro-L.


RME Adi2Pro D/A, Antelope Orion+ 32, RME Fireface 800.


Adam P22A Monitors

Hardware Samplers:

Akai S6000, Akai S5000, EMU ESI4000, Roland VP9000

Hardware Synths:

Virus Indego, Virus Rack XL, Moog Rouge, Roland JV-1080.


Digi Tech TSR-24, Lexicon MPX1, Lexicon MX1, BBD-320.


Hand Made 1176 and SSLG Bus Compressors, Joe Meek SC2.2

Channel Strips:

Focusrite Platinum Track Master x2, Hand Made NEVE-1290 Clone.


Neumann U87-AI, Se Gemini ii, SM 57, SM 58, SM7B


AMT8 Midi converter.


7 Stream Decks for Daw Keyboard Shortcuts, Kensington Trackball Mouse.

Gear Modification

I have made extensive modifications to gear that I own. Some modifications have been needed because gear breaks and some are to extend functionality.


Modifications I have made include.


Akai S6000 Modifications:

  • Swapped out the old SCSI hard drive for a SCSI2SD card board with a 64GB SD card.

  • Added USB Card Option to be able to load samples and patches to and from an old laptop using AK.sys software.

  • Bought a second screen just in case one of the screens dies.

  • Got a super long extension cable for the removable screen.

Virus Indigo Keyboard:

  • Changed out the screen for a super bright OLED display.

Definitely recommend documenting the process as you go to remember where all the cables go as you disassemble.


Digitech TSR-24:

  • Upgraded the OS by swapping out chips to get extra functionality.


Roland JV-1080:

  • Swapped out the screen for a bright OLED in orange colour.


EMU ESI4000:

  • Replaced the data encoder pot because it was completely worn out. I sourced an old ESI32 for parts.

  • Changed the screen for an OLED.

  • Added SCSI2SD giving me 8GB of memory built in to the unit.

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