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2012 gear wish list and why?

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by audiokid, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. audiokid

    audiokid Staff


    What's on your 2012 gear wish list?
    Are you planning and/or building up your studio? What do you need and why?
  2. lteruel

    lteruel Active Member

    dreaming of getting the Moon the Loon drum kit but ofcourse that's just a fantasy of mine and each year i'm dreaming that I'm gonna have a friend so cool that he can let me play those dream drums.

    but right now i'm saving all my money for Mapex Saturn and hoping that gonna get it by mid of 2012 :wink:
  3. bicasaur

    bicasaur Active Member

    Looks like the wife and I are going to try to move into a new house this coming year, so my number 1 item is SPACE! I would love to track drums without having to kick my wife and toddler out of the house for the day. Nothing ruins a drum take like a toddler trying out her opera voice in the next room during a subtle part.

    With a new room comes the opportunity to redo a lot of things and at the top of my list is new monitors. I'm thinking about the Adam S4X-H. I'll never afford them, but maybe I can figure out how to afford them, you know? I'd like to build a false wall and soffit mount them; just trying to cut down on reflectionable surfaces.

    Otherwise, I just got my first Lunchbox, so I'd like to fill it... maybe a few 512c's... :rolleyes:
  4. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Smaller Stuff: More ribbon mics (looking at Royer 101, 121; might have an opportunity for an RCA) and another AEA Preamp. I definitely like the sound. I think the ribbon selection is a signature feature of my studio. I might get another UAD card. I don't have enough DSP power to use the Studer A800 plugin the lazy way. But I could just keep my money in my wallet and print each track with the Studer (wish they get it on AudioSuite in PT).

    Bigger Stuff: Rearrange my whole house. Move my wife's sewing room upstairs. Turn the sewing room into a control room. This involves some remodeling of the new control room. The tracking room can also use a lot of remodeling. These are both basement rooms and the team that put up the drywall took the easy way out and wasted a lot of space. There are big soffits that can be greatly reduced in size. In the control room I'll probably be stuck with a small soffit, and I'll build one on the other side to make it symmetric. This is a pretty big project and I can take it one room at a time if need be.
  5. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    I wish I could turn my large master bedroom into a control room and move my wife into the garage lol.

    JUST kidding Honey!

    So many things on my wish list but top on my radar are a few high end compressors and some mixing books and videos.
    An 8 channel preamp has been on my list for years. I'm demoing the SPL RackPack full of Premium Mic Pre's this January.
    here's what it looks like:


    Rebuilding our piano is also very important.

    Bob, a ribbon mic studio sounds like a really smart move. Both you and I have been paying attention to Fab, yes? Or our ears.:biggrin:
  6. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    My son has officially started driving and all that entails-insurance, gas, etc. Well maybe I had gas before that but I'm not telling. Also my boss has decreed that the house will begin to be remodeled room by room starting in 2012 so I've been brushing up on all my Ugly's references before I get to start playing Sparky. Sorry Dave, you aren't close enough to hire :-(

    Recording wise, I think I'm going to cull the last of my PA stuff from back in the day and a few of the extra microphones (gasp) I have sitting in bins with dessiccant. I'd really like to buy some stuff but like the-and nobody fall over here -Tascam (there, I said it) HS-P82 but I can't justify it currently. I had been going to invest in a pair of DPA SDC's too but unless my initial remodel efforts go faster than I thought, that is on hold too until I turn that lump of coal I'm expecting into a diamond (y)
  7. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Well, for me, the ribbon thing started on this board with Remy and Jeremy and others. (So you'll have to take some of the blame.) I think Fab has a good observation that condensers became all the rage when people were recording to tape. Now, when we are all recording digital, ribbons (with a high end response that is very clear, but not as forward as the condensers) are coming back into style. I also think that ribbons go well with of the sort of Americana music that I record most often.

    Another basic point is the the top condensers are much more expensive than the the top ribbons. What I mean to say is my ribbon collection (Royer SF-12, AEA R-84, Beyer 130,160, Avantone CR-14, Cascade Fat Head pair) is far closer to "high end" than my (similarly priced) condenser collection (Mojave MA-200, AKG C414 B-ULS (2), Shure SM 81 (2), Shure SM 87, Rode NT-55 (2)). If I'm trying to make the studio distinctive, ribbons are a cheaper way to do it.
  8. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    yup, and they take eqing so well.
  9. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member


    My wish list is a bit daunting, but looks like this;

    Upgrade from HD to HDx

    8 more channels of BAE 1073's
    8 channels of A-Designs Pacifica's
    Refurb the 44Bx
    A Pair of M88's
    Another R84
    Another RE20


    Possibly a Spider

    The Tech Shop getting wired and finished.
    Final contracts and articles of incorporation for the new record label
    Hire a salesman
    Hire 2 assistants and get some interns in here on a regular basis

    Finish off the koi pond and the outdoor 5.1 theater at the fire pit

    3 HD PTZ cams
    Roving cam
    4 HD Vid recorders

    2 new servers - one for audio, one for video

    Then get soil compaction/engineering tests done on the soil to the side of the studio... Possible ground breaking on a 20'x30'x16' high expansion for additional video production and piano/string tracking.
  10. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Now I know why they don't call you Sane Max! Good Luck. It's a great list!
  11. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    What a Rockin list Max!

    I have a Nail here right now. I'm just getting familiar with it. Its very nice.
  12. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    SC2. Love to have one. There's been a lot used for sale recently. I wonder why?
  13. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

  14. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    ya, but I'm also told the hardware is selling like hot cakes. Its all so confusing in this economy. Here in Alberta and BC, we're doing pretty well but the rest of the planet is struggling I thought. The last 5 manufacturers I've talked to all said they are back ordered and can hardly keep up. WTF! This is good news.
    I suppose the Bricasti is a serious luxury item and the first to go in hard times. I almost bought one last week but thought... hmm rather put my money into other hardware, which I just did. Just bought an STC-8 H 10 min ago. Feeling pretty excited. My list is shortening.
  15. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    For reverb, I'm not sure the Bricasti can be beat. It's that good.
  16. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member

    Well... If anyone wants to make a stocking stuffer from their old 480L, I wouldn't turn it down.....
  17. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    If you got rid of all the packaging, UAD card with the Lexicon 224 emulation would actually fit in a stocking. Now that they have the deal going with Lexicon, I wouldn't be surprised if a 480L emulation didn't materialize soon.
  18. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    A hitman good enough to take out the other hitman my wife would hire if I make any major gear purchases any time soon.

    And a truckload of 5/8 sheetrock and Green Glue.
  19. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Why should she hire a hitman when her shrieks would leave you so deaf that you could just forget all this recording stuff.
  20. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    Good point Bob. With enough sheetrock and GG hopefully I won't hear any shrieking at all in 2013.

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