Inboard or Outboard


Quick survey:

How many tools do you use in the box and how many are actual pieces of rack gear?

What type of mixboard do you have and do you still use volume/pan automation on it?

I'm curious to what you use.


Posted 2010-07-15T00:21:10.100

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I did a huge outboard-box purge in 2004: compressors, limiters, tube pre's, DAT machine, the whole lot. I went entirely virtual except a single Waldorf Pulse+ analog synth and - ONLY for nostalgia - a single Electric Mistress flanger pedal/box. Now I'm finding that I still collect hardware, but smaller sound-making objects (Thingamagoops, Stylophones, and other objects/toys) and real instruments, usually percussive (chimes, cymbals, drums, etc.).

I think this is all because emulation, automation, and delivery made virtualization far more attractive from a workflow, space, heat, power, and clutter perspective, as well as a personal shift from synthesized sound to re-synthesized recorded sound (I still do both, but the latter has been my recent focus).

I could see buying a Moogerfooger or five, though. :-D


Posted 2010-07-15T00:21:10.100

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Wow, cool. Fan of the mini-moog? – Utopia – 2010-07-15T06:19:12.690

And what Tube Pres did you have??? Wish I would have known you... That's all I use to record in my studio. – Utopia – 2010-07-15T06:19:46.600

The first analog synth I ever used was actually an original Mini Moog! In terms of tube pre's, nothing special, mostly for guitar warming. Sheesh, not sure I can even remember now, old age is catching up with me..! :-) Nothing earthshatteringly nifty, though. Couldn't afford much back then! – NoiseJockey – 2010-07-16T04:39:15.943


My outboard gear consists of a mic preamp and my collection of analog and modular synths. Everything else is in the box.

Morten Green

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I have an Focusrite Octopre,and the 8 channel mic pre for Pro Tools HD. I also have a Rane 6 channel headphone amp and a Rane 8 channel mixer. Apart from the Command 8 and the Novation keyboard everything else is either A/D converters or MIDI routing.

I like everything to be in the box. You can waste so much time with analogue gear, especially sorting out tuning and earth problems.


Posted 2010-07-15T00:21:10.100